Climate Action Now
The science is settled and it is clear and unequivocal: anthropogenic (human-caused) global climate change is and has been occurring, and the consequences are dire. Dr. James Lawrence Powell, Ph.D. in Geochemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), twice appointed to the National Science Board by Presidents Reagan and Bush Sr., reviewed 24,210 peer-reviewed articles by 69,406 authors and found that only 5 articles by 4 authors rejected man-made global climate change. That’s one author in 17,352 or 0.006% of authors, leading to a global consensus exceeding 99.99% that man-made global climate change is a reality!
A recent report issued by the World Meteorological Organization showed “unprecedented heat across the globe, exceptionally low ice at both poles and surging sea-level rise.” Jason Channell, global head of the alternative energy and cleantech research program at Citigroup, recently estimated that “costs in terms of lost GDP from not acting on climate change can be $44 trillion by the time we get to 2060.” Clearly, the time to act is here and now!
Two questions remain: (1) what do the American people think? (2) what can we do? In answer to the first question, a recent Gallup survey found that 68% of those polled believe humans are causing climate change and 62% are convinced we’re already experiencing its negative effects; 45% in the Gallup survey said they worry a great deal about climate change and an additional 21% said they worry a fair amount about climate change.
As far as the second question, there are several things that we can do and are doing to address the problem now. Citizens’ Climate Lobby has long proposed a revenue-neutral carbon tax we should embrace called Carbon Fee & Dividend legislation. You can learn more about CF&D at www.citizensclimatelobby.org. We can also take it to the courts. There is currently a suit pending in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, having succeeded in a District Court, with 9 to 20-year-old plaintiffs sponsored by the group Our Children’s Trust (www.ourchildrenstrust.org). The suit names as defendants the U.S. federal government and fossil fuels companies and the key complaint is that the government and these companies knew about and understood man-made global climate change and did nothing, violating all our constitutional rights to life, liberty and property. Finally, and this is not an exhaustive list, but we must hasten the transition to renewable energy provision (i.e. solar, wind, water, geothermal, biomass) and away from fossil fuels (i.e. coal, oil and natural gas). Already, solar employs more Americans nationwide than coal, oil and natural gas combined; these are local jobs that average approximately $26/hour. Wind has seen similar growth, with greater growth expected. What aids in this effort even more is the fact that trillions have been divested from fossil fuels and invested in socially responsible assets. 350.org works very diligently on the divestment movement.
If you want to be part of the solution locally, please join us at Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action today. We are a volunteer association on file with the WV Secretary of State’s Office and we have access to a 501(c)(3) tax exemption through our fiscal agent, WV Citizen Action Group. We are also a Mid-Ohio Valley chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby and 350.org and a Science Booster Club for the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). We meet every third Thursday of the month at First Christian Church, 1400 Washington Avenue Parkersburg, WV.
Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action