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Selected news item for the week of 9/12: The World may have already crossed 5 climate tipping points.

What Can I Do?

September 13, 2022

We hear that our world is coming to an end, that we will suffer from more severe storms, floods, fires, food shortages, viral and bacterial illnesses, and mountains of trash.

We hear that the ocean contains massive amounts of swirling plastic refuse and is acidifying to kill coral reefs and the fish that survive on them.

We hear that bark beetles and exploding fires and drought will kill most of the western forests in the next few decades.

The volunteers at the Climate Communications Coalition (ClimateCC) are here to help!

At times we despair, for our children, for our beautiful disappearing natural environment. Maybe we hear something about the Sierra Club or Food and Water Watch or the Monarch Alliance acting to turn back the terrible tide of the climate crisis. We know there are numerous organizations and movements working hard to save our future. ClimateCC’s goal is to support and broadcast their messages so that everyone can act to preserve and protect our home. Help us #ACTonCLIMATE!

Would you feel empowered by working with the Citizens Climate Lobby to pass carbon fee legislation?

Would you feel stronger as you planted 100’s of trees with Streamlink Education?

Would you pat yourself on the back after a day of removing trash from beaches or roadsides or river sides?

Would you enjoy marching with the Extinction Rebellion or the Sunrise Movement or Fridays for Future?

The Climate Communications Coalition mission is to spread the words and work of participating environmental groups. WE CAN DO THIS! We can all work together to save our home. Please JOIN US!

DO THIS TODAY: www.climatecc.org/register/ Register with us!

Written by: Kathleen Rall


Do this today: Check your utility bill to learn how your electricity is sourced. If it is from dirty fuels, call your utility and change your plan to fully renewables.

The Energy Sector – Part I By Kathleen Rall

June 1, 2022


I once heard a climate speaker suggesting that we need to start getting our energy from heaven instead of hell. Whatever your beliefs about the higher and lower realms, you know that we now obtain most of our energy from fossil fuels (deep underground, mostly in the U.S. and Asia) and uranium (also underground, mostly in Australia and Kazakhstan), whereas solar and wind energy come from above our heads. “From darkness, lead us to light”, a Hindu chant, comes to mind.


According to the latest International Energy Agency report, “the energy sector is the source of around three-quarters of greenhouse gas emissions today and holds the key to averting the worst effects of climate change.” If we are to avoid a climate catastrophe we must radically and rapidly change the energy sector. Solar and wind capacity must increase 400% by 2030, and electric car sales must increase 1800%. Yikes!


What does this mean for you and me? We have to change our transportation methods, our heating and cooling and cooking methods, and our consumption patterns. Global emissions total about 51 billion tons yearly, and about 55% of the needed reduction in emissions is related to consumer choices. That’s us! So, our choosing to purchase an EV for our next vehicle, or our conversion of our gas-heated home to a heat pump system can be part of the solution.


We can start by subscribing to one of the renewable energy suppliers, billed through our current electricity provider. ( Go to https://www.mdelectricchoice.com/shop and search for one of the providers with 100% renewable energy.) Also, we could participate in one of the community solar projects or a solar co-op. (The Capital Area Solar Co-op can be reached via www.solarunitedneighbors.org ). In Montgomery County a community choice solar pilot has been approved so that whole communities can choose to buy only clean energy in the future.


When we make the change to clean renewable energy, we encourage more rapid build-out of solar and wind power. We also discourage more extraction and transporting of fossil fuels. Power is in the people and the people want clean energy!


So, instead of reaching a mile down for fracked gas and oil, let’s reach for the skies. The sun and wind technologies we already have can dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, while we research more and better ways to capture carbon, reach zero by 2050, and stop heating our future world.