- Acknowledge the science (climate change is real).
- Call your congressperson about H.R.794
- Vote (see below) how each leader can significantly impact change for good or conversely negatively impact our common future.***
- Change your carbon impact habits and expect the same from your local leaders. We are at ACT now NOW!
- Change your carbon impact habits and expect the same from your local leaders. We are at ACT now NOW!
5. Read #1 and demonstrate you understand. Implement change in your activism and centers of influence. New construction (commercial or residential) must include renewable energy sources and clear environmental impact studies. Go to the #4 link and see how you can make an impact today.
Introduced in House (02/04/2021)
National Climate Emergency Act of 2021 or the Climate Emergency Act of 2021
This bill directs the President to declare a national emergency with respect to climate change.
The President, in responding to the emergency, must ensure that the government
- invests in large scale mitigation and resiliency projects;
- makes investments that enable a racially and socially just transition to a clean energy economy by ensuring that at least 40% of investments flow to historically disadvantaged communities;
- avoids solutions that increase inequality or violate human rights;
- creates jobs that conform to labor standards that provide family-sustaining wages and benefits and ensure safe workplaces;
- prioritizes local and equitable hiring and contracting that creates opportunities for marginalized communities;
- combats environmental injustice; and
- reinvests in existing public sector institutions and creates new public sector institutions to strategically mobilize and channel investments at the scale and pace required by the national emergency.
The President shall report annually on actions taken in response to the national emergency.
We’re back and revamped! Our monthly Bipartisan Infrastructure Law updates are now called “Building a Better America Monthly Updates.” This past month's happenings include:— Secretary Jennifer Granholm (@SecGranholm) August 29, 2022
✅ HISTORIC passing of @POTUS’ #InflationReductionAct
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The Dalai Lama Issues a Stark Warning to Humanity | Emma Barnett Meets
Emma Barnett meets His Holiness the Dalai Lama to discuss the impact of global warming on the future of humanity, the need for greater compassion in today’s society, and his memories of the late Queen Elizabeth II. The interview was recorded on Oct 7, 2022. In a series of one-on-one interviews, award-winning journalist Emma Barnett meets leaders in their fields who are advancing and reshaping the global debate
‘Doomsday Glacier’: Experts Raise Alarms About Cracking Antarctic Ice Shelf
A Florida-sized glacier in the western Antarctic is currently holding back enough ice to raise sea levels around the world by 10 feet. And a new study found its safeguards could collapse in less than a decade.
Visiting the most vulnerable place on Earth: the ‘doomsday glacier’
The Thwaites Glacier is the largest, most menacing source of rising sea levels all over the world, and it is melting at an alarming rate. For years, scientists have warily watched it from afar, but in November, a team set out on a perilous journey to investigate what is happening below. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on what they discovered.
See Bill Nye’s warning about the ‘doomsday’ glacier
Scientist and TV personality Bill Nye discusses climate change and Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier, which scientists say could collapse in the next five years. (edited)
Sen. Whitehouse Delivers a Speech on Climate Action & the IPCC Report
Sen. Whitehouse delivers his final Time to Wake Up Climate Speech
January 28th | After 279 climate speeches urging Congress to wake up to the threat of climate change, Sen. Whitehouse ends this chapter and tells colleagues it’s time to get to work
Time to Wake Up 282: Chamber of Carbon
Sen. Whitehouse on Offshore Wind, Carbon Capture, and the International Oil Cartel in an EPW Hearing
May 11 | Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) delivers remarks on the future of offshore wind and carbon capture in an Environment and Public Works Committee hearing with Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Chair Brenda Mallory. Whitehouse also calls out profiteering from Big Oil and the threat to American energy independence posed by the international oil cartel.
