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The Grapevine Wall - Humanity's Story
Transcript of The Grapevine Wall - Humanity's Story
Breaking tradition by addressing his encyclical to “every single person on the planet”, Pope Francis reframes global warming as one of the world’s most pressing moral, ethical and religious challenges.
From November 30th to December 11th, 2015, Paris hosted the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
In the lead-up to the Paris Climate Summit in December 2015, more than 150 companies signed the American Business Act on Climate pledge, joining the White House in an unprecedented show of support from American businesses for a global agreement to tackle climate change.
The conversation has moved past whether or not climate change exists... leading to all-in efforts to address the issues.
Cost of renewables continue to decline exponentially.
Will our addiction to fossil fuels be the end of us? Like any other addiction, we can beat this, but we must first admit that we have a problem.
Moving is not an option
Some highly respected leaders are convinced we should try to populate another planet.
I feel we should be working 100 times harder to fix ours.
If that is the case, sure let’s explore that journey as well.
“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” ― Edgar Allan Poe
Look, I can fly straight down like my stock price.
"I expect climate change and sustainability to move from just a slogan in marketing departments to a central priority in boardrooms."
Alexander Verbeek, associate at the Stockholm Environment Institute
Passage from hope to heartaeche
The seed of hope is planted in all of us
The foundation for a sustainable future remains in our grasp.
We must understand our roots and grow together as one unified planet.
Our oceans are trying to keep up with increasing CO2 levels by absorbing more heat – meaning any slow-down in the rise of surface temperatures appears to be a minor and temporary fluctuation.
Published 1/18/16 - Nature Climate Change - as much heat entered the oceans in the last 18 years as in the previous 130 years.
It is in the best interest of ours and our planet’s future to work toward solutions to climate change. We must not squander opportunities to work together.
Nov. 6, 2015
President Obama rejects the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, diverting as many as 830,000 barrels of Tar Sands oil a day.
On December 12, 2015 it was announced that 196 nations have adopted a historic climate change accord at COP21 to reach a universal climate agreement to help the world avoid the worst consequences of man-made global warming.
In memory of the 130 victims of the Nov 13th, 2015 attacks in Paris
The social costs of carbon begin to take hold.
When we let go of our short term views and look toward a future that we can positively influence, we begin to take the actions that impact the larger picture while bringing us closer together.
To me, sustainability is about the impact we have on others in a future we will not experience. I can’t think of a more selfless gift to the generations to come.
Many cope with the climate change debates by pretending nothing is wrong.
Denying reality is a dangerous game when you are playing with time.
Time keeps on ticking
Since the dawn of man, we have been both exploreres and caregivers
We mus'nt lose sight of either
Our dreams can strengthen our spririt and loosen our nerves
The most valuable resource in the known universe.
Look what I found up my ass. Hope I'm not too late!
Let's kick it off with a love song
Like a joker’s absurdness, the result of climate deniers’ arrogance and unwillingness to take proper action is a ridiculous contraption to sustain our existence.
The political circus ringleaders - oil, coal and electric utilities spent a staggering $2.26 billion in federal lobbying since 2009 and another $330 million in federal campaign contributions.
Climate change deniers are quickly dwindling as the world demands action from its leaders.
Created during my trip to Chicago for Climate Reality Leadership training in July of 2013, this is the piece that started it all. As I worked on the illustration, it began to take shape as an environmental piece without my conscious influence. I worked from each line with the result telling a story of our reliance on oil and the struggles our world faces.
FUN FACT: This is the only black and wte VINE and the only true upside down dual design
FUN FACT: If you turn this VINE clockwise 90 degrees, you will find a large German Shepard dog head
As guilt and doubt plague our minds, we fall further from faith and hope. Our inactions continue to contribute to a descending pattern into an immoral and dangerous future
Time is our most precious gift, and we must respect and understand its fleetingness. What we do now has rippling effects into the near and distant future.
While time brings wisdom, it also fosters complacency. Will our fears and media-molded denial paralyze us as we watch our children and grandchildren forge ahead toward an uncertain future?
Do you see the large dinosaur head filling up most of the canvas? Dinosaurs on the Grapevine Wall represent the fossil fuel industry or our reliance on fossil fuels. It seems this dinosaur is being overcome by the generations…so this looks like a good direction.
