ClimateSolvr is a program that connects you with grassroots climate solutions. It helps you discover what you can do about global warming in your own life. And it helps you transform those new, lower-carbon practices into habits – your new pattern of approaching the world. ClimateSolvr helps you connect with the joy and satisfaction of a life well-lived. Continue Reading
More specifically, “the end of stationarity,” which is apparently a new phrase coined by scientists to describe the growing turmoil of climate change. Continue Reading
Government alone cannot do it. There are plenty of cries to political entities to “do something about global warming.”
Yes, it is important for government to impose carbon limits — to drive home the seriousness of a unified effort. To give us all a collective goal to strive toward. And to rein in the huge corporations, without which this never will succeed, and over which we locals have very little power.
But at the same time as we ask government officials to take action on global warming, we must completely transform our lifestyles. Continue Reading
The process of divesting from fossil fuels follows a certain timeline. (What is Divestment from Fossil Fuels? It’s basically un-investing from oil, gas and coal.) And where an organization is on this timeline determines the type of action, talking points, and answers that activists need to use.
I break the timeline down into the Consideration phase, the Declaration, and the Implementation phase.
Divestment is the opposite of investment: you can think of it like “uninvesting.”
To divest from fossil fuels means to sell all the oil and gas company stocks in your investment portfolio (or your university’s portfolio, or your faith community’s portfolio, or your city’s portfolio…).
Every day, the fossil fuel industry moves steadily closer to killing the planet and rendering humanity extinct. It has already begun: People are dying from climate-change-driven storms and diseases. From farmland to fisheries, people’s livelihoods are being wiped out, especially in disadvantaged nations. Glaciers are melting, faster than even the scientists had feared, and weather weirdness is being felt everywhere. A warming planet is disrupting ecosystems and wreaking havoc on wildlife. Scientists state quite clearly that unchecked global warming will mean the end of life as we know it. Yet the fossil fuel industry forges forward on its plans to drill and sell every bit of their reserves, to generate carbon emissions which will extinct us all. When you invest in fossil fuels, you are giving your support, your encouragement, and your endorsement to all of this. Continue Reading
If you’re reading this and you live in L.A., California, or the U.S. Southwest, here are some simple things you can do now — as an individual or as a community group — to prepare for summer heat before the inevitable onslaught begins.
1. Install blinds and sun barriers. Look for thermal drapery lining fabric (available by the yard at many chain fabric stores) which will reduce the amount of heat that comes into your room. If you are a renter, get spring-tension-style curtain rods and there will be no holes for your landlord to complain about. If you own your own property, extend the overhang of your eaves with lattice or similar material so that it casts more shade. Or consider flying some of those triangle-shaped shade sails over patios and driveways that radiate heat. (If you are able to take on a much bigger project, boost the insulation in your exterior walls and consider double-paned windows.) Continue Reading
We’re caught in the squeeze right now.
Climate change is advancing at an incredible speed. We know we should do something, but we lack the political will to do what it takes to hold it to 2°C. UN committees are now being counseled to prepare for 4°C of warming. To keep it survivable, there’s got to be a powerdown — starting today.
Meanwhile green-tech enthusiasts cheer the rapid rate at which certain countries are installing renewable energy infrastructure. But reports are now surfacing of shortages in the rare earth ingredients needed to make that renewable infrastructure. We don’t have enough rare earth materials to replace the whole fossil infrastructure and continue on our current level of consumption. No one dares speak the little secret: Even with renewables, there’s got be a powerdown. Continue Reading
If you’ve ever looked for an iron-clad case that the fossil energy supply is out-of-control, over-the-top destructive –of planet, wildlife, people’s health and culture– then check out Energy, the latest publication of the Post Carbon Institute.
The word “breathtaking” has become cliche when put with “photographs” but here it really applies. You will gasp aloud as you turn each page. (even my teens did) And then you’ll want to show the pictures to more people, because you can’t keep this kind of stuff to yourself. Coal strip mines. Spawling oil fields. Landscape wracked by palm oil plantations. The debris of Fukushima. And of course the BP oil platform going down in flames. Continue Reading
“There’s too much to learn!”
But look at what you already know. Look at the massive amount of knowledge you have acquired in the past 3 to 5 years to learn to effectively use that electronic communications gadget you carry in your pocket or purse. A decade ago, you didn’t know those skills. You acquired them recently and rapidly.
Look at the vast warehouse of knowledge you have about how to get around in a consumerist society. Need new sports shoes? I’ll bet you know where to go, where to get the best prices, what route to drive to get there (not to mention the skills of driving), and what hours the store is open. Salad for dinner? Another store, another set of memorized characteristics. You think nothing of knowing how to best get across L.A. or O.C. in cross-town traffic, how to use the internet or Facebook, and a bazillion other peak-of-petroleum skills.
Growing food effectively with great yields sounds daunting to us because we are on the front end of the learning curve. We haven’t yet acquired the body of knowledge But unlike cell phones (which are completely optional in my regard), at this point in human history, learning how to grow food is no longer an option. It is essential to survival.
– Vandana Shiva[i]
The scale of how much food it really takes to feed a family is astonishing –many bags of vegetables per week. The prospect of achieving a large part of this with locally grown food is absolutely staggering.
The scale of how much food comes out of a biointensively-planted urban space under yield-conscious design is quite amazing! Bins and bins, week after week, even on days when our garden team had thought in overview that there would be “not much to harvest.”