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2018.11.11 With fire tornadoes in the news, masses of people fleeing drought and food insecurity, flooding and whole cities destroyed by storms and fires, it’s sometimes scary to contemplate the world or even get out of bed. All of these things are…

With fire tornadoes in the news, masses of people fleeing drought and food insecurity, flooding and whole cities destroyed by storms and fires, it’s sometimes scary to contemplate the world or even get out of bed. All of these things are exacerbated by climate change. Being mindful of your fears and working to overcome them is an important practice:

“I recommend the uncomfortable as a way to learn to work with fear. It can be a physical challenge, as described above, or leaning into a relationship or an uncomfortable interpersonal space. As the Stranger in The Big Lebowski says, “Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes, well, he eats you. “ You don’t always win, in other words, but you learn as much from the mistakes as from the triumphs. And fear will always give you more chances on the path of life.” Read Transform Your Fears Mindfully.

Overcome your fears of climate change by acting mindfully. Challenge yourself to take new actions, talk to more people, or whatever path is the right challenge for you. With each challenge you attempt, whether ending in success or failure, the true path for you becomes more clear.

2018.11.09 “We shouldn’t be thinking about climate change as something we need to act on now, but something we should have acted on a long time ago.” – @justinschoof

“We shouldn’t be thinking about climate change as something we need to act on now, but something we should have acted on a long time ago.” –

SIU Prof. Justin Schoof at the Saluki Energy Forum Nov. 8, 2018 – “Understanding the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 ° C” – view full presentation and slides here.

2018.11.05 If you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything. The election is tomorrow, and everyone with a heart, mind and soul should be voting climate…

If you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything. The election is tomorrow, and everyone with a heart, mind and soul should be voting climate, i.e. your health, the planet’s health, for the good of everyone all over the world, for now and future generations. There are many important issues but if you get this one wrong, everything gets more difficult. Take North Carolina, recently blasted by climate-exacerbated extreme weather:

Last month, Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina as an enormous Category 1 storm. Climate scientists have noted that warming ocean waters are increasingly allowing hurricanes to form quickly and head for land, only to stall and unleash a torrent of deadly rain — exactly as Florence did. As the state struggles to recover, officials are increasingly embracing conversations about climate change.

“A strong clean energy economy combats climate change while creating good jobs and a healthy environment,” said Cooper in a statement Monday accompanying North Carolina’s emissions target announcement. “With historic storms lashing our state, we must combat climate change, make our state more resilient and lessen the impact of future natural disasters.”

How about air pollution deaths, much of it caused by unhealthy energy generation:

The annual State of Global Air Report was published on Tuesday by the Health Effects Institute (HEI) and it found that over 95 percent of the world’s population is breathing unhealthy air. Long-term exposure to air pollution contributed to the deaths of 6.1 million people in 2016 with strokes, heart attacks, lung disease and lung cancer causing many of them. Air pollution is now the fourth-highest cause of death worldwide, trailing smoking, high blood pressure and diet, with the majority of deaths recorded in poorer nations.

Take the economic case of climate action: benefits and less death.

Recent research from the New Climate Economy finds that smart climate action can deliver at least $26 trillion in global economic benefits between now and 2030 compared with business as usual. It can also deliver more than 65 million new low-carbon jobs globally in 2030 (the equivalent of the combined workforce of California, Florida, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania today), and avoid over 700,000 premature deaths. The new IPCC special report projects global economic damages to be $54 trillion in 2100 with1.5° Celsius temperature rise. That figure balloons to $69 trillion if global temperatures rise by 2° C.

Political pressure matters.

“The difference between impossible and possible is political leadership,” said Stephen Cornelius, chief adviser on climate change at WWF. “We are already seeing loss of natural habitats and species, dwindling ice caps, rising sea levels, impacting on our health, livelihoods and economic growth. We know what is needed and we can do it relying mostly on proved technologies, such as decisively scaling up renewable energy and halting deforestation.”

