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Climate Emergency Action Plan: Five Ways We Can Still Avert Catastrophe


Environment  (tags: animals, climate-change, CO2emissions, conservation, destruction, ecosystems, endangered, environment, globalwarming, greenhousegases, habitatdestruction, healthconditions, humans, nature, politics, pollution, science, Sustainabililty, trees, water, weath )

Kit
- 633 days ago - truth-out.org
It's late to be getting to solutions, but now, perhaps, we're finally ready to take on the challenge. *70 percent of Americans now believe the climate is changing. Finally!!!



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Robert S. (115)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 2:42 pm
Perhaps after all we may not be too stupid to live. We shall see.
 

Michela m. (3408)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 4:38 pm

Thanks!! Posted in: ORANGUTANS: Men of the Forest
in: CLIMATE CHANGE: Several Petitions VERY URGENT New!!! http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=28682&pst=1323252&saved=1
Please Join and Invite friends to Join
ORANGUTANS: Men of the Forest
together with Sumatran Tigers (Java and Bali Tigers already EXTINCT), Elephants, Rhinos, CloudedLeopards, SunBears, Wildlife, Biodiversity they face Extinction!! Only 300 Sumatran Tigers left on Earth!!! 300 Football Fields of Rainforests are CLEARED every hour in SE Asia to produce Palm Oil: a hidden, not labelled, unhealthy ingredient in the products we buy. We MUST do WHATEVER is possible to SAVE them all!! Against: Corporate Control, Deforestation, Illegal Logging, Pet Trade, Pollution, CO2Emissions, Indigenous Peoples Displacement, Global Warming!!  Also other Primates, as Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Gibbons, and Monkeys for Vivisection are dealt in this Group. Petitions/Info/Videos/Pics are here.
Please!! Join, Sign, Invite friends to Join!! Individually: we are one DROP, all together: we are an OCEAN!! ALL together we can make a difference!! Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world -Margaret Mead Thanks!! Michela
 

Craig Pittman (44)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 5:08 pm
The first step of convincing 70% of the population that climate change is a fact is good. Now to convince them that it is our actions that have created the change and then to convince them that they will have to change their life-styles to help reduce the factors that are causing climate change.
Thanks to stories like this and the Internet and folks like Kit and Michela the word is spreading.
 

Michela m. (3408)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 5:15 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Craig because you have done so within the last week.
 

Eternal Gardener (700)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 6:25 pm
A willingness to change humanity's lifestyle indefinitely...to bring that about we are in need of strong leadership, I can't see that coming from either the RED nor the BLUE... hey America couldn't even be bothered to turn up at Rio+20!!!
WAKE UP, MAKE CHANGE HAPPEN.... VOTE GREENS!!!
 

Alice C. (1797)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 6:46 pm
We have been planting fig trees on our organic farm and have gone solar. We are doing what we can do to help. We can all do a little. We can all work together and make things better.
 

Cher C. (1462)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 7:07 pm


Thnx for posting sweetie!

 

John Gregoire (248)
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 5:44 am
Nice Kit but we don't have the luxury of the time needed to get those agreements and to take the action. At this stage draconian measures are needed and we still may find ourselves over the tipping point, a position I believe we have already achieved.

Frankly the 5 points are sky pie and quite naive. An ever growing world population is the root cause and that's where an fix needs to start. The rest are wishes or methods, not solutions.
 

Helen A. (108)
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 6:47 am
noted
 

JL A. (269)
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 7:22 am
Thanks Kit--and we all can do our parts as well
 

Alexandra Rodda (175)
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 7:23 am
This truth has been out for a long time. I remember reading an article in the Scientific American in the seventies about how grim our future would be - and many of the predictions are now coming true. There is a lot worse to come and I pity my grandchildren.

Here is something that everyone should know about:

The solution to greenhouse gas pollution is doable. Here it is, costed, etc The book mainly deals with energy sources, but they are also working on agriculture, food, buildings, town planning etc. It is the work of concerned young people - engineers, accountants, costing experts, climatologists etc. - all backed by Melbourne University in Australia.

