Climate Breakdown

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The climate crisis is the greatest and the most complex challenge

that Homo sapiens have ever faced.

We must change almost everything in our current societies.
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The bigger your carbon footprint is, the bigger your moral duty.

The bigger your platform, the bigger your responsibility.
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Greta Thunberg
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Adults keep saying:
“We owe it to the young people to give them hope.”
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But I don’t want your hope.
I don’t want you to be hopeful.
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I want you to panic.
I want you to feel the fear I feel every day.
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And then I want you to act.
I want you to act as you would in a crisis.
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I want you to act as if our house is on fire.
Because it is.
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Greta Thunberg

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If we are to have real hope
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we must first accept reality.
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There is no silver bullet.
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People are working on effective and innovative solutions.
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The world is finally beginning to act.

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Tim Flannery
Atmosphere of Hope
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Our current efforts for climate mitigation are proof of concept

nothing more

Sorry, but CO2 continues to climb, in fact is accelerating.

Solar and wind contribution are in the very small percentages.

We are very close to doing nothing, perhaps close to epsilon as epsilon approaches zero.

We are facing corporations and governments that will not budge.

They want to build their economy, wealth and military
and fossil fuels are a key part of that.


anonymous climate scientist on the IPCC
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the international focus on fossil fuels
has overshadowed

the most powerful and cost-efficient
carbon-capture technology

the world has yet seen: forests

intact forests

are capable of storing

the equivalent
of the carbon dioxide emissions

of entire countries

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Acts of sustained mass civil disobedience.

That’s all we have left.

The democratic party is not going to save us.

Especially, as they continue to take Wall Street money

and refuse to confront the social inequalities

that is the root of our problems.

Chris Hedges

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The rapid degradation of the Canadian boreal forest
threatens
to have a global impact
exacerbating the effects of climate change
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In just 20 years, an area nearly the size of Ohio
has been cut with a huge portion
of this harvested wood
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converted into pulps that are used to manufacture
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newsprint,
paper,
and tissue
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NRDC

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For every square yard of forest,
27 square yards of leaves and needles blanket the crowns.

In addition, each summer, trees use up to 8,500 cubic yards of water per square mile,
which they release into the air through transpiration.
This water vapor creates new clouds that travel farther inland to release their rain.

This water pump works so well that the
downpours in some large areas of the world, such as the Amazon Basin,
are almost
as heavy thousands of miles inland as they are on the coast.


the whole process breaks down if coastal forests are cleared.

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The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

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We are now in the midst of the 6th extinction,
with a very rapid destruction of other species
and of the kind of environment in which they can survive,
like wilderness for example.
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We are pushing to the edge of not only our own survival,
but that of much of life on earth.
So, is this the most gravest moment in my life?
Yes,
but also in all of human history.

Noam Chomsky

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