Peer-to-peer storytelling for community engagement on social justice issues, especially climate action

Maria Talero of Climate Courage uses organic, peer-to-peer storytelling for community engagement on social justice issues, especially climate action.She assists community engagement events where the audience engages in a carefully curated personal story-sharing process to deepen the impact of featured organizations. WHAT:  Maria Talero is looking for partners and collaborators to help develop a pilot storytelling program currently called organic storytelling for …

Heating and risk of heatwaves are much worse

‘It is horrid’: India roasts under heat wave with temperatures above 120 degrees, 7 June 2019 The Washington Post | Joanna Slater When the temperature topped 120 degrees (49 Celsius), residents of the northern Indian city of Churu stopped going outside and authorities started hosing down the baking streets with water. Churu – home to more than 100,000 people – has …

Progress for whom, and 7 critical graphs showing why Steven Pinker is wrong

Progress for whom, and other critical questions Pope Francis insists we ask line up with points by and data from Jeremy Lent… In Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, published last year, Steven Pinker argues that the human race has never had it so good as a result of values he attributes to the European Enlightenment of …

Federal lands account for about 40 percent of the nation’s coal production, a quarter of oil production and an eighth of gas output. O&G drillers are also sitting on 13 million acres that they’ve already leased but where they are not producing

Warren and Sanders say they will cease fossil fuel leasing on federal lands, but there is a lot in the pipeline – excerpt, April 2019 The Interior Department has said that current coal leases contain enough reserves to support 20 years of production. Oil and gas drillers are also sitting on 13 million acres that they’ve already leased but where they are …

Denver Mayoral and City Council Candidates on GND

The science is clear: we need climate solutions now, and we don’t have a moment to lose. We’re calling on Denver Mayoral and City Council Candidates to align their policies with science and their priorities with the moral imperative of this moment. We’re calling for real climate leadership. We’ve asked candidates to note their positions on both fossil fuel divestment …

AFL-CIO endorses 100% in Washington

April 24, 2019  Wind turbines stand along the Columbia River Gorge near Goldendale, Wash. (Rick Bowmer / AP, File) By Larry Brown and Scott Farris Climate change and our efforts to address it are among the most significant political struggles of our time. The stories we read about climate change are intense — worsening extreme weather and related impacts like more frequent …

New climate models predict a warming surge

By Paul Voosen, Science Mag, Apr. 16, 2019 , 3:55 PM New climate models predict a warming surge For nearly 40 years, the massive computer models used to simulate global climate have delivered a fairly consistent picture of how fast human carbon emissions might warm the world. But a host of global climate models developed for the United Nations’s next major assessment of …

Warming prevents air quality improvement. Millions more Americans breathing dirty air as planet warms, study finds

Warming prevents air quality improvement – report E&E News | Sean Reilly For a second year, the American Lung Association is warning that climate change is blighting a trend toward improved air quality. Warmer weather and changing rainfall patterns “create continued challenges to long-term progress in reducing harmful air pollution under the Clean Air Act,” the public health advocacy group …

Denver Divests! The City of Denver sold its oil and gas bonds last month, is reviewing renewable energy reinvestment options

DENVER, CO – Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced that the City of Denver is divesting its $6bn General Funds’ portfolio from fossil fuel investments. The city said it was able to move quickly through the process as fossil fuels were already a small percentage of the overall portfolio. The announcement came at the 2019 Denver Mayoral Candidate Forum, where all Mayoral candidates …

Columbus, OH regional housing strategy to spend $5.6 million to increase housing capacity, affordability. Denver and Salt Lake strategies as well.

Katie Pyzyk, Smart Cities Dive, April 17, 2019 The Columbus, OH City Council unanimously approved an ordinance to spend up to $5.6 million in Capital Improvement Budget bond money on grants to increase the housing supply. The legislation was approved as an emergency measure so the program could begin as quickly as possible. The Affordable Housing Trust of Columbus and Franklin County, OH, as the …