We need leaders who will make good decisions. Get out there and vote climate.

 

2018.10.19 A massive global climate mobilization is required on an urgent timescale to meet the goals of the latest IPCC Special Report on Global Warming and create a just and prosperous society in the face of climate change. This is not impossible and…

A massive global climate mobilization is required on an urgent timescale to meet the goals of the latest IPCC Special Report on Global Warming and create a just and prosperous society in the face of climate change. This is not impossible and there are people doing it and talking about it, but we need to get everyone involved. Read more, get involved, and share with friends today at TheClimateMobilization.org.

2018.10.18 Besides being smart economically and better for your health, taking climate action is a moral issue. Consider the following from the United Nations…

Besides being smart economically and better for your health, taking climate action is a moral issue. Consider the following from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reductions:

For disasters since 2000, georeferencing has found that in low income countries, an average of 130 people died per million living in disaster-affected areas, compared to just 18 in high income countries. That means people exposed to natural hazards in the poorest nations were more than seven times more likely to die than equivalent populations in the richest nations.

A similar pattern of deep inequality is revealed by georeferenced ratios of people affected (but not killed) by
disasters. While the largest absolute numbers of people affected by disasters lived in upper-middle income countries, by far the highest number per 100 inhabitants lived in low income countries. Again the contrast is sharpest between low income countries (7.8%) and high income countries (1.3%), meaning that people in the poorest countries were on average six times more likely than people in rich nations to be injured, to lose their home, be displaced or evacuated, or require emergency assistance.

Such data demonstrate that while absolute economic losses might be concentrated in high income countries, the human cost of disasters falls overwhelmingly on low and lowermiddle income countries: vulnerability to risk, and degrees of suffering, are determined by levels of economic development, rather than simple exposure to natural hazards per se.

So, if you’re rich, you’re likely to have economic damages from climate-exacerbated disasters, but if you’re poor, you’re more likely to die. (And included in this is the fact that most of the exacerbation is caused by the rich, not the poor.) If you are taking climate action every day, you are fighting on the right side, against the depraved greed that would justify this kind of situation. Love will win. Fight on.

2018.10.11 It’s nice to have a plan, a map, a GPS; you’re getting the idea. That’s what we have now for climate change. After the new…

It’s nice to have a plan, a map, a GPS; you’re getting the idea. That’s what we have now for climate change. After the new IPCC 1.5C report, we know the timeline to keep the temperature increase to 1.5C or below. Decrease by 45% by 2030, net-zero by 2050. Thanks to the Mission 2020 effort, we know we need to reverse the emissions trajectory by 2020. They have six milestones to track to do just that. We have no reason to sit around, wait and worry. We just need to be taking action. Today, just revel in that fact, that you know it, that it’s the right thing to do, that we know what to do, and that it feels good. Share how good you feel with others. We can do this.

2018.10.09 It’s time to turn away from the energy-sapping circus show and focus on the work we need to do in order to maintain the climate for future generations. We have every reason to believe it’s the right thing to do. Here is…

It’s time to turn away from the energy-sapping circus show and focus on the work we need to do in order to maintain the climate for future generations. We have every reason to believe it’s the right thing to do. Here is an important paragraph in the new IPCC special report:

D2.3. Mitigation and adaptation consistent with limiting global warming to 1.5°C are underpinned by enabling conditions, assessed in SR1.5 across the geophysical, environmental-ecological, technological, economic, socio-cultural and institutional dimensions of feasibility. Strengthened multi-level governance, institutional capacity, policy instruments, technological innovation and transfer and mobilization of finance, and changes in human behaviour and lifestyles are enabling conditions that enhance the feasibility of mitigation and adaptation options for 1.5°C consistent systems transitions. (high confidence)

(Page 26).

In other words, we have to work on everything, together, to make this more likely to be successful. This is exactly what the fossil fuel industry, lurking behind the current administration’s new plan to raise temperatures by 7 degrees Fahrenheit, does not want. The want chaos and control, while taking action puts the power back in people’s hands. So it’s exactly what we need to make happen. Focus in on what your strong points are, your interests, your passions, and determine a way to put those to work in this grand challenge.

