Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m.: Video of Greta Thunberg, Swedish high schooler who became a world phenomenon by launching a students’ strike for solving the climate crisis, plus a panel of students discussing the video and the Green New Deal movement.
Room 101, Business and Public Management Center, 50 Sharpless St., West Chester 19382. Park across the street in Sharpless Parking Garage. All welcome.
Doors open at 6:30 so come then for environmental and community group exhibits. No refreshments this time but you can fill up your refillable water bottles.
Program presented by the West Chester Green Team, which includes Chester County Citizens for Climate Protection, Ready for 100, Plastic-Free Please, and Don’t Spray Me!
This is the second in the Green Team’s hot button environmental series, addressing issues at the forefront of people’s thinking at this time in our history.
More info about the program: email@example.com
About the Green Team: https://wcgreenteam.wordpress.com/
To download the poster below, click here: Climate action & youth
Mark Szybist, NRDC, 5/6/19
Last week, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf joined the U.S. Climate Alliance and his Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) unveiled a new Climate Action Plan. These are welcome and exciting developments, but they also highlight how much work the Commonwealth has to do – especially in the power sector – to cut economy-wide emissions 80 percent by 2050, the goal set by Wolf’s recent Executive Order on climate.
Pennsylvania’s Climate Change Act
Pennsylvania’s Climate Change Act of 2008 requires the DEP to assess the “potential impact of climate change” on the state’s people, economy and natural resources, and to create a Climate Action Plan that recommends strategies to mitigate the impacts. The DEP must evaluate the costs, benefits, and economic opportunities of mitigation policies, and the plan must be updated every three years.
This year’s Climate Action Plan, the DEP’s fourth since 2009, is the first to detail strategies for adapting to climate change impacts, as well as strategies for cutting pollution. That’s because the impacts of climate change are not just “potential” in Pennsylvania; they’re occurring, mostly in the form of extreme weather, and Pennsylvanians are paying for it. One striking statistic from the Plan is that since 2006, the state Department of Transportation has spent over $190 million to recover from more and more flood-related disasters….
read more and see many links at NRDC
“…If the emissions have to stop, then we have to stop the emissions….”
“… If a few children can get headlines all over the world just by not going to school for a few weeks, imagine what we could all do together if we wanted to….”
“…The one thing we need more than hope is action….”
— Greta Thunberg, November 2018
She says more, and more forcefully, in 11 minutes than most speakers in hours!
To listen to her TED talk, click here (not on the image).
Community Power Summit on May 18th from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at Lionville Middle School, 550 West Uwchlan Ave, Exton PA.
Sunday, May 5,4:00 – 6:00pm, Wayne Presbyterian Church, 125 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne PA
Chart from “Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters: Overview” at National Centers for Environmental Information, NOAA. The last 3 years have been way above average (adjusted for changes in GPI) in the number of weather events with damage over one billion dollars in the US, and 2019 is starting out the same way. Military bases are among the affected areas (see here).
Besides the threat of climate refugees desperate to escape droughts and storms trying to migrate (as is the case already with some pressing at the US-Mexican border), US military bases such as the often-flooded Naval Station in Norfolk VA are also in jeopardy.
Emailed by the national Sierra Club, this photo of Offutt Air Force Base in Sarpy County, Nebraska, shows damage from the recent flooding there (photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force taken by Tech. Sgt. Rachelle Blake):
Here is the Sierrra Club comment:
Was climate change the cause of last month’s “bomb cyclones” and catastrophic flooding in Nebraska, Wisconsin, South Dakota, and Iowa? No one can say for sure, although the magnitude of recent storms, floods, and wildfires—and the fact that the 18 hottest years on record have all been since 2001—certainly suggest a correlation. “Climate change is here,” says Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune. “We can’t stop the rain if it comes, and we can’t stop the rivers from rising….