As we adapt and evolve into a future alongside exponential advancements in technologies, will we detach from the realities of our physical world and transcend into an interconnected virtual reality?
As we adapt and evolve into a future alongside exponential advancements in technologies, will we detach from the realities of our physical world and transcend into an interconnected virtual reality?
When we remove ourselves from a relationship with nature, we become less inclined to protect the very part of us that make us human
Our female leaders will help guide us through the uncharted waters with compassion, conviction and hope.
As we take in the realities around our changing climate, it seems an overwhelming majority of us choose to internalize a convincing short-term, short-sighted case of denial.
The gap continues to close between the stock market value of coal, oil and gas companies (a huge $5 trillion) and that of the renewable energy sector, (only $300 billion).
We must not bow to the apathy of despair but rather live through hope and deeper connections with each other.
When we can physically sit with someone and feel their presence we can begin to realize the magic of life in a world we are too often trying to disconnect from in order to maintain our sanity.
Electoin year 2016
While many of those who possess more resources and economic or political power seem mostly to be concerned with masking the problems or concealing their symptoms, the climate concerned are becoming the “Moral Majority” slamming the cluelessness of climate change denying presidential candidates.
What we take for granted now could be lost forever. What we know to be normal ways of life could be rare occasions. The effects on our planet can be seen well beyond our simple comforts when we look to the people who are more in harmony with nature, yet most affected by climate change. We must change are ways and get back in harmony with our planet. This is why I marched.
The march brought together an astonishing 400,000 people into the streets of Manhattan. This was big, and the leaders heard us.
As the media induced finger pointing continues, our actions are slowed...but we press on.
Blame and denial tear at humanity as internal discord erupts into bitter conflicts.
Fear of change tightens our restraints as we gaze upon the inevitable truths that lay before us.
It will take great courage to implement swift actions towards a sustainable global future.
Our shortsightedness cause us to think small when it comes to global issues. We must look beyond ourselves and past the mirror of self-righteousness.
The flow of new ideas are hatched and then flushed away as doubt, fear and greed take hold and strangle progress.
Will we break through the stagnating lies and deceptions in time to right the wrongs of our past. Or will we stay buried in denial as our world changes before our very eyes.
Nov. 4th, 2014 - a Republican-controlled Congress could threaten tangible advancements toward legislation to push climate policy up the political agenda.
Strong leaders begin to emerge
The American government is more divided than ever as we head into the 2016 elections.
We march on with strong leaders
Bill McKibben, Al Gore, Naomi Klein, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Peter Sinclair
Former VP, Al Gore drew the line that became these teeth.
The U.S. is one of the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitters, both on an absolute and per capita basis. But renewables are now becoming cost competitive in many states and Silicon Valley is earmarking billions of dollars for clean tech investments.
Looking past our mistakes in the background, our efforts are strengthened as we march on.
“We need to see — with the eyes of faith — the beauty of God’s saving plan, the link between the natural environment and the dignity of the human person.” – Pope Francis
Seee why the say data is the new oil
Understanding how our changing climate will effect the people, places and things we love is a strong message that strums our heartstrings. However the current main motivator continues to be economic discussions. Are we hiding our emotions to protect our sanity?
January 20, 2016
NOAA scientists confirmed today that 2015 set a new record for warmest average surface temperature on planet Earth - crushing the previous record just set in 2014 by nearly three tenths of a degree, or 0.29°F (0.16°C).
A recent Citigroup report estimates that losses to global GDP from climate change will total $44 trillion by 2060.
An aging utility infrastructure, combined with the dramatic growth of renewable energy, are strong market drivers towards long duration storage where flow batteries are expected to dominate
Mother Nature is reaching out. It is crucial to give our planet the time it needs to take a breath and heal itself from our actions.
As our natural watersheds and aquifers continue to get depleted at a record breaking pace, we must engineer a water management system that can sustain our exponentially growing population.
Arctic sea ice continues to retreat further inland creating new opportunities for oil drilling. And as California continues into its mega-drought we are extending our pumps hundreds of feet further, depleting precious aquifers.
Reporting in the fall of 2015 revealed that Exxon scientists and management knew since the late 1970s that the company's product was helping drive catastrophic global warming, and responded by spending millions to disseminate disinformation and fund climate denial campaigns. Environmentalist and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben has described it as "the most consequential lie in human history."
