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Extreme climate change events include the 2013 Philippines Typhoon Haiyan disaster. One of strongest storms of all times - 195 mph winds. When you heat up oceans and the air is warmer and moist, as it is in the Philippines, winds are stronger.
What if we stop buying gas? Okay, those of us who can. Figure out how to walk, bike, or take public transportation. I rarely drive in Los Angeles. Rather I walk and take buses. (Except at night. I learned I live in a neighborhood without enough street lights, and too much construction equipment) During the day, I ride many empty buses. Where are the environmentalists? Let's collectively create No Gas Days and progress to weeks, and... You meet more people when you're not isolated in single car, which is a side benefit. Good reading and listening to books on iPod time, too!
Speak as a consumer, it's the American language. No thank you, I'm not buying your gas.
The other day, I took buses Big Blue 14 and Rapid 10 to Union Station to learn everything Amtrak, without riding the train. It's part of my living without a car education: A little over an hour to get to Union Station, making my connections within 10 minutes. No parking. No additional gas yanked from the earth. Little expense.
Naturally, I met new worldly people along the way, for Los Angeles attracts folks from Tunisia to Vancouver--to name recent bus seat-mates. In one day, I learned about the revolution in Tunisia two years ago, "Wouldn't you know but Egypt's revolution got all the hoopla instead of us. We were first!" And the best kept secret "tour" of the Inside Passage and Queen Charlotte Islands in British Columbia. On the cheap, too. This trip, now on my places-to-visit list, only utilizes rail, bus and boat. Kayak, if strong and lucky. May the winds be with you.
Speaking of around the world: everyone from Prince Rupert in British Columbia, Canada to Louisiana, USA is talking about how to stop the Keystone Pipeline. I'm with you! In addition to calling your representatives and the White House and joining protests, please consider,
"No, thank you. I will not buy your gas."
In Los Angeles, alternatives to driving a car include bus and rail lines:
Photo 1946 Los Angeles Freeway Traffic courtesy of Metro's Transportation Library. Despite at the time this photo was taken, locals thought this was congestion, (we may beg to differ) I point out that even if you buy a fuel-efficient or an all-electric car, you still take up space. Space is a value. Congestion causes stress. Consider alternatives, if not daily, when you can.
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"I've been lucky enough to live through what well might be considered
the golden age of natural history filmmaking."
Sir David Attenborough
See nature's progress through the lens of Sir David Attenborough,
whose 60 years in front of the camera comes to life in PBS Nature's new
3-part mini-series: Attenborough's Life Stories.
I highly recommended this mini-series to every nature-lover, environmentalist and naturalist film-maker.
Check your local PBS listings to view retrospective of Attenborough's life and work, airing on consecutive Wednesdays, January 23, 30, and February 6, 2013 at 8 p.m. EST. After the broadcast, each episode will stream at PBS Nature
Episode one: Attenborough's Life Stories: Life on Camera
Episode two: Attenborough's Life Stories: Understanding the Natural World
Episode three: Attenborough's Life Stories: Our Fragile Planet
I received the 3-part DVD series, which is a fascinating exploration of nature; probably best I've seen because of its thoroughness and perspective. Attenborough takes us on an adventure spanning 60 years, showing our changing planet and its species.
Climate change impacts and extinctions are addressed.
Interesting facts revealed such as the power of an individual to save a species (Diane Fossey saving Mountain Gorillas), and the power of groups to save endangered species (1961 the World Wild Life Fund created to save species starting on the Galapagos Islands). The positive impact of technological advancements in filmmaking, revealing how certain species behave--under the sea, in pitch black of night, and more--is explored.
Since the beginning of recorded history, individual countries may have been aware of environmental challenges in their backyard, but it wasn't until Apollo 8 sent pictures back of planet earth that we as a species began to think globally:
Cherish the whole!
We're all part of this eco-system called earth! Protect it!
And speaking of cherishing the whole, no one to my knowledge has as much depth and breadth of experience recording stories from the wild, the lessons learned, the beauty and challenges that remain on earth as does Sir David Attenborough. Trust me, you will love this series. I hope you will watch in order to learn, grow, be inspired, and get involved!
The Clean Air Act and our tax system could get a welcomed boost with a Carbon Tax on fossil fuel producers and users. It's under discussion on NPR and The New Yorker. I wish the idea were discussed in Congress, too! I'm throwing in my clean air hat to say, Yes! to a carbon tax because it makes clean air, climate change, fiscal, clean energy, and better health sense.
A modest carbon tax would take care of half the current deficit.
Paying For It by Elizabeth Kolbert at The New Yorker is about potential benefits of Carbon Tax.
On NPR's "To The Point" today a great discussion underway Is The Carbon Tax An Idea Whose Time Has Come? Guests discuss benefits and (drawbacks) of a carbon tax on the fiscal cliff and our environment. I heard conservatives acknowledge the health care costs (dollars and lives) of continuing with unabated coal. Pleasant surprise to hear from conservative think tanks considering clean air benefits to a carbon tax.
From KCRW's web site on carbon tax topic:
Environmentalists have long championed a carbon tax, imposed not just
on gasoline, but on all fossil fuels, from coal used to generate
electricity to diesel fuel used to power heavy equipment, as a way to
address climate change. Now it’s winning the support of conservative
think-tanks and even some oil companies, as a way to address the budget
deficit. Is the tax a smart way to avert both global warming and the
fiscal cliff? If so, then why isn't the Obama White House proposing it,
and why is Congress so reluctant to consider it? Has hurricane Sandy
changed any minds?
America's eastern seaboard is afire with coal and nuclear-powered lights so people can enjoy places like Times Square in New York with its flashing billboards, which brings me to a new word at the heart of climate change and our newest geological era, which has a name:
Human activity is driving our atmosphere into global warming, and destroying ecosystems dependent on a delicate balance, which is no longer. The Anthropocene Era recognizes man's actions and laws are co-creating the planet's evolution.