Speaking Out on Climate Change

Friend and regular reader Linda W. is a strong activist on environmental issues. She’s part of something called the Citizens Climate Lobby, whose white paper — which she sent me — presents this as their current mission:

Citizens Climate Lobby, a national organization with local chapters across the United States and internationally, has promoted the carbon fee and dividend with a non confrontational methodology. Local volunteers meet regularly with their congressional representatives to encourage their support. These congressmen/women listen carefully when they see that there is support from businesses and local governmental units as well as individuals.”

Our job is to provide our representatives with the will to act. We can do this together.”

As someone who lived most of my life on the east coast but now lives in the Pacific Northwest, I experience in real time the changes to a once pristine environment and quality of life. The Washington Post made climate change in Seattle the lead story of their Daily 202:

“SEATTLE — This city known for its rain just went a record-breaking 55 days without any.

The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport had not measured any precipitation since June 18 until the wee hours of Sunday morning, when it drizzled. Barely. Some sprinkles also allowed Portland to break its own 57-day dry streak.

Climate change is leading to more extreme weather, and no other region has experienced that so much over the last year as the Pacific Northwest. Seattle got 44.9 inches of rain between Oct. 1 and April 30, the wettest such period ever. That means, even with the record dry streak, 2017 remains above normal for rainfall.”


The Trump administration is hell bent on wrecking any forward momentum in dealing with the effects of climate change. Groups like the Citizens Climate Lobby are pushing back — harder when the federal government is actively opposing, but not impossible.

Linda asked if this is worth a blog post — yes. She asked if climate change action is a priority for me — yes. How can it not be for anyone who sees what is happening right before our eyes?

I fear that Trump creates such crisis fatigue that we take our eye off the ball on matters of real consequence. Are we really going to invade Venezuela?

I feel some crisis fatigue myself. After living through the turmoil of the 1960’s and 1970’s, I simply didn’t expect that country to fall into such profound conflict on all fronts yet again. I thought we’d moved beyond it, that the coolly intellectual approach of a President Obama, the value of making decisions based on evidence and real data and rigorous science,  would prevail. Apparently not.

Your thoughts?

2 thoughts on “Speaking Out on Climate Change

  1. Ray and I are attending a conference in mid-October in our area called Big River. Big Challenges. The keynote speaker is Jim Noel from NOAA speaking on “The Research Behind Climate Change”. The focus is on climate change and it’s affects on the Mississippi River. We got involved through a local group called River Action.

  2. for Joyce: I think that’s great. The Mississippi is such an important major waterway, both historically and now. I have a great fondness for the Mississippi River. When we drove to Iowa for our two week August vacation as the York family, we crossed the river at Burlington, where my Aunt Dorothy and Uncle Owen lived — and as soon as the bridge came into sight, we knew we were finally “there”.

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