About Climate and Hope

(First draft - this page is a work in progress)


How can I educate myself on climate change?

This list of resources (videos, articles, web sites) is here to give you some tools to educate yourself on the issue of climate change.

However note it's easy to get depressed and overwhelmed by the problem of global warming. So by all means, educate yourself on this issue. But don't get so caught up in all the bad news that you get paralyzed. Don't get so overwhelmed you can't get out of bed. After all, there are many reasons for hope. And so on our web site and Facebook page, we also post about hope, and opportunity. Note most environmental and climate action groups also post the good news, the wins, the solutions. So balance the bad news and the good news. Click and read the good news as well as the bad.

One thing is clear: It's going to take all our political will to make change happen. We are going to have to fight the fossil fuel industry's war on us, on our children, on our grandchildren. And the fossil fuel industry has deep enough pockets to buy nearly all our politicians, who then use government policy to block solar energy and renewable energy for years to come. That's what we have to take on - for the sake of our children and grandchildren. We are talking about children in our lifetime, and their children - not some distant great-great grandchild many generations into the future. Climate change will have a massive effect on on the lives of the children of today. Climate change will have a massive effect on their children as well. And so we ask you to get involved in climate action: For EVERYONE you LOVE! Pick a task, pick a role, and run with it! And if we do, our children have a future. And if we do, there's enormous economic benefits as well.

 

Read and Watch "Do the Math."

In 2012, Bill McKibben wrote an article for Rolling Stone:

Global Warming's Terrifying New Math:
Three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe - and that make clear who the real enemy is

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-warmings-terrifying-new-math-20120719

According to Earth Island Journal, as of September 2012, this article earned "112k Facebook likes, more than 12,000 mentions on Twitter, 7,300 Stumble Upon tags, and nearly 5,000 reader comments." This article was so popular a movie was made. Read the article and/or watch the movie:

Watch: Do the Math - on 350.org, or on Youtube. (45 min)

 

Watch "Years of Living Dangerously"

Watch "Years of Living Dangerously." The second season of this award-winning series about climate change is airing Wednesdays on National Geographic Channel, and on Hulu.com (warning: on Hulu it has some audio and video problems: you may have to refresh it a few times to keep it going). Season 1 is included on Amazon Prime.

If you only watch one episode, if you care about California, watch episode 3 of Season 2. Then join a climate action group. Now.

 

Watch "Before the Flood"

Watch Leonardo DiCaprio's "Before the Flood," on National Geographic Channel, Hulu.com, Amazon Prime, Youtube, and many other sites.

Clip: Welcome to the Gigafactory

Leonardo DiCaprio visits Tesla's Gigafactory and discusses with Elon Musk how the world can transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

 

Watch "An Inconvenient Truth" 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-SV13UQXdk (1 hour 32 min)

 

 

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