Saving the Planet 1 MOC at a Time

This New York Times piece shares some encouraging movement in the gridlock of Washington DC toward solutions and conversations about climate change… and their vehicle is Citizen’s Climate Lobby!

Stats over the last year:

  • Volunteers held 1,429 meetings with representatives’ offices
  • Organized 2,597 outreach events
  • Prompted/wrote 3,339 editorials/op-eds/letters to the editor
  • 2010 annual conference was 25 participants
  • 2017 annual conference will be 1,200

Let’s keep building the political will for a livable world!

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Years of Living Dangerously

I am so pumped about this segment of Years of Living Dangerously featuring Citizen’s Climate Lobby narrated by Bradley Whitford.

Years of Living Dangerously takes Hollywood’s storytellers and activists and paints a picture of those affected by the dangers of climate change.

Citizen’s Climate Lobby, as I’ve mentioned before, is the climate activist organization that I have proudly been part of for 2 years. This video sheds light on the strategies key to CCL success: relationship building, bi-partisan cooperation, and finding common ground.

I know the video is long, but I HIGHLY recommend viewing it today. Especially because of the rumors that the Trump administration will be pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Yale Climate Opinion Maps

Before I get started, I have to explain the immensity of fascination I have with maps and data. Also, by now you know that I am an avid climate activist. I am significantly involved with several groups including Citizen’s Climate Lobby and Sierra Club.

I wanted to feature the Yale Climate Opinion Maps of 2016 which break down by county, metro areas, congressional districts, states and nationally. You can get lost looking into each individual section… I sure did!

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Additionally, the same group at Yale recently came out with a poll overview of Trump voters and their opinions on global warming, the numbers may shock you and I have listed them below this chart:

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Key Findings:

  • About half of Trump voters (49%) think global warming is happening, while fewer than one in three (30%) think global warming is not happening.
  • Almost half of Trump voters (47%) also say the U.S. should participate in the international agreement to limit global warming. By contrast, only 28% say the U.S. should not participate.
  • More than six in ten Trump voters (62%) support taxing and/or regulating the pollution that causes global warming, with nearly one in three (31%) supporting both approaches. In contrast, only about one in five (21%) support doing neither.
  • More than three in four Trump voters (77%) support generating renewable energy (solar and wind) on public land in the U.S. 72% support more drilling and mining of fossil fuels on public land in the U.S.
  • Seven in ten Trump voters (71%) support funding more research into clean energy and providing tax rebates to people who purchase energy efficient vehicles and solar panels (69%).
  • Over half of Trump voters (52%) support eliminating all federal subsidies for the fossil fuel industry, nearly half (48%) support requiring fossil fuel companies to pay a carbon tax and using the money to reduce other taxes by an equal amount, and almost half (48%) support setting strict carbon dioxide emissions limits on existing coal-fired power plants to reduce global warming and improve public health, even if the cost of electricity to consumers and companies would likely increase.
  • Half of Trump voters say transitioning from fossil fuels toward clean energy will either improve economic growth (29%) or have no impact (21%).
  • Nearly three in four Trump voters (73%) say that, in the future, the U.S. should use more renewable energy (solar, wind, and geothermal). One in three (33%) say that the U.S. should use fossil fuels less in the future.

Next Weekend: CCL Regional Conference

Finding common ground: inspiring, educating and collaborating around effective climate action

I’m pleased to share that next weekend, March 4th & 5th will be the 2017 Greater Pacific North West Regional Conference – and guess what… I will be a guest speaker!

Citizen’s Climate Lobby advocates for national carbon fee and dividend legislation. This conference will inspire attendees to build political will for a livable world.

I will be facilitating a workshop on social media: how we can increase our presence online and shape the argument to move the needle on climate issues.

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The Struggle of Our Time: Human Nature vs. Mother Nature

720x405-GettyImages-482741006Today The Atlantic features an article that shares predictions of terrifying intolerable living situations due to climate change, and suggests that at the Paris talks this December a consensus needs to be made before it’s too late. “Human inertia will continue challenging Mother Nature, without apparent concern for the fact that nature always wins.”

What Megablazes Tell Us About the Fiery Future of Climate Change

720x405-GettyImages-482741006Rolling Stone outlines a fantastic overview on the effects of the wildfires that have devastated the West this summer including the effects and the problems faced both environmentally and human-caused.

“This is the present, and the future, of climate change. Our overheated world is amplifying drought and making megafire commonplace. This is happening even in the soggy Pacific Northwest, which has been hard-hit by what’s been dubbed a “wet drought.” Despite near-normal precipitation, warm winter temperatures brought rain instead of snow to the region’s mountains. What little snow did hit the ground then melted early, leaving the Northwest dry — and ready to burn in the heat of summer.”

Day of Action for the Dutch

Emily Delete2Last month, a court in the Netherlands ordered the Dutch government to do more to fight climate change.

“The court adopted the growing consensus that drastic reductions in CO2 emissions are necessary to prevent a temperature rise of more than 2°C—starting with a reduction between 25% and 40% by 2020″

Source: Science Magazine

Sustainability: Reduce Your Paper Waste & Usage

Where I live, I see the lumber and timber companies lease land from the government, empty a forest of it’s trees and move on to another unsuspecting piece of land and the cycle continues. It’s a saddening vision to look up to the once plentiful mountains and see stark sections of emptiness. Paper and cardboard comprise more than a quarter of annual municipal waste in the U.S.

I ask you, how can I judge this harmful behavior? I use paper. I use cardboard. How can one person make a difference? One person can make a much larger impact by incorporating a sustainable lifestyle into everyday life. This infographic below (via this Mashable article) shows how much an average US citizen uses in paper and cardboard products. The difference starts with you.

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