September 20, Let's Strike for Our Future

The recent news regarding the climate crisis is truly disturbing--the Amazon is on fire. The Montana Hi-Line, a major part of the world's breadbasket, has been pin-pointed as a hot spot in the climate crisis which is likely one day to impact the world’s food supply. Yesterday, the Trump administration announced disturbing plans to relax rules around methane emissions—a major contributor to climate change gases. If we don’t heed Greta’s call, what will the future look like for our children and today’s young adults?

One of the most powerful antidotes to despair and feeling isolated is to take action and on September 20 you can join other Missoulians for the Global Climate Strike. Check out this full day of events!

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Winona Bateman
Get Involved: Host a Community Climate Conversation

Scientist Kathryn Hayhoe shared an amazing statistic in an interview last year. Three-quarters of Americans hear about climate change from someone they know only twice every year—that’s right, only twice a year. She summed up the impact of this silence very clearly: “If we don’t talk about it, we won’t care about it, and we won’t take action.” We are looking for people who would like to host an hour-long conversation of some kind in their community (we will have different formats), and gather 5-15 people to join in the event.

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Winona Bateman
The argument to abolish carbon

“Under slavery, white people benefitted economically and socially by harming people of African descent. Under the fossil economy, people alive today benefit economically and socially by harming, and perhaps even extinguishing, future generations. Pre-1970s we had an excuse, we didn’t know; and perhaps even as late as the 1990s some could argue that we didn’t know for sure. But now we do know. Carbon emissions are a moral wrong, they are destroying life on Earth, and must be abolished.” Read the full piece, “I am a carbon abolitionist.”

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Winona Bateman
The Only Future We Can Afford

First let me say, when it comes to climate change and the uncertainty of the future, leaders can inspire us and we definitely need things to change at the systems level, but I believe we make our own hope.

Now let me tell you how I got there and what you can do to make a difference.

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Winona Bateman
Change Your Life? Or Change the System?

"“For as long as I’ve been working on climate change, now and again, a big, heated debate will arise up:  What is most important, to live with as small a carbon footprint as possible or to prioritize collective action to change laws, rules, and incentives? “

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Winona Bateman