The idea that there is some scientific controversy over whether burning fossil fuels has contributed in large part to the present global warming (there isn’t) is an idea that has been literally bought and sold, and remains extraordinarily successful.
A civilization simply cannot survive if large portions of that civilization have declared war on facts.
Together we can alter the course of humanity into sustainable energy production, food security and preserving the quality of life for people and the planet.
Without hope we lack the drive for innovation and a clear picture of a better future.
The costs of inaction far outweigh the costs of mitigation.
January 27, 2016
A new study out today suggests that the United States could, use new high-voltage power lines to move renewable power across the nation, and essentially eliminate the need to add new storage capacity.
Sponsored by: AGROWN, Inc.
“Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece.”
– Ralph Charell
Welcome to the Grapevine Wall interactive storybook
Explore around at your own pace or use the arrows to move through the evolving story to find facts, figures, quotes and other fun finds.
What is this?
The Grapevine Wall Project is an ongoing story and public exhibition to inspire us to think more critically about our actions and their impacts on our environment.
Using art and creativity to share knowledge, broaden the climate conversation, educate, and incite action, the Grapevine Wall embraces the creative process as a tool to inspire audiences to explore the consequences of their actions, think critically about pressing issues, and to make the environment personal.
Enjoy and stay inspired!
Craig Tilley, artist
History is full of examples where a small, dedicated group of people was able to create positive change by mobilizing the masses to address an issue.
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Feeding the world is becoming more of a challenge as populations increase and food production yeilds continues to decline from climate change
When you look into most people’s understanding of climate change, you will see a confused ball of misguided information and confusion brought on by fear and misinformation.
As we transition from simple ideas into complex solutions to solve the climate crisis, we continue to see new ideas destroyed by greed and corruption. ..but we press on!
We are in a time of great change. With great change comes uncertainty, fear and resistance. Those who fight through these battles will be the leaders of tomorrow.
Insanity, to me, is knowing something to be fact beyond any doubt, while witnessing influencers poisoning a mundane population’s mind with ignorance, arrogance and greed in order to hide the truth.
Follow the leader?
The purity of humanity’s origin still exists in all of us. We are now at a new dawning in humanity as we take our first true steps in changing our ways together.
We have the choice to use the solutions at hand to embrace a new world of social and environmental sustainability
The Serpent represents the fight against time as we struggle to hold onto the hope that we are not too late in efforts to the re-stabilization of our environment.
All difficult moments in our lives are supported by pillars of hope. Whether from a believe, a community leader or a friend, pillars of hope allow us to digest our fears and grow the courage it takes to move us forward.
Are we destined for nearsighted action or do we hold a deeper understanding of our place in this world?
It is time we take our positioning seriously and act on what is right for humanity rather than what is right for now.
Many of us want to talk about it, but climate change remains a taboo subject.
As the tidal wave of proven, scientific findings continue to flood the overwhelming fact of our involvement of the climate’s abrupt changes, we put up our walls and go about our lives as if nothing is happening.
Too many are easily persuaded against the notion that anything is wrong by deep-pocketed, greedy politicians and corrupt corporations. Humanity will prevail in the end, but at what cost?
The long road to sustainability is littered with short paths to greed.
When you choose to make time to do what is right, you'll discover precious times that mean the most.
Although we are unable to create more time, we have the ability to make the brief amount of time we have on Earth more meaningfull by doing what is right and making a difference.
At this stage of the game we are all discovering the truth about our current way of life and we have the insight to help guide us in the direction we should go.
With any realization of addiction, denial of its adversity runs rampant. As we disturb the Earth’s environment, we continue to deny humanity’s ability to alter our planet’s life sustaining natural processes.
As we learn more and more about the climate crisis, our minds can create nightmarish illusions that lead to visions of apocalyptic scenarios. This leads to anger and frustration. We must break away from these feelings and work together to ensure a future for humanity.
The perception of humanity’s intelligence is based on our twisted interpretation of reality. We choose to believe what is easy to swallow rather than what is practical.
As we pump toxins into our lifeblood, we must not base fossil fuel consumption on reserves available, but rather in its effects on our planet.
The sooner we can stop arguing about the viability of climate change science or whose fault it is, the quicker we can take the actions needed to solve the climate crisis.
When our eyes are coated with greed and fear, we are unaware of the beauty before us.
Grown from fifty lines, this VINE represents confusion and fear as we head into the 21st century. Our fears can spin us around and make us miss what is truly important in our lives.
