If you are one of the many people suffering from and feeling the effects of our changing climate, like me, it’s time to get engaged.
The West Coast is still burning, with over 7 million acres charred so far.
My eyes water from the smoke and the displaced people—the lost wildlife and ecosystems. Zombie fires are erupting in the Arctic regions.
Sea levels are rising, and some believe that the dramatic changes in the Arctic suggest climate change could return Earth to Pliocene conditions of 3 million years ago. They say Florida and California’s Central Valley would be underwater, and it would be too hot to grow corn and wheat in the Midwest and Great Plains.
This year’s Atlantic hurricane season is on a record pace with 23 named storms through September. With two more months of hurricane season ahead, I fear we will suffer more flooding and damage.
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has laid it out pretty clearly: “The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely (greater than 95 percent probability) to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented over decades to millennia.”
With a world gone mad with political and social upheaval, what can a person do to engage in mitigating the cause of these extreme events?
Let’s get political before it’s too late.
Just recently, Andrew Wheeler, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), said that there is a “scientific debate” on whether hurricanes and other natural disasters are exacerbated by climate change.
Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette questioned whether humans are causing climate change despite the overwhelming scientific consensus that the phenomenon is caused by human activity.
The White House is appointing meteorologist Ryan Maue, a critic of climate science, to be the new chief scientist at NOAA.
This will make him responsible for enforcing NOAA’s scientific integrity policy designed to protect government scientists from censorship or other blowback tied to their work.
When the President withdrew the US from the Paris Climate accord, it meant big trouble for the entire planet. The US is the second-largest global emitter, and our withdrawal will undercut the collective efforts to reduce emissions, transition to renewable energy sources, and lock in future climate measures.
Perhaps it’s time to vote like our lives depended on it!
Educate yourself and your friends about climate change.
There is an amazing array of documentaries to watch while you hunker in place. If you have a subscription to the leading streaming giants, then you’ll have access to some outstanding docs.
Yale Climate Connections serves up seven of the best new documentaries about global warming. They were screened at the recent Wild & Scenic Film Festival.
There are many informative books out there, and The Revelator suggests ten of the hottest climate change books of the summer.
Dive into the special report from the International Panel on Climate Change. More than 100 scientists from over 30 countries contributed to it. They assessed the latest scientific knowledge about the physical science basis and impacts of climate change on ocean, coastal, polar and mountain ecosystems, and the human communities that depend on them.
You can also get involved in local and national organizations that are heading up climate change solutions. Head down to a meeting, and see what you can contribute.
Make love, not emissions.
The way you live your life is the most impactful way to brandish your climate change sword!
Refuse to accept that this is inevitable; reduce, reuse and recycle. Conserve water, switch to clean, sustainable energy sources, and walk or ride your bicycle.
If you want to learn about how to improve your carbon footprint, then take a read of the blog from Stephen Troese.
Choosing organic is essential to mitigating the climate change emergency.
The Organic Center devotes an entire trove of research showing that organic production sequesters carbon by promoting soil health. Organic farming improves soil health, including carbon storage, fertility and biological activity, better than conventional methods.
Longtime environmental and environmental activist Stephen Erickson wrote The Great Healing: Five Compassions That Can Save Our World. In an interview he told Psychology Today , “Global warming threatens to bring about the end of our Anthropocene Epoch—and humanity’s extinction—this century.
There is a climate Arch-Villain—an industry responsible for 57% of all carbon emissions—and only one solution exists, one way to significantly drawdown atmospheric carbon. I wrote this book because most of us remain unaware of who and what those are. Widespread awareness and compassionate activism are essential right now.
Regenerative agriculture, given healthy soil’s ability to drawdown atmospheric carbon, is our only existing solution to global warming.” You can purchase the book on Amazon and sign up for his newsletter.
And finally, the Rodale Institute recently released a white paper that analyzed data on soil carbon sequestration potential in the past decade. They concluded that a global switch to regenerative and organic crop and pasture systems could drawdown more than 100 percent of annual CO2 emissions!
Together we can take action to make the planet cool again.
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