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Greening Islam and Dealing with the Little Brat–El Niño

Over the past three weeks Prescott has stuffed my inbox with over 50 articles climate related articles. I have selected just three for you to read. This curated list of climate related articles are specially chosen to give hope and direction as we see the world changing around us.

Three Climate Links

The Brat is Back! No doubt you have been hearing speculation about how bad the next El Niño cycle will be. Samantha Larson at Grist offers a simple to understand tutorial about the whole thing replete with cute stick figures and a video.

Everything you need to know about El Niño–and More

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When someone has proposed legislative action to address climate change (Carbon Tax, etc) immediately the cries of “JOB KILLER!” rises from the collective heap of do-nothing  but moan politicians. Turns out addressing climate change will NOT harm the economy.

Hunter Stuart at Huffington Post writes: No, Cutting Carbon Emissions Won’t Ruin the Economy. If this topic is interesting to you, also check out the new REMI study results that outline the positive economic impact in the USA of a Carbon fee and dividend.

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Audrey Quinn has created an engaging comic about Climate Change in the Muslim world. Facing Serious Climate Impacts, some Muslims put their faith in going green.

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It’s about Civilization, Stupid! Prescott’s Climate Links #2

Prescott has been busy finding links about Climate Change for us. Below are three links. The first two are definitely scary, but offer some direction for how to respond. The third shows a community creatively (and cheaply) adapting.

But first:

A college that hosts an annual talk to highlight the seriousness of climate change recently rejected our proposal to present, Does This Apocalypse Make Me Look Fat? In his rejection email, the scholar organizing the climate event stated:

The performance you describe is not the sort of thing we want to do. The goal of our climate change series is to get everyone’s attention to the seriousness of the situation and I wouldn’t want to introduce what you’re calling a “human rights” perspective at this time.

(Try reading it aloud with a posh British accent)
I understand that comic queer performance art is not everyone’s bag, and he likely doesn’t understand exactly what I do to help my audience grasp the seriousness of the issues I present to them, but what I found close minded in his response was the refusal to include a human rights lens to climate change. This is not just about weather or the extinction of species–huge serious stuff I know–it’s about people, humanity, society, civilization.

Three Climate Links

Nasa Study Concludes when Civilization will End, and it’s Not Looking Good for Us Hold onto your seats as you read the following article.

Civilization was pretty great while it lasted, wasn’t it? Too bad it’s not going to for much longer. According to a new study sponsored by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, we only have a few decades left before everything we know and hold dear collapses.

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The worst-case scenarios predicted by Motesharrei are pretty dire, involving sudden collapse due to famine or a drawn-out breakdown of society due to the over-consumption of natural resources. The best-case scenario involves recognition of the looming catastrophe by Elites and a more equitable restructuring of society, but who really believes that is going to happen? Here’s what the study recommends…
-FilmsForAction.org by Tom McKay

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U.S. Climate Has Already Changed, Study Finds, Citing Heat and Floods It’s here. It’s Queer how it is happening. It’s Climate Change in the USA.

The effects of human-induced climate change are being felt in every corner of the United States, scientists reported Tuesday, with water growing scarcer in dry regions, torrential rains increasing in wet regions, heat waves becoming more common and more severe, wildfires growing worse, and forests dying under assault from heat-loving insects.
-NY Times by Justin Gillis

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Mexico Experiments with Adapting to Climate Change Naturally–and on the Cheap Mexico and Central America have already been hard hit by storms, soil erosion, and other effects of climate change. Here’s an example of an effective local response to climate change.

Hernandez acknowledges, sure, the government, NGOs and others working here could build expensive things like levees and concrete walls to keep potentially vulnerable communities safer, but The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with local NGOs, wants to show that an ounce of natural prevention can go a long way to improve the region’s resilience to climate change.
-PRI.org by Jason Margolis

Prescott’s Climate Links–One Stop Climate Change News Source

Welcome to a NEW regular feature of this blog–Prescott’s Climate Links. Prescott Allen Hazelton is a team member focusing primarily (but not exclusively) on climate change related topics. In addition to providing us links to the most current news on climate change, he also keeps his eyes open for any climate action news that also ties in LGBTQ issues, environmental justice, and faith communities.

Of the scores of links that Prescott sends me weekly (he is a busy bee) I select a handful of what I think are the most important and interesting. Hopefully the curated content will help in your own learning. And it will not be all gloom and doom. While it is important that we honestly face the serious of the current climate before us, we also need to remind ourselves that it is not hopeless. There is still time and there are lots of  people seeking solutions to stave off the crisis and to adapt as it worsens.

Three Climate Links

Americans are Outliers when it Comes to Climate Change This article also has a great graph that reveals that Great Britain and Canada are not far behind Americans in our lack of concern about climate change. Discover which world citizens are most concerned about the climate crisis.

As President Obama sets out to convince the public that climate change requires immediate attention, he has his work cut out for him.
New York Times by Megan Thee-Brenan

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The Change Within: The Obstacles we Face are not just External This is an excellent, thoughtful, insightful, informed, and inspiring essay which is also beautifully written. I suggest a cup of tea, a quiet space, and ten minutes to read and reflect.

Another part of what makes climate change so very difficult for us to grasp is that ours is a culture of the perpetual present, one that deliberately severs itself from the past that created us as well as the future we are shaping with our actions. Climate change is about how what we did generations in the past will inescapably affect not just the present, but generations in the future. These time frames are a language that has become foreign to most of us.
popularresistance.org by Naomi Klein

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Using Weather to Deliver a Climate Change Message Meteorologists are among the most trusted sources in the news business, yet many have been climate deniers. This is changing.

Jim Gandy is the chief meteorologist on WLTX in Columbia, S.C., and makes a point of incorporating links between bad weather and climate change into his daily broadcasts.

“In Columbia, the only thing that separates us from hell in the summertime is a screen door,’’ he said in an interview. “And all of the climate models indicate that it’s going to get worse if we don’t do something about it.”
New York Times by Coral Davenport