RENewsletter | December 11, 2016


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“Our Environment is changing: Keep up with the Change.”


*Note: Henceforth 'environment' means ‘our life support system.’


[12/04/2016 – 12/11/2016]


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: “The ‘best’ way to fight Climate Change?


While protecting our forests is crucial, it is delusional to think any single or even a hundred separate, specific actions are the ‘best’ way to fight Climate Change.


Protecting forests is the best way to fight climate change' With the Cancún Declaration adopted at the Convention on Biological Diversity summit, DW talks to an indigenous leader on how native peoples are defending the Earth's forests - and through that, biodiversity and climate. At the 13th meeting of the parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD CoP13), representatives from more than 190 nations are discussing conservation in Cancun from December 4 to 17. Already on Saturday (03.12.2016), delegates agreed to adopt the Cancún Declaration to ramp up efforts to protect the world's biodiversity. At the conference, indigenous groups' role in protecting biodiversity will be among the topics in the spotlight. Leaders from the Amazon region, Congo and Indonesia, among others, are unifying their voices in demanding greater respect and support for their communities, which they believe to be key actors in the fight to protect our planet. (December 5, 2016) Deutsche Welle 


Along with protecting our forests are voting climate deniers out of office, ramping up renewable energy, blocking fossil fuel infrastructures, pushing our media to do a better job reporting on Climate Change, enacting a worldwide carbon tax so that burning fossil fuels becomes prohibitively expensive, ceasing oil drilling in the Arctic, developing a Climate Action Plan in every community, helping our wildlife and plants to adapt to the warming, enhancing our ability to monitor the changes that come with warming up a planet by making sure agencies like NASA are capable of maintaining crucial equipment, keeping scientists focused how our climate system works, backing environmental groups who are at the legal forefront of beating back bad environmental legislations, organizing local groups to stop bad environmental decisions, growing food locally so that we can produce as much good food as possible, preparing our communities for climate refugees who will need a place to live, making sure the Green Climate Fund helps support those nations that did not cause Climate Change but will experience the consequences more quickly and worse, increasing public education about Climate Change and how our public health will be affected so that we when plan for warming we do so comprehensively, and on and on and on and on … 


The point being that however overwhelming people may find addressing Climate Change to be, there is nothing for it. We have to both adapt to the changes and stop anymore warming—at the same time and all at once. We must attempt to accomplish this even if doing so will increasingly consume most of our lives. The more we drag our feet the more likely our children’s and grandchildren’s lives will be but desperate attempts to deal with this crisis. And a less likely their being successful. Climate Change will get worse unless we change course immediately, and this is true whether we like it or not.


However convenient or psychologically comforting folks may find seizing on the ‘best’ solution for themselves, there is no single way to fight Climate Change. It’s one of the reasons why communicating Climate Change is so very difficult and unpopular. But dumbing the problem down to a just few actions you can take is not the answer to this problem. (I cannot ever say ‘this kind problem’ because there is no problem like Climate Change.)


To put forth the psychological position that too many action items needing immediate attention will overwhelm and paralyze folks into doing nothing is a stance, not a fact. (‘We cannot do anything to address Climate Change that will harm our economy’ is also a stance and so is ‘We cannot address Climate Change unless the actions are fair’ (albeit a good and moral stance).  Military personnel preparing for battle are not told to leave the battlefield and chill if they feel overwhelmed. As we have witnessed in humanity’s many wars, we can do incredible things to save ourselves and our loved ones—however inconvenient and numerous they may be.


I understand the psychosocial reasoning behind trying to tamp down the urgency and plethora of actions needed and putting acting on Climate Change all into a doable package of some sort, but it’s backwards psychology. To address Climate Change properly, you must first assess what Climate Change is (an existential problem threating our life-support system) and help humanity move towards solving it on a scale and time frame that will matter. Not deciding first your level of commitment.


Watching the world pass tipping points where the consequences of this warming are irreversible cannot be alieved by shrugging one’s shoulders and saying, “Well, we tried.”


We cannot decide first what our capacities are for taking action and then try to solve the problem. Nature is not designed for our convenience. Our ancestors, going all the way back to the beginning, either adapted or perished.


So what can we do? We can fully embrace this challenge and prioritize our actions so that they are equal to the task. We aren’t trying to save the planet so much as we are trying to save our place on it.  (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.




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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.