10 Reasons Why You Should Care About The UN Climate Talks even if they are boring, compiled by Sophie Yeo and Nilima Choudhury at RTCC: 1. Human rights – with the poor affected most; 2. Pervasive carcinogenic air pollution from fossil fuel combustion; 3. Increasing threats on biodiversity and on already threatened species, such as gorillas; 4. The militarization of the Arctic; 5. Our children, who will suffer far more from increasingly catastrophic climate change and its consequences; 6. The disappearance of holiday places, from beautiful tropical islands to parks and skiing; 7. Increasing hunger as crop failures increase; 8. The disappearing of delicious shellfish; 9. More wars as ever more people are faced with ever dwindling resources, such as food and water; 10. Cities threatened with flooding. Look around you, and you’ll be able to construct your own favorite list of things that will be destroyed by climate change. Then remember that you can be a force for change. This is our world – it’s worth fighting for.
Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here: http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176 . This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is in 2 years!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.
For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/index.php?author=mary-ellen-harte
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Quotes of the Week:
“Science denial kills.”
OO Stephan Lewandowsky, Michael E. Mann, et al, in The Subterranean War on Science, November 13, 2013. Association For Psychological Science Observer
“Next time you hear someone beat up on the EPA, send them to Harbin for a week.”
OO Thomas Friedman, New York Times, November 6, 2013. The sizeable city of Harbin, north China, was shut down by extremely hazardous air pollution recently.
“The greatest challenge facing mankind is the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda.”
OO Michael Crichton, San Francisco, September 15, 2003.