TerraBluTeams Practice #19

During a break yesterday, while supervising hundreds of high school students during SAT exams, I did a little of the “Reporter on the Street” kind of questioning I’ve done on our sustainability cable show “Getting Engaged”. Not one of them knew about the “other” May 5th event going on globally, Connect the Dots, Climate Impacts Day, a project of 350.org. In fact, many of us sustainability folks on the North Shore tried to organize events in Ipswich, Newbury, Salisbury and Newburyport, which we had to cancel last minute on Friday. I thought that the great loss of our shorelines, marsh and Ipswich River issues would have gained more support. Climate change is not in the far future, as some would like us to believe, it is here now. My trees, shrubs and gardens have suffered for years with season creep. Just since 2006 we have observed extreme flooding, storms, tsunami’s, historically high CO2 emissions and temperatures, melting ice sheets, along with record tornado and solar event activity. I will close with this excerpt: Victor Hugo once said that “nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” The idea for a sustainable future; it’s time has come, for if temperatures rise by 6 degrees, it will mark the end of life as we know it. What lies before us is the greatest challenge of our time, and we must not fail. In the words of Winston Churchill, “the empires of the future are the empires of the mind.” So, let’s strive towards those empires; for it is here, and only here, that our children’s children will find the empires of their future. [Aiko Stevenson, Huffington Post, 5/6/12] The lack of response and engagement on the North Shore of Massachusetts and in America inspired me to forego posting my usual blog to ask the question: Why are global citizens more active than Americans about connecting the dots between extreme weather and climate change? The WHAT: What practice would you recommend to connect the dots between extreme weather and climate change? The HOW: Respond in the comments section with your thoughts and the sustainability practice you would recommend. Note: Join us this Saturday, May 12 on Rte.1, across from the Ould Newbury Golf Club for the “Getting to Zero” yard sale to kick off the summer fundraiser for TerraBluTeams! Details here. Learn more about the project here. The Deep Dive: The EPA’s view on abrubt climate change. Huffington Post article Connecting the Dots Towards the Empires of Our Future The World “Connects the Dots” Between Extreme Weather & Climate Change, Wall Street Journal Connecting the dots of this climate change crisis, The Guardian Climate Change Protesters Hold Demonstration, NBC Connecting the Climate Change Dots, Natural Resources Defense Council Students join the battle against climate change, The Aspen Times NPR segment on Link Between Extreme Weather and Climate Change

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