“We have a decision to make, and we don’t have much time.
This is no longer about just saving the oceans. It is about saving ourselves.
The oceans have the potential to go belly up in the next twenty years.”
– Last night, the Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute presented an amazingly powerful, exquisitely beautiful, award-winning movie- Revolution. For years now, Climate Today has shared articles explaining how important the collapse of our oceans really is. Now in this film, scientists from around the world are desperately trying to explain how close we are to the edge because of this hidden chemical shift in oceans! Can we even survive if we lose our oceans? The loss of living oceans can be viewed as even more important than what is happening on land! This is a must see and must share movie! After the viewing, several great local activists spoke about how we can join the fight to end our local electricity being powered by coal. Revolution is a great resource! Use it! – Editor
Filmmaker Rob Stewart brings us Revolution, a full-length feature film that is inspiring humanity to change the world and save our planet. Along with world renowned experts, he learns that past evolutions can help solve some of our current and future environmental problems. Startling, beautiful, and provocative, Revolution has already won awards at international film festivals and shows us that we can make a difference.
For the beautiful and powerful 2 minute trailer
For support and materials- Education- Awareness Changes Everything
Climate scientists are looking for a new perspective on the increasingly acidic oceans through a suite of satellites 700 km out in space, watching over parts of the seas that research ships cannot reach. Ocean acidity levels have risen by 26% over the last 200 years. The changes could almost certainly affect fisheries in the short term, and in the long term could possibly alter the continuous and vital exchanges between atmosphere and ocean that controls the climates of continents.
“How do we defend a sacred, alive world within the confines of
a system that has no concept of the sacred,
which instead sees the world as a collection of non-living resources?
By telling stories which refuse devastation, and which say yes to alternate narratives that transcend the supposed duality between economic progress and ecological protection.”
Caitlin Sislin, Strategic Consultant to social organizations
– Once you truly let the realities of today’s world into your heart, it’s not easy! Nothing will change if we putter around the edges- there simply isn’t time! Words of wisdom are essential- how do we deeply accept and move on? SEHN shares profound, helpful thoughts. - Editor
At the Threshold of a Dark Wood: to the activist who needs a game changer
To the activist who is alone, stuck; who knows the game is rigged; who needs a game changer: Three keys to doors for the journey and for the soul: the transformative power of grief; a new theory of agency – the authority to act; and, a new theory of power – the power of communion.
Grief, anger, and despair are normal responses to what you are witnessing: These are worthy emotions. How can an individual who is aware of the magnitude and complexity of our problems not also feel helplessness at the stark contrast to their individual impact? But facing this kind of cognitive and emotional dissonance is precisely how to break out of it. True power is communion. One way of cycling out of grief and despair is to make common cause with people in our communities to support each other in addressing the grief and anger around environmental matters. None of this work is ours alone, but borne out of and shaped by ancient headwaters, complex histories, and an abounding work already underway.
For the thoughtful February issue of Science and Environmental Network’s (SEHN) Networker- The Transformative Power of Storytelling in Law, Science, and Organizing
For The Story of the Elm Dance, by Joanna Macy
- What an important concept! How will we be viewed as ancestors? Think about this! - Editor
Becoming Great Ancestors – for a profound 15 minute TEDX talk by Carolyn Raffensperger, one of the founders of the Precautionary Principle and head of SEHN
Indigenous Australians are always thinking “if we don’t keep that balance, there will be consequences.” Cut the Sky, a new dance work premiering at the Perth festival, draws on Indigenous Australian traditions to help audiences apply emotion, rather than cold logic, to climate change. Together they share the difficult task: how to artistically engage with the issue of climate change. Pigram says the climate change discussion is dominated by “a lot of people coming from logic and science.” Cut the Sky attempts to access a very complex, global problem using a different language, of theatre and dance. And at its core the work is about “valuing an Aboriginal perspective of looking at country.” It becomes clear that it’s no easy feat. The non-linear storytelling also shakes the audience free from their default mode of logic, instead opening up their ability to feel.
“Consider the situation of London, which is protected against coastal floods through the Thames Barrier.
There was concern that rapid sea-level rise would not allow sufficient time to upgrade the Barrier because
such large engineering tasks require 25–30 years for planning and implementation.”
Dr. Jochen Hinkel, Global Climate Forum
The sea-level rise scenarios of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) do not necessarily provide the right information for high-risk coastal decision-making and management, according to new research, as they exclude the potential for extreme sea-level rises. This missing information is crucial for a number of policy processes. The IPCC scenario range is not the right piece of information, because there is a 0–33 per cent probability of sea-level rise lying outside of this range. Such a high residual risk is not tolerable from the perspective of protecting major cities from sea-level rise.
