Monthly Archives: September 2016

Hello! (Again)

Hi readers!

I’ve recently decided to start posting on another blog of mine, EndTheChange.wordpress.com!

End the Change is dedicated to raising awareness about and encouraging action against climate change. It is as an attempt to halt the exploitation of the only life-sustaining planet known to man.

End the Change understands that there is nowhere to run from climate change. The organization believes that humanity currently stands on the brink of disaster — a falling off point from which there is no return — if, as a race, we do not unite against a threat greater than all others: the death of our blue planet.

On climate change, we often don’t fully appreciate that it is a problem. We think it is a problem waiting to happen.” – Kofi Annan

Climate change is upon us, but there is still hope. Ultimately, collapse or stability is a choice. For now. But our window is closing.

“We’re fucked at a certain point, right? It just becomes unmanageable. The climate dragon is being poked, and eventually the dragon becomes pissed off enough to trash the place,” said Jason Box, who is currently a professor of glaciology at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, and has been studying the Arctic for decades.

“I may escape a lot of this,” Box said, “but my daughter might not. She’s 3 years old.”

End the Change believes now is the time to act. Because the problem is now. Because if we wait to act, we may venture past the point of no return. We may kill our planet, and with it, our species. And End the Change believes 350.org is the organization to save us. All donations will be gathered through 350.org, a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit. An international campaign dedicated to fighting climate change, 350.org gets its name from the maximum level of atmospheric carbon dioxide — 350 parts per million (ppm) — that climate scientists agree will maintain our planet’s long-term ecological health. Now, the level is 400 ppm, and it’s rising by 2 ppm each year. But don’t take it from us, take it from them:

“‘If humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted, paleoclimate evidence and ongoing climate change suggest that CO2 will need to be reduced from [current levels] to at most 350 ppm.’

That’s Dr. James Hansen talking, former head of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Dr. Hansen is one of the most respected climatologists in the world, and when he says that climate change is incompatible with human civilization, we think human civilization ought to sit up and take notice.

This is the time, this is the place. Take a stand and help build a global climate movement.

I’ll see you all there!

 

Jacob Dahan

Founder

End the Change

endthechange@gmail.com

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Happy Earth Overshoot Day

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(Photo – Flickr: Chris Jupin)

August 8: Humans have used all the Earth’s resources for the year.

Known as “Earth Overshoot Day,” this year falling on August 8, the day marks the date that humans have withdrawn more natural capital than can be reproduced in a year.

“From carbon sinks to fisheries,” writes Sarah Emerson, per VICE News, “humanity has taken more from nature than it’s been able to reproduce. Quite simply, we’re in environmental debt. We’ve officially overspent nature’s resource budget, according to the Global Footprint Network, an international climate research organization. Metaphorically speaking, if Earth were a bank, we’d be in over our heads with overdraft fees.”

For the last 40 years, humans’ impact on Earth’s ability to generate renewable resources has grown. Our ecological footprint has become larger than ever—it is now less humanoid and more sasquatchian:

Without fail, the Global Footprint Network says, Earth Overshoot Day has fallen earlier every year—between one to three days, on average, over the last four decades. Last year, it coincided with August 15,” writes Emerson. “Renewable resources such as crops, forests, and fishing grounds, as infinite as they might seem, are only as productive as we allow them to be. An ecosystem’s usefulness, also known as its ‘biocapacity,’ is fatally interconnected with our ability to curb greenhouse gas emissions. If these environments can’t absorb our carbon and waste, they’ll take longer to regenerate.”

Humans must find a way to live sustainably rather than draining the Earth of its life-giving natural resources at critical rates. Soon, if we don’t change, it won’t just be the arctic that will be feeling the heat—no one will be spared the effects of global warming. But there is hope, and, with new technologies, says Mathis Wackernagel, co-founder and CEO of Global Footprint Network, it is possible, and, perhaps, financially advantageous. Wackernagel says it’s in our hands—as a population, as a race—to solve this global issue.

“Ultimately, collapse or stability is a choice.”

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