As the Arctic warms at twice the rate of temperate zones, we must see this as a threat rather than an opportunity to uncover more resources to exploit.
Villainous - knowing yet still going on like business as usual.
Climate change is bringing longer periods of drought and melting critical fresh water ice reserves, as global demand for fresh water increases. This threatens our food supply in crucial farmlands and the health of many countries.
Water is the backbone of life and the growing water crisis is creating instability and war.
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We have the insight into what is happening to our climate, which allows us to have the foresight into what we can do about it. It is now time to apply what we know and take action.
We have the ability to comfort our children when they have a nightmare by assuring them that everything will be alright. Can we do the same when it comes to their future?
As we continue to mitigate our relentless consumption of fossil fuels, we will also need to adapt and evolve to survive the changing environment that we helped to create.
Change is inevitable. We can make the choice to take hold of change boldly and transition into sustainable future.
It is easy for a skeptic to spin the message that climate change is not happening because this is what we want to hear. The truth, though, is what we need to hear.
Spinners twist a story in the way they want you to hear it.
Over 90% of the swordfish an tuna population has disappeared since the 1950's
The corrosive effects from our current energy production and consumption is staggering. As we head into a cleaner energy world, these actions will be revealed and the need for immediate solutions realized.
We will not be slowed down by the politicians who have the balls to stand back and do nothing or stand in the way by denying. We push forward.
While the industrial revolution brought great growth, it focused less on long-term environmental and economic sustainability.
Today, we are witnessing the transition into a new economic, social and environmental revolution that will bring us into a sustainable future....this is our story.
Our relentless pursuit of “more” produces runaway waste that seems invisible until you look deep and see the tremendous effects we can actually have on our planet..
“Hi. I’m a slug...I’m a worthless, slimey slug that leaves a trail of unimportance wherever I go.”
Biodiversity must be preserved
Will our clouded perceptions on climate change stimulated by the smoke and mirrors from the fossil fuel industry blind us from the reality humanity must face in order to implement decisive action in time to make a difference?
"The threat of climate change has never been more urgent. But the way forward has never been clearer....”
– Climate Reality
If we don’t immediately stop our malicious behavior and take climate change seriously, we will have lost the chance to do something about it.
As the sands of time pour down upon us, corrupt climate change deniers continue to play their morbid game of manipulation to maintain their personal gains.
We are witnessing humanity reaching out from the sands of denial.
From politics to private business, platforms for a sustainable future are being erected to support powerful voices around the world.
As we marched to Paris for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, many roadblocks appeared in forms of increased fracking, falling oil prices and misleading political propaganda...but we marched on.
The future looks bright as we march into the end of the age of oil, and the rise of the age of green energy.
2013 - The Mauna Loa Observatory on Hawaii reports that the daily mean concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere has surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time since measurements began in 1958.
1800 - Human population reaches one billion.
1930 - Human population reaches two billion.
1960 - Human population reaches three billion.
2011 - Human population reaches seven billion.
2015 sets record for the hottest year in historical record.
Economic Earthquatke in July 2008 - The 2nd Industrial revolution peaked when cruel oil hti $147 barrel and econmomy shuts down.
Big data and artificial intelligence are producing ultra-accurate forecasts that will make it feasible to integrate much more renewable energy into the grid.
Sept. 21, 2014
The People’s Climate March becomes the largest march for climate action in history.
1998 - Michael Mann introduces the Hockey Stick graph that became an iconic symbol of humanity's contribution to global warming. He has been defending his science ever since.
1995 - Michael Jackson - Earth Song
Gaiaisi's "Earth Emergency" launches as a 911 call to the human race.
"The Shadows" by 21 year old singer songwriter Sandel
May 24, 2006 - Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" debuts
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Feb. 2016 - Oil industry’s falling fortunes continue
BP reports a $3.3 billion loss for fourth-quarter
Exxon reported a 58 percent decline in its quarterly profit
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Currently, humans are emitting around 29 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere per year.
Over the past 400,000 years, CO2 concentrations have shown several cycles of variation from about 180 parts per million to 280 parts per million . Following the start of the Industrial Revolution, atmospheric CO2 concentration has increased to 400 parts per million and continues to increase.
The U.S. set a goal to cut carbon pollution by 40 percent by 2030 and by over 80 percent by 2050...I think these will happen much sooner through the drive and innovation from the private sector.
