90 million of us are searching for relief from exceptionally high heat. Even those who deny that the Earth is warming are heading into air-conditioned rooms and guzzling cold water.
Problem is, this is only the beginning. Read “Historically Unprecedented Summer Heat” Will No Longer Be Unprecedented.
The World Health Organization tells us, “Between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250 000 additional deaths per year, from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea and heat stress.” — That seems like reason enough for us to do something. What? Read the article.
How dirty are our Levi jeans?
Levi’s estimates it adds the equivalent of 1.1 million cars worth of pollution every single year to the atmosphere. And a lot of it is from the dirty fossil fuels (like coal) that powers their Chinese and Indian factories. It would only be right if Levi’s took some responsibility. After all, these countries are an important part of their supply chain. It’s in their power to work toward use of renewable energy in their industry. But they’re doing nothing.
Ask Levi’s to take the courageous next step to clean up its supply chain and become a climate leader.
Read more and sign the petition at https://actions.sumofus.org/a/levi-s-dirty-little-secret-1/?akid=37412.6446524.q5aF1o&rd=1&source=fwd&t=1.
Money down the drain: $240 billion a year for the last 10 years; $360 billion a year projected for the next 10 years. So the scientists say, after tons of research.
All because of climate change. Which we can do something about. True, not all of the problem is from mankind, but a good portion is. And it hits both physically AND financially.
Learn more by reading Hidden Costs of Climate Change Running Hundreds of Billions a Year.
All that good stuff–at farmers’ markets and in our own gardens. Wouldn’t it be nice to have it all year ’round? Believe it or not, there are easy ways to can those fruits and veggies. At the same time, you reduce greenhouse emissions, 1/5 of which are the result of food choices and the food industry.
Download the free “Canning for the Climate Kit” and get started today.
Think about it: free strawberries in November…Yum!
Are you thinking about redoing part of your yard, or even all of it? Now is a good time to do some eco-thinking. The right yard can be friendly to our planet, easy to keep up, cheap to maintain, and beautiful, all at once. Before reaching for your gardening tools or taking a trip to the local plant nursery, consider what is in the article “How to Put Your Yard to Work for the environment.”
The debate continues among many people. Where do you stand? Take this short quiz on global warming. Go to http://holyfamilysanjose.org/documents/2014/9/Quiz–How_Eco-Savvy_Are_You.pdf.
Every discussion or argument about climate change pretty much revolves around the same issues. The Climate Reality Project boils it down to a dozen questions most often asked by people who don’t believe that climate change is here. Don’t be put off by the title; just go there and see if you’ve heard (or asked) any and see what the answers are.
Go to “The 12 Questions Every Climate Activist Hears and What to Say.” Personally, I’m a “believer,” and I still learned a lot from this article.
The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley has published its 2014 “Top 10 Insights from The Science of a Meaningful Life.” For an explanation of each, click on their article cited above. Meanwhile, here’s the list:
- Mindfulness can reduce racial prejudice—and possibly its effects on victims.
- Gratitude makes us smarter in how we spend money.
- It’s possible to teach gratitude to young children, with lasting effects.
- Having more variety in our emotions—positive or negative—can make us happier and healthier.
- Natural selection favors happy people, which is why there are so many of them.
- Activities from positive psychology don’t just make happy people happier—they can also help alleviate suffering.
- People with a “growth mindset” are more likely to overcome barriers to empathy.
- To get people to take action against climate change, talk to them about birds.
- Feelings of well-being might spur extraordinary acts of altruism.
- Extreme altruism is motivated by intuition—our compassionate instincts.
I think there’s a lot to chew on as we finish one year and embark on a brand new one.
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The whole middle section of the U.S. is being brought to it’s snow-suit-covered knees by record cold weather. Wind-chills are turning whole states into Antarctica. A cup of boiling water tossed into the air freezes before it even starts to drop to the ground. Meanwhile, here in California, we’re shriveling up for lack of rain, and our crops are in mortal danger that, in some areas, is the greatest ever seen. Drought is inevitable.
Imagine what conditions would be like if climate change were real and not a politically inspired myth?
Today is International Polar Bear Day, but it’s not a happy day for the animals. The picture below depicts what is now part of their lives–a mom and her cubs forced to swim long distances because of the melting Arctic ice. In the process, many cubs die. This is a tragic result of habitats drastically altered by climate change.