To Our Children's Children's Children

The “7th generation” principle taught by Native Americans says that in every major decision, we must consider how it will affect our descendants, seven generations into the future.  So that the pristine sky, fields and mountains will still be here for them. The Lakota Nation considers one generation to be 100 years. https://mollylarkin.com/what-is-the-7th-generation-principle-and-why-do-you-need-to-know-about-it-3/



What Is The Future Of Life On Earth?


We cannot tell the future of life on earth with a crystal ball. The future of life on earth is ours to decide. https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/804455552160278175/


We Have One Last 50/50 Chance To Leave Our Children A Livable World


The Future Of Life On Earth Is Ours To Decide

We have two choices:

Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations now exceed 400 ppm and are racing toward 450 ppm, levels not seen in over 3 million years - when sea levels were as much as 80 feet higher than today. https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/carbon-dioxide-hits-level-not-seen-3-million-years-here-ncna1005231


If we continue down our current path, burning billions of tons of greenhouse gases each year into the world's slender 60-mile high atmosphere, earth's life support systems will continue to destabilize, spiraling out of control: Apocalyptic fires, endless heat waves, century-long megadroughts, increasingly destructive typhoons, hurricanes, tornadoes, and derechos, massive flooding, accompanied by merciless wars, terrified and desperate immigrants and refugees. All these things ARE happening already, with increasing frequency and intensity, while we continue to pump billions of tons of greenhouse gases each year into the world's slender 60 mile high atmosphere. Food supplies are increasingly endangered. Water reserves are shrinking rapidly, in many places are already gone.



The Scientific Realities of Climate Change

http://www.oceanfutures.org/news/press-releases/jean-michel-cousteaus-statement-on-climate-change

We Have One Last 50/50 Chance To Leave Our Children A Livable World


Speaking on behalf of future generations at the U.N. climate summit COP 25 in Madrid, Spain in December 2019, 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed world leaders, hours after she was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year. In her address, Thunberg warned that the planet’s carbon budget was down to just eight years. She implored for bold decisive action.

The young activist spelled out the most critical facts on climate change - that many climate scientists do not dare to cite - and risk the loss of their funding and livelihoods:

“In chapter two, on page 108 in the SR 1.5 IPCC report that came out last year says that if we are to have a 67% chance of limiting the global temperature rise to below 1.5 degrees Celsius, we had, on January 1st, 2018, 420 gigatons of CO2 left to emit in that budget.”


From the IPCC Report:


Cumulative CO2 emissions are kept within a budget by reducing global annual CO2 emissions to net zero. This assessment suggests a remaining budget of about 420 GtCO2 for a two-thirds chance of limiting warming to 1.5°C, and of about 580 GtCO2 for an even chance (medium confidence). The remaining carbon budget is defined here as cumulative CO2 emissions from the start of 2018 until the time of net zero global emissions for global warming defined as a change in global near-surface air temperatures. Remaining budgets applicable to 2100 would be approximately 100 GtCO2 lower than this to account for permafrost thawing and potential methane release from wetlands in the future, and more thereafter. These estimates come with an additional geophysical uncertainty of at least ±400 GtCO2, related to non-CO2 response and TCRE distribution. Uncertainties in the level of historic warming contribute ±250 GtCO2. In addition, these estimates can vary by ±250 GtCO2 depending on non-CO2 mitigation strategies as found in available pathways. {2.2.2, 2.6.1}

Staying within a remaining carbon budget of 580 GtCO2 implies that CO2 emissions reach carbon neutrality in about 30 years, reduced to 20 years for a 420 GtCO2 remaining carbon budget (high confidence). https://www.ipcc.ch/sr15/chapter/chapter-2/


“Of course, that number is much lower today as we emit about 42 gigatons of CO2 every year, including land use. With today’s emissions levels, that remaining budget will be gone within about eight years..”

“I still believe that the biggest danger is not inaction. The real danger is when politicians and CEOs are making it look like real action is happening when in fact almost nothing is being done apart from clever accounting and creative PR,” Thunberg said.