1975 - 331 ppm
2016 - 403 ppm
The solar industry is adding workers at a rate nearly 20 times faster than the overall economy.
I am amazed by the rivalry in climate change discussions and the anger those in denial have towards those trying to talk about it.
"We must start using the sea as farmers instead of hunters. That is what civilization is all about - farming replacing hunting."
- Jacques Yves Cousteau
Our oceans serve as the main source of animal protein. Our global fisheries are 2.5X larger than our oceans can sustainably support.
Over the past 40 years, global marine life hbeen slashed in half.
“Many a false step was made by standing still.”
It’s easy to get caught up in the hatred that seems to consume the world around us. We must remember to take it easy on ourselves and find the peace within before we can turn outward and inject others with our brilliance. We all have it within us and it’s begging to come out.
Song break from Biggy...If you don't know, now you know.
Feb. 13th, 2016
Antonin Scalia’s death has significantly boosted the chances of the Clean Power Plan coming into force by splitting the Supreme Court 4-4 between conservatives and liberals.
My son. Your generation, standing on the shoulders of many before you, is beginning to move to the next chapter.
When we embrace our elemental sense of humanity we become an integral part of something bigger than ourselves.
We are now more empowered to take on the great challenges of this planet together through technology, connectivity and compassion.
“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” – Mark Twain
Listen globally...by hearing global perspectives, rather than listening to the single story that comes from your own region, you're able to see how we are all connected, not just how actions personally impact you.
Markets function as population aggregators of the two great human emotions: fear and greed
"Climate challenge requires seeing things in a way that is quite alien to our biological conditioning, which focuses on the here and now, rather than on the everywhere and some time in the future." - Al Lehmann
We are only inches into our sea level rise problem, and high tide flood rates are already spiking in places,
Global sea level is projected to increase by up to 1 meter, or 3.3 feet, by the year 2100, with continued increases for centuries beyond that even if greenhouse gas emissions were to cease in the near future.
"Climate change is real: It is happening right now, it is a most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating."
- Leonardo DiCaprio
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who returned 3/2/2016 from a record-setting 340-straight days on the International Space Station, said looking down on planet Earth for so long made him a far more committed environmentalist.
"We’ve got to take care of the environment," he said. "I do believe we have an impact on that [the health of the environment], and we do have the ability to change it if we make the decision to.”
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January 216 - warmest January on record.
February 216 - warmest February on record and the 372 consecutive month at or warmer than average.
March 15, 2016: Obama administration closes off Atlantic to oil and gas drilling in policy reversal.
Earth Day, 4/23/16
More than 170 countries went to New York to sign the Paris climate agreement, a record-breaking number of first-day signatures for an international treaty.
The pathway to a sustainable future cuts through a constant circus of blatant politically charged misconceptions – instilling doubt and denial to maintain short-sighted wealth and control.
At this point of my journey in this story we share, I have removed myself more than ever from trying to convince flat out deniers on the issues at hand. We are moving forward faster than ever and celebrating the hope that those leading the charge bring is where I am focusing my attention.
More power from the sun hits the Earth in a single hour than humanity uses in an entire year, yet solar only provided 0.39% of the energy used in the US in all of 2015.
If you use data from oil and gas giant BP, at present rates of extraction we'll be out of oil by 2067, natural gas by 2069, and coal by 2121. It's possible that we'll discover more oil trapped in tar sands or deep under the ocean, but it just gets more expensive and riskier to extract. And we'll still run out.
In the 1950s, seminal global warming scientist Roger Revelle wrote about our industrial fuel consumption that "Human beings are now carrying out a large scale geophysical experiment of a kind that could not have happened in the past nor be reproduced in the future."
April 2016 was the warmest such month on record for the globe, creating 12-months of record setting consecutive warmth, which has never happened before since instrumental records began in 1880.
The US Energy Department predicts there will be more than 600,000 wind-related jobs by 2050
An Inconvenient Truth sparked a new kind of movement . Shortly after the film's release, former US Vice President Al Gore trained the very first group of Climate Reality Leaders in Carthage, Tennessee in 2006. Since then, the Climate Reality Leadership Corps has trained thousands of citizens in 135 countries around the world. I am proud to say I am one of these leaders.
