Where will we find the political will to do what we know needs to be done in the time we have? Here’s an essay in the Sequim Gazette by OCA board member Ann Soule, who also serves as Resource Manager for the City of Sequim:
In our small corner of the globe, the biggest threats are drought, wildfire, and severe storms. . . . Like all wicked problems, solutions to climate change won’t be pretty, fun, or quick. But it will be much easier if it is recognized as a “quality of life” and a “community health” issue, and not strictly an “environmental” issue.
Please pay attention…please get involved in this most important decision-time for this nation…please get everyone you know to do the same.
A plea from our kids:
And a plea from our brothers and sisters under the sea:
“This disaster is going to be as bad—as very, very bad—as we make it.”
From Elizabeth Kolbert at the New Yorker:
What Is Donald Trump’s Response to the U.N.’s Dire Climate Report?
The U.N.’s scientific advisory board sounds a piercing alarm on climate change, but the President doesn’t seem to hear it.
More New Yorker coverage of the IPCC report:
The Climate Reality Project: Hope for the Future
Thursday, March 1, 6-7 p.m., Peninsula College – Port Townsend
Thursday, March 15, 6-7 p.m., Sequim Public Library, south meeting room
Wednesday, April 18, 6:30 -7:30 p.m., Peninsula College – Forks
Cost: Free, registration not required. Open to the public
“We’re going to win this thing, but first we have to understand what it is.” With seas rising, global heat records falling, and storms becoming more and more devastating, the reality of climate change has never been clearer. With clean energy solutions like wind and solar getting more affordable, batteries getting better, and buildings becoming more efficient every year, we can see the way forward. The good news doesn’t end there. Thanks to 195 countries signing the historic Paris Agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions planet-wide, the world is united in working for a safe and sustainable future with net-zero carbon emissions by the second half of this century. Climate Reality is working to accelerate the global shift from activities driving climate change to renewables so we can power our lives and economies without destroying our planet. But we can only do it together with a deep understanding of the current global situation and the science behind it.
Presenter: Dr. Adelia Ritchie
Sponsored by Western Washington University & Sierra Club