This is a Climate Emergency

We Need to Mobilize.  We Need to Do it Now. 

Since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) report in October 2018, stating we only have 12 years to turn climate change around, an incredible number of groups have formed and come forward to demand that every country around the world implement a plan that drastically reduces its CO2 emissions and gets off fossil fuels.  In addition to switching to renewable energy in all buildings at home and commercial, we need to reduce our CO2 emissions from all the products we consume.

These groups are:

Extinction Rebellion’s (XR) nonviolent direct action in the UK, which started last November by blocking streets and bridges, continued in April with 10 days of direct action and 1,000 arrests.  XR has gone global and continues every week to disrupt, which is the only way that we are going to get the corporate/political machine to do anything.

Greta Thunberg, the girl from Sweden, at fifteen, she sat in front of parliament striking for three weeks demanding her country do something about the climate crisis.  She inspired the global student strikes and spoke to the leaders of all the countries at the climate talks in Poland exposing the fact they are doing nothing about the climate crisis.  She has been nominated for a Nobel Peace prize and is a prime example of what one person can do.

The Sunrise Movement in the US is demanding that the politicians adopt a Green New Deal, which would address the climate crisis in a way similar to the mobilization of the war effort of WWII.  At this time, they are demanding that the DNC hold a climate debate, as climate was discussed for a mere 13 minutes between the two debates that have already been held.

The Global Student Climate Strikes held a strike on March 15, 2019.  Milan, Italy had 100,000 students striking, and Montreal had 150,000.  This was happening all over the world.  There was another one in May.

Please take the time to investigate these groups and support them in some way.  I have asked people countless times if they know of these groups, and the answer is always, “no.”  Never in the history of the climate crisis have these many groups come forward demanding that the climate crisis be addressed – and many of them are young people.  Talk to your friends and family and get involved.  Although we may not see the climate emergency right in front of our eyes, it is nonetheless happening.  Your area may not be as hard hit as other parts of your city or country.

THIS IS NOW A GLOBAL CLIMATE MOVEMENT.

The Arctic is melting faster than predicted.  This changes weather patterns . . .  and this threatens our ability to . . . grow food.  Crops can’t be planted if it is too wet, and they can’t survive if it is too hot.

What can we do while demanding a Green New Deal and disrupt business as usual?  Consume less.  Grow our own food.  Reduce our beef and dairy.  Make our homes energy efficient.  Buy solar panels together to reduce the cost.  Fly less.  Support regenerative agriculture.

The IPCC’s report stated that we have 12 years left but this article is saying we have 18 months.  Attached is the link to this article.  https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48964736

Another article here is stating that the permafrost in Canada is thawing 70 years earlier than predicted.  Attached is the link to this article.  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climate-change-permafrost/scientists-amazed-as-canadian-permafrost-thaws-70-years-early-idUSKCN1TJ1XN

There are Arctic wildfires.  When I read this article, I felt like this is it.  We are in the thick of the climate emergency.  Attached is the link to this article.  https://earther.gizmodo.com/satellite-images-show-vast-swaths-of-the-arctic-on-fire-1836500468?utm_medium=sharefromsite&utm_source=gizmodo_email&utm_campaign=bottom

There are two global climate strikes coming up; Sept. 20 and Sept. 27.  Organize in your area and be there!

Please get informed.  This is real.  Our survival is at stake. 

We Need to Mobilize.  We Need to Do it Now.

 

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