Also at the COP 25 in 2019, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that with current trends, there will be global heating of between 3.5 °C and 3.9 °C degrees by the end of the century. “The impact on all life on the planet, including ours, would be catastrophic,” he said.

https://www.showmesolar.org/single-post/2019/12/14/cop-25-chile-madrid-un-climate-talks-go-into-overtime


“Catastrophic” Scenarios:

Global Emissions of Fossil Fuels &

CO2 PPM / Global Temperature Rise,

1980 - 2100

https://e360.yale.edu/features/how-the-world-passed-a-carbon-threshold-400ppm-and-why-it-matters



Trump Administration Reverses Nearly 100 Environmental Rules.


Trump Administration Eases Obama-Era Rules On Coal Pollution https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-11-04/trump-administration-eases-obama-era-rules-on-coal-pollution

Over four years in office, the Trump administration has dismantled major climate policies and rolled back many more rules governing clean air, water, wildlife and toxic chemicals. Rollbacks carried out by the Environmental Protection Agency have weakened limits on planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and from cars and trucks; removed protections from more than half the nation's wetlands; and withdrawn the legal justification for restricting mercury emissions from power plants.


At the same time, the Interior Department has worked to open up more land for oil and gas leasing by limiting wildlife protections and weakening environmental requirements for projects.


All told, the Trump administration’s environmental rollbacks could significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade and lead to thousands of extra deaths from poor air quality each year, according to energy and legal analysts. At the link below, we have summarized each rule that has been targeted for reversal.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/climate/trump-environment-rollbacks-list.html



California milestone: Over 4 million acres burned in wildfires

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/blistering-heat-continues-western-u-s-wildfire-threat-intensifies-n1237087



SAN FRANCISCO CA -- Over 4 million acres have burned this year by wildfires, that killed 30 people and incinerated hundreds of homes in the worst fire season on record. Flames have scorched an area larger than Connecticut and fire crews at a blaze in the wine country north of San Francisco were on high alert as forecasters warned of red flag conditions of extreme fire danger into Saturday morning. Winds up to 30 mph were forecast to push through the hills of Napa and Sonoma counties as the Glass Fire, which exploded in size earlier in the week, continued to threaten more than 28,000 homes and other buildings...

https://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/california-milestone-million-acres-burned-wildfires-73388300


Colorado firefighters battle the state's largest wildfires in history

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/colorado-wildfire-firefighters-battle-east-troublesome-cameron-peak/


Colorado's governor said the historic wildfire burning this morning in Rocky Mountain National Park was most likely caused by human activity. Making matters worse: the East Troublesome Fire is not the biggest fire burning in the state right now, and there remains the possibility it could merge with the nearby Cameron Peak Fire.

More than 700 firefighters are now battling the East Troublesome Fire in northern Colorado and additional help is on the way. The fire has already burned over 188,000 acres, an area larger than the city of Chicago. Firefighters only have 4% of it contained, according to the fire information website InciWeb. Meanwhile, the Cameron Peak Fire, the largest blaze in the state, has burned more than 206,000 acres and is 60% contained.


Governor Jared Polis activated the state's National Guard and met with evacuees and first responders, who have also been victimized by the wildfires.  "Can you describe what it looks like?" CBS News asked Christopher Joyner, a spokesperson for the East Troublesome Fire.  "I've been in and around wildfire for almost 10 years and I've never seen anything like what we experienced two nights ago where we had 100,000 acres of growth in the matter of a night," said Joyner. The streets in downtown Estes Park are nearly empty, save for fire crews heading in and out of the fight. The resort town at the gateway to the Rocky Mountain National Park is evacuated.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/colorado-wildfire-firefighters-battle-east-troublesome-cameron-peak/



As Climate Heats Up -

At Some Point Missouri's Spectacular Forests Will Burn


When droughts in Missouri return, as they did in 2012 when 93 percent of Missouri was in an extreme to exceptional drought, the risk to Missouri forests will intensify. At some point, when the forests become dry enough, Missouri’s spectacular forests will burn. Ongoing cuts to state services will accelerate the dangers.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/2012-08-02/stuck-in-the-middle-total-drought-area-shrinks-as-missouri-gets-worse


Our Last 50/50 Chance


We do have one other option. Since we have waited until the last minute, this will take humanity's total effort and commitment - To work with nature, restore our dying oceans, wildlife, and ecosystems. The rewards will be vast and bountiful. Nature is designed to work with man, to grow and transform the seeds of myriad life forms into complex wonderlands of rich biodiversity.


