Climate Reality: the Take-away

Texans Listening to Al Gore at the Climate Reality Project Chicago Leadership Corps Training, July 31, 2013

Texans Listening to Al Gore at the Climate Reality Project Chicago Leadership Corps Training, July 31, 2013

My friend Bruce with Sierra Club and This Land is Your Land asked me today… What’d you learn?  What was the take-away?  He was referring to my recent attendance at the Climate Reality Project  Leadership Corps Training in Chicago.

High school student Alice and her father Jin from South Lake, Texas

High school student Alice Liu and her father Jin Liu from South Lake, Texas

Here’s what I understand and agree with:

Climate change is happening now — the violent weather events are indeed wrecking havoc.

It’s us causing it.

There is hope.

We have to adapt to things that are already happening.  Nobody can solve this alone, but together we can take action to prevent additional problems.

Here are the top three actions you can take plus some other great ideas:

#1 ACTION.  Tell Your Story.  Here’s my friend Forrest Wilder telling our Texas story.  Yikes.

People respond to stories.  Hone your own personal climate change story and…Tell it!  What’s your story?

The Texas Delegation -- We're already telling our stories.

The Texas Delegation — We’re already telling our stories.

Everyone at the Chicago Leadership Corps Training – 1,250 people from 70 countries, all continents, all 50 US states, 100 from Canada, many from Mexico, committed to taking 10 leadership actions in 2013-2014.

#2 ACTION.  Put Heat on Denial – you can counter climate deniers in comments online, at dinner, on the bus.  Want some help?

Ok.  Here ya’ go.  You can use these ‘Reality Drop’ statements to respond to friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, legislators, legislative aides — whoever you want to love up with a good healthy dose of reality.  This groovy Reality Drop app that the Climate Reality Project’s media team put together makes it easy to paste and drop the statements in articles online.  Find some hogwash?  Wash it here –https://realitydrop.org/#

Al Gore spoke much of the day Thursday.  What a great teacher!  He said, "We can transcend our habits. "

Al Gore spoke much of the day Thursday. What a great teacher! He said, “We can transcend our habits. “

#3 ACTION.  Take it to the policy makers!  You can write a handwritten letter, email, or phone, or best yet, visit your Legislators.  Consider doing it at least four times this year.  Once per season.  Yeah!

Ask them to:

Eliminate all incentives for oil, gas, and carbon (Ok, that can be a tricky ask in Texas.  But someones’s gotta do it.  Right?)   And finally, let them know they can butter the bread better -Implement energy efficiency and clean renewable power — in particular, rooftop solar.

Its my same ol’ golden oldie, the mantra that serves –

Solar power along the train route.

Solar power along the train route.

We can transition in a fair way now off of fossil fuels, by implementing clean energy solutions — energy efficiency measures across all sectors of our society and by installing and plugging in clean renewable power — particularly rooftop solar.

So.  That was my take away, Bruce!  ~ Donna

PS  Save the DATE – Oct 23-24  24 Hours of Reality  

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