International Day of Action
This Saturday, October 24 is the International Day of Action on Climate Change. A lot of people talk about being concerned about human-sped climate change, but a smaller margin of people are actually doing something about it and taking action - either on the social or homespun levels.
Climate change affects the highlands we all love. Montane ecosystems are rugged places to be sure, but they are also extremely sensitive to swift change, and climate change has begun to take its toll.
So, if Saturday you're in the hills - on a trail, on a crag, on a boulder, ambling near a stream, snoozing under an old twisted pine, or just getting lost in it all - please keep in mind whatever concerns you may have regarding climate change, and make a positive effort to lessen your impact and do something truly active to hault human-sped climate change. And while you're at it, have a blast!
If you don't plan on being in the hills, there are several events planned across South Korea, such as flea markets, bike marches, and so on. There's more info at the campaign's site, with event themes, times, and locations: www.350.org
I know a lot of us will be in the hills this weekend, so please at the very least try and pick up some extra (not just your own) trash, or get aboard a petition on climate change (another great site and group is www.avaaz.org - they make taking action simple and painless for the laziest of us!)
Already this week some small nations in Polynesia and Micronesia and the Indian Ocean are forming an action group because their entire countries are soon to be like Atlantis, underwater and gone forever.
Likewise we are seeing accelerated melting/ retreating of glaciers world wide, and shorter and shorter ice climbing/ skiing seasons not to mention more extreme weather events across the globe. Come on, at least sign an online petition urging world leaders to have some Kahunas and put this issue before fossil fuel sponsor companies and other spoiler interests. PLEASE!!!!
Well said, Jake. This year's Day of Action comes at an important time, just a couple of months before the climate change talks in Coppenhagen. Send the message to your elected leader, and the leaders of the world, that it's really time we make good on promises made back in 1992.
For those still not really in the know about human-sped climate change, or those skeptical, or those downright unbelieveing, feel free to put forward questions here. There is a large body of sound evidence from climate scientists supporting it as fact - even your basic chemistry knowledge (hint: think liquid, heat increase, & gas release), when applied to the bigger scale of the Earth will support it as fact. When you incorporate habitat loss and deforestation (which too few people talk/think about when discussing/thinking about human-sped climate change), the problem is compounded. I'm surprised and worried by the number of people I see online who still don't believe it and suggest it's all part of some sort of scientist propaganda or agenda.
If you're unsure of the facts, do a little research (and I don't recommend that evil of evils Wikipedia). If you down right deny human-sped climate change, please take some time to look into the science - that is, the real science - and not the media or the "science" spouted by that often unreliable source.
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