Earth Day 2019
I celebrated the first Earth Day at the University of California Berkeley campus in 1970. The issues were different and we had such hope.
I became familiar with the work of James Hansen of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in the mid 1980’s. Inspired by him, I have been trying to do what I can in my circle of influence to advocate for mitigation of Climate Disruption, an existential threat to our life on this world. Sadly, it’s been a pretty long hard road. Dylan: Hard Rains A’Gonna Fall. I see that we will certainly have to deal with adaptation while trying to significantly reduce our CO2e emissions, a triple disruptive whammy – economically, socially, and environmentally.
I’ve put together a long list of links and resources from UAF to Local, Statewide, National and International reports and proposals on the subject that may be of use. Check them out at:
Since the Kyoto Accords, global climate change has been on the world’s radar with only incremental progress, even as negative impacts continue to exceed predictions. The Paris Accords are the latest goal, but even still not enough.
It is my personal belief that a carbon tax will be the most effective way to direct resources where needed, as just one solution. It doesn’t seem possible in this legislative session either statewide or nationally. How many more “natural disasters” will it take for comprehensive action to preserve our future? It’s really that serious.
Even if agreement on effective solutions seems so intractable, we must continue the struggle. The sooner we are able to mobilize effect change, the less impact to our world. It’s the only world we have and it would really be too bad to mess it up more instead of taking responsibility of cleaning up our messes. Yes, Ma!
I’m afraid we’ve messed it all up, so good luck to future generations with my apologies. I’ve tried and will continue to act where I can. Onward.