One of this week's goals was to bring the expertise gleaned from years of work and research in the field of climate change to bear on the growing climate crisis here in the United States. Another goal was to inform about the key issues which we must become fluent in to take on the huge task of engaging in the fight to bring the climate crisis front and center in all our endeavors. Yet another was to publish and collect real life stories about climate change and its impacts as they currently directly influence people's lives and the world around them. I believe we accomplished all these goals. And many more, which might not yet be measurable.
While the sheer volume of information presented over the past five days has indeed been daunting, the contributions of our guests and the members of the community here remain in the Climate Change SOS Blogathon group for ongoing reference. The hope is that conversations will continue in these postings over the next few days.
Without a doubt, what we have accomplished this week is to bring to the forefront the realization that we are all aware of the urgency of this situation. That we all want to work together and be counted, but we are a rudderless ship, searching for a leader, perhaps (as Polly Higgins suggests) a modern day Charles Grant, the influential British businessman who directed the East India Company and in the 1700s abolished the slave trade .
Whether we find this person in time is the huge question. But what is abundantly clear is that we have, each and every one of us, the willingness and the urgent need to engage in the fight for the future of life as we know it on this precious planet we call HOME.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to this extraordinary project.
Direct Action for Climate Justice: Confronting False Solutions to Climate Change(Anne Petermann)
Climate justice involves taking real and just action to address the root causes of the climate crisis, and transforming the system that is driving it. Direct action has a rich history of achieving the unthinkable, of changing “the impossible.” It is defined as action to directly shut down the point of production. In the case of climate change, it would be action to shut down the point of destruction. With the climate crisis worsening exponentially with every passing day, shutting down the point of destruction is critical.Climate Change SOS Blogathon: Sea Level Rise...Extreme History, Uncertain Future(gregladen)
What I find both interesting and scary about worst case scenarios for sea level rise is that they are not at all extreme when sea level rise is viewed in the Big Picture, across Deep Time, considering Big Geology. Think of it this way. If you spent all your life living in a small scale society, like those Foragers we imagined earlier on the Nullibar Plain in Australia, and someone told you that people were capable of getting into groups thousand strong and rioting, burning and destroying everything around them, or mobbing and trampling dozens of people to death by accident at a sports game, that sort of thing, you’d think the person telling you this was crazy. It is too extreme. All the pertinent variables are outside your range of experience. It can’t happen. But it does happen, it is just something that happens rarely and must be seen to be believed. Sea level rise is like that. There were rather large islands out of sight of land that were certainly occupied by humans, that were eventually engulfed by the rising oceans. This is as unimaginable as it is indubitably true.From Birmingham to Bamako: How Farmers Deal with Drought (Vanessa Meadu)
U.S. farmers have unprecedented access to climate tools, information and forecasts. These range from a general El Niño/La Niña seasonal outlook to more regional-specific tools such as AgroClimate, a suite of easy-to-use products for fruit, corn, and soy growers and ranchers in the Southeast. These tools can’t prevent a drought, but with the click of the mouse or the swipe of a smartphone, they can tell farmers in almost real-time how changing conditions will affect their bottom line, several months ahead of the harvest.Listening drive last night (GreenMother)
Last night was supernaturally quiet. Normally this time of year, the cicadas and the katydids and the frogs are so loud that you cannot step outside to talk on the phone. And sitting outside with your friends for a beer, results in everyone trying to talk over the cacophony. Insanely loud is the only way to describe it.Our Nation's Children, Calling on a President to Avert the Climate Crisis (juliaolson)
These life events shape a person’s soul. These carbon numbers will shape all of our lives in the days and years to come. As many among us have written, the numbers are critical. To have our best chance at avoiding the worst climate catastrophes and to safeguard our oceans, we must aim to return to 350 ppm by 2100. Simply stated, we must do two things: 1) Reduce carbon dioxide emissions (i.e. fossil fuel emissions) by 6% annually beginning in 2013 and 2) Reforest and protect soils like crazy. Here’s the kicker on reducing our emissions—if we wait, even another 8 years until 2020 to get serious, the annual reductions jump to 15% per year, giving us little chance for redemption.Climate Change SOS: Climate Change and Congress (RepHenryWaxman)
Americans across the nation are starting to suffer the effects. From heat waves to drought, from epic floods to raging forest fires, from failed crops to rising seas and eroding coastlines, this is what climate change looks like.
Climate Changes SOS: Leadership, Partisanship, and Public Opinion (blue jersey mom)
New Jersey and PA used to be the far limits of their distribution, but they have now spread into the Hudson Valley. it is not clear that their spread is directly related to climate change, but Audubon Magazine reports that:
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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.
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