 

2018.10.03 Sometimes it’s hard to stay positive when it seems like almost every day there’s a new low of certain members of humanity’s depravity on display…

Sometimes it’s hard to stay positive when it seems like almost every day there’s a new low of certain members of humanity’s depravity on display. How can the US government administration support a plan that would increase global temperatures 7 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100, you might ask, when they know that there will be unnecessary deaths and tons of lost economic productivity? It makes absolutely no sense, but all we can do is stay on our path, take climate action every day, and fight for the truth, cushioned by the knowledge that we’re doing the right thing. The truth will eventually win out, as long as we persevere.

2018.10.02 Reusable shopping bags that are made from recycled materials have multiple benefits…

Reusable shopping bags that are made from recycled materials have multiple benefits. You’re not adding more plastic bags to the garbage pile, you’re using recycled products, and plus you can make a statement by carrying a bag from stores or movements you support. Organizations like science centers and aquariums sell these in the gift store. And you can ask at your farmers market or local grocery if they have reusable bags.

2018.09.26 “A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.” –Albert Camus These words remind us that in regards to climate change…

“A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.” —Albert Camus

These words remind us that in regards to climate change, there is no ethical basis for denial or not taking action. Oil companies and their executives making huge profits off of maintaining the status quo have taken the unethical course of misleading the public despite knowing these facts.

“Newly found documents from the 1980s show that fossil fuel companies privately predicted the global damage that would be caused by their products.”

Read more about the fossil fuel industry’s unethical behavior. It’s time to tame the beast.

2018.09.21 Today, talk with some people you know locally about what’s happening for climate action, and see if there are ways…

Today, talk with some people you know locally about what’s happening for climate action, and see if there are ways you can contribute to progress.

“…present all aspects of the issue as clearly as possible, making the risks of continued warming clear so that people can make informed choices. ‘What my psychology background has taught me is that telling the truth is at the core of change,’ she [[Margaret Klein Salamon] said.

In this line of thinking, if the only way to prevent worst-case warming scenarios is to throw all of humanity’s creativity and resources at the problem immediately, the broadest possible range of individuals needs to feel strongly motivated to act. And cities can help provide this motivation.” Read more…

2018.09.19 Change can be scary, but taking climate action and living in balance with nature, in our lives and our businesses, is an all-around win. We save money…

Change can be scary, but taking climate action and living in balance with nature, in our lives and our businesses, is an all-around win. We save money, sometimes short term and sometimes long term; we improve human health; we preserve the environment as is our responsibility to future generations. Some people are fighting against this change for their own selfish purposes, to make money in the short term without consideration of long term effects. Human greed, hatred and ignorance are formidable barriers to overcome, but by pressing on we will win the day.

2018.09.18 Most days it seems like there’s nothing but bad news regarding climate change, and our actions may seem futile. Our days can seem…

Most days it seems like there’s nothing but bad news regarding climate change, and our actions may seem futile. Our days can seem overwhelming, with so many pain points that need to be addressed. Just like living in balance with nature, we have to learn to live in balance with our own inner nature. When things keep popping up and causing stress, address those issues first.Smooth them out. Keeping ourselves in balance has to be our tip priority so that we can do our best to keep plugging along.

2018.09.15 At this point in climate action time, there’s no need to spend time arguing, pointing fingers, or otherwise wasting time. We know what we need to do, so everyone just needs to get busy cooperating and…

At this point in climate action time, there’s no need to spend time arguing, pointing fingers, or otherwise wasting time. We know what we need to do, so everyone just needs to get busy cooperating and doing what their gifts and experiences enable them to do best. And as part of your daily efforts, don’t forget that some people need help, for whatever reason, and there is no need to spend time thinking about why they need help or whether or not they deserve it, just help. It’s part of the deal. Read a great article about non-judgementalism in this environment here.