Protect the Tongass National Forest

 

Keep the Roadless Rule in place on the Tongass National Forest!
What is the Roadless Rule?
The Roadless Rule has protected National Forests across the United States since 2001. It prevents new road construction, maintaining some of the last old growth forests in the world. Parts of the Tongass National Forest are currently protected under the Roadless Rule.

The State of Alaska is trying to return to the days of clear cut logging by making the Tongass exempt from the Roadless Rule.

We are currently waiting for the Forest Service to open up a comment period. Sign up for our action alert newsletter so that you can voice your concerns about keeping the Roadless Rule on the Tongass once the comment period opens.

(click on button above to sign up for action alert newsletter and find out more about how you can Take Action to protect the Tongass (some of the last old Growth Forest in the world).

Humans, when confronted with big problems (obstacles) to overcome engage in two common responses, avoidance, and more AVOIDANCE. Climate change is an active, rapidly changing this lifetime issue for all of us yet it seems so many of us are living lives like nothing is wrong. Why? This is a normal human response when confronted with a problem too big to solve by one of us. Imagine you had a place to go to for realistic solutions and to hear from leading scientists and activists like Greta Thunberg. This is our planet.

“There is infinite hope,” Kafka tells us, “only not for us.” This is a fittingly mystical epigram from a writer whose characters strive for ostensibly reachable goals and, tragically or amusingly, never manage to get any closer to them. But it seems to me, in our rapidly darkening world, that the converse of Kafka’s quip is equally true: There is no hope, except for us.

I’m talking, of course, about climate change. The struggle to rein in global carbon emissions and keep the planet from melting down has the feel of Kafka’s fiction. The goal has been clear for thirty years, and despite earnest efforts we’ve made essentially no progress toward reaching it. Today, the scientific evidence verges on irrefutable. If you’re younger than sixty, you have a good chance of witnessing the radical destabilization of life on earth—massive crop failures, apocalyptic fires, imploding economies, epic flooding, hundreds of millions of refugees fleeing regions made uninhabitable by extreme heat or permanent drought. If you’re under thirty, you’re all but guaranteed to witness it.” (1)

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The climate apocalypse is coming. To prepare for it, we need to admit that we can’t prevent it.

This morning, a Microsoft partnership with Nature Conservancy with a goal of planting 1 Billion trees, popped up on my computer.  Please join me in donating $1 or more to this noble effort.

Protecting our planet

Over the last 45 years, 60% of the world’s wildlife has disappeared. And each year, 32 million acres of the world’s forests are depleted.
– The Nature Conservancy

We’re facing unprecedented challenges from climate change: pollution, flooding, drought, loss of biodiversity, and a rapidly growing population of almost eight billion people. Lives, livelihoods, and natural resources hang in the balance.

But there’s still hope to reverse the damaging cycles we’ve created. Together, we can work to ensure a safer, healthier, and more sustainable future for our planet.

Multiple studies published in a peer-reviewed scientific journals1 show that 97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree*: Climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities. In addition, most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position. The following is a partial list of these organizations, along with links to their published statements and a selection of related resources.

Overwhelmed with the consequences of inaction or business as usual? You are not alone. This is a big issue that confronts us and it is human nature to find a way of avoiding this very big human-created climate change concern. Too big a problem to solve on your own?   The time for inaction has long since passed and we have no time to waste on “not trying”. This article includes verifiable evidence of the state of our climate on Planet Earth. If you’re still not persuaded, please click on the button below for NASA.GOV scientific consensus. This article also includes a viable potential solution from Tom Chi. I urge you to watch and listen the videos from Greta and Tom Chi and act now.

Scientific Consensus

 

here is infinite hope,” Kafka tells us, “only not for us.” This is a fittingly mystical epigram from a writer whose characters strive for ostensibly reachable goals and, tragically or amusingly, never manage to get any closer to them. But it seems to me, in our rapidly darkening world, that the converse of Kafka’s quip is equally true: There is no hope, except for us.

I’m talking, of course, about climate change. The struggle to rein in global carbon emissions and keep the planet from melting down has the feel of Kafka’s fiction. The goal has been clear for thirty years, and despite earnest efforts we’ve made essentially no progress toward reaching it. Today, the scientific evidence verges on irrefutable. If you’re younger than sixty, you have a good chance of witnessing the radical destabilization of life on earth—massive crop failures, apocalyptic fires, imploding economies, epic flooding, hundreds of millions of refugees fleeing regions made uninhabitable by extreme heat or permanent drought. If you’re under thirty, you’re all but guaranteed to witness it.

 

 

(3 Dec 2018) A Swedish teenager, who takes time out of school each week to highlight the danger of global warming, says world leaders who are skipping a UN climate summit are “very irresponsible”.

Fifteen-year-old Greta Thunberg traveled to Poland for the start of the two-week talks and delivered a speech on Monday to some of the decision-makers at the conference.
Speaking afterward, Thunberg said the absence of leaders such as US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel “shows what they prioritize”.
Thunberg, who protests outside the Swedish parliament every Friday, said of politicians not in attendance: “In the future, we will look back, and we will either laugh at them or we will hate them.”
Her activism has inspired other students from as far away as Australia.

http://ScientistsWarning.TV/ – Today our little climate giant, Greta Thunberg, is joined by her father, Svante to talk about her path from an unknown Swedish school girl to an internationally recognized climate leader. If governments don’t give a damn about her future, why should she give a damn about their laws! Svante discusses how Greta’s passion for the truth about climate has changed the family’s lives. Very compelling.

As government ministers from around the globe gather in Katowice, Poland, for the final days of the 24th U.N. climate summit, we speak with 15-year-old activist Greta Thunberg, who denounced politicians here last week for their inaction on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. She has garnered global attention for carrying out a weekly school strike against climate change in her home country of Sweden. “We need to change ourselves now, because tomorrow it might be too late,” says Thunberg. We are also joined by her father, Svante Thunberg, a Swedish actor.

 

Teen Climate Activist, Greta Thunberg

 

https://www.ted.com/tedx

 

 

Greta Thunberg realized at a young age the lapse in what several climate experts were saying and in the actions that were being taken in society. The difference was so drastic in her opinion that she decided to take matters into her own hands. Greta is a 15-year-old Stockholm native who lives at home with her parents and sister Beata. She’s a 9th grader in Stockholm who enjoys spending her spare time riding Icelandic horses, spending time with her families two dogs, Moses and Roxy. She loves animals and has a passion for books and science. At a young age, she became interested in the environment and convinced her family to adopt a sustainable lifestyle. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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