The Age of Nature

WATCH PBS: Bhutan's River Shores, Where Towns and Farms Flourish - The Age of Nature https://www.pbs.org/video/changing-r9tiq7/?fbclid=IwAR2MFO1vUlPwLA0Q-kwHcEUJh5HkfkXQprns6-jxtxiQLzWpFUVei2uYRno


Former Prime Minister of Bhutan, Tshering Tobgay explains, "The fact that we are carbon negative today, may be an example for the rest of the world. It's important that we realize and acknowledge that this is the result of decades of implementation, of enlightened, but courageous policies. By law we are required to maintain a minimum of 60 percent forest coverage. But in reality a little more than seventy percent of our country is under forest cover. Why is the forest so important? For many reasons, but two very important reasons, one everybody knows, is it helps to fight climate change. The forests are a vast reserve of carbon, a carbon sink. The second reason is that our forests are largely pristine, they're naturally a safe haven for a rich biodiversity. It is very important that we protect the forests..


"We've always had a very strong association with water. In terms of agriculture it's obviously very important. As you can see, the rice paddy fields require water, and for centuries, we've been cultivating rice in these valleys." The Bhutanese also harness the power of their rivers to create renewable energy. It contributes to their carbon negative status. The Himalayan region is the world's third largest repository of ice, after the North and South poles. Global warming and climate change are affecting the ecology of the Himalayas, just as they are affecting all over the world.

- The Age of Nature https://www.pbs.org/video/changing-r9tiq7/?fbclid=IwAR2MFO1vUlPwLA0Q-kwHcEUJh5HkfkXQprns6-jxtxiQLzWpFUVei2uYRno




NATIONS & CITIES WORLDWIDE DECLARE

CLIMATE EMERGENCIES

https://daringcities.org/media/daring-cities-closing-media-release/?fbclid=IwAR1dkdS0J577C0ynuE28X6_49IuLnNYRLY-9nQvob59Ui0nAopD3urca3Uc


Bonn, Germany (28 October 2020) – Daring Cities 2020, the virtual forum co-designed by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the City of Bonn, brought together more than 4500 participants from over 150 countries to engage in nearly 100 technical and interactive workshops, setting out an action plan to tackle the climate emergency during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Speakers included United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, seven UN agency chiefs, eight national ministers and more than 150 Mayors, Governors, Councilors and other urban leaders.


“Urban areas are at ground zero. As urban leaders, you are on the front lines of these solutions. As we embark on this vital year before COP26, I count on you to raise your ambition and bring concrete commitments to COP26.” said Guterres in a special address. “I am grateful to ICLEI for its continued leadership on climate action.”


ICLEI’s Secretary General, Gino Van Begin, continued, “Nearly 1,000 cities and regions have taken at least one of four critical actions: declaring the climate emergency, committing to carbon neutrality, divesting from fossil fuels or committing to 100% renewable energy. Daring Cities 2020 showed many more cities can move in this direction and turn their commitments into action.”

https://daringcities.org/media/daring-cities-closing-media-release/?fbclid=IwAR1dkdS0J577C0ynuE28X6_49IuLnNYRLY-9nQvob59Ui0nAopD3urca3Uc



Climate Emergency Declarations: How Cities Are Leading The Charge

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/21/world/australia/sydney-climate-emergency.html