“Perhaps the most significant effect of the Paris agreement in the next few years will be the signal it sends to investors: the united governments of the world say that the age of fossil fuels has started drawing to a close. … [After Paris] the idea of investing in a coal mine will seem more risky.”
- The Economist
It is vacuous to be optimistic without defining the outcome you are optimistic about.
While the nations of the world pledged to “pursue efforts” to limit warming to 1.5C, current Paris agreement pledges put us on track for a world warmed by around 3.5C
The amount of carbon dioxide in the air at the start of the industrial revolution was about 280 ppm.
During 2015, CO2 concentrations rose by 3.05 parts per million (ppm), and most likely permanently passed the symbolic milestone of 400 ppm.
As I took my seat on U.S. Airways Flight 1970 heading to Chicago, I reached for my iPad and drew a line on a blank canvas.
This was not just any line. This was the beginning to a life project that would test my endurance as an artist and help me overcome adversity.
Little did I know at that point, this line would become the first of hundreds of individual pieces (vines) growing together to form the ongoing story of our humanity as we move toward a sustainable future.
This project, The Grapevine Wall is the story of us, told thru surreal scenes and symbolic elements along with documented highlights from important current events that guide the narrative of the story.
I embrace this amazing journey and feel fortunate to build a channel that can touch the lives of so many people.
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“The person who clears the path ultimately controls its direction, just as the canvas shapes the painting.”
– Ryan Holiday
The U.S. House passed a non-binding resolution — H.Con.Res.89 – “Expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy.” The vote was 237-163.
June 15, 2016
Stockholm, Sweden joins cities around the world (including Malmö, Uppsala, Copenhagen, Oslo, Paris) in withdrawing their funds from coal, oil and gas companies.
The growing list of Divestment Commitments
What happens with global fossil fuel emissions — and therefore our ability to contain global warming to at or below 2 degrees Celsius or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above preindustrial levels — will hinge on what happens in the Asia-Pacific region.
June 7, 2016
India and the U.S. announced Tuesday that they have agreed to a "shared approach" to implement an accelerated phaseout of HFCs, which are known as a "super greenhouse gas" for warming the planet so significantly even in small amounts. It has a global warming potential that is many thousands of times larger than carbon dioxide.
Ninety percent of global electricity is generated by boiling water to create steam that spins turbines. It’s water-intense!
In the United States, more freshwater (41 percent) is used to cool power plants than for any other use.
About 8 percent of global energy generation is used for pumping, treating, and transporting water.
By 2035, global energy consumption is expected to increase by 50 percent, increasing water consumption by 85 percent.
"CEOs are accepting a mandate for radical action, and see a window of opportunity for transformation."
- Lise Kingo, executive director of the U.N. Global Compact
Today, sea levels are rising faster than at any time in the last 2,800 years.
Sweden Opens World’s First Electric Highway.
When we talk about the science behind climate change, it’s easy to lose track of the story. Climate change isn’t just a hockey stick graph. It isn’t just global temperature projections or satellite records. Climate change is a story about humans, and it’s a daily reality felt by many.
link to this comic: http://xkcd.com/1380/
For each 1 degree Celsius that you add to global temperature, you increase the atmospheric moisture loading by about 7 percent.
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An Evolving Story of Humanity's Victories and Struggles as we Journey Into a Sustainable Future
"If this was a discussion about facts, evidence, or even risk management, the debate would have ended years ago. But this is really about ideology, beliefs, money, the role of governments in solving long-term challenges, and, frankly, a failure of imagination on scales rarely seen before,"
- David Titley, director of the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk at Penn State University and a former top Navy climate programs official
"It is clear to most of us, including many of the leaders of those scientific societies, that traditional modes of communication no longer achieve their purpose in a world where ideologically-driven opinions supersede facts any day."
- Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist at Texas Tech University
Facts won't carry the day, at least not right now
Telling stories from the frontline that lead us to action.
People's Climate March: Sept. 21, 2014
Craig Tilley with Al Gore at People's Climate March
Peoples Climate March ATL 2015
July 10, 2016 - Siemens test flies an electric trainer this week.
The World's First Cultured Meatball - Memphis Meats
Donald Trump calls global warming a "hoax." He claims climate science is "bullshit," and he's even described it (supposedly as a joke) as a Chinese conspiracy. So perhaps it isn't that surprising that Mike Pence—whom Trump just named as his running mate—has similar views.
