Climate Change…It’s Us: Part I

I recently attended Climate Change: Connections for Action at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Palatine, Ill. and was pleasantly surprised by how many people showed up — it was great seeing other like-minded individuals. It’s nice to know I’m not the only liberal, tree-hugging liberal in the conservative Northwest Suburbs of Chicago!

Dan Hunthsha, Climate Reality Leader at The Climate Reality Project kicked off the conference with an eye-opening, but a bit worrisome presentation about climate change beginning the conference stating, “Climate change is real — it’s definately us, but there is hope.”

The one statistic that really stood out for me is that five percent of all carbon comes from lawn mowers! I was stunned by that statistic.

Hunthsha shared scientific data clearly proving that we are the culprits of Global Warming – it’s no longer something that we can shy away from – especially after the worst winter the United States has faced in over 30 years. Those of us who live in the hardest hit areas of the country affected by this winter have experienced Climate Change

According to Climate Reality, “Our planet is heating up, and carbon pollution is to blame. Ninety million tons of carbon pollution enters our atmosphere every day. Nine of the ten hottest years on record were in the past twelve years.”

Evidence of Climate Change can be seen over the entire world – from Superstorm Sandy to extreme pollution in China to extreme rain and flooding this winter throughout Europe and, in 2013 the hottest summer on record in Australia. In fact it was so hot in Australia that meterologists had to add a new color to the weather map defining the extreme temperatures.

After the introductory presentation, the conference got local with representatives from various regional and state green organizations including the chapter of a national location. I will discuss this panel discussion and more of the day’s activities in part two of this blog.

But, I leave you with this question…What is your impact on the Earth? And…what can you do to lessen this impact?


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