Here it is: beyondzeroemissions.org
 

Dave C. (204)
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 7:55 am
we can do it, if we aren't willing to make a few sacrifices now then the future will be required to make stricter ones in order to survive.....thanks for quoting Paul Ehrlich, very lucky to have taken a class from him at Stanford and read his book back in the mid-80s.....wish more people would have done so....
 

James Travers (83)
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 8:24 am
Unfortunately I'm not convinced that these measures are enough to stop the fuse we already lit. Equally unfortunate is that history shows that humans don't approach problems like this in a sensible way. We tend to wait until the last second and do something rash and impetuous that makes things worse. Like the environmental engineering schemes which are floating around now.
 

Jason Green (227)
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 8:54 am
very informative and a great post thank you Kit!
 

Susanne R. (248)
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 12:06 pm
70% of Americans now believe that climate is changing? What will it take to convince the other 30%?

Large corporations that are a major source of the problem must stop spreading their "misinformation" that leads the gullible to believe that "there is no problem" and that "these changes are cyclical" and other ridiculous propaganda that allows them to continue their abuse of our planet for the sake of their bottom line.

Even George Will, who is NOT a climate scientist, is using his bully pulpit to deny climate change and crticize those who believe it's happening and want to take steps to reverse it. For someone in his position to say, "It's Just 'Summer ... Get Over It'" (the name of an article which lambasted him for his comments) is totally irresponsible. He has a big following (God knows why), so to behave as though he has the credentials to state with certainty that climate change doesn't exist is as dangerous as it is presumptuous because there are people who will actually believe him.
 

Yvonne White (232)
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 1:32 pm
Americans seem to need first hand proof and this summer (and last winter for that matter) we're certainly getting the picture! Weeks on end of 90's-100's+ F will leave an impression - all the dead or stunted crops will leave an impression on the consumers at the grocery store & the livestock feed stores & the agra-fuel stations... We've never watered our lawns, and before this year we rarely had any dead grass due to that lack - but this year the entire lawn is brown/yellow and the whole county has a burn ban - as well as surrounding counties. Nearly the entire state of Illinois is an agricultural disaster area for the first time ever!:(
 

Dianne D. (450)
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 1:39 pm
I almost think we are beyond saving the plant but we can't give up. The Bible says that God will destroy those that are destroying the earth. I hope he does that soon.
 

Jae A. (321)
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 1:48 pm
I really don't see anything in the future being done even if there are ways of slowing it all down even,much less stop what we are heading toward when it comes to climate change now that the Corporates are in control of our entire system of government ...all it's agencies and departments along with the military...along with control of other nations governments with more going under their thumb so ta say..with each passing day. You can't fight city hall when in reality there is no city hall ...so ta say.

We have already had temps of between 118-120 in our area this summer..which even for our desert area is unusual for this time of year. Just recently Greenland is having unprecedented ice melt downs almost over night and on and on...

 

Jae A. (321)
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 1:52 pm
I'll check back later to see if anyone has tried to talk me out of my thoughts above based on something other than 'hope'...and "if's". I sure would like to see this all differently than I do presently so please..someone give it a try ...it's way too hot here again today for me to attempt to think differently than what I stated above.
 

Christeen Anderson (422)
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 2:54 pm
It's not to late. Act now. Thank you for sharing.
 

Terri Hughes (412)
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 2:59 pm
Thanks Kit....global warming is REAL, we can't stop it, but if we all work together and do everything that we can, maybe we can slow it down. NEVER SAY NEVER!!!!
 

Gene Jacobson (233)
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 3:36 pm
"It's late to be getting to solutions, but now, perhaps, we're finally ready to take on the challenge. *70 percent of Americans now believe the climate is changing. Finally!!"

That is both good and and news, Kit. The good news is a solid majority have whipped the blindfolds off their eyes. Along with much of the world. The bad news is that the people who could actually, maybe - and I am afraid I think it is too late, that we will see generations of misery even if we started remedial action now - are not in that 70%. It is the 1% who must be persuaded, only they have the power to make changes on the scale that is desperately needed and they still don't give a rip, they still value their money over all of the rest of us. How bad does it have to get before the Koch boys, say, whoa, we better rethink this? No idea, but a lot worse than it is, and then it may well be too late for all of us.
 

