Whenever we read the news there seems to be another article about a climate related disaster. Though these may seem disparate, together they highlight the vulnerabilities of a world in which climate change is an unfortunate reality. Hunter Lovins, co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute calls this “global weirding” – a bunch of crazy things such as droughts, flooding, and other strange weather events that will be the result of a rise in average global temperature.
In this year alone, we have seen several Signals of Change that demonstrate that global weirding is upon us. On the Futures Centre site Callum Watts writes about the first US climate refugees who have to be resettled by the government. Plans to build coal fired power plants in Asia could prove disastrous according to international experts and floods in Sri Lanka earlier this month displaced 350,000 people.
In addition to justified outrage, citizens are taking a stand. Young people in Massachusetts are suing their government over climate change and holding legislators accountable to targets. Additionally, technological tools such as Google Maps now indicate if climate change will put your home underwater. Climate change may be happening, but citizen action demonstrates that people are responding innovatively. In this week’s newsletter we dive deep into some of the key issues surrounding our climate and ecoystems.
What signals of global weirding are you spotting? And what actions can we take to reduce our vulnerability and risk?
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