Re: [carfree_cities] Time to act? Climate tipping point at hand
- "J.H. Crawford" <mailbox@...> wrote:
> Can we use this to get governments to take realMy feeling that there needs to a HUGE increase in
understanding in individuals about what they can and
must do to defeat, at the top of a long list of
targets, this HUGE BEAST OF A METHANE-LEACHING PEAT
BOG... and once the people are empowered with
knowledge they can work with govenment to slay the
Not optimistic, but I do have some ideas...
Unless we think that, for example, a UNEP-sponsored
worldwide TV, radio, newspaper and web campaign
telling people to ride a bike sometimes, turn down the
heat, insulate their home, take public transport, buy
a Toyota Prius etc is enough of a start - or
progressive continuation - in awareness-raising then
we need to do something similar but stronger
ourselves... but will the UNEP and advert agencies
(whose donated time and contacts is necessary to make
this affordable unless we get huge money) work with
I dont know... but I see a TV advert of the peat bog
monster, leaching methane... then screaming "oh no!"
as a carfree city lands right on top of them.
Or everyone needs to commit to convince TWO people
about this and have that person convince two people...
and so on...
p.s. Genocide, slavery, smoking, oppression of
women... we have made some progress in some places but
it has taken many years and nothing is solved....
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- --- In email@example.com, Todd Edelman
>I just rejoined this group after a fairly long hiatus and looked over
> Or everyone needs to commit to convince TWO people
> about this and have that person convince two people...
> and so on...
the recent archives briefly. This topic was posted August 11 and I
thought I'd toss my two cents worth in on it.
In short, I believe Todd's is right on the money regarding this
problem. There needs to be a rude awakening in the U.S., soon, on the
importance and relevance of our contributions to global climate
Todd suggests that everyone needs to commit to convince two people
about the need to take action, and to have that person convince two
other people... and so on.... I've been trying to convince people
about that for going over 5 years now. I can't say I've been the only
person doing that. Nor can I say I've been all that successful. (I've
not.) But people everywhere are now starting to recognize for
themselves that the climate is changing, and that global warming is a
threat, and potentially huge threat, and that its a problem that
could grow worse in time if we aren't careful.
But being careful doesn't mean sitting back and doing nothing about
it. Being careful doesn't mean being quiet about it - not talking -
or assuming that someone else will take care of it.
Being careful, in this case, means speaking out about it. It means
confronting your governmental officials about it, because it is a
threat to your society, friends and neighbors, and your family. It
means taking actions yourself, as well as collectively, to address
it, and bringing it to other people's attention, as Todd suggests.
Taking actions to confront global warming mean doing something,
anything, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and helping your
communities and others to deal with whatever adverse effects climate
The positive feedbacks of global warming are serious - such as the
release of methane from the thawing permafrost region - and will
likely speed global warming even more. Methane is a powerful
greenhouse gas, so the faster the permafrost region thaws, the larger
the volume of methane that is released (from rotting biological
matter). This could cause temperatures to increase even more, thus
producing even more extensive thawing, and so on. Because this
process has now started already, we have to act fast in reducing our
contributions to this process, which means reducing our greenhouse
gas emissions to the atmosphere, big time.
It is up every citizen and every group to demand that their federal,
state and local governments properly address this issue, before the
problem is too great. This is a huge and very real issue that needs
to be dealt with before it get away from us. Its especially bad for
cities due to the "urban heat-island effect", in which concrete
surfaces capture more heat and hold it longer, releasing it more
slowing during the night.
Possibly the best thing we all can do is to contact our governmental
representatives in the Congress and at the state level and demand
they take action. If they don't hear from their constituents, they
are unlikely to act. Call them today!
Tell them its time to confront global warming, all-out, by enacting
policies and programs aimed at substantially reducing greenhouse
gases. Educate yourself on what proposals are being advanced. Make
sure they're going to do enough. If nothing else, just tell them to
do something - anything - to at least get the ball rolling.
Join or form your own discussion group on confronting global
warming. Here's one that's just getting started this month:
Form your own local group of concerned citizens active in preserving
the climate. Here's an example:
Now go tell a couple people about what your up to, and tell them to
tell two other people what they are up to, and ....