Climate Change

When it comes to Climate Change, why do we do so little when we know so much?


Disruption lays bare the science, the shattered political process, the industry special interests and the civic paralysis that have brought us to this social, moral and ecological crossroads.

This is the story of our unique moment in history. We are the first generation to feel the impacts of climate disruption, and scientists say that we are the last generation that can do something about it.

The film also takes us behind-the-scenes of the efforts to organize the People’s Climate March, which was the largest climate rally in the history of the planet.

Climate Change Action Plan: Action to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in New York State

Governor David Paterson signed Executive Order 24 in 2009 – a goal to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent (of 1990 levels) by 2050. The Climate Action Council was formed and directed to prepare a draft climate action plan assessing how economic sectors can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change. The NYS Climate Action Plan is available at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s website.

Bill McKibben on Climate Change:

“It’s getting hot as hell and we’re not going to take it any more”

Bill McKibben is an author of more than a dozen books, including “The End of Nature”, “Deep Economy” and co-founded the campaign to mobilize action on climate change.

Read Full Bill McKibben Article on the Atlantic Chapter website

Try to Fit these Facts Together from 2010:

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the planet has just come through the warmest decade, the warmest 12 months, the warmest six months, and the warmest April, May, and June on record.

A staggering new study from Canadian researchers has shown that warmer seawater has reduced phytoplankton, the base of the marine food chain, by 40% since 1950.

Nine nations have so far set their all-time temperature records in 2010, including Russia (111°F), Niger (118°F), Sudan (121°F), Saudi Arabia and Iraq (126°F apiece), and Pakistan, which also set the new all-time Asia record in May: a hair under 130°F. I can turn my oven to 130°F.

And then, in late July, the U.S. Senate decided to do exactly nothing about climate change. They didn’t do less than they could have – they did nothing, preserving a perfect two-decade bipartisan record of no action. Senate majority leader Harry Reid decided not even to schedule a vote on legislation that would have capped carbon emissions.

More of Bill McKibben’s writings in the Huffington Post on Vested-Interest Money and Anti-Science Propaganda:

Feb. 22, 2011: “Money Pollution: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Darkens the Skies”
March 11, 2011: “Koch Brothers + US Chamber = Why Congress Doesn’t Care About Climate Change”