Year End Recap: The Biggest Climate Findings of 2017

Although our site emphasizes the many positive, empowering things humanity is doing to slow the emerging climate crisis, it is important at year-end to do a reality check.

Big changes continue… the news is sobering, according to this piece recapping the biggest climate science findings of 2017.

From the story, this year’s news is that:

Temperatures and carbon concentrations are breaking records

Record-breaking low sea ice is happening in both the Arctic and Antarctica

Sea-level rise is on the upswing

Glaciers are calving like crazy

Major discoveries about carbon include that tropical forests have flipped from carbon pollution cleaners to emitters due to deforestation and burning

These disasters could not have occurred without human-caused global warming

Global emissions are on the rise — again

So, get busy on climate change solutions, folks… I encourage every reader to harness this sobering news as motivation:

To save the planet, change yourself first, invest your working life, and above all – use your voice. Now, more than ever…

(The article’s author is Chelsea Harvey of E&E News, a solid source for information that covers the beats E&E News, EnergyWire, ClimateWire, and GreenWire.)

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Not sure how to start saving the planet (civilization, really)?  Start by always remembering Al Gore’s famous saying: “Hope is a renewable resource.”  

Then, our practical answer becomes “Deeply know the personal Superpowers” we all bring to the game of life: 

1) To save the planet, CHANGE OURSELVES FIRST;

2) To save the planet, INVEST OUR WORKING LIVES;

3) To save the planet, USE OUR VOICES and take advocacy seriously!  Never miss a vote and never, ever stop influencing your government and all businesses locally, at the state level, and at the national level.  As well, set a solid example for all around you to see.  Jawbone to others about what we need to do, and influence them as peers.  Finally, have an annual cash donations program.  All of these are ways we can use our voices. 

Stay focussed:  Lead the way with substantive global warming solutions.  (Far from being a bummer, this is actually a fun trend for each of us to be part of… get energized!)  Our kids and their kids will be proud of us. 

And in all cases and at all times, cast aside the learned-helplessness that infects so much of modern life… the time is now for climate change solutions.  Never give up.

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