climatecrisis

the world is getting hotter and hotter by the year. We need to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius (1.5 °C). That's the level scientists say gives humanity the best chance of avoiding the worst effects of climate change.

global levels of carbon dioxide CO2 passed 400ppm.

we need to do what the scientists say we need to do and transform our energy system away from oil, gas and coal.

Greta Thunberg
climate crisis us hot zone
U.S. hot zone Jul 2021

GISS surface temperature analysis (GISTEMP v4)   data nasa.gov

the problem is that we burn dirty coal in outland power plants to produce electricity for the city. We are producing tons of carbon emissions like carbon dioxide and methane, which makes ghg which traps heat in the atmosphere, which causes global warming and climate change, which makes the Earth uninhabitable. The majority of the world's population now lives in cities.

coal-fired power plant Tennessee Valley Auth
coal-fired power plant producing electricity for the city
sources of ghg: 
  burning fossil fuels 
29 cars, trucks, ships, planes  
25 electricity production   
23 industry 
13 com res heating 
10 ag, cows 
sources of ghg emissionsEPA.gov

1.5

1.5°C

the world is getting hotter and hotter by the year. We need to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius (1.5°C). Temperatures have already risen by 1.1°C, causing more extreme weather events such as wildfires, drought, floods and loss of species. The effects of climate change.

ghg is produced by humans burning fossil fuels: oil, gas and coal. We are leaking dangerously high levels of methane into the atmosphere. We have made the air so bad that it traps heat in the atmosphere causing global warming, a global emergency.

400ppm CO2 CH4 N2O

global levels of carbon dioxide CO2 passed 400ppm. We have exceeded all levels of global greenhouse gas emissions. 100ppm is a healthy level, and <300ppm is considered a safe concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

the world's largest emitters of ghg
1China
2U.S.
3India

China's greenhouse gas emissions exceeded world: China 27%, US 11%, India 6.6%, EU 6.4%

what is the greenhouse effect?

global warming is the result of the greenhouse effect which is the way in which heat is trapped close to the Earth's surface by greenhouse gas ghg in the atmosphere.

the sun's light passes through the atmosphere and heats the ground. The infrared rays radiate from the ground and cannot pass through the ghg layer and are reflected back to the Earth heating the atmosphere.

care for the environment

natural solutions to the greenhouse effect include planting trees or restoring soils or wetlands. Trees are like machines that can capture carbon from the atmosphere in an efficient way.

COP26: end deforestation Aljazeera Nov 2021

17sdg

1. no poverty 2. zero hunger 6. clean water 13. climate action   17 sustainable development goals UN.org

the global goals for sustainable development globalgoals.org

are you driving an SUV to pick up a few things at the store when the average SUV weighs 5,000 lbs and can tow a boat.

SUV loophole The New Yorker

what can I do?

we are calling for the divestment from all fossil fuels that harm the planet and its people.

divest your money to Stop the money pipeline. Divest your money from Chase, Blackrock and Liberty Mutual.

indigenous rights and biodiversity

I want to see the advocation for indigenous rights. When you are talking about protecting the planet and environmental justice you have to talk about indigenous rights, especially when you are on stolen land.

net zero is not zero

net zero does not mean zero emissions but balancing out remaining greenhouse gases with other actions. They say they will cut emissions but clearly net zero means that some sectors are expected to still be releasing ghg in 2050.

"blah, blah, blah. Words that sound great. But so far has led to no action." Greta, Youth4climate Summit, Milan, 27Sep2021

Stop fossil fuels build 100% renewables

clean renewable energy, like wind and solar, can help us break free from fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power generation and transportation.

clean energy jobs are now far outpacing fossil fuel jobs. Solar employs twice as many people as does coal.

this is a crisis and we must impose a carbon tax while eliminating federal subsidies to producers of fossil fuels.

Why we need government action

climate change will be more expensive than dealing with carbon emissions now, and reducing the carbon emissions that are causing catastrophic changes to the planet. carbon emissions are still increasing with 2021 on track to be the highest. treat the climate crisis like a crisis. governments are only spending 2% on clean energy. government and systemic action is needed as well as personal action. do what you can do as an individual. understanding about the climate crisis makes you active. Greta Thunberg was on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Wed 22 Sep 2021

carbon cycle greenhouse gases NOAA.gov

Global carbon dioxide emissions are set for their 2nd biggest increase iea.org/news

2021 July was Earth's hottest month NOAA.gov/news

"If we can't breathe it then we die, if we can't grow food on it then we die, if we can't drink it then we die."

the world is seeing devastating impacts

storms

more frequent and severe storms. climate change increases the frequency and intensity of storms as warmer air gathers up more moisture that will be released as torrential downpours.

flooding

flooding and extreme weather.

drought

drought and extreme heat.

wildfires

wildfires and dead trees as tinder.

climate crisis
Bootleg wildfire, Oregon Jul 2021

this dry period was preceded by a wet spring, which prompted grasses to grow, only to see them dry out, adding to the combustible situation. Marshall fire, Boulder County Dec 2021

nights

nights have been warming more than our days have been warming as a function of human caused climate change, and that is having a direct impact on fires. Climate mitigation measures can bend the curve on increasing fire weather.

live in harmony with nature in a sustainable world

imagine a world in which existing technologies are deployed for the greater good of both people and the planet.

