Why the Climate Movement is so important

We are in a critical time of the climate movement; this may sound cheesy to you, but soon we will be at a point of no return when it comes to our climate. Mother earth needs your help.

President Trump has begun withdrawing the US from the Paris Agreement; that agreement, as you know, is simply about cutting harmful greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere. When he made this choice he ignored 70% of Americans who supported the Paris Agreement.

Climate movement on Earth Day

Photo Credit: http://www.earthday.org/

 Trump completely ignored those people who are trying to protect the planet and expand renewable energy choices. On the other hand, he cannot ignore the corporations, non-profit organizations, colleges, cities, states and not to forget our concerned citizens, that are marching on to promote and live the clean energy revolution.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead, Cultural Anthropologist


A visionary who started the climate movement

In the last two decades, we have seen quite a few visionaries who advocate for a greener planet. One of them is Al Gore, who after his vice presidency devoted his life to the dangers of greenhouse gases and global warming. He is the founder and chairman of Climate Reality Project, a not for-profit organization dedicated to educating the public of the dangers of greenhouse gases and global warming. Climate Action and clean energy revolution are at the top of their agenda.

Al Gore and his Climate Movement

Photo Credit: https://www.algore.com/project/the-climate-reality-project

A decade ago he published his successful Oscar-winning film: An Inconvenient Truth, which introduced us to the threat of climate change.  The timing couldn’t have been better for his second film: An Inconvenient Sequel – Truth to Power.

The invigorating follow-up that reveals how dangerous global warming has become. Although Al Gore had great success with its first movie, convincing the world that climate change is real, has become an uphill battle. Particularly with the Trump administration, which seems to live in denial or ignorance when it comes to global warming.

According to Rotten Tomatoes, the sequel has already gotten a lot of positive remarks, part funny and poignant as Al Gore makes clear to the audience that while we are almost at the point of no return, the dangers of global warming could be overcome with human resourcefulness and enthusiasm.

The clean energy revolution

The movie is a must see for everyone caring about the climate movement. The former vice president invites the public along on an inspiring film that visits countries throughout the globe and suggests tools that could help heal our mother earth.

The Clean Energy Revolution Is ‘A Dramatic New Reality’. Al Gore:

The movie is an excellent picture for everyone who cares about humans, environment and most importantly where humanity is heading. The sequel tells the story of Al Gore’s struggle to educate the public of the climate movement, the Paris agreement and the ups and downs of his career.

The sequel also fixes the greatest flaw in the original, that was criticized for not enough focus on solutions. This film makes the newest clean energy revolution an important focus.


Seven ways everyone can follow to help make the climate movement a success:

  1. Get informed – learn the facts – Get familiar with Climate 101
  2. Find resources about climate change
  3. Post on Social Media
  4. Write an article on your blog
  5. Watch the movie:  An Inconvenient Sequel – Truth to Power.
  6. Contact your elected leaders
  7. Sign the: “I Am Still In”Pledge on Climate Reality
  8. Become a Leader of the Climate Movement


Get informed – learn the facts – Climate 101

Watch this short video and learn the fundamentals of climate change with Bill Nye “The Science Guy.”

What causes the climate to change?

In a nutshell; there are a few factors that cause the climate to change. Throughout our history, the climate has changed many times. However, the temperature of the earth is increasing almost twice as fast in the last 45 years. According to scientists, that is not a regular pattern and is indeed caused by greenhouse gases emitted by humans.

Rising Carbon Dioxide  Levels
The UN has called a panel of scientists together called the IPCC that meets every few years. They are all in agreement that we humans are responsible for the increased greenhouse gases. Their report also states where the greenhouse gases were coming from:

  • COis emitted from burning fossil fuels in cars, trucks, buildings, factories and power plants
  • Methane is released from landfills and agriculture. In fact, livestock is emitting just as much greenhouse gases as cars do. The only difference is that methane produces about 20 times more heat trapping gases than CO2   

In a normal scenario the oceans, the trees, and the soil are natural carbon dioxide absorbers. However, we emit so many gases that our environment is not able to keep up. Deforestation adds to this problem. According to the WWF, the world is losing 48 football fields of vital oxygen producing forests every minute.  That causes the greenhouse gases to stay in our atmosphere, which in turn traps the sun’s heat. We have created an unsustainable cycle.

Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have increased dramatically in the last two years, even as President Trump dismisses the facts, has many climate scientists puzzled and worried.

For the fifth year in a row CO2 has increased unparalleled, said Pieter Tans, lead scientist at NOAA’s.

“The rate of CO2 growth over the last decade is 100 to 200 times faster than what the Earth experienced during the transition from the last Ice Age,” Tans said. “This is a real shock to the atmosphere.”

