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, 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?

  • 93-97% of peer reviewed climate experts agree: (1) climate change is occurring, (2) humans are contributing to it, and (3) Climate Change science is a trustworthy, mature and credible discipline. "Scientists who continue to claim otherwise are operating outside of the consensus, not just of climate scientists, but also of scientists as a whole" [1] [2].
  • Exemplified by the Paris Accord, 195 out of 196 countries (with the exception of the current US administration) agree that Climate Change is real, is caused by humans, and requires immediate action.
  • On January 18, 2017, NASA, NOAA and the US Center for Environmental Information (EIA) indicated that 2016 was the hottest year in 137 years of known record-keeping, and the third year in a row to boast that number one position. Of the 18 hottest years on human record, 17 have occurred since 2000. NASA indicates that September 2016 marked the 1st time in earths history we have not dipped below 400 ppm CO2 concentrations. Previously, in 800,000 years (determined through ice core samples in the Arctic, the earth has never reached above 300 ppm. 

Who agrees? 

“But are you sure it’s human inflicted?” NASA says so. It is clear that Shell and Exxon Mobil knew the risks and purposefully covered up the science.

Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, will we realize that one cannot eat money.
— Alanis Obomosawin
  1. Carlton, J. S., Perry-Hill, R., Huber, M., & Prokopy, L. S. (2015). The climate change consensus extends beyond climate scientists. Environ. Res. Lett, 10(9), 094025. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/10/9/094025

  2. Stenhouse, N., Maibach, E., Cobb, S., Ban, R., Bleistein, A., Croft, P., Bierly, E., Seitter, K., Rasmussen, G., Leiserowitz, A. (2014). Meteorologists' Views About Global Warming: A Survey of American Meteorological Society Professional Members. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc, 95(7), 1029-1040. doi:10.1175/bams-d-13-00091.1

  3. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/17/business/energy-environment/us-companies-to-trump-dont-abandon-global-climate-deal.html?_r=0

  4. https://www.forbes.com/sites/causeintegration/2015/10/21/corporate-pioneers-unite-around-climate-change/#6dac2128d2e4