The Forum — sponsored by Climate Action Bainbridge, EcoAdapt, Sustainable Bainbridge, Friends of Island Power and Citizens Climate Lobby — hosts a monthly series featuring speakers and discussion topics to increase our community’s awareness and response.
This month, the topic is “Climate Justice: Climate Change through a Social Justice Lens.” Panelists include: Kim Powe, Director of Climate Justice at Puget Sound SAGE, Hodan Hassan, Climate Justice Organizer at Got Green, and Sapna Sopori, Director of Youth and Community Education at IslandWood.
Running-Grass shares with us the origins of the Environmental Justice movement and his role as a delegate to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit in 1991, which launched the movement onto the national stage.
We also learn about the disproportionate impacts of climate change on vulnerable populations such as racial minorities and low-income communities in our region. These impacts are distributed unequally and must be approached within an inclusive social justice context.
To learn more, you can attend the next Climate & Energy Forum event on Climate Justice on Wednesday, January 17 from 7:00 – 8:30pm at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church.
CNN MONEY article discusses how many countries are polically motivated to go green with electric and hybrid cars. Britain and France will end sales of gas and diesel powered vehicles by 2040 and India is moving toward an “all electric” transportion fleet by 2030.
In repealing the Clean Power Plan, the Trump administration shows that it’s bent on removing government regulations around climate change. That means it’s up to Congress to make the market solve this problem instead. Failure to act will lead to the day when climate-related disasters outpace our ability to recover and adapt.
“The short version is, climate change makes these very bad storms worse,” said Sean Sublette, a meteorologist with Climate Central, a nonprofit group that studies climate change. “It’s not the approximate cause of the storm, but it makes these bad storms worse. And in the case of a really bad storm, climate change can make it totally disastrous or catastrophic.”
Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University says that, “The most dangerous myth that we have bought into as a society is not the myth that climate isn’t changing or that humans aren’t responsible,” she said. “It’s the myth that ‘It doesn’t matter to me.’ And that’s why this is absolutely the time to be talking about the way climate change amplifies or exacerbates these natural events. This brings it home.”
A new study connects climate change impacts to the emissions from Exxon, Chevron
and other large oil, gas and cement companies and their products.
“Using models, they calculated that the greenhouse gas emissions of these 90 companies accounted for around 42 to 50 percent of the global temperature increase and about 26 to 32 percent of global sea level rise over the course of industrial history, from 1880 to 2010. Since 1980, a time when global warming was first getting wide attention, their emissions have accounted for around 28 to 35 percent of rising temperatures and around 11 to 14 percent of rising seas.”