RENewsletter | July 10, 2011

 

The Free environmental newsletter from RochesterEnvironment.com

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

[7/03/11 – 7/10/11]

 

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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 safe 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

 

Opening Salvo | NewsLinks | Daily Updates | Events | Environmental Site of the Month | Take Action |

 

 

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Opening Salvo:  “Needed: Rochester, NY climate action plan site”

 

If you search awhile you can find the City of Rochester’s Climate Action Plan buried on this page: City of Rochester | City Adopts “Green” Resolution. But it’s not the robust web site devoted exclusively to our city’s plan for adapting to Climate Change like they have for Chicago:

 

City of Chicago Climate Action “From the start, the charge and scope of the Chicago Climate Task Force was broad and ambitious. Dozens of experts and a nationally recognized research advisor committee took part in discussions. Leading scientists were consulted to describe various scenarios for Chicago’s climate future and how these would impact life in the city.”

 

Each community in the US and around the world is going to have to produce a Climate Action Plan because Climate Change is coming and each community is going to be affected. Despite the budgetary problems facing all our cities, no time should be lost in producing a full assessment of all the particular issues that each community is going to face because of Climate Change.  Every city, not just a few who ‘get it’, are going to need a complete plan with recommendations that will provide a sound and level playing field for everyone in a time of great flux.

 

It’s not something that can be pushed off to the future when better economic times might occur. Climate Change is going to affect transportation, public health, energy, and a whole lot more. Citizens are going to need advice from sources that they trust on how to prepare for the changes and how they can mitigate (or stop) their community from further emitting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

 

There is no shortage of Climate Change information for our region. What needs to be done is to develop a site that brings together the latest scientific and governmental information as soon as possible. The city needs to come up with highly visible recommendations and plans for our region to address Climate Change that will give Rochesterians a sense that we are serious about this threat (check the “Likely Changes” coming to our area) and we are prepared.

 

Of course Rochester’s Climate Action Plan should be tailored to our region, as we have many specific issues that the confluence of our waterways, our transportation systems, and other factors that make us unique.  We need a resource, a web site, that has makes it easy to coordinate our efforts with other communities addressing similar problems. Something as large and looming as Climate Change needs solutions that are in concert, not in conflict, with each other so as to make the quick and massive changes needed.  No more dallying because it is political expedient to doubt the oblivious case for Climate Change.  That ship has sailed.

 

It would be smart to get those plans complete and posted to the Internet as soon as possible for the public to view. Grant writers would have a resource for securing environmental grants for our area. Residents would gain information on how best to heat their homes and find programs to help them.   With a comprehensive Climate Change Action Plan businesses can be assured that no other business can game the system by denying the obvious and letting all the others do our adapting. There is no end of the advantage of getting out ahead of this massive problem, instead of waiting until Climate Change has us continually playing catch-up and maybe not even being able to catch up with it at all.

 

 

FrankRegan@RochesterEnvironment.com  (Click on my email for feedback)

 

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

 

 

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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.]

 

 

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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: FrankRegan@RochesterEnvironment.com with (EV event) in the subject line.

 

 

 

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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. 

 

 

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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.]