Green Living — April 19, 2012
Planet Earth – In Harm’s Way
What role does climate change play in altering the characteristics and impacts of extreme weather and climate events? What approaches exist for reducing vulnerability and exposure and for managing impacts and disasters associated with extreme events? In the video above, scientists discuss the findings of a new international report that brings together, for the first time, expertise in climate science, disaster risk management, and adaptation.
Last year, 350.org founder Bill McKibben wrote an op-ed in the wake of a series of extreme weather events in the US. A local 350.org supporter made the video above, which helped spark the idea for Climate Impacts Day and the Connect the Dots project at ClimateDots.org.
Record-breaking heat waves in Russia, wildfires in Australia, floods in Thailand. Every time we pick up the newspaper and read about another record-breaking natural disaster, it becomes increasingly clear that climate change is not a future problem — it’s happening right now.
Connect the Dots is a project of 350.org and their partner organizations, to shine a spotlight on the connections between extreme weather and climate change. 350.org will use those connections to issue a wake-up call for communities, media, and politicians worldwide.
Twenty years ago, with The End of Nature, Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about global warming. Those warnings went mostly unheeded; now, he insists, we need to acknowledge that we've waited too long, and that massive change is not only unavoidable but already under way. Our old familiar globe is suddenly melting, drying, acidifying, flooding, and burning in ways that no human has ever seen. We've created, in very short order, a new planet, still recognizable but fundamentally different. We may as well call it Eaarth.