For the article Sea-level rise scenarios and coastal risk management behind paywall
- Boston’s Living with Water contest is totally amazing! First, actually facing the threat of 30% of your city being under water and giving it a matter-of-fact name Living with Water, and creating a new field- “blue architecture” that carries a positive attitude is without precedent. Would we know where Atlantis is now if they had done this? Second, planning can require huge bundles of money and typically limits ideas to just the firm hired. Here, for a relatively small fund, the City is getting creative ideas from a large number of sources, feeding this new field of “blue architecture” while paying modest prizes for 9 possible winners, each for $1,000. Every city should be following this process! Every city faces various climate challenges, and this innovative contest structure can be duplicated anywhere! Now we know, too, that the IPCC report is dangerously optimistic. – Editor
As climate change raises sea levels, many cities face the near certainty of flooding in the future. Take Boston. By 2100, forecasts show water levels climbing by five to six feet in its Harbor area, meaning that 30% of the city could be inundated. The designs here are some ideas for how it might cope. They’re all submissions to a city sponsored competition called Boston Living With Water, and they represent a useful primer to the field of “blue architecture.”
The Boston Harbor Association, City of Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, and Boston Society of Architects are pleased to host Boston Living with Water an international call for design solutions envisioning a more resilient, more sustainable, and more beautiful Boston adapted for end-of-the-century climate conditions and rising sea levels.
Boston Living with Water
Sea levels in Northeast jumped 5 inches in just 2 years, study finds
- People must understand the human impacts of climate change that are happening NOW. The BBC news shows tens of thousands of desperate refugees risking their lives to escape the horrors of the Middle East conflicts to reach places like Italy. Losing food and water tied to your ancient home can lead to dangerous instability. – Editor
Many in the West remain unaware that climate played a significant role in the rise of Syria’s extremists. A historic drought afflicted the country from 2006 through 2010, setting off a dire humanitarian crisis for millions of Syrians. Yet the four-year drought evoked little response from Bashar al-Assad’s government. Rage at the regime’s callousness boiled over in 2011, helping to fuel the popular uprising. In the ensuing chaos, ISIS stole onto the scene. If more Americans knew how glacial melt contributes to catastrophic weather in Afghanistan — potentially strengthening the Taliban and imperiling Afghan girls who want to attend school — would we drive more hybrids and use millions fewer plastic bags? There is no shortage of nations whose political stability and climate are both vulnerable. When we fail to get the facts right about greenhouse gas emissions, we may unwittingly enable ISIS, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, and other extremist groups to flourish. As we consider our personal positions on climate change, it is important to understand all that is at stake in our interconnected world.
and some good things. Let’s get all U.S. religious groups to do the same-
Jordan’s 6,000 Mosques Will Soon All Have Rooftop Solar
The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources is collaborating with the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs to implement the project, which entails installing such systems at the country’s 6,000 mosques.
Jordan Times and
- Everything our cities do from now on must free us from fossil fuels and be based on conservation and renewable energy independence. Here’s a creative change that will be seen by 7,000,000 people a year! – Editor
Last fall, France’s iconic Eiffel Tower completed its “most ambitious” makeover in 30 years, except for one piece of the puzzle: a pair of new micro wind turbines installed right within the tower itself. Now, the two turbines are in place and humming along, generating enough renewable electricity to power all of the commercial areas in a spectacular renovation that sees 7,000,000 visitors yearly. Together they are capable of churning out 10,000 kWh annually. They literally are parked inside the Eiffel Tower at about 400 feet above ground level. We’re thinking that some of those 7,000,000 visitors will come away from their Eiffel Tower tour with a new appreciation for micro wind turbines.
The two vertical axis wind turbines were specially painted to match the iconic tower, and are located 400 feet above ground level to maximize energy production.
Urban Green Energy
For a cool 14 second video showing the turbines harnessing wind power from inside the Eiffel Tower
- Showing Revolution would be a great, and getting projects with the creativity of Living With Water could make a huge difference. Think big and deep! – Editor
Great events take time to organize so here is some good support- the Leadership Guide for Earth Day April 22, 2015. Topics include: How to Organize a Memorable Event. Tools for leading the movement online. A Billion Acts of Green. Plan a Day of Conversation in Your town. Climate Education Toolkit.