Climate Change SOS Blogathon - Daily Report for Thursday, August 23rd
Welcome to Day 4 of the Climate Change SOS Blogathon. Today's highlights include a live chat with Rep. Henry Waxman beginning at 8 AM PDT and an hour long conversation at 2 PM with Brian Kahn and colleagues Francesco Fiondella and Kevin Coffey from Columbia's International Research Institute for Climate and Society.
Yesterday's posts elegantly and succinctly touched on so many of the key climate change issues -- the infuriating failure of politicians to address the most pressing problem of our era; the disproportionate impact of climate change on the poor; the prevalence of disinformation and the need for climate change education; the disruption to natural patterns of life which are entwined with our concept of home and self; climate as a "global commons problem;" the hope for a sustainable clean energy future; the fight against apathy, helplessness, to act before it is too late.
Let's hear from the authors.
"Our identities, as families and communities, are tightly coupled to the uniqueness of the landscape and climate around us. Obviously, the context of loss that day on the sailboat was personal, for me and for my community of friends, but as we comforted each other and celebrated together, the salty arms of the Pacific Northwest enfolded and held us. As a scientist, a deeper layer of poignancy resonated with me. The capacity for personal loss does not stop at the door to your home, or your parent’s home, but rather continues out into the landscape of your life. This is the place to find traction in communicating about climate change. We are all connected to the landscapes, the food, the seasons and the iconic organisms of the places where we call home." From Raspberries, Salmon, Hops: Personal loss and climate change (Sarah Moffitt)
I’m no apologist for Barack Obama—I led the largest civil disobedience action of his presidency (and the last 30 years) outside the WhIte House to protest tar sands oil. But Romney’s silence is simply unacceptable. We have to demand that he tell us what he thinks about an issue that will dominate everything from ag policy to foreign policy for decades to come.Climate Change SOS: Which Side Are You On(Franz Matzner)
The point here is that powerful individuals-- CEOs, legislators, politicians—all have a clear choice to make. There is no insurmountable, magical hand forcing corporate CEOs, politicians, and business owners to keep polluting. There are those who are choosing to secure a cleaner, healthier, safer future for our children, and those who are choosing to defend the status quo.
Climate Change SOS: Where Was the Gas? (TheFatLadySings)
So how did one of the nation's top producers of natural gas come to be without gas in throes of a record-breaking Arctic freeze? This is a story familiar to many in the developing world.Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math: CCSOS(Tom Athanasiou)
The situation in the US is now so serious, so certifiably insane, that we Americans can be forgiven a bit of strategic self-involvement. We have to do whatever it takes to turn the American supertanker, and if that means temporarily putting the really big problem of – oh, let’s call it international solidarity – aside, so be it. The movement is an ecosystem, and we don’t all have to do the same thing. But do note that we never quite get around to the “acting globally” part of the equation. And that, despite all, despite even mad dogs and Republicans, climate remains a global commons problem.Move Beyond Coal Now! The Global Anti-Coal Movement Is Here (Justin Guay)
The truth is there is an international movement brewing of communities across the globe that are standing up to the forced removals, economic hardships, and deadly pollution that accompany coal projects. Often, activists come from the poorest sections of society, with the most to lose from both industry reprisals and climate change. But their heroic efforts have shown that the coal industry is also vulnerable; they have shown that a clean energy future is possible; and they have shown that we don't need to wait for governments to get on board. We can fight climate change right here, right now, by standing up to the fossil fuel industry and demanding clean energy. Now it's time to join them.CCSOS:Take it from Yale: What we really need to communicate about climate change (Valkano for Citizen’s ClimateLobby)
The opportunity: Based on extensive research done by the Yale Project over the years, here are the five most important things that need to be communicated to the public about climate change:Karl Burkart: The Solutions to Climate Change are within our Grasp - CCSOS
The numbers game has changed. Solar and Wind power is now competitive with coal power in much of the United States, and the old thinking about the Grid not being able to handle intermittent sources of renewable power has proven to be overblown. Many believe the grid can currently handle a 1/3 renewable mix with no substantial grid upgrades, and using conventional grid technologies available today NREL estimates the U.S. grid could “easily handle” an 80% mix of renewable energy by mid-century .Attacks on climate change education are attacks on our future (jrosenau)
Climate change poses an enormous global challenge. In order for future citizens to be able to make scientifically informed decisions about how to deal with the challenge, the science of climate change needs to be taught—accurately, thoroughly, and without compromise—in the classroom.Time Is Wasting (John Crapper)
So here we are 33 years later. I would like to say that I've been totally dedicating my life to energy issues and the environment but that has not been the case. Like the ebb and flow of the tide, my participation and motivation level has risen and fallen over the years.
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If you happen to wander over to Mitt Romney’s website, try to decipher his policy positions on climate change. But don’t look too long; climate change isn't even mentioned once.
The stakes are too high to play politics with our lives. Please sign our petition that asks Mr. Romney two simple questions:
When enough people ask, 350.org will deliver this petition to Romney campaign headquarters to see if he's ready to answer.
Please stay tuned for our follow-up report!