"Global warming is a myth," Pence wrote nearly two decades ago in an op-ed unearthed by BuzzFeed. "
"Human-caused climate change has become personal to hundreds of millions of people. As more of us feel its impact, we will act. We will call upon our governments to act. For as people we are all entwined, even as life itself is woven together."
Rev. Jim Conn, Capital & Main
Combining Tesla and SolarCity could help revolutionize how Americans use and create energy in coming decades by making renewable power more mainstream and affordable.
"Given that we must get off fossil fuels anyway and that virtually all scientists agree that dramatically increasing atmospheric and oceanic carbon levels is insane, the faster we achieve sustainability, the better," - Elon Musk
Electric vehicles will represent 35 percent of new light-duty vehicle sales in 2040, some 90 times the 2015 figure. (Bloomberg)
A warming of 2 degrees Celsius would cause 34 percent of the world’s population to migrate more than 300 miles, to places on the fringes of the tropics where the temperatures are milder. Dramatic population declines might occur in Mexico, Central America, Africa and India.
In 2015, for the first time in history, the world’s poorest countries invested more in renewables than the world’s richest countrie.
As this renewable energy wave sweeps the world, it is not only bringing clean energy but positioning the countries that adopt it first to be leaders in the smart grids of the future.
The most impoverished people are becoming the future creators of technology and owners of their own energy supplies. Given that energy is also essential to healthcare, education, food, water, shelter, sanitation and more, we should expect to see a huge leap in human development and well-being in the developing world in the next decade.
A renewable energy revolution is sweeping the developing world in which the world’s poorest are becoming pioneers in renewable energy and the smart grids of the future.
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In Denmark, Norway, France and Saudi Arabia, gigantic state-owned oil companies are becoming some of the biggest players in renewables.
Antarctic CO2 Hit 400 PPM For First Time in 4 Million Years.
Carbon dioxide officially crossed the 400 ppm threshold on May 23 at the South Pole Observatory.
Planting a seed is just the beginning. Bringing that seed to harvest takes commitment and patience. A good leader can take an idea and lead a tribe to follow. A great leader does it for the good of humanity. The secret to a great leader can be found in the strength of her roots.
A fine wine is much finer when you are toasting to a bright future. As we take in all the media induced anxiety, it’s a cheerful thought to know there are those out there fighting for the issues we believe in. A toast to all who have ever taken the time to brighten someone’s day.
Deepwater Wind installs the first offshore wind energy turbines in U.S. waters.
August 4, 2016
The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authorized Apple’s subsidiary Apple Energy LLC to sell wholesale energy, power capacity and other services needed to provide reliable electricity.
This will save the company hundreds of millions of dollars in avoided energy costs.
There is so little climate or clean energy programming on any major TV channel, the U.S. media in general have under-reported the story of the century. That is all changing!
Costa Rica managed to power its grid on 100 percent renewable sources for 285 days generated by hydroelectric plants,geothermal, wind, biomass and solar.
The Koch Brothers estimated by Forbes to be worth $44.2 billion each, have funneled mind-blowing sums through "charitable family trusts" and "think tanks" to influence policy and public opinion, planting seeds of uncertainty among the general public, and blocking attempts to regulate emissions, thereby ensuring that their pockets remain literally coated in oil.
"The fingerprints of humans are all over the frequency and intensity of climate disasters . . . What will happen when future generations look back and know that we could have taken action—that we knew—and we didn't?"
- Lise Van Susteren, M.D,
Psychiatrist and climate activist
A 100 Percent Renewable Economy
A single quarter-pound hamburger requires about 460 gallons of water to raise and process the beef.
As countries burn oil, coal and natural gas for energy, and as industrial farmers and loggers eliminate forests, heat-trapping emissions of greenhouse gases have soared in recent decades. The oceans have absorbed the vast majority of that heat — about 93 percent — putting unprecedented stress on coral and other species that cannot withstand warmer waters.
As periodic ice ages ended over the past million years, global average temperatures rose a total of 4-7 degrees Celsius over the course of about 5,000 years. So what kind of impacts would you expect if global average temperatures were to rise by 2-8 degrees Celsius in just the next century?
Mitribah, Kuwait, records high temperature of 129.2 degrees Fahrenheit, or 54 degrees Celsius.
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List of the water footprint for some common foods, via National Geographic:
A 1/3-pound burger requires 660 gallons of water. Most of this water is for producing beef (see below).
