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“Net Zero by 2050” is Greenwashing

POSTED: Bob Leonard 09.14.2021 no comments

 

by Bob Leonard   A common sign that complex systems are approaching tipping points is rising volatility. Our climate system is enormously complex, global in size, and interconnected with all facets of our biosphere. The extreme weather in 2021 – the heat domes, droughts, fires, floods and cyclones – is deeply concerning. If Earth systems […]

 

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Our Climate Crisis: from Denial to Disconnection

POSTED: Bob Leonard 08.15.2021 no comments

 

by David Houle (previously published in the Sarasota Herald Tribune)   If you read this newspaper, or any other newspaper, or watch the news on television, you know that we have entered a climate crisis that is deadly real. It can no longer be denied.      Here are just a few of the stories […]

 

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Relentless

POSTED: Bob Leonard 07.20.2021 no comments

 

Three years ago we moved from south Florida to Portland OR. I knew we were vulnerable to the impacts of climate change in Florida where we lived two blocks from the Gulf of Mexico. Sea level rise, increasing heat (it was already HOT), and more severe storms. Hurricane Irma was the last straw. We were […]

 

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Mission 2030: Now is the Time to Set Our Direction for the 21st Century

POSTED: Bob Leonard 06.22.2021 no comments

 

by David Houle   Humanity must change direction and ramp up our efforts to address our climate crisis. The first Earth Day was in 1970 (over 50 years ago) and yet we have done little to alter the trajectory of GHG emissions, pollution and the destruction of our ecosystem.   70% of all the CO2 […]

 

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Why 2030?

POSTED: Bob Leonard 06.15.2021 no comments

 

by David Houle   We here at This Spaceship Earth produced the first #Mission2030 Global Youth Climate Summit on May 3, 2021. So why the year 2030?   It has become clear that 2030 is the deadline we must meet to successfully address our climate crisis (to avoid the most damaging consequences). More and more […]

 

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Welcome to the World of Punctuated Equilibrium

POSTED: Bob Leonard 06.07.2021 no comments

 

by Tim Rumage, Chief Science Officer, This Spaceship Earth and Planetary Ethicist   In evolutionary biology, there are two primary pathways for organisms to adapt and evolve: one is gradualism, and the other is punctuated equilibrium. Gradualism is just that – slow incremental changes/variations over long periods of time. Punctuated equilibrium change is pulsed. There […]

 

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Telling Stories with Pictures for the Mission 2030 Eco-Challenge

POSTED: Bob Leonard 05.31.2021 no comments

 

by Kirstin Cowan, National Geographic Educator    Photos are a powerful tool. They help the reader paint a mental image of the author’s message, and more. Words most definitely have power. However, photographs have a way of connecting us to a story on a deeper level as we step into a moment in time. Each […]

 

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Mission 2030 Summer Eco-Challenge

POSTED: Bob Leonard 05.23.2021 no comments

 

by Kirstin Cowan, National Geographic Educator   Summer is nearly upon us! Youth will spend days sleeping in, reading books, relaxing with friends, and simply enjoying some freedom. Families will take vacations. Some near, some far.   Time. We seem to have a little bit more of it in the summer. Time to simply exist […]

 

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Mission 2030: A Global Youth Climate Summit

POSTED: Bob Leonard 04.26.2021 no comments

 

This Spaceship Earth is producing Mission 2030: a Climate Summit for youth and delivered by youth. Why? Our climate crisis will impact today’s youth for the rest of their lives. It will affect all aspects of their existence from the careers they choose, to the opportunities they experience, to their relationships with institutions and governments, […]

 

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Mission 2030 is a Global Youth Climate Summit

POSTED: Bob Leonard 04.13.2021 no comments

 

Taking place on Monday, May 3rd, 2021 this summit is designed for young people to learn about our climate crisis, to participate by sharing their climate thoughts and actions, and to enable youth around the world to meet and get to know their peers. Mission 2030 is a free climate summit produced by This Spaceship […]

 

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