September 20, Let's Strike for Our Future
Get Involved: Host a Community Climate Conversation
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!
The argument to abolish carbon
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.
Los Angeles Moves Toward Mobilization in Response to the Climate Emergency
“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.”
A mother's day wish for our future
“On Wednesday July 3, by 13-0-2 vote of the City Council, the City of Los Angeles became the first government in the world to create and fund an official City Office and City Commission to develop and implement a mobilization plan, in response to the climate emergency.”
The Only Future We Can Afford
What hangs in the balance for my daughter—for us all—at this moment in history—as we teeter on the brink of a climate catastrophe, and the loss of more than a million species over the next few decades?
Florida utility to close natural gas plants, build massive solar-powered battery
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.
Xcel Energy receives shockingly low bids for Colorado electricity from renewable sources
“Florida Power and Light (FPL) announced that it would retire two natural gas plants and replace those plants with what is likely to be the world's largest solar-powered battery bank when it's completed in 2021.” Read full article on Ars Technica
Change Your Life? Or Change the System?
Via The Denver Post: “Renewable-energy developers have offered to supply Xcel Energy with electricity at the lowest prices quoted in the U.S., including solar and wind options with energy storage priced below what coal-generated power in the state costs.” Read the full article!
"“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? “