RENewsletter | October 18, 2009


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Opening Salvo:  “350 Why It Matters”


350 is the number that leading scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide—measured in ‘Parts Per Million’ in our atmosphere. 350 PPM—it's the number humanity needs to get back to as soon as possible to avoid runaway climate change.” –from Understanding 350 |


Several events are going on in Rochester this coming Saturday for the and we hope you will attend one.  If enough people demonstrate in a positive way that they acknowledge the problem of Climate Change and are willing to make their voice heard, it might make a difference.  It’s all on


I personally think it matters that we act in some concerted effort now to raise our voice because of the cloud of indifference that wafts over environmental matters.  So much irrational and ideological dust has been kicked up over global warming that we have lost the moral point. It goes like this: Only in the last couple of decades has there been overwhelming evidence that we –Homo sapiens—are affecting the planet’s environment.  


Up to this point, only a few believed we were doing great damage.  But the majority of humanity didn’t really think our puny little species and our busy machinations could actually steer the course of the planet’s biology enough to affect how it all works.  Now, no well-informed person can deny that we’ve not only trashed the place, we are on Earth’s board of directors.  Way beyond our Peter Principle.


This changes everything.  Morality itself takes on a new meaning because our choices aren’t simply about us or our personal salvation.  Our choices have a tangible affect on the workings of our planet, even threatening our future and the lives of other beings on this planet.  So, if you follow my logic, our sense of Morality must include our responsibility to our environment because we now realize we can actually change it. 


It’s a profound idea.  This wouldn’t have occurred to Aristotle, Plato, Marx, or even Darwin because they didn’t have computers and satellites to access the data from a far enough vantage point to reach this conclusion.  Our ancestors would not have deduced from watching a campfire in a cave that several millennia later, with billions of people and zillions of fires, we can raise the temperature of the planet, so they had better cool it.  But, our generation does know.   


In the same way that other great ideas have transformed the way we view the world—evolution, monotheism, fire, agriculture—manmade Climate Change will forever change how we see ourselves.  Once you realize that we are altering the planet, you must, like a Kantian imperative, acknowledge your responsibility.


One way to act on that responsibility is to attend a event and get heard by the rest of the world.   (Click on my email for feedback)




NewsLinksEnvironmental NewsLinks – [Highlights of major environmental stories concerning our area from the past week]





UpdatesDaily Updates – [Connecting the dots on Rochester’s environment. Find out what’s going on environmentally in our area—and why you should care? Clicking on -DISCUSSION – will take you to my blog “Environmental Thoughts, NY, where you can add your comments.]





EventsRochester Environmental Events Calendar – [The most complete listing of all environmental events around the Rochester, New York area.]  If you don’t see your event, or know of a local environmental event, please send me the info: with (EV event) in the subject line.


Special Calendar notice: Thank you for your overwhelming response to the forum on natural gas production in New York State on October 19th! Pre-registration is closed (as of 10/17 afternoon) because we have exceeded the room capacity. We are adding a follow-up meeting later in October. To be invited to the follow-up meeting, email  with Subject="NYS Natural Gas - Follow Up Meeting". More action items and information on our Announcements page. Doors open to the public at 6:30pm. If you are already pre-registered, please arrive promptly.  At 7pm, "No Show" seats will be released to "walk-ins" on a first-come, first-serve basis.  


Also: RIT Climate Change Action Awareness Week – Monday Oct. 19th  – Saturday Oct. 24th:  Are you ready for an ambitious, fair and binding global climate deal? Join us as we call on world leaders to pass climate policies grounded in the latest science and strong enough to get us back to 350ppm.



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ActionTake Action - Often, I receive request to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local developments, and environmental items needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world. I’ll keep Actions posted until their due date. 





AwardEnvironmental Site of the Month Award – [On the last Sunday of each month, we present an environmental award for the Rochester-area environmental web site or blog that best promotes the need to protect and offers solutions for our area's environmental issues.]