1 pound of beef requires 1,799 gallons of water, which includes irrigation of the grains and grasses in feed, plus water for drinking and processing.
1 slice of bread requires 11 gallons of water. Most of this water is for producing wheat (see below).
1 pound of wheat requires 132 gallons of water.
1 gallon of beer requires 68 gallons of water, or 19.8 gallons of water for 1 cup. Most of that water is for growing barley (see below).
1 pound of barley requires 198 gallons of water.
1 gallon of wine requires 1,008 gallons of water (mostly for growing the grapes), or 63.4 gallons of water for 1 cup.
1 apple requires 18 gallons of water. It takes 59.4 gallons of water to produce 1 cup of apple juice.
1 orange requires 13 gallons of water. It takes 53.1 gallons of water for 1 cup of orange juice.
1 pound of chicken requires 468 gallons of water.
1 pound of pork requires 576 gallons of water.
1 pound of sheep requires 731 gallons of water.
1 pound of goat requires 127 gallons of water.
1 pound of rice requires 449 gallons of water.
1 pound of corn requires 108 gallons of water.
1 pound of soybeans requires 216 gallons of water.
1 pound of potatoes requires 119 gallons of water.
1 egg requires 53 gallons of water.
1 gallon of milk requires 880 gallons of water, or 54.9 gallons of water for 1 cup. That includes water for raising and grazing cattle, and bottling and processing.
1 pound of cheese requires 600 gallons of water. On average it requires 1.2 gallons of milk to make 1 pound of cheese.
1 pound of chocolate requires 3,170 gallons of water.
1 pound of refined sugar requires 198 gallons of water.
1 gallon of tea requires 128 gallons of water, or 7.9 gallons of water for 1 cup.
1 gallon of coffee requires 880 gallons of water, or 37 gallons of water for 1 cup. "If everyone in the world drank a cup of coffee each morning, it would 'cost' about 32 trillion gallons of water a year," National Geographic notes.
Sept 3, 2016
The US and China – two nations that together make up about 40 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions – have become the first major economies to formally accept the Paris Agreement.
The Paris climate agreement becomes official
The world is not abandoning the Paris Agreement becasue of Trump.
Rogue Nation? Pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement will damage our country, but not the way forward for the world to combat climate change
Following a stunning Trump victory in the 2016 election that jolted financial markets and likely will reorder the nation’s priorities and alter the U.S. relationship with the world, we must ask who will really be pulling the strings.
hile the Earth experienced its warmest year on record, we drudged through a ruthless 2016 presidential debate season that brought very little attention to climate change.
hen time is given after a major shock, it is paramount to regroup and awaken thoughts of positive action toward recovery. We need to use this time to reflect and grow as individuals and as a unified nation.
In the aftermath of this 2016 presidential election, an apparent divided country has awakened to a stark reality of unbalance, anger and racism poisoning our country. We should use this opportunity to shed light on these issues and heal our wounds.
As tensions boil around racism, sexism and other social issues, climate change discussions are falling behind in an increasingly divided America. While all of these concerns are very important, we must not lose sight of one of the biggest threats to our way of life.
We are living global experiments. While the effects of future climate change will be significant, the social and economic impacts of our current climate today are often as severe.
we are progressing way too slowly due to widespread climate denial and poor political action. We need to hit the gas pedal, but too many are sitting on the breaks.
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2050 - Human population will reach nine billion.
It is our persistence to speak up for what is right that is closing the gap between what is good for society, the economy and the planet.
As we enter into the year 2017, we have experienced an unprecedented amount of false media and The gap between reality and perception seems to be growing.
Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and 18 Others Commit $1 Billion to New Cleantech Fund, Breakthrough Energy Ventures
Google to Run On 100% Renewable Energy in 2017
As the wealth of opportunities in cleantech for electricity, transportation, agriculture, manufacturing and building become clearer to the mainstream, a tidal wave of support for sustainability and opposition from anyone who gets in the way will flood the media outlets and grow the movement.
The closing of 2016 brought a few unexpected outcomes and has created much doubt and fear of what is coming for the movement towards a clean, safe sustainable future.
On June 1, President Trump stood in the Rose Garden and announced he will withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. As Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune writes, "Even for a president whose administration has quickly earned a reputation for reckless and morally bankrupt policies, this appalling decision stands out."