Michela m. (3408)
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 4:12 pm


"OIL / PALM OIL / LOGGING / FOOD / FAST FOOD....etc.... BIG CORPORATIONS, LOBBIES... MAFIA"

ARE TAKING OUR EARTH to DESTRUCTION!!!!!!!!!!!

JUST FOR THEIR MONEY & GREED!!!!!!!!

AT THE EXPENSES OF HUMANKIND FUTURE & OUR CHILDREN's FUTURE!!!!!!!!

IF, e.g., a Dictator KILLS HUNDREDS or THOUSANDS PEOPLE: it is called a "CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY" and he CAN BE TAKEN RESPONSIBLE FOR IT!!!!!!!

In the case of BIG CORPORATIONS... we are not talking of HUNDREDS or THOUSANDS of PEOPLE, BUT HUMANITY as a WHOLE & EARTH SURVIVAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Michela m. (3408)
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 4:18 pm
I'm SICERELY PREOCCUPIED that when the USA are going to VOTE
THAT PART OF THE "GLOBAL WARMING DENIERS" (misguided & led by Big Corporations GREED)
MIGHT WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THIS WOULD BE A REAL DISASTER!!!!!!!!!!!
not only for the USA BUT for the entire world........
 

Anthony Hilbert (6)
Thursday July 26, 2012, 1:52 am
The most remarkable thing about this article? So far, not a single troll posting "Global warming is a discredited scam." OK, it's early yet, but they used to be some of the first to comment. Do you suppose their sponsors have given up?
 

Devon Leonard (54)
Thursday July 26, 2012, 2:31 am
It's never too late to do the right thing.... I enjoyed this article.. I think it would be wonderful for a lot more small family farms cropping up here, there, everywhere..! I fret also about who will win our election in Nov but i guard my mind against negative thoughts... Thoughts are the generators that power our reality..from unseen to seen.
 

Gene Jacobson (233)
Thursday July 26, 2012, 6:44 pm
You're right, Kit, the 1% are going to be among the first to see the consequences of sea level rising, they are the ones with the ocean front property. I read someplace the Koch's live in Florida, under one worst case scenario I saw depicted graphically, 2/3's of Florida will be under water. Most of New York City too. Indonesia a memory, no longer an island nation. Why these people don't care about their grandchildren and beyond is utterly unfathomable to me. I absolutely don't get it at all. I know they have their paid skeptics but they are smart people, they have to know the truth. They have to know what is coming. Maybe they somehow think they can just pack up and move inland, if. But if this actually does produce a snowball earth again, there'll be no inland to move to. And they have to know that too. Unless they somehow insulate themselves so much that they don't read anything but the pablum their hacks put out. I mean if they would just watch An Inconvenient Truth it would have some effect on them. All these isolated climate change horror stories, no one is connecting the dots, but they are smart enough to know these things. How they can ignore them at peril to all of us including themselves and their heirs I absolutely will never understand.
 

Jae A. (321)
Thursday July 26, 2012, 7:06 pm
So far no one has managed to bring new light to sway much less change my thoughts on this to date but hey..there might be a late poster who will. That being said, it is true that all of can do what we can individually and that many of us have been those things for some time now but unless the 'world' can get the corporates to fall in line...well..see my above comments.

Great read Kit, thanks for sharing and to all who have posted some very good comments. You are so right about it's no longer a debate but a search for solutions...that is true with the majority of our nations woes/crisis. It's also what the rightwingcrazies don't want to join in on..finding solutions to this or anything else it seems to me. SInce the corporate coup took over our government one would think that even they...rightwingsupporters would have also had an awakening , at least enough to understand that solutions are becoming more difficult to find much less implement,especially as long as so many of them keep denying and or supporting the Corportes take over of our government.
 

Robert S. (115)
Thursday July 26, 2012, 8:01 pm
There has been no true debate for a long time. Just self serving deniers and taunting trolls. There are of course what I would loosely call the Limbaugh crowd who just believe pretty much anything that he and his ilk say. I guess you could categorize them as full of opinion, but without knowledge. They hate science because its inconvenient...(contradicts the bible) at best and completely over their heads (created to confound them by left wing intellectuals) at worst. .
 