What Humans MUST DO To Adapt & Avoid the COLLAPSE of Civilization | Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying
This episode is sponsored by NutriSense. Go to https://trynutrisense.com/Impact and use code IMPACT for $50 off your NutriSense CGM. Some people are more motivated by bad news while others are paralyzed in fear. Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying are two Evolutionary Biologists that give you the facts, discoveries, and observations as they see it. Tom reads a direct quote from their latest book that says, “We are headed for collapse. Civilization is becoming incoherent around us.” Bret and Heather break down fundamental ideas behind what humans have learned from evolution for thousands of years, how corrupt the science community has become, and how to parent your children with the goal of mitigating risks while they are younger. These biologists are incredibly fascinating with novel ideas of what adaptation would look like for humans if we are careful and intentional. SHOW NOTES: 0:00 | Introduction to Bret & Heather 0:30 | Headed for a Collapse 3:02 | Learning From Evolution 6:43 | How Are Humans Fish? 13:18 | Solving Novel Problems 18:37 | Redefining Language & Jargon 27:03 | Defining What Science Is 34:14 | Corrupted Science Incentives 39:50 | Break Down Of Society 44:04 | Evolutionary Toolkit 48:27 | Recover from Helicopter Parents 55:34 | Prepare Children for Risks 1:04:41 | Rite of Passage 1:07:05 | The Fourth Frontier 1:15:22 | Steady State Craftsmanship 1:20:59 | Value of Liberty QUOTES: “Some things about what we are, are very difficult to change, some things are actually trivial, easily changed, and knowing which is which is a matter of sorting out where the information is housed.” Bret Weinstein [6:24] “If you use your intuitive, honed instincts, in order to sort through novel problems, you will constantly up and yourself because those instincts aren’t built with those problems in mind.” Bret Weinstein [13:23] “Let’s figure out how to use language that we can all agree on and understand and know, for the purposes of communication, as opposed to for the purposes of displaying group membership.” Heather Heying [23:31] “Teaching undergraduates means exposing yourself and the thinking that you are presenting to naive minds who will throw curveballs at you, and some of those curveballs are going to be nuisances, and maybe they’ll waste your time, but some of them are likely to reveal to you the frailty in your own thinking or in the thinking of the field.” Heather Heying [26:05] “Being courageous about actually acknowledging what you don’t know, often leads to the best conversations” Bret Weinstein [26:52] “We need science where things are sufficiently difficult to observe or counterintuitive.” Bret Weinstein [29:53] “wherever perception is the mediator of success, you have deception as an important evolutionary force” Bret Weinstein [32:19] “back away from that which is novel, and untested, and in the direction of that, which is time tested. And it will result in a decrease in anxiety and increase in your control over your own life.” Bret Weinstein [50:49] “Our brains are antifragile, and our bones are antifragile, and they become stronger with stressors.” Heather Heying [1:01:00] “The very thing that made us so successful as a species is now setting us up for disaster.” Bret Weinstein [1:25] “Some things about what we are are very difficult to change, some things are actually trivial, easily changed, and knowing which is which is a matter of sorting out where the information is housed.” Bret Weinstein [6:24] “If you use your intuitive, honed instincts, in order to sort through novel problems, you will constantly up and yourself because those instincts aren’t built with those problems in mind.” Bret Weinstein [13:23] Follow Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying: Website: https://bretweinstein.net/ Darkhorse Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAWC… Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/official.bre… Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bret.weinst… Twitter: https://twitter.com/bretweinstein Follow Heather Heying: Website: https://naturalselections.substack.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?… Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeatherEHeying
A Message From Russell Means
From the 1993 stage play, “Wheels Over Indians Trails.”
Maria Pessino Bacardi: Producer-Director
Robert Savina: Author
Gayil Nalls: Video Choreographer
Russell Means (1939-2012), the American-Indian (Oglala Sioux) activist and actor (Chief Chingachgook in “The Last of the Mohicans”), is one of the country’s most famous Native Americans. In this unscripted monologue, delivered June 9, 1993, from a junk site in Gallup, New Mexico, Means (then 54) calls our attention to environmental injustices, telling us that even western science has verified that the earth is a living organism in space (as Dr. James Lovelock, and then Dr. Lynn Margulis, hypothesized in the 1970s about the planet’s interacting systems, defining the Gaia Theory). Means tells us, “Mother Earth is what it’s all about…She’s alive being… She hurts, she feels, like you and I.” The monologue was originally shown at the end of the play, “Wheels Over Indian Trails,” based on his life. Coming from a long oral tradition, Means felt information, especially that about the big environmental picture, shared by all life on earth, should be out there, free to be heard. He liked the Internet age for that reason.
Johan Eliasch is finding himself in the news a lot these days. Just over a week ago it emerged that this Swedish-born tycoon, who owns the sports equipment company Head and is valued at £355m by the Sunday Times “rich list” (he’s number 145), had bought 400,000 acres of the Amazonian rainforest, an area the size of Greater London. He bought it, he said, to save it, to preserve its plants and wildlife – and, by preserving the old-growth forest, to do his bit towards counteracting rising CO2 levels.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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
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We focus on ending deforestation, improving forest protection, and restoring forests in critical areas for the benefit of wildlife, people, and a stable climate.
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With your help and support, we can live in a world where nature and people thrive.
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
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