RENewsletter | June 19, 2011


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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


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Opening Salvo:  “If Rochesterians care about Climate Change, prove it”


If you are one of those swayed by polls (maybe you even run your lives by them like some of our politicians) then these stats about Americans and Climate Change might interest you:


“71 percent of Americans say global warming should be a very high (13%), high (27%), or medium (31%) priority for the president and Congress, including 88 percent of Democrats, 66 percent of Independents, and 50 percent of Republicans.”Poll: Independents — and Even Republicans — are Still Concerned About Global Warming and Overwhelmingly Support Clean Energy Development | ThinkProgress


I myself don’t lend much credibility in these figures because if it were the case that most Americans cared about Climate Change, they’d vote for politicians who were serious about it.  They’d buy green products and make sure the authorities like the New York State Department of Conservation ( NYS DEC) and the US. Department of Environmental Protection (EPA) were not stifled and gutted by budgetary issues.  These other stats actually reinforce the notion that our environment is more of a political football than a matter of physics:


“In the United States an individual’s partisan affiliation is the most important determinant of their views on the existence of global warming, with Democrats significantly more likely than Republicans to believe that the Earth is warming” Climate Compared: Public Opinion on Climate Change in the United States & Canada February 2011


Whatever.  As I say, Climate Change is a problem of physics.  The more of the sun’s energy we trap here on Earth with greenhouse gases (ghg) the more our atmosphere heats up.  Climate Change, of course, is occurring all over the planet and it has many dire implications for our region too: See Likely Changes. (BTW: If you find all this chatter about Climate Change at bit much, I’ve spiced up all the doom and gloom with my own version of a famous nursery rhyme: “This is the Climate that we built”.)


So, the real test as to whether Americans, or Rochesterians for that matter, care about our atmosphere warming up and making things really uncomfortable around here are concrete actions.  Demonstrating that we ‘get it’ must include widespread behavioral changes. Since there is so much heating all ready in the pipeline little actions won’t make the big differences we need.  We cannot stop Climate Change at this point; we are trying to slow it down. 


We need to stop using fossil fuels.  We need to change the way we get around, which presently contributes to 27% of greenhouse gases being released into our atmosphere.  We need our local media to stop not connecting extreme weather events with Climate Change. Sorry, filling out a survey saying you care about this issue isn’t going to mean marshmallows to a manikin—unless you prove it.


One big way you can show that you care about Climate Change is to show up at June 21 - Planning POTLUCK event and help plan the next big Rochester version of’s world-wide movement to highlight this issue.  Back in 2009, Rochester had a great bicycle ride to Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Student Innovation; last year was the “10/10/10 Global Work Party” event in Brighton’s Farmer Market; and this year is Moving Planet: “Moving Planet is a worldwide rally to demand solutions to the climate crisis—a single day to move away from fossil fuels.”


We need your help to make this year’s event a dramatic demonstration that folks in our area care about Climate Change.  We are thinking big and hope you’ll come to this potluck dinner and help us do that.  Check it out:


Moving Planet Planning Potluck - "Moving Planet" symbolizing moving away from fossil fuel usage and towards a zero carbon emissions future.  Tuesday, June 21st· 6-8pm · Brighton Town Park, 777 Westfall Rd., just west of Clinton Ave., Pavilion 1. Please bring a dish to pass, your own place setting and utensils and cup/mug/glass, and whatever you’d like to drink. (No alcohol is allowed in the park.)


Because Bill McKibben founder of event (which became the single largest event around the world ever) will be speaking at Rochester’s Greentopia a week before the ‘Moving Planet”, we’d like for Bill to see Rochesterians demonstrate in a very big way our commitment to the most important issue of this century.  (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.



September 2011





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.]