Climate

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CLIMATE CHANGE/ENVIRONMENT:

Listen to Betsey’s Yoga & Climate Talk, February 2015.
For inspiration: We Were Made For These Times by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

ACTIONS WE CAN TAKE FOR OUR CLIMATE:
INDIVIDUALLY:  ALIGN OUR BEHAVIOR WITH OUR VALUES

Advocate for our Climate

  • End Climate Silence! Advocate for Climate with family and friends. Speak up!
  • See resources below to get up-to-date scientific facts

Educate yourself about climate science:

Get educated about the big issues facing our country:

  • Loss of our democracy, income inequality, corporate biases in mainstream media, social justice, racial justice, the economy, the “military-industrial complex”, etc.  All issues are connected, and all affect climate.
  • Check out independent media for another perspective: Democracy Now, CounterPunch, Nation of Change, Reader Supported Network, The Young Turks, The Guardian, Real News. Google for more information and links.
  • Read the Powell Doctrine: "A Corporate Blueprint to Dominate Democracy"

Deepen your commitment to decrease your carbon footprint:

  • Sign up for clean energy with Arcadia: this is done through your current energy company, but the energy comes from wind.
  • Divest from fossil fuel company holdings: http://www.greenamerica.org/fossilfree/
  • Gradually make environmentally sustainable choices: reduce, reuse, recycle!
  • The U.S. uses the equivalent of 5 earths each year, so we all have room to improve! We can simplify and de-clutter our lives and in the process lower our footprint.
  • Compute how many earths you use each year with this Ecological Footprint Calculator. It’s fun, informative and also humbling! However, it’s easy to start with the low-hanging fruit, whatever is easiest to change.
  • Decrease your use of plastic bags as much as possible. Take reusable bags for shopping.
    • Worldwide, a trillion single-use plastic bags are used each year, nearly 2 million each minute. The amount of energy required to make 12 plastic shopping bags could drive a car for a mile.
  • Buy less!  Ask yourself if you really need it.  Get off junk mail lists.  Simplify your life!
  • Consider how the product was made and where. Support local businesses.  Buy local: it saves the carbon costs of shipping.
  • See greenamerica.org for info on how products are made.

Self-Care to optimize your energy and health: take care of your most valuable resource: YOU!

Do everything you can to maintain your energy, enthusiasm, and joy of living by celebrating what you love and developing your open compassionate heart:

  • Yoga; social support; physical, mental, & emotional health; make healthy non-pesticide local food choices, etc. Continue your spiritual practices.
  • Consider learning to meditate; meditation changes your brain in significant ways:
    • Research shows it increases the frontal cortex functioning by 10%, the part of brain used to make wise choices.
    • Meditation teaches your how your mind operates.
    • Meditation encourages greater spaciousness and less judgment, while at the same time increasing your ability for discernment.
    • Meditation gradually transforms you from knowing yourself as a physical being having a spiritual experience to knowing yourself as an embodied soul.

ACTIONS WE CAN TAKE FOR OUR CLIMATE
COLLECTIVELY: JOIN WITH OTHER GROUPS, EMPOWERING EVERYONE

  • Support the return of our democracy; nothing will work correctly as long as the richest 1% controls over 99% of the global wealth and makes choices for all of us.
    • Because of the Supreme Court decision, Citizens United, unlimited money can now be given to political candidates, ads, etc. with no transparency or accountability.
    • Read Democracy in Chains: The Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America by Duke Historian, Nancy MacLean.  If we don’t know the extent of the Radical Right take-over, it will be difficult to know how to respond fully. Check here for an excellent book review.
      • “This sixty-year campaign to make libertarianism mainstream and eventually take the government itself is at the heart of Democracy in Chains. . . . If you’re worried about what all this means for America’s future, you should be” – NPR
      • “[A] vibrant intellectual history of the radical right . . .” – The Atlantic
    • Check out Movetoamend.org for more info to get Citizens United overturned.
    • Big corporations, such as the Koch Brothers and ExxonMobil, are a driving force behind climate denial; they lobby Congress with millions of dollars.
      • The Koch Brothers have spent over $80 million to discredit climate science. They fund dozens of “think tanks” that put out misinformation.
      • Book and documentary: "Oreskes and Conway tell an important story about the misuse of science to mislead the public on matters ranging from the risks of smoking to the reality of global warming. Watch Merchants of Doubt.
      • ExxonMobil makes $100 million profit every day!

Join an organization fighting for what you believe in and participate with your time, energy, and/or money. 

Support a fee, or tax, on carbon so polluters pay the full costs of doing business, rather than leaving it to the public to pay for their pollution clean up. For more information see Citizens Climate Lobby.

Support alternative energy sources such as solar and wind.

  • Stanford University study shows wind, solar, water can supply 100% of the world’s energy needs by 2050.
  • The amount of sunlight striking the earth’s surface every hour has enough energy to power the world for an entire year!!  And so why is it that we are still using the old and dirty technology of fossil fuels? 
  • Renewables are growing exponentially and have reached cost parity with fossil fuels.

RESOURCES: BOOKS, VIDEOS, WEBSITES, & ARTICLES

JOB ONE FOR HUMANITY – TO END GLOBAL WARMING*  Includes a Petition to Declare a Global Warming State of Emergency.