UN IPCC

scientists declared, definitively and in unison, that climate change is caused by people. "It is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean, and land," they wrote in the comprehensive report from the UN IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2021.

the IPCC released its 2022 report, by far the most dire warning it has yet produced. The report made it very clear that we must take firm measures now, with no delay, to cut back the use of fossil fuels and to move toward renewable energy.

UN SecGen Antonio Guterres to put into place a framework to reverse climate change. 
Paris Agreement. 
low-carbon projects. 
global financial system.
economic growth and climate action are not two competing ideas.

global warming is created by the anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions (caused or produced by humans). What happens here affects there, and what happens there affects here.

the goal of the Paris Climate Agreement is to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius (1.5 °C) by reducing greenhouse gas. This is within reach if we treat this crisis as a crisis. Curbing methane emissions from oil and gas and restoring methane rules. Tighter emission limits on cars. Tax holiday for low-carbon alternatives to dirty fossil fuel. Carbon border tariff for importing steel and concrete. Targets for expanding renewable energy. Renovate buildings that are not deemed energy efficient.

climate crisis

the climate crisis is global warming and climate change. Global climate change has had effects on the environment, effects like intense heat waves, sea level rise, storms and food shortages.

climate change describes a change in weather patterns of the planet.

human health is linked to the environment of Earth. We have to stop the destruction of our planet's life support systems.

there is no wall high enough to keep out the sky.

reducing ghg

the causes of climate change: the causes of climate change climate.nasa.gov

Trends in atmospheric carbon dioxide esrl.noaa.gov   Earth System Research Laboratories

Climate change: How do we know? climate.nasa.gov

we need to change or die. The science is clear and shows that climate change is real, and caused by ghg released by human industrial activity. As the biosphere gets warmer, we increase evaporation. And as we increase evaporation, ecosystems dry out and burn. And when soils get dry due to increased evaporation, we get longer heat waves. And longer heat waves make the biosphere warmer still. A hyper climate will end humans.

climate   X

storms, hurricanes, floods, drought

climate change is heating the land and the oceans which is causing bigger storms. Bigger storms, hurricanes, floods and drought.   Saharan air layer NOAA

twin typhoons Lekima Krosa
typhoons Lekima and Krosa churning over the western Pacific Ocean, Taiwan, China Aug 2019

Why Amazon rainforest is on fire Bloomberg

fires combine in Australia
fires combine in Australia Jan 2020

human activity, like burning coal and driving cars, produces ghg, which contributes to the greenhouse effect, which is the cause of the current global warming. These gases include carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane, nitrous oxides and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). Climate chaos, like fires, storms, hurricanes, floods, and drought, is caused by high levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere and is already producing human suffering and will most likely lead to the end of our civilization as we know it.

we must stop the EPA's rollback of current federal environmental safeguards.

is this our EPA?

Paris

in order to meet the targets in the Paris Agreement and save the planet from climate devastation, we must halt coal, oil and gas development and finance a transition towards 100% renewable energy systems.

11 countries leading in renewable energy. Germany to close all 84 of its coal-fired power plants, will rely on renewable energy. Sweden is aiming to be a fossil fuel free nation. Costa Rica has achieved 95% renewable electricity.

brt

brt is a bus system.

bicycle highway

the bicycle highway Cykelslangen in Copenhagen is for the separation of cars and bikes.

trees

trees sequester CO2 carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and create oxygen.

NRDC is a nonprofit group fighting climate change.

beef burger

The environmental costs of beef Scientific American

CO2 costs of a beef burger. half pound beef production equals emissions from driving 9.81 miles. 7.40 pounds of CO2-equivalent.
The greenhouse hamburger PDF   Sierra Club

Senate votes to curb methane

#cutmethane. 50% of California's methane emissions come from livestock rather than oil and gas.

democracy
U.S. budget deficit 2021: $2.7 trillion
Democratsvs.Republicans
climate changeNo
voting rightsNo
build back betterNo
$28.43 trillion in federal debt