Thursday, 29 March 2012

Climate Change? 350.org will connect the Dots

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) just published 'Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters, to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX)' a report on climate change and weather extremes. The work includes evidence of past and future changes and the impacts at global and regional scales. It also has an extensive discussion about managing weather-related risks with guidance for policy makers and change-makers in general.

The activist community will support this work with an action day on May 5. 350.org is calling it a day of global witness, which will connect groups (each with a giant dot) around the planet suffering from the effects of global climate change.  The ideas is to make the pattern of Global climate change visible by connecting the dots, to refute climate change deniers and to find hope that the world will choose to take action.

The day will also feature hopeful projects like sustainable energy and community gardens. Either way Start or join an event near you www.climatedots.org 350.org has even offered to help figure out some of the logistics...

Check out the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 'Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters, to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX)' http://ipcc-wg2.gov/SREX/press-events/launch-of-the-full-ipcc-special-report

Finally, a poem: I think it is appropriate to revisit the poem from the Greenhorns and the Irresistible Fleet of Bicycles: 

Progress:

       less slavery
       less diesel
       less hunger+ obesity
       less cronyism and chemicals and corporate control

       (in the form of a brisk, conversion of our economy towards healthier mix).

       more jobs
       more rural prosperity, and dancing
       more layers on the land
       more soil biota
       more resilient economies based in places, in buildings, in relationships
       more entrepreneurship
       more faith in a more functional democracy

it may be hard, but it will not be boring.




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