What do places like Shropshire (United Kingdom), Hawkes Bay (New Zealand), Sydney (Australia), New York (USA), and Krakow (Poland) have in common? They are just some of the 822 (and counting) cities, councils and jurisdictions worldwide to have declared a climate emergency. With record temperatures gripping Europe, widespread drought in South America, and ever-decreasing ice coverage in Greenland, the effects of climate change are being felt globally. As some nations drag their feet on enacting environmental policies or are slowed down by politics, some cities worldwide are taking matters in their own hands... “We are acknowledging we are in an emergency situation. The national government needs to declare an emergency and put resources in place to enable councils to help reduce carbon emissions. It's the first step to strategic action.” Six months after Bristol made its initial declaration, the United Kingdom became the first country to announce a climate emergency and pledged to dedicate more resources towards mitigating climate change.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesellsmoor/2019/07/20/climate-emergency-declarations-how-cities-are-leading-the-charge/?sh=7369e93f4f14



Hurricane Zeta Is Fifth Named Storm to Strike Louisiana During Record 2020 Season

OCT 29, 2020

https://www.foxnews.com/us/live-updates-zeta-expected-to-bring-hurricane-conditions-life-threatening-storm-surge-to-northern-gulf-coast

On the Gulf Coast, at least two people were killed Wednesday after Hurricane Zeta made landfall south of New Orleans as a Category 2 storm. Zeta moved rapidly inland, leaving more than 1.7 million customers without power between Louisiana and the Carolinas.


It was the fifth named storm to make landfall in Louisiana this year, the strongest hurricane since 1899 to hit the U.S. this late in the year, and the 27th named storm of 2020’s unprecedented Atlantic hurricane season. https://www.democracynow.org/2020/10/29/headlines



Tropical Storm Eta forms in Caribbean, ties record for most named storms in season

October 31, 2020

WATCH: https://www.wral.com/eta/tropical-storm-eta-forms-in-caribbean-ties-record-for-most-named-storms-in-season/19362065/


A new tropical storm named Eta is forming in the Caribbean, headed for Central America. The newly-formed storm is bringing showers and thunderstorms to Jamaica, Nicaragua, Honduras and to northern Colombia. This is the first time that name "Eta" has been used and ties the historic 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season for most named tropical or subtropical storms in a season. This storm we'll be watching in the week ahead as it may move closer to home.

https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/2020-10-31-tropical-depression-storm-hurricane-eta


11/18/2020 UPDATES:


'We will never forget this year': Hurricane Iota roars through Caribbean coast just devastated by Eta

Iota, the strongest hurricane ever recorded this late in a year, tore a devastating path through Nicaraguan and into Honduras. The storm could bring one of the worst floods the region has had in a thousand years or more.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/we-will-never-forget-this-year-hurricane-iota-roars-through-caribbean-coast-just-devastated-by-eta/ar-BB1b5P8Q?ocid=uxbndlbing


“We are facing an incredible emergency,” Wood said. “There is no food. There is no water.”

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/hurricane-iota-bashes-nicaragua-honduras-after-eta-floods/


‘IN THE HANDS OF GOD’

98% of the infrastructure on Providencia island, part of Colombia’s Caribbean archipelago near the coast of Central America - home to some 6,000 people - has been destroyed.


“We could die,” said Inocencia Smith at one of the shelters. “There is nothing to eat at all.” Eta had earlier destroyed local farms.

Tens of thousands of people were left homeless after hurricane Felix hit Nicaragua and Honduras in 2007. Photo by BBC https://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=85031


Nicaraguan Vice President Rosario Murillo said at least six people had died as they were dragged down by raging rivers. The wind tore the roof off a makeshift hospital. Patients in intensive care were evacuated, including two women who gave birth during the first rains on Monday, the Nicaraguan officials said. WATCH:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-storm-iota/in-the-hands-of-god-central-america-bears-brunt-of-powerful-hurricane-iota-idUSKBN27X0H5


Editorial: Double Hurricanes Could Make The Central America Migrations Even Worse

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-11-18/hurricane-iota-eta-nicaragua-honduras



Strongest Storm On The Planet In 2020

Super Typhoon Goni Now Battering The Philippines With 195 MPH Winds

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/typhoon-goni-2020-s-strongest-storm-so-far-slams-into-the-philippines


