Climate (of) ChangeOctober 28, 2009 Leave a comment
It has been quite a week or so on the climate action/activism/advocacy front. From the 350.org global day of action to the Bioneers conferences happening around the country, to some interesting personal conversations I’ve had with staff members of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and Conservation International (CI), to ongoing preparations for the upcoming UN Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagan, it seems clear that momentum is gathering towards taking serious and significant steps to help mitigate and adapt to changes in our global climate that have already begun.
A few highlights:
- The International Day of Climate Action on October 24th resulted in 5200 different events in 181 countries including a march of 20,000 students in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, underscoring the fact that the world’s poorest nations are at tremendous risk from the effects of climate change.
- At the Bioneers by the Bay conference in New Bedford, MA, keynote speaker Will Allen rocked the house with the incredible story of Growing Power, an organization he started in Milwaukee, WI to “grow food, grow minds, and grow community.” The result is a robust movement that he is spreading to places such as Cabrini-Green in Chicago and Nairobi, Kenya, involving young people in producing locally/sustainably-grown healthy food year round. Will and others, including fellow keynote Woody Tasch of Slow Money, are helping urban agriculture and the local food movement thrive!
- Both UCS and CI staff indicate the shift away from campaigns intended to convince people about the realities of climate change and towards finding practical solutions (including advances in alternative energy production and energy conservation as well as mandates for forest protection and reforestation, all which could significantly reduce carbon emissions with the right public push and political will – check out this link for more information).
- From many quarters I am hearing that IISC and our network of capacity builders have much to bring to the movement, namely helping to cultivate the mindsets, collaborative/adaptive skills, agreements, and connections to undergird and advance technical solutions to the climate crisis.
What about you? What stories of hope and action do you have to share about what may be humanity’s greatest challenge?