Spring here on the Tongass may not always be what one pictures when they think of this season. The snow and ice on the trails are only now just melting away and a cold, blustery wind greets you on the waterfront. However, signs of life are clearly returning to Southeast Alaska and Sitka Sound: whales, sea lions, and birds are gorging on herring, buds and some early flowers are popping up through the snow, and the weather can’t decide what to do.
All of these signs mark the promise of longer and sunnier days and the Tongass coming back to life after a sleepy winter. We are welcoming spring with open arms!
While Sitka Sound maybe just waking up, there’s still plenty happening on the Tongass. Read on for stories, program updates, and opportunities to get involved.
Dunleavy administration intervenes in litigation to uphold Roadless exemption
Last week, the Dunleavy administration announced that they would be intervening in litigation to support the defense of the 2020 Full Exemption decision for the Tongass Roadless Rule. While this news from the Dunleavy administration is not surprising, it is disappointing to hear that the State is fighting the will of the people who live in this region and depend upon it. The Dunleavy administration is committing resources and time to fight a losing battle, rather than working with Southeast Alaskan communities to craft pragmatic, impactful, and durable solutions on the ground.
On the other hand, the Biden Administration recognizes the inadequate process and the politicized outcome of the Alaska Roadless Rule issue and has vowed to revisit the decision. His administration should soon announce what path they will take to revisit the Roadless Rule issue. We will keep our supporters updated as soon as action is ready to be taken.
We know that this issue is near and dear to many people in Southeast Alaska. We look forward to holding the Biden administration accountable for reaching a more equitable solution that takes into account the demands of tribal governments, rural communities, tourism fishing, and other business industries, and so many Southeast Alaskans that use and depend upon this landscape.
1/22/2021 | Ellen Montgomery Director, Public Lands Campaign
On Inauguration Day, President Joe Biden wasted no time in taking action, signing 17 executive orders. For those of us who care deeply about our wild forests, there was one piece in particular that had us clapping. As part of the “Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis,” President Biden directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to immediately review a rule finalized in October, “Special Areas; Roadless Area Conservation; National Forest System Lands in Alaska.” Essentially, this means that the Forest Service will be taking the first step toward restoring protections for our largest national forest, the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska.
Donald Trump Rolls Back Protections for Tongass National Forest | NowThis
Donald Trump is opening up the largest ancient old-growth forest in the U.S. to logging interests, part of the Trump administration’s goal to end protections on 35 million acres of public lands.
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In US news and current events today, the Trump admin is stripping protections from a national forest to make it available for logging and other commercial interests.
Alaska’s Tongass National Forest is the largest ancient, old-growth forest in the U.S. and one of the world’s largest and last intact temperate rain forests. The Tongass National Forest is also a natural ‘carbon sink’ that absorbs approx 8% of carbon emissions from the mainland U.S.
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This evening we welcome Dr. Adelaide Johnson. Dr. Johnson presents a talk about the ongoing revitalization of the more than 5000-year-old tradition of using trees for essential cultural activities including carving and weaving, started in an effort to provide targeted information on the importance of sustaining trees long into the future for cultural uses. In the process, she partnered with Tongass-wide Tribal-affiliated youth engagement programs and gathered information on cultural significance, artist requirements for use of wood and bark, and community-suggested stewardship recommendations. In this program, she shares the results of the study, highlights the significance of carved wood products such as totem poles and dugout boats and woven items such as hats and baskets, and shares the importance of engaging youth in relevant place-based activities.
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Address adverse health impacts of climate change. Learn how climate change negatively affects human health, what adaptation strategies can lessen the impacts, and how to communicate effectively about these issues to bring about change in your community.
Climate change is arguably the greatest public health threat we face. To address it successfully, health and environmental professionals, advocates, and others need to acquire new skills and a deeper understanding of its challenges and solutions. This specialization is for those who wish to understand the impact of climate change on health and are committed to protecting the health of populations using the knowledge and skills they will acquire.