Yvonne White (232)
Thursday July 26, 2012, 8:30 pm
Jae, you know the Ca$h Crazed Capitolist$ don't have ANY ideas beyond Marketing..;) But real people do & we can force the issue - already the ad campaigns from the 1%ers are "green friendly" bull$hit...so all we really have to do is Make It Real!;)
 

Muriel Servaege (37)
Thursday July 26, 2012, 9:50 pm
Noted, thank you.
 

Jae A. (321)
Thursday July 26, 2012, 10:30 pm
:-) ...make it real..and there is where we want to go but the Corporates/Congress and so forth have other plans...to deregulate what regulations/limits there are left. When the people controlled the government we could force issues but now..only if they are willing to 'give us one' as a light of hope...but what else is there to do but keep try'n or just go fishing. Right now the fishing sounds good to me. At least I'd have more hope as to accomplishing my mission than when it comes to solutions that Corporates certainly don't want. I do appriciate the comment Yvonne...and I seriously do wish it were that easy while we are under corporate ruling class/system of government.
 

pam w. (187)
Friday July 27, 2012, 12:31 am
And I agree with every one of these ideas....

BUT

WE NEED TO CONTROL OUR POPULATIONS!

Mormons, Muslims, Catholics, and any other religojn which promotes big families needs to STOP!

SOMEONE needs to educate every man on the planet and let them learn that HUGE FAMILIES DO NOT EQUATE TO A HUGE PENIS!
 

Lin Penrose (92)
Friday July 27, 2012, 2:05 pm
Thanks Kit, Another great post. I agree with many comments and the possibilites of modifying down the damage of climate change. However, in addition, I think that our human population growth and consequent consumers (read possibilties for others to control - many), has and is the greatest damaging factor this planet has experienced in many thousands if not billions, of years of more natural disasters that caused planetary chaos in this solar system.
 

Susan V. (77)
Friday July 27, 2012, 3:07 pm
Those who have solar panels that are working well, please share how a person goes about changing their home over to solar --- upfront costs -- most reliable company - etc.

thanks
 

Robert S. (115)
Friday July 27, 2012, 3:51 pm
Of course, it doesn't hurt to ask, and I guess its easier than doing the research ones self. Personally, I would Google it rather than attempting to put some one to work for me. But that's just me, and who knows, someone may be an eager beaver. Good luck.
 

Robert S. (115)
Friday July 27, 2012, 8:04 pm
There was a post a year or so ago...not in news, on the subject of Population which got quite heated. The subject brings "them" out of the woodwork.
 

Susan V. (77)
Saturday July 28, 2012, 12:39 am
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/966/619/091/tell-colleges-dump-stock-from-companies-that-are-destroying-the-planet/

This petition is to support McKibben's plan to urge colleges to dump stock in companies that support the fossil fuel industry. This divestment plan is what ended apartheid, and it began on college campuses. If it can do that, it can do this.
 

Susan V. (77)
Saturday July 28, 2012, 12:41 am
Robert, were you not aware that "asking" IS research?

I spend my whole life researching. sometimes I need help.

thanks, susan
 

Robert S. (115)
Saturday July 28, 2012, 8:29 am
So what you seem to be saying is that you exhausted the research avenue, i.e., (asking the question of Google, etc.)....and having found nothing....asked here as a last resort. Sorry, Who would have guessed that no info was available except from someone here magically knowing.

Perhaps you are not aware that needing and wanting are not the same thing.

All that aside, you have no quarrel with you personally. You simply stepped on a pet peeve of mine, and I went off. Just thinking out loud really.
 

Robert S. (115)
Saturday July 28, 2012, 8:59 am
I meant to say "I" have no quarrel with you, personally, and could not possibly know if "you" have a quarrel with you. Anyway. Moving on. Good post Kit, though I believe catastrophe immanent at this point. We may perhaps mitigate the extent of it. No picnic is scheduled, but the BBQ has begun.
 
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