impacts, adaptation, and resiliency.

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As our natural world around the globe continues to undergo irreparable pressure from human population growth, resource extraction, and habitat loss, arguably no issue is more pressing than Climate Change. And while the current US administration blatantly rejects credible and peer-reviewed science, there is still hope. Cities, states, Tribes, and communities are stepping up, not a moment too soon. 

This project is a journey into the impacts and drivers of Climate Change, and explores meaningful action being taken on the city, state, tribal, and community level to protect culture, the environment, and community livelihoods in the face of a changing climate.

 USA. Boulder, Colorado. March 12, 2018. The Valmont Power Station is a  recently decommissioned  186MW power station owned by Xcel Energy. The decommissioning of the plant reflects the aggressive Boulder Climate Action plan designed to reduce citywide emissions to 80% by 2050 and source 100% renewable energy by 2030. As a part of the long-term process, Valmont no longer burns coal, and natural gas will be phased out in the next few years.

USA. Boulder, Colorado. March 12, 2018. The Valmont Power Station is a recently decommissioned 186MW power station owned by Xcel Energy. The decommissioning of the plant reflects the aggressive Boulder Climate Action plan designed to reduce citywide emissions to 80% by 2050 and source 100% renewable energy by 2030. As a part of the long-term process, Valmont no longer burns coal, and natural gas will be phased out in the next few years.

...without bolder action, our children won’t have time to debate the existence of Climate Change. They’ll be busy dealing with its effects. More environmental disasters, more economic disruptions. Waves of climate refugees seeking sanctuary. We CAN and SHOULD argue about the best approach to solve the problem, but to simply deny the problem not only betrays future generations, it betrays the essential spirit of this country.
— Barack Obama

But why?

Who agrees? 

“But are you sure it’s human inflicted?” NASA says so. And it is clear that Shell and Exxon Mobil knew the risks and purposefully covered up the science. The science was settled nearly two decades ago.

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