Climate Change Is the Biggest Challenge of Our Time

April 5, 2016 Carol No comments exist

Climate change is the biggest challenge of our time. The truth is, unless we can successfully solve climate change, what we do with regard to our other problems matters not a jot. Climate change threatens our very planet, and the survival of all who call it home.

Introducing Bill McKibben

Do you know about Bill McKibben? He is a journalist, activist and environmentalist. He’s the founder of the climate campaign 350.org, and the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College.

On March 10, McKibben called in to Boston Public Radio to discuss the environmental crisis with the show’s hosts, Jim Braude and Margery Eagan.

The interview features a discussion of McKibben’s recent op-ed in the Boston Globe, The mercury doesn’t lie: We’ve hit a troubling climate change milestone.

You can listen to the podcast at Humans Are Creating A World-Wide Mosquito Ranch In What Could Be The Hottest Year On Record. That same link includes a partial synopsis of the discussion.

Margery Eagan asked McKibben how he would rate the presidential candidates on their environmental policies. McKibben’s answer is captured in the next section of this blog post.

Climate Change and Politics

Since climate change is the biggest challenge of our time. It is the number one reason to support Bernie Sanders for president.

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What You Can Do

A very good start would be to join 350.org.

350 is the most important number in the world. It’s the safe line for our global climate and a start line for a global movement.
Visit http://350.org to join the movement (and invite your friends to our Facebook group! http://facebook.com/350.org)

If you need motivation to join, read 350.org – Keystone XL – Victory!

This is a big win. President Obama’s decision to reject Keystone XL because of its impact on the climate is nothing short of historic — and sets an important precedent that should send shockwaves through the fossil fuel industry.

Just a few years ago, insiders and experts wrote us off and assured the world Keystone XL would be built by the end of 2011. Together, ranchers, tribal nations and everyday people beat this project back, reminding the world that Big Oil isn’t invincible — and that hope is a renewable resource. But the win against Keystone XL is just the beginning, because this fight has helped inspire resistance to a thousand other projects. Everywhere you look, people are shutting down fracking wells, stopping coal export facilities, and challenging new pipelines. If Big Oil thinks that after Keystone XL the protesters are going home, they’re going to be sorely surprised.

More than anything, though, today’s decision affirms the power of social movements to enact political change, and a clear sign that our movement is stronger than ever. We’re looking to build on this victory, and show that if it’s wrong to build Keystone XL because of its impact on our climate, it’s wrong to build any new fossil fuel infrastructure, period. With the same broad coalition that stood up against this pipeline and took to the streets during the People’s Climate March, we’re better positioned than ever before to make real climate policy a top priority for the U.S. government and achieve meaningful progress in this year’s climate talks. Our movement simply will not rest until our economy shifts away from the dirty fossil fuels of yesterday to the clean renewables of tomorrow.

– May Boeve, 350.org Executive Director

About The Featured Image

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has experienced that rarest view of Earth from space, afforded only to astronauts.

He reflects on that perspective in his new blog post, “Protecting Planet Earth,” as he outlines NASA’s scientific research role in President Obama’s new Climate Action Plan.

NASA satellites have already provided more than 40 years of Earth observations from space — a critical, global record that has already proved crucial in helping scientists better understand our dynamic planet.

To read more from Bolden about NASA’s long history of studying Earth, its open data policy and its partnerships with other federal agencies and institutions in researching the complexities of climate change, please visit: 1.usa.gov/1crvfrc

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center enables NASA’s mission through four scientific endeavors: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Solar System Exploration, and Astrophysics. Goddard plays a leading role in NASA’s accomplishments by contributing compelling scientific knowledge to advance the Agency’s mission.

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