Optimist Wannabee Climate Action
The latest reports are in, and yes, Virginia, we are indeed in deep doodoo.
It was nice chatting with y'all.
"New UN climate report foresees a "world of worsening food shortages and wildfires, and a mass die-off of coral reefs as soon as 2040.” https://t.co/Tq6QuJYyq3
— Vote November 6 (@vanityman) October 8, 2018
We have known bits of that for some time. And now confirmed is what we have been seeing with our own eyes: climate change effects have accelerated and the end surely is nigh.
Some gave up on the work years ago, some did after the latest reports, some are now being encouraged by the Trump administation to give up now.
Where to now?
Some would say that now is not the time to give up. But so much depends on governments and oligarchs who outright oppose or are glacially responsive to changing the status quo, if at all.
First thing this morning I read a post on FB from New Energy Economy, who with WildEarth Guardians and others have taken on PNM, the for profit electric utility in New Mexico. The grassroots groups have been a huge pain in the @ss for PNM, who went for years making money hand over fist paying obscene ceo salaries at the expense of the health and well being of New Mexicans: going to public hearings, suing, testifying at the public utility committee. Some progress has been made but of course PNM is fighting back.
Aside from that, they have been involving native communities in fight for sustainable energy and jobs, clean air and water.
New Energy Economy has also been working to solarize communities. The post this morning was the celebration for the latest completed project:
Save $115,000 in electricity costs
Eliminate 882,702 lbs of CO2 emissions
Avoid 367,793 lbs of coal from being burned
Save 353,081 gallons of water
Nice, but nowhere near enough:
Where do we stand, what are efforts being made, what shows promise, what is doomed to fail?
Questions many are asking that still want a different future than the one we are clearly headed toward.
#9: Plant-rich diets. “This is not about individual choices, but leaders, institutions, & employers making dietary change a priority to shift markets & lower emissions.” Example: the new #CoolFoodPledge, with signatories serving 60M meals/year. @WRIFood https://t.co/DGIwUKmz48
— Daniel Vennard (@venoir) October 12, 2018
I am sharing this Vox list as a look at what has been and is being tried around the planet. Not in any way saying I support these efforts. They do represent a summary in one place, a look at where humans are just now imo.
Some I had never heard of.