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Describe how and why the climate is changing and is predicted to change in the future
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Communicate health-related risks of climate change effectively to the public & policymakers & motivate positive changes in climate-related behaviors
Dr. Dubrow has been heavily involved in the educational mission of the Yale School of Public Health, as well as in research. Moved by what he sees as the greatest public health challenge in this century, Dr. Dubrow has committed himself to a new direction of education, training, and research on climate change and health.
He serves as Faculty Director for a new Climate Change and Health Initiative at Yale School of Public Health, which aims to 1) create a cohort of leaders dedicated to addressing climate change and health; 2) establish an educational program on climate change and health for students across the University; 3) catalyze research on climate change and health utilizing Yale’s multidisciplinary expertise to generate innovative interventions and policy prescriptions; and 4) utilize public health science to support legislative, litigative, regulatory, executive, community, and other efforts to mitigate or adapt to climate change and to achieve climate justice. Dr. Dubrow serves on the Advisory Board of Cool Effect, a program that identifies some of the best carbon emission reduction projects in the world and makes it simple for supporters to donate. Dr. Dubrow has taught both Principles of Epidemiology I and Principles of Epidemiology II and was chosen by the Classes of 2002, 2007, and 2012 to be Teacher of the Year. He co-Chaired the Yale School of Public Health Accreditation Advisory Committee, which oversaw the School’s self-study process leading up to its successful 7-year re-accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health in 2014. Historically, Dr. Dubrow’s research has focused on cancer, HIV, and their intersection. Most recently, his research has focused on two distinct areas: glioma (the main form of brain cancer) and HIV-related malignancies. He is currently developing a research and public health practice program in the area of climate change and health.
8 billion Trees was founded with a simple idea: if people can destroy the Earth, they can also help to rebuild it.
Co-founders Michael Powell and Jon Chambers were inspired by groups like Ecosia and Trees for the Future, but saw the opportunity to do something even bigger: plant and save 8 billion trees.
Taking their passion for entrepreneurship and channeling it into a cause for the greater good, 8 Billion Trees was born on November 10th, 2018.
At 8 Billion Trees, our goal is to become the most environmentally aware company on the planet. We don’t simply want to reduce the negative impacts of habitat destruction, deforestation and irresponsible forestry–we want to use these issues as fuel to completely revitalize what it means to be environmentally friendly. By changing our environment and spreading awareness, we are hoping to make a global change.
Climate change is accelerating
Wednesday, December 04, 2019 Briefing from New York Times.
“Things are getting worse,” said Petteri Taalas, the secretary-general of the World Meteorological Organization, which on Tuesday issued its annual report on the state of the global climate.
Seas are warming and rising faster, putting more cities at risk of flooding, and glaciers are melting at a pace that many researchers didn’t expect for decades.
The report, released at the United Nations’ annual climate conference in Madrid, said that this past decade will almost certainly be the warmest on record. (Read the report here.)
Related: Global coal consumption declined this year, but a surge in the use of oil and natural gas pushed greenhouse gas emissions to a new high.
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#NatureNow, a new short film narrated by Greta Thunberg and political journalist, author and activist George Monbiot, serves as a call to action to protect, restore and fund #NaturalClimateSolutions. Credits: Tom Mustill/ www.grippingfilms.com
Protect the Tongass National Forest
The first step on what you can do to positively impact climate change is awareness of the CRISIS.
Next, make low carbon footprint changes in your household. Keep your commitments to change.
Next, influence friends and family outside of your immediate household, by modeling low carbon footprint behaviors.
Today I urge you to join me with a phone call and email to Sen Lisa Murkowski as the timber industry has a leg up on all of us.
Records show federal government, tasked with rewriting Tongass rules, also funded Alaska timber group
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 the 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. Working on this problem is the work of all earthlings. You can start today with the simple act of avoiding all forms of unnecessary travel.
“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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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.
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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
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
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
Teen Climate Activist, Greta Thunberg
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