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Archive for October 11th, 2007

Last weekend, I went down to D.C. for the Green Festival. Before I went down there, I was very excited about everything I have been working with in Ithaca and elsewhere, both in helping grow the youth climate movement and working on projects, campaigns, and ideas that promote just sustainability. Yet on the back of my head, I was fully aware, as I still am, about what’s actually happening in terms of the climate (and the broader crises: water, poverty, agriculture, power, etc.).

Not everybody knows how serious this is getting. I’ve written before about very scary observations (here and here) that have surprised scientists and made IPCC projections look unrealistic. Just this summer, the Arctic melted to an incredible record. Nobody was expecting to see what happened this summer in the Arctic. Temperatures, for parts of July, reached 15C above average. Of course, that’s extremely scary if you understand what that means. It was distracting to hear reporters still say that scientists believe the Arctic would be ice-free by “mid-century” when in fact that may happen in the next decade. It was also disappointing to see governments focusing more on the oil that lies beneath there than on the fact that this is a very scary sign of the increasingly fast pace of warming.

Together with other observations and statements from recognized people that the “consensus” may be wrong and that we may actually be close to dangerous levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere (not just CO2), I had lost complete hope that we could do something that would at least account for the millions to billions of people who, by justice and our moral rationality, should not feel the serious effects we’re expecting to see from runaway climate change (many to which I feel personally responsible). I thought that I’d keep working as hard or even harder just because “you never know.”

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mtvU Seeks Activists

Are you participating in the Power Shift 2007 weekend in
DC coming up in November? 

We are currently looking for a college student who is highly active in
The Sierra Club to profile for our new student activist series entitled
“Cause and Effect.”  This will be a five minute piece in which we
document who you are, what your cause is, and how you’re trying to
change the world.  If you’re going to the Power Shift conference and are
interested in participating in our project, please tell us all about
yourself in this questionnaire!!!  For more information, please check
out http://www.casting.mtvu.com. 

If interested, please respond back to us at activists@mtvu.com.  Thanks
again!!!

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