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Voting for the Environment

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager
11.14.2023

 

Human-driven global warming has long been a divisive issue in the U.S., thanks in part to decades of polarizing messaging from industry, political figures and others. As the world experiences extreme heat and other climate change-driven events with increasing frequency, people’s views on what’s happening still vary widely, but they are changing.   The political […]

 

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COP28 will be (at best) a “try”

David Houle - Futurist
11.05.2023

 

      After “may the force be with you”, this is my favorite quote from Star Wars. A level up from calling someone “all talk, no action”.   COP28 will start the last day of November. As if to telegraph how uncommitted to meaningful action it will be, it’s being held in Dubai in […]

 

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Systems Changes Needed in Governance, Insurance and Disaster Preparedness

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager
10.31.2023

 

I was in the room seven years ago when David Houle, the futurist, addressed the annual conference of Sarasota County realtors. If you don’t know, Sarasota is a seaside city on the Gulf coast of Florida. It has several heavily populated barrier islands just a couple feet above sea level. He said, “When will it […]

 

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The Necessity, Responsibility and Right to Repair

Tim Rumage - Planetary Ethicist
10.23.2023

 

I have three functional and operational VCRs. I understand that this opening statement is not something one could, or should, normally brag about in the world of digital streaming, but the VCRs work. And I have dozens and dozens of VHS recordings that I still enjoy. I will also confess that three of the five […]

 

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It is now a Monthly Event

David Houle - Futurist
10.08.2023

 

Every month this summer has broken a heat record. June was the hottest June in history. July was the hottest July in history. August was not only the hottest August ever, it was the hottest month ever recorded. The average global temperature was 1.25 degrees Celsius warmer than the 20th century average. This means that […]

 

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Crewing the Ship: How 3 Individuals From Different Origins Formed This Spaceship Earth

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager
10.01.2023

 

  In case you’re interested in how This Spaceship Earth came to be, USA Today published an article that tells our origin story. The link to the article in USA Today is at the bottom of this post. Here’s the content from the article:   Imagine life on the International Space Station. The spacecraft, which […]

 

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Hieroglyphic Stairway – my great, great grandchildren won’t let me sleep

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager
09.22.2023

 

It says above that I authored this. I did not… just found this poem and posted it. I’ve embedded the transcript below, but I think you’ll enjoy this video of the author reciting it more (you may need to click the replay button at the bottom left of the YouTube screen).   Hieroglyphic Stairway by […]

 

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A Clear and Present Danger

Tim Rumage - Planetary Ethicist
09.17.2023

 

To many, my desk is a cluttered mess or a jigsaw puzzle of disconnected pieces that can never be assembled into a coherent picture. To me, my desk is a highly organized panorama of easily accessible tools of my craft interspersed with remembrances and waypoints of travels, adventures, people, places, joys, sorrows, hopes, philosophies, beliefs […]

 

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Resetting the Realities of Our Climate Crisis

David Houle - Futurist
09.11.2023

 

Reality, and one’s perception of reality, can change with a single event. An example would be the “earth rise “ photo taken by NASA astronauts in 1968. Though we knew that the earth was round, it was not until that photo that we saw it as a round planet in space.   Another might be […]

 

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Climate Literacy Must Be Taught in Schools

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager
08.28.2023

 

No matter how much progress we make in reducing the GHGs in our atmosphere (so far we’ve made none), ecosystem damage and severe weather events will continue for decades. Children in pre-K today will spend the entirety of their lives living in a climate much different from the one we grew up in.   There […]

 

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