We have a moral, ethical, and survival imperative to learn about climate change / global warming, and to act appropriately and decisively. This imperative derives from people living today and all those who will follow us. We must not have future generations say, of us: "They refused to learn" or "they knew but did not act."
Climate change / global warming impactsare seen now, and will be increasingly severe and negative to lives, peace, and justice, worldwide. There is no safe haven, not even for the US. Preservation (there will devastating consequences), social justice (the poor will get hit hardest), and intergenerational equity (our grandchildren will suffer) are at stake unless we act. Lasting solutions to many issues from food to water to immigration to women's rights to national security will require climate action, because climate is interconnected.
On the positive side, we can move into a new era withnon-fossil energies, stimulating economies and creating more jobs with better technology, without the huge climate costs of fossil fuels.
Unfortunately, "contrarians/deniers/faux-skeptics"are attacking climate science and spreading disinformation with the goal of stopping climate action. Some climate science deniers are funded by vested fossil fuel interests afraid of losing wealth due to potential stranded carbon assets. Denier pseudo-science fallacies are loudly broadcast by right-wing media, using earlier tobacco lobby tactics to sow doubt. Climate scientists are courageously fighting back.
Topics to LEFT (What we can do, climate science, impacts, Kids Corner etc); list of articles is BELOW.
The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Officepromotes well-being, peace, and justicethroughout the world. Crucial to this effort is combating the impacts of the man-made global warming trend of climate change. The VISION of the UU-UNO Climate Change Initiative is a world with mitigated climate change viable for us and future generations. The MISSION is to provide motivation for climate action. An ambitious project underway is sparking and facilitating the creation of a network of Climate Action Teams or CATs in UU Congregations. ClickHERE for information.
UU-UNO Letter to President on Keystone FINAL 8May2012
Department of Defense Acknowledges Risks of Climate ChangeLast Updated on 2014-03-07 05:44:41IS CLIMATE CHANGE A NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT?
THE U.S. MILITARY AND MILITARY EXPERTS SAY YES!
2014 Quadrennial Defense Review
Video on the military aspects of climate change - Watch it!
The Waxman-Whitehouse letter on National security and climate change
Climate Risks Relevant to Speech by John Kerry (by Climate Nexus)
2010 Quadrennial Defense Review
2014 QUADRENNIAL DEFENSE REVIEW
Full text is HERE. Quotes from the review are below:
"The impacts of climate change may increase the frequency, scale, and complexity of future missions, including defense support to civil authorities, while at the same time undermining the capacity of our domestic installations to support training activities."
"Climate change poses another significant challenge for the United States and the world at large. As greenhouse gas emissions increase, sea... More »
Warsaw Blog for 2013 Climate ConferenceLast Updated on 2014-02-24 05:32:08This blog accompanies the coverage of the Warsaw 2013 UNFCCC Climate Conference.
Dr. Jan Dash commentary on Warsaw for the NGO Committee for Sustainable Development
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On-the-spot commentary by Elena Rahona, Program Manager of Mount Sinai Global Health, NY.
Warsaw Blog Elena Rahona
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Presentation by Dr. Jan Dash on background for the Warsaw Climate Conference, given at the November meeting of the UN-NGO Committee on Sustainable Development (CSD, CoNGO), NY.
HERE is the video.
Warsaw CSD Presentation (November 2013) DASH
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"Bottom Line from Warsaw" (CLICK HERE)
An interview of two climate scientists who are calling for what some may view as a shocking solution to the climate crisis: a rethinking of the economic order in the United States and other industrialized nations. Their names are... More »
The Contrarians? Full article with referencesLast Updated on 2014-02-19 06:25:25
AKA climate science deniers or climate "faux" skeptics spread disinformation about climate and try to prevent responsible climate risk management. Information for this rather comprehensive article is drawn from the many sources and links in the text.
Who are the contrarians?
What is the contrarian Agenda?
What do contrarians Say about global warming? [The "Four Fallacy Trenches"]
What about Real Scientific Skepticism and contrarians?
What are some Contrarian Tactics and Fallacies?
What about "fringe" contrarian ideas?
Aren't there some contrarians with credentials who disproved mainstream climate science? No.
The Tobacco Analogy
What do contrarians misunderstand about climate Risk Management?
What are some Disturbing Elements regarding contrarians?
What about... More »
Time Lapse Proof of Extreme Ice LossLast Updated on 2014-02-16 09:13:14Photographer James Balog shares new image sequences from the Extreme Ice Survey, a network of time-lapse cameras recording glaciers receding at an alarming rate, some of the most vivid evidence yet of climate change. Great video - watch it!
James Balog's Extreme Ice Survey captures the twisting, soaring forms of threatened wild ice. Full bio and more links
Here is the trailer for his new movie Chasing Ice
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Mother Earth vs. World's People - a play about climate changeLast Updated on 2014-02-16 08:42:35This is a great play about climate change by Doug Stewart,
an author, playwright, director and performer, as well as a business team and management consultant. Doug is a board member of Senior Theatre USA, and an Honorary Board Member of the Santa Fe (New Mexico) Playhouse. He is also a member of the UU-UNO Climate Advisory Group. The play is a 350.org recommended resource. HERE is advice on staging the play, as well as a prologue from Bill McKibben.
And here is the whole play, which can be downloaded. Why not perform it?
Mother Earth vs. World's People - a play by Doug Stewart
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