RENewsletter | September 27, 2015


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Adapting to and mitigating Climate Change in a way that sustains all life while striving to do so equitably is the defining issue of our time.  How we comport ourselves during this historic trial by fire will reveal our true nature. Frank J. Regan


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Opening Salvo: “Did Pope’s Climate Change message reach the US public?


Was Cuba sad to see him go? Did the Cubans feel compelled to read the encyclical after hearing the pope speak of it? Was Castro secretly glad the pope excoriated the USA about its environmental degradation and crass consumerism then go mum when he talked about openness and freedom? Did he wave goodbye as the jet took off for America? When he looked down on Earth from his jet could he see it warming up?


Seated on his great white chair from across the National Mall, does the great white man believe that the man in white can change the stone in humanity? When he says that the “problem that can no longer be left to a future generation”, does he mean Climate Change or does he mean the climate deniers in Congress? Is ‘climate denier’ now stricken from the media’s lexicon because it’s too offensive to climate deniers? If cyanobacteria are the lifeform that produced the oxygen in our atmosphere for our lifeform, are we the lifeform that transforms this planet into one only habitable another lifeform? How angry are the conservative media that he invoked Climate Change on the White House balcony when it’s so unpopular with their fans? Which pope memorabilia fetches the most money?  


How many times was he applauded as he talked to Congress? Was that more or less as many times as they clapped for the President? Is the senator with the steely eyes and poker face glad that the pope pulled his punches just as he talked about our common home? Or was he wishing he just got on with it and brought a tussle on? Does he like American food? Does he like American cars even though he wouldn’t drive one himself?


Is Climate Change really caused by a great big machine, as asked by a bystander of the marchers in Rochester to highlight the pope’s message on Climate Change? Did the police who escorted marchers want to get out of their cars and get off their bikes to join the march? Was the encyclical quoted four or was it five times during the march? Did the reporter feel sad when she realized that no other reporter showed up to report on the march either? What is the sound of one marcher marching on Climate Change when no one is around?


What was the joke the pope told before he talked to the UN General Assembly? Did he actually say we were too fond of selfish selfies? Does predatory lending help or hinder developing nations? Can an old man in a white outfit mobilize the world to take action on Climate Change? What is a culture of waste? Will the UN invite him to speak to them ever again? Did the media breakoff their gameshows so they could broadcast the old man speaking? 


Has he heard our confessions and asked that our trespasses be forgiven? When he leaves us and returns to the Vatican will our climate return to the Holocene? Did the pope’s message that the local media wanted to project—if Climate Change is true, then it’s only an international issue— only get reflected back to them? Or was the pope’s message able to reach the public in time?  (Click on my email for feedback)





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The great conundrum of our times is that in a time of rapidly occurring Climate Change and a rapid disintegration of the environment that we need to thrive and survive, mainstream media still marginalizes environmental concerns. [Check often for this continually updated list on the possible consequences of Climate Change in our region--supported by facts.] If there isn’t a quick and substantial change in how environmental concerns are reported, edited, and chosen in mainstream media, the public will continue to believe that environmental concerns are merely special interest matters, issues they can avoid if they choose.  How can we inform the public and monitor our environment without abridging our Freedoms--in enough time to save ourselves?


“Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.” -- Carl Sagan


My companion book to written in 2005 still holds true. Now, “We Don’t Get It!” is an E-Book on and Kindle We Don't Get It! eBook: Frank Regan: Books



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




Updates Daily 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. Text in BOLD are my comments.]




Events Rochester 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. Also, be sure to check other calendars and environmental series for multi-day events.
















Action Take 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.