November 1, 2020

Days after being hit with Typhoon Molave, the strongest storm on the planet is making landfall in the Philippines. Super Typhoon Goni with sustained winds of 195 mph in the eastern Phillippines early Sunday. This makes Goni the strongest typhoon to make landfall anywhere on earth since 2013 when Super Typhoon Haiyan also made landfall in the Philippines, killing more than 6,300 people. It comes a week after Typhoon Molave hit the same region, killing 22 people and flooding low-lying villages and farmland, before crossing the South China Sea to Vietnam. Severe damage is expected. A million people have been evacuated. https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/2020-10-31-super-typhoon-goni-philippines-vietnam-haiyan


https://newsable.asianetnews.com/world/philippines-orders-evacuation-as-it-braces-for-world-s-strongest-2020-typhoon-goni-dnm-qj1r0a



Trump to Open Alaska’s Tongass National Forest to Logging and Road Building

OCT 29, 2020


Image Credit: Twitter: @TongassAF


The Trump administration has stripped protections against logging and road building in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska — one of the world’s largest temperate rainforests. The 9.3-million-acre forest is home to pristine old-growth trees and vulnerable species, including Pacific salmon, wolves and bears.

This month, the Natural Resources Defense Council noted the Tongass “stores more carbon per acre than almost any other forest on the planet, which makes preserving it a matter of real urgency in the fight against climate change.” https://www.democracynow.org/2020/10/29/headlines


UPDATE - November 16, 2020 - Trump Pushes Ahead with Drilling Auction in Arctic Wildlife Refuge Before Biden Becomes President

The Trump administration is pushing through plans to auction off drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge before President-elect Joe Biden takes office in January. It’s unclear what would happen to any deals made by the Trump administration, since Biden has vowed to block oil exploration in the Alaskan refuge. The Arctic refuge is extremely rich in biodiversity and has been home to Indigenous peoples for thousands of years.

https://www.democracynow.org/2020/11/16/headlines



The Global Green New Deal

Scholars from The New School for Social Research and leaders from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and around the world discuss the latest report on a global Green New Deal. https://events.newschool.edu/event/financing_a_global_green_new_deal

A Fight for Our Lives - Naomi Klein

People are beginning to grasp that the fight is not for some abstraction called “the Earth.” We are fighting for our lives. And we don’t have twelve years anymore; now we have only eleven. Soon, it will be just ten.

https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2019/09/17/the-green-new-deal-a-fight-for-our-lives/


The Only Way To Address Climate Change:

The position of the Academies of Science from more than 80 countries and scores of scientific organizations is that global warming is human-caused through the release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, oil) to generate power. https://www.globalpolicyjournal.com/blog/07/10/2020/global-green-new-deal-project


Planning for the Climate Crisis

The signs of an accelerating climate emergency are everywhere. While the broad notion of a Green New Deal has caught fire, the details and political hurdles are formidable at best. Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin have laid out what a just plan should include, why it is imperative, and how it might be financed.

https://kpfa.org/episode/against-the-grain-october-20-2020/



AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRE RESCUES


Meet the people rescuing and caring for the animal survivors of Australia’s devastating bushfires. Koalas, kangaroos and wombats face a series of hurdles to recover from their trauma. https://www.pbs.org/video/australian-bushfire-rescue-f7kzpi/



WESTERN AUSTRALIA - BIODIVERSITY CONFERENCE 2021


Western Australia has eight out of Australia’s 15 declared biodiversity hotspots and one of the highest rates of new species discovery in the world. It is rich in mineral, oil and gas resources, with a significant agricultural sector and ever spreading urban sprawl. In addition, fire regimes are changing across the State.

These factors erode the natural resilience of ecosystems across wide regions and have a profound impact on the delicate balance of these unique biodiversity hotspots.

This Conference brings together researchers and practitioners across academia, government, industry and community to share scientific knowledge, biodiversity informatics and best practice in biodiversity conservation. https://biodiversity2021.com/


Many Native American nations, tribes and other indigenous people around the world have and still live by this philosophy.

https://www.pinterest.com/vbolinskyRN/native-american-first-nations-