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National Climate Assessment Report: Who Cares?

Earlier this week the White House released the latest National Climate Assessment Report, causing the rare flurry of attention in the mainstream press. The report summarized what anyone paying attention already knows; that climate change is happening now and impacting all parts of the country (and world), and those impacts can only get worse in a “business-as-usual” future. As the…

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Norman Borlaug - one of many inspirational figures of the environmental movement

Drawing Inspiration from Environmentalists who have Gone Before Us  

As we continue to hope for the birth of a new era of environmental responsibility, we can draw inspiration from those who have gone before us and done so much to move us forward.  Here are the abbreviated biographies of six environmentalists who invested their lives into the noblest of noble causes. Judy Bonds The anti-mountaintop removal mining activist, Judy Bonds, died in 2011 at the age…

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How is Earth Day like New Years' Eve?

How Earth Day is Just Like New Years’ Eve

I’m not eager to spoil the party of Earth Day. For the environmentalist crowd, a group to which I pledge my philosophical, if not always explicit, allegiance, Earth Day is a time for celebration and renewal. But there’s something in “Earth Day” that seems a little like New Years’ Eve, at least to me. Which is to say a disappointment. Even…

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Generating station at the Four Corners Power Plant

Energy-starved utilities and the exploitation of the Navajo: The Forgotten People.

It’s the kind of story that can easily mis-characterize the aspirations of the “Forgotten People,” who are anything but abandoned. They represent the indigenous tribes living on the Navajo Reservation, a 27,425 square-mile sector bordering parts of northeastern Arizona, southeastern Utah, and northwestern New Mexico Their struggles are not unlike other Native Americans displaced during our winning of the West,…

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Connectedness and happiness are two of the five key psychological elements to a new climate change narrative

Forging a New Climate Change Narrative: Addressing 5 Psychological Realities

A new narrative that is designed to encourage action to combat climate change must acknowledge the abstract nature of global warming. First and foremost we need to address the fact that people are not rational actors. Perhaps the most cogent approach to managing the Herculean task of communicating with an inherently irrational public is to focus on a narrative that…

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Sustainable human development requires a transformative new trajectory that allows all people to prosper while respecting planetary boundaries

Reconciling the Future: Planetary Boundaries, Sustainable Development and Participatory Democracy

An end to poverty – In this second decade of the 21st century, humanity faces perhaps the greatest challenge of our long history. As noted economist and director of the Columbia University Earth Institute Dr. Jeffry Sachs points out, we live in an age of great promise and yet terrifying peril. On the one hand, Sachs asserts that we have the…

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To overcome the obstacles to climate change action we need to see past our tendency to selfishness and embrace our ability for altruism

How New Narratives can Help us to Overcome Obstacles to Climate Change Action

By incorporating some basic issues into a new climate narrative, we can begin to move forward. There are a plethora of reasons why our current narratives prevent us from acting on climate change, not the least of which is the fact that we spend far too much time debating the veracity of the science rather than tackling important  policy issues….

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