Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping were in San Francisco recently; they spoke of a yawning deadly silence surrounding climate change, why it is so very important to engage with one another and loudly address this life threatening issue in public now.
The Yes Men are brilliant satirical social activists who are adept at political impersonations, hoax interviews and using humor to highlight the absurdity of entrenched destructive corporate influence. The group is now making a documentary entitled: The Yes Men are Revolting. The movie chronicles some of the group’s clever disruptive actions, focusing on impending climate change disasters in store for our planet if we all continue to do nothing.
A visit to Alaska is an eye-opener for the environmentally sensitive. Its immense natural beauty is also a reminder that we humans have pretty much destroyed many such regions around the world. We all — not just environmental groups or nature lovers — must wake-up and initiate immediate action if we want to preserve what is left of such wilderness.
During the 20th century our average temperature rose 1.3°F, and since 1970 the increases have become even more intense. The planet is getting hotter, despite what a few wing nuts are still trying to claim, and tremendous amounts of scientific data exist to prove this. The folks at Climate Central have compiled some of this compelling information into easy to understand maps, which illustrate, state by state, just how much temperatures have risen in our country over the last hundred years.
I am looking out my frozen window, watching flurries of wet flakes continuing to fall, as Western Washington becomes completely engulfed in thick blankets of snow. Nearly everything is closed, as local residents marvel at the white winter wonderland. It does, however, feel a bit like being permanently trapped inside of a tiny frosty snow globe.
This Saturday thousands of people around the country are transferring their money from large corporate banks, into small financial institutions, community-oriented cooperatives and credit unions. We’ve been doing this for some time, check out our own Dragonfly’s amazing stealth video during our successful campaign against JP Morgan Chase and their financing of Mountaintop Removal.
Despair and anger are contributing to feelings that people have no power to stop the destructive forces behind climate change, but the feelings can be reversed through personal hope and inner peace, an audience in Vancouver was told by Buddhist monk, poet, peace, and human rights activist, Thich Nhat Hanh.
I highly recommend reading “Too Small to Fail” to help brighten your day, and make you think. Unlike his other cartoons, the somewhat autobiographical “K Chronicles” and the daily syndicated strip “The Knight Life”, the (Th)ink series is limited to just a single panel. Though it constantly amazes me how deftly Keith incorporates so many important and diverse issues into just one comic panel, dealing with everything from racism, to climate change, gun violence and the prison industrial complex, while still being incredibly relevant and funny.
Boyd Cohen, Ph.D. recently came up with a methodology to rank large cities in the U.S. based on how much they are preparing for or trying to counter climate change. He then went on to create and publish a top 10 list of the most “climate-ready” cities. While I think the term “climate-ready” is sort of a mistake, since he focuses more on efforts to stop climate change not adapt to it (which is what I would assume “climate-readiness” would be about), I think the overall idea and methodology looks great.
To effect true, lasting change, there needs to not only be education, but a change in attitude and the way we see the world. A widespread way to do that is to teach children from a young age about the importance of conservation and climate change. The California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken a big step in the right direction by implementing a new, green learning initiative in its public schools. California began rolling out an innovative K-12 environmental…
Did someone say totally awesome video? I did. And apparently some others, as this hip hop group of Kenyan teenagers from the slums of Nairobi, Wafalme, won the “1 minute to save the world” video contest. “Most of us just sit and wait for the governments to take action about climate change,” one of the filmmakers, Dickson Oyugi, said. “Wafalme instead think that together we can, with small actions in our daily life, make a difference. The most simple and…