  • Clearly to End Global Warming is our number one priority.  If we don’t tackle that successfully, and soon, we risk leaving an     uninhabitable Earth for our children and grandchildren".
  • I’ve signed the petition and hope you’ll join me!
  • The website includes an eBook you can download and also a current summary of the climate situation.  There are also options to     receive regular updates on the latest climate science plus a roadmap for what’s necessary to reduce our Greenhouse gases.
  • "It’s time to stop just worrying about climate change.  Instead we need to  brace for impact, because global crisis is no longer avoidable.  We have come to the end of a world economy based on consumption and waste, where we live beyond our planet’s means".

The Great Disruption: Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring on the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World by Paul Gilding

  • "This book offers a stark and unflinching look at the challenge humanity faces, yet also a deeply optimistic message".
  •  Watch a great Ted Talk by Paul.

No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need by Naomi Klein

  • “This book is one attempt to uncover how we got to this surreal political moment. It is also an attempt to predict how, under cover of shocks and crises, it could get a lot worse. And it’s a plan for how, if we keep our heads, we might just be able to flip the script and arrive at a radically better future.”

This Changes Everything, Capitalism vs The Climate by Naomi Klein

  • "Climate change is a civilizational wake-up call, a powerful message delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms, and droughts.  Confronting it is no longer about changing the lightbulbs.  It’s about changing the world – before the world changes so drastically that no one is safe".
  • A powerful book that lays out our choices with clarity and insight.  A must-read!
  • Klein’s other books are also brilliant and insightful: The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism; No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies 

Years of Living Dangerously 

  • Excellent series of nine 45-minute documentaries; on Netflix and iTunes
  • Details a variety of climate issues around the world; informative as well as entertaining

Unprecedented, Can Civilization Survive the CO2 Crisis? by David Ray Griffin

  • This book …"is a tour de force of enormous importance for our planetary future.  In his superb analysis of climate change through      the lens of science, politics, economics, energy, morality, and religion, Griffin has provided a wealth of insight for how to move forward.

Climate Reality Project

  • Scientific information about climate change; founded by Al Gore, author of the documentary film An Inconvenient Truth, and An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, and his  book, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change

Time To Choose, documentary

  • “Climate change is the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced – and it is also our greatest opportunity. We have the solutions we need, but we are in a race against the clock to implement them in time. Oscar-winning documentary director Charles Ferguson captures the urgency and innovation of this critical moment in his new film, Time to Choose.”

Reality Drop: Spread Truth. Destroy Denial.

  • The latest composite research on climate change due to human influence.
  • Global movement to solve the climate crisis, emphasizing building no new infrastructure for fossil fuels and the program, "Keeping it in the Ground" and divesting from fossil fuels

Merchants of DoubtHow a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming by Naomi Oreskes & Erik M. Conway

  • Book and documentary: "Oreskes and Conway tell an important story about the misuse of science to mislead the public on matters ranging from the risks of smoking to the reality of global warming."

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, Edited by Paul Hawken

  • “The stakes for our planet have never been higher. The world is warming, sea levels are rising, and the impacts of climate change are occurring faster and stronger than originally predicted… “
  • “We need a rigorous plan to “draw down” carbon, and Project Drawdown’s team of two hundred scientists and researchers worldwide (and counting) has modeled and chronicled one hundred creative ideas”.
  • This book is a message grounded in science; it also is a testament to the growing stream of humanity who understands the enormity of the challenge we face, and is willing to devote their lives to a future of kindness, security, and regeneration.
Blessed Unrest by Paul Hawken
  • "Story of a worldwide movement that is largely unseen by politicians or the media"

Don’t Even Think About it, Why Our Brains are Wired to Ignore Climate Change by George Marshall

  • "Most of us recognize that climate change is real, and yet we do nothing to stop it…."

Consumer Affairs Solar Energy Guide

  • This online guide produced by Consumer Affairs gives a plethora of helpful information and options in considering solar. It includes a comparison of brands, financing options, costs, and expert reviews.

The More beautiful World that Our Hearts Know is Possible by Charles Eisenstein

  • "An empowering antidote to the cynicism, frustration, paralysis, and overwhelm so many of us are feeling…."

World on the Edge, How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse by Lester R. Brown (described as "one of the world’s most influential thinkers")

  • Lays out a clear, evidence-based Plan B to change course and move onto a path of sustainable progress; very informative website: www.earth-policy.org
  • He shares what he considers are the four great goals to restoring civilization’s equilibrium
    • massive cut in global carbon emissions
    • stabilization of world population
    • abatement of poverty
    • restoration of our planet’s diverse natural landscape

The Great Transition, Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Solar and Wind Energy by Lester R. Brown

  • Details of the transition that is now unfolding; Brown’s last book before retiring in 2015.

How to Change Minds about Our Changing Climate by Seth B. Darling and Douglas L. Sisterson

  • "Let science do the talking the next time someone tries to tell you …"

 Environmental Working Group 

  • Info on a clean and safe environment; also link to Skin Deep info on safe cosmetics

Transition United States

  • Grassroots movement to make the transition to a more sustainable world
  • Riveting, important documentary to understand the world food situation
Green Yoga by Georg Feuerstein & Brenda Feuerstein
  • A clarion call for yogis to pay attention and get involved in climate issues
  • Works with allies to protect public health and the environment and to lead the transition to a world free of toxic pesticides
    • Principle to minimize/eliminate potential hazards before agreeing to a course of action
    • All current GMO research is located on this site