Former Forum panelist Majora Carter (“Our Fragile Earth,” 2012) was on the cover of the New York Times today, but not all publicity is good publicity…
“Many former allies and neighbors say that Ms. Carter trades on the credibility she built in the Bronx, while no longer representing its interests. They say she has capitalized on past good deeds in the way that politicians parlay their contacts into a lobbying career, or government regulators are hired by the companies they once covered.”
Watch the clip below, read the article here: http://tinyurl.com/d7r6xcm, and let us know what you think.
It seems that it’s hard to really care about scientific realities until we feel like they really affect us. Well, seems like American’s are finally getting worked up about climate change.
Check out the Yale report “Extreme Weather, Climate & Preparedness in the American Mind”
- 82 percent of Americans report that they personally experienced one or more types of extreme weather or a natural disaster in the past year;
- 35 percent of all Americans report that they were personally harmed either a great deal or a moderate amount by one or more of these extreme weather events in the past year;
- Over the past several years, Americans say the weather in the U.S. has been getting worse – rather than better – by a margin of over 2 to 1 (52% vs. 22%);
- A large majority of Americans believe that global warming made several high profile extreme weather events worse, including the unusually warm winter of December 2011 and January 2012 (72%), record high summer temperatures in the U.S. in 2011 (70%), the drought in Texas and Oklahoma in 2011 (69%), record snowfall in the U.S. in 2010 and 2011 (61%), the Mississippi River floods in the spring of 2011 (63%), and Hurricane Irene (59%);
Part of a provocative piece highlighting the work of Paul Kingsnorth, who believes that “civilization as we have known it is coming to an end; brought down by a rapidly changing climate, a cancerous economic system and the ongoing mass destruction of the non-human world. But it is driven by our belief that this age of collapse — which is already beginning — could also offer a new start, if we are careful in our choices.”
Something to think about leading up to Our Fragile Earth Forum on May 5.
Sure, we may have appreciated the mild winter and record-breaking spring temperatures. But what does this all mean for the future of our planet?
NPR’s “All Things Considered” reports: “The United Nations’ International Panel on Climate Change released a report this week that says we’re more likely to face extreme weather events in the coming decades. That includes things like more intense heat waves, heavier rainfalls and longer droughts.”
Read the entire story here.
Environmental journalist Simran Sethi
Read the entire interview from The Atlantic, here.
He will join Majora Carter at our May 5 Forum, Our Fragile Earth.
Paul Gilding, environmentalist, quoted in Thomas Friedman’s “The Earth is Full.”
Read the whole thing here.