The levels of concern for Climate Change come in varying degrees – the extent, to which individuals are willing to engage in sustainable behaviors and the motivations behind said behaviors, differ from person to person. What makes people take notice and talk about Climate Change? What generates the buzz? For one, the extent to which it is discussed in media outlets. If the perils of Climate Change are misrepresented and information is not dispersed as it should be, people are placed at a disadvantage; after all, why would one seek a resolution to something they aren’t convinced is a problem? Climate Change is believed by many to be a valid threat to the sustainability of both future and present generations. In spite of the high stakes and overwhelming scientific evidence, certain media outlets have repeatedly downplayed the severity of the situation and assisted in casting a shadow of doubt over the predicament. Below you will find a video by Stanford’s Stephen Schneider (a former Environmental Biology Professor), an article in which the Guardian’s John Abraham and Dana Nuccitelli call out a number of media outlets for their questionable coverage of Climate Change, and a rebuttal article posted on Foxnews.com – one of the media outlets called out by Abraham and Nuccitelli. You be the judge – the dangers of Climate Change, legitimate peril or fiction?
The safe amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is 350 ppm, according to the Mauna Loa Observatory the amount of co2 in the atmosphere as of November 2013 was 395.10 ppm. It is believed and backed by significant research, that global warming is a consequence of the increased industrial activity that’s transpired post the industrial revolution. Concluding that global warming and the disastrous effects that accompany it are largely manmade, is perceivably a difficult pill to swallow, but implies that the problem is not wholly out of our control. Sustainable behaviors can assist in addressing the very real problems that global warming presents – one such behavior would be the utilization of solar energy.
“With prices for solar energy systems dropping and abundant financial incentives for their purchase, solar energy is a better investment than ever. However, efforts to expand solar power capacity in NYC still have not taken advantage of the ability of nonprofit groups to promote solar energy to their local contacts.
Beyond Oil NYC, a nonprofit volunteer advocacy project, is offering a part time internship with flexible hours in winter/spring 2014. Interns will select a NYC neighborhood, and compile a list of its community based organizations, civic leaders and faith organizations, and contact them by phone, email and in person to enlist their participation in a marketing program for solar energy systems. The supervisor will provide the intern with abundant guidance in community organizing and program promotion. There is no salary, but may be a stipend depending on performance.
A new solar marketing program, which has been successfully tested by a business service nonprofit in Queens, encourages nonprofit groups to contact their constituents who own large buildings about installing solar power systems on their roofs. Their incentive is a referral fee – a percentage of any solar system purchase cost from any of their constituents who they contact. There is no charge for the nonprofit to participate, and all marketing materials are provided. Undergraduates with a strong interest in sustainability, resilience, urban affairs and government are invited to apply. “
Experience or interest in sustainability, resilience, renewable energy and climate change response
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With every passing season the threats that climate change presents become more evident. The Baruch community itself experienced the devastating effects of climate change when Hurricane Sandy ripped through the streets of New York. Hurricane Sandy left hundreds of thousands displaced from their homes and amounted to an estimated death toll claiming over one-hundred and eighty lives. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations-sponsored committee that informs the government on the latest developments in climate change, warned that unless appropriate measures are taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions like carbon dioxide, irreversible climate change could occur in a matter of decades. The consensus amongst scientists is that the safe amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is 350 ppm. A report by the Scripps CO2 Program at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, advised that as of September 2013 the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached 393 ppm. The consequences of the erratic weather patterns that accompany climate change, don’t just stop at a loss in comfort – they have the potential to manifest into survival threats in the form of drought, flood, and heat waves, that have the ability to impact our food and water supply, and consequently our well-being. Accompanying the New York Times article below by Justin Gillis, about the IPCC’s latest report on climate change, is Vicki Arroyo’s captivating proclamation on the need for action to address climate change; both pieces paint a telling picture about the severity of the situation.
According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, 26 percent of the world’s ice-free land is utilized for livestock grazing, and 33 percent of its pastures are used for the production of livestock feed. Consistent with the narrative portrayed in the “Tragedy of the Commons,” progressively as a result of the increased concentration of animals per area, 20 percent of the aforementioned 33 percent of grasslands are ruined. In addition to its adverse effects on croplands, the intensification in the production of livestock for feed depletes water resources, damages soil fertility, and negatively impacts biodiversity, climate change, and animal health; which in turn, can adversely affect our health as well. Multiple sources, including the Food and Agriculture Organization, site livestock as a top contributor to human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, and maintain that the greenhouse gas emissions of all forms of transportation combined, don’t equate to the greenhouse gas emissions of raising livestock for feed. Living sustainably can take on a multitude of shapes and sizes, could vegetarianism be your contribution to the environment? Read Kathy Freston’s witty and succinctly informative take on the matter in the article below.