RENewsletter | May 22, 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


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



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Opening Salvo:  “Climate Change will suffice, not rapture”


 [Written yesterday, End of the World Day May 21, 2011.  Today, the Albany Times Union thought this a big enough story to do an above-the-fold front page article: We are doomed! OK, well, maybe not - Times Union 5/22/2011]


Robert Frost thought the world would end (in his great poem) with “Fire and Ice.” But I think Climate Change will suffice.


Humanity is up against a real and present danger with Climate Change and if our dependence on oil, our unstoppable drive towards development, our inability to curb our populations, and live sustainably were not enough to drive our species, and every other species, into oblivion, there’s the ‘rapture.’ Who knew?


I came across this and was dumbfounded:


“A total of 41 percent of Americans think Jesus Christ is returning by 2050—that's 23 percent who say he is "definitely" on his way back and 18 percent that say he's "probably" coming soon.” (5/19/2011) Hurry Up And Wait for the Rapture | Mother Jones


Along with Climate Change deniers and those too busy to address the most critical issue of our generation, we have to deal with those who relinquish their responsibility to the next generation by believing in age-old nonsense. Though we are in deep trouble from greenhouse gas warming our atmosphere and turning our oceans acidic because they have been absorbing too much of our carbon dioxide releases since the 2nd Industrial Revolution, our world is not coming to an end today.


Trust me. There’s going to be a tomorrow and there’s going to be human still polluting the planet well after 2050. Things are just going to be hotter and more uncomfortable.


Without a wholesale change in human behavior, so we can reduce our greenhouse gases, the next generation and those beyond are definitely going to cook. This inclination to believe that the world is going to end at some near point is a mental quirk of our species that has endured for eons. If it’s not one prognostication of Armageddon, it’s another.


We have to realize that it’s a major copout to believe in this abject nonsense and not deal with the real threats to our existence. When those who believed that the world will end today, but does not, please start paying attention to climate scientists: - To What Degree? - What Science Is Telling Us About Climate Change - How Do We Know?  (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.


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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.]