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National Climate Service

POSTED: Bob Leonard 11.19.2019 no comments

 

When does the will to collectively face our climate emergency trigger a global mobilization that is up to the task? Americans often refer to the unprecedented ramp up at the beginning of WWII as an example of how quickly we can come together and defeat a common enemy. Can we move fast enough?   In […]

 

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What Did You Do Once You Knew?

POSTED: Bob Leonard 11.12.2019 no comments

 

After I turned down an invitation to join friends for drinks and dinner because I had to give a climate presentation, my buddy asked me: “Why do you do this? You could work less and make more if you went back to marketing.” It made me stop and think. Why am I doing it?   […]

 

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Let’s Talk Solutions

POSTED: Pamela Edwards 11.04.2019 no comments

 

What feelings or thoughts come up when you think about global warming? What’s on your mind — your fears, doubts, questions? I’ve been asking this question a lot lately, during community meetings called Introduction to Drawdown.   At the start of our two-hour meeting, when people are invited to call out what’s on their mind about global warming, the […]

 

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Technology Underpins the Fourth Wave of Environmentalism

POSTED: Bob Leonard 10.29.2019 no comments

 

I’m not referring to technologies like solar and wind power and others most often associated with the challenge of climate change. The technologies I’m referring to are less visible, which is ironic because the value they bring is to make crucial information visible and actionable.   The Fourth Industrial Revolution is the term the World […]

 

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Climate Protest Movements Aren’t Going Away

POSTED: Sean Munger 10.21.2019 no comments

 

A few weeks ago, on September 27, 2019, Judith Collins, a Member of Parliament from New Zealand, told a news show that she thought youth activists protesting governments’ inaction on climate change would “grow out of it” and that “every generation has its thing.” In the meantime, Extinction Rebellion, the most visible climate protest movement, marched […]

 

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Educating Children About Climate Change

POSTED: Bob Leonard 10.08.2019 no comments

 

“If man chooses Oblivion, he can go right on leaving his fate to his political leaders. If he chooses Utopia, he must initiate an enormous education program… immediately, if not sooner.” – R. Buckminster Fuller   Older children – tweens and teenagers – are well aware of the climate crisis and the work being done […]

 

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Over-Population and Climate Change

POSTED: Bob Leonard 10.01.2019 no comments

 

“Those who fail to see that population growth and climate change are two sides of the same coin are either ignorant or hiding from the truth. These two huge environmental problems are inseparable and to discuss one while ignoring the other is irrational.” – James Lovelock, scientist and environmentalist   This is a taboo subject, […]

 

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Growth Economies and Our Climate Crisis

POSTED: Bob Leonard 09.24.2019 no comments

 

As I write this, Greta Thunberg is addressing the United Nations. Her comment is the perfect intro to this post. “Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are at the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”   ‘Fairy tales of […]

 

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Climate Change is Speeding Up the Future

POSTED: Sean Munger 09.16.2019 no comments

 

The effects of climate change are moving ever faster. It’s now a cliché, almost a punch line, to observe that the one thing no climate scientist has ever said is, “Gee, that took longer to happen than I thought it would.” Daily we encounter new reports of warming accelerating, more greenhouse gases accumulating, ice-melt increasing […]

 

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Sufficiency: Enough is Enough

POSTED: Bob Leonard 09.10.2019 no comments

 

Our society lives in an Extract/Make/Sell… Buy/Use/Discard paradigm. 70% of U.S GDP is consumer-driven. This results in a dreadful amount of waste, and we are using up the planet’s resources faster than it can regenerate them.     Unsurprisingly, we are drowning in stuff. Despite the average home doubling in size over the past generation […]

 

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