People vs. the Climate (Hint: We’re Losing)

If you are tired of the polar vortex, tornadoes, hurricanes, landslides, floods, droughts, or any extreme weather at all, listen up.

We did this.

We created the carbon pollution that is driving these climate changes that are transforming our weather, disrupting our lives, and leaving us to wonder what the future holds in store for us. Studies have said that billions of dollars in costs related to these severe weather patterns due to climate change have already begun to hit the United States.

  • Hurricane Sandy cost the U.S. $65 billion in disaster relief.
  • The year-long drought in the Midwest cost $35 billion in losses to the agricultural sector.
  • The floods in Colorado last year are estimated to cost $91 million in structural damages, and that does not even count the costs to private property.

Even beyond the financial implications are the health and safety concerns. Lives are at risk during these extreme weather events. In the long term, ozone pollution can lead to asthma and respiratory issues, especially in children and the elderly.

And if you think this winter has been brutal, summers are not supposed to be any better. Climate changes are projected to cause extreme heat and intense heat waves.

The good news is that we can still do something about it.

The more pressing issue is that we must do something about it. All of us.

A groundbreaking rule proposed by the EPA, if adopted, will change this picture. The rule will significantly limit the amount of carbon pollution new power plants are allowed to dump into our air and help ensure a safer, cleaner, and healthier future for us all. Here are ways to help:

  1. Learn more about climate reality and how the way we live really is impacting these weather related changes. Simply go to http://climaterealityproject.org/.  You will be astounded.
  2. Use your voice. Talk to your friends, your kids, and your schools kids about climate change and why it’s so critical that we act now. Share the information in your social media streams to let others know how they can help too.
  3. Be the change. Make the small changes that will reduce your carbon footprint. Imagine the impact we could have if we all do our part. Reduce waste. Reuse items. Recycle whenever possible.
  4. Act with your wallet. Make purchase decisions that have a more sustainable impact on the environment. Support companies that seek to have a minimal carbon footprint.
  5. Support the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to institute a new standard to limit carbon pollution from new power plants. Opponents are working hard to make sure that this proposal does not pass, so it needs our support.  Simply go to http://climaterealityproject.org and click on “The People vs. Carbon.”
  6. Join the conversation. Learn more about ways you can help reverse the climate changes during a Twitter chat on 3/4 at 1:00 pm ET using the hashtags #costofcarbon and #climatereality. 

Let’s not wait until it is too late to do something about this extreme weather we created. Small changes will have a big impact. Let’s leave our children, and their children, a place in which to live where they do not have to bear our burdens.

What will you do to help?

Tired of extreme weather? We can change it. #climatereality

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Comments

  1. Hi from a new reader! What you’ve shared is so interesting and eye opening. I hope many will read it and take it to heart.

  2. Jessica,
    As usual you are a voice for positive change in the world. Thanks for sharing this important info.
    Estelle

  3. Wow. Great article.

  4. With all the stress we’ve put on the planet in the past 200 years, I’m not at all surprised that we’ve done this– now, we need to UNDO it!

  5. thank you for the great links – I need to read up more on this stuff and it was hard to know where to begin. Now I know! :)

  6. Yes to all of this! We do need to UNDO it and show our children how much we care for the place we live. This planet is a gift!

  7. Great advice. The more we talk and think about things like this, the better! : )

  8. I like the idea of being the change. It’s important to know that even the smallest change can have a HUGE impact. If we each did just one little change, things would be different. We try to reuse/recycle items as much as possible – such as egg cartons and plastic bottles for kids craft projects, having the boys take a bath at the same time, using cloth napkins. I’m hopeful that we can build upon our list of things to make a difference as the kids grow older, and that they too begin to see the bigger picture!

  9. I’m glad we have an administration that takes climate issues seriously. I just hope they can make something happen so more regulations will come up. I know each of us can choose to make changes, which I try to often, but I think most people and businesses will continue to choose the cheapest way to do it unless they are forced to make a better choice.

  10. Most of my adult life I have been astounded at the lack of urgency placed around this topic – it saddens me to know that money trumps everything, even our/”their” children futures.

  11. Great post Jessica and so very true. I try to use my voice as much as possible. We can all do something to fix this….

  12. Claudia Krusch says:

    I think it’s so important to bring awareness to environment destruction! Thank you for sharing it!

  13. I need to look more into recycle and reuse. And look into purchasing goods from responsible manufacturers!

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