Causes of global warming

Photo Credit: https://climate.nasa.gov/causes/

 Check out Nasa’s website why the planet is warming faster than ever before, and to get an understanding of what causes our climate to change. The Climate Reality Project also made Climate 101 very easy to understand. The evidence collected thus far and the consequences if we don’t take action.

Seeing all the facts, I think,  you already get a picture of how dangerous the situation is.

Until the US Election in 2016 the EPA was the to-go website for climate related issues. Unfortunately, President Trump has ordered the EPA to remove the global warming facts from its website, which is further proof of an ignorant and greedy administration.

Warming oceans:
Oceans are vital for our survival. They are the lungs of our eco system. Unfortunately, the absorption of more carbon dioxide leads to ocean acidification, which leads to the bleaching of the corals. The more greenhouse gases we produce the warmer the oceans become. Warmer oceans contribute to more storms and unpredicted weather patterns. And the cycle goes on and on… Although this cycle is reversible only if the temperature of the oceans cools down.

According to the National Geographic:

Pacific Ocean waters warmed 15 times faster in the last six decades than they did over the last ten millennia. National Geographic

The guys at NOAA do a fantastic job in updating the graph below on a regular basis.  Which is further proof that the 2014 Earth had more heat (thermal energy) than ever before documented.

 

Global Ocean Heat and Sea level change

Photo Credit: https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/OC5/3M_HEAT_CONTENT/

Rising Sea Levels

Over the past 100 years, greenhouse gases released from human activities have caused not only an acceleration of the Earth’s surface temperature but also the temperature of the ocean. Oceans are the lungs of our environment, so to speak, which absorb about over 70 percent of the heat. That heat absorption creates an increased melting of the glaciers, the polar ice caps, and Greenland. The National Geographic has published a great article on the important function of our oceans and our environment.

Melting icebergsRising sea levels could potentially have a devastating effect on the coastal communities. As the seawater expands further inland, it could cause significant erosion, apparently flooding, and contamination of the soil. Lastly, animals such as birds could lose their habitat. However, the worst is the creation of climate refugees that would be the greatest tragedy.

Most scientists estimate a sea level rise of about 3 feet within this century, a more grim forecast is the melting of the Greenland ice, which would raise sea levels up to 23 feet. On the other hand, the majority of us will not experience that in our life time. Because we care for our children and their children, we must act sooner than later.

Post on Social Media

Social media is a powerful tool to get your message out. Post often and at different times; tag or mention your friends or supporters. Consider joining Facebook groups who share common interests. Check out our Facebook group  Share messages from other climate change organizations, but you are welcome to share this one 🙂 Thank you!

Write an article on your blog

Write an article on your blog or become a guest blogger on ours. Consider writing a post about the climate movement or global warming. Even if this is not your topic, you will wonder how many people will thank you for that. Remember to link to the recourses where you get the facts from. That will give you more credibility. You are welcome to submit your story or solution on our blog. Not into blogging? Ask a question in our Forum

Watch the Movie: An Inconvenient Sequel – Truth to Power

The movie might help to get a deeper understanding how serious the situation is. I suggest you bring the entire family and have a discussion after the movie. It might be an eye opener to some of your family members, or maybe not. Important is that you get an idea what the climate movement is all about.

Contact your elected leaders

A very effective way of getting attention is by calling your elected leaders. The Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a non-profit, non-partisan organization focusing on climate change makes it very easy to locate political leaders and their contact information.

Know your Stuff: Remember to know at least the basic facts about the topic you are calling for. Voice your concerns and how to solve the issue. This can be very effective before an election. If you are an expert in the environmental area, let them know, you might be asked for advice.

At the end, our goal is to bring awareness to the climate movement. So politicians can act swiftly to reduce greenhouse gases in their respective communities and promote renewable energy sources.

 

Sign the: “I Am Still In” Pledge on Climate Reality

Add your name to the list of people I am still in who still support the Paris Agreement. While you are there read the open letter We are still in from the mayors, governors, colleges and business leaders from across the US, who came together to support the Paris Agreement. You will be pleasantly surprised how many people “are still in” the Paris Agreement.

Become a Leader of the Climate Movement

Make a difference and become a Climate Reality Leader. Climate workshops, which prepare activists to become leaders in their communities to address climate key issues, are offered through the Climate Reality team. There are already over 10000 climate reality leaders world-wide in more than a 100 countries.

“This is the best thing you can do if this is your passion. No other outlet has a stronger impact than joining the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.” – Kent Taylor, Climate Reality Leader

What’s your Solution?

One way to solve climate change is when we genuinely care for each other. Our goal at CoolMomentum is to promote projects and innovations that benefit people and or the planet. As Nelson Mandela mentioned in his famous quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Therefore positive change always starts with a first step: The intention to make a difference, followed by an actionable goal. Sounds difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. We can all start with baby steps and soon people around you will follow you.

What is your sustainable solution? Do you have a project or innovation, or an idea? Leave a comment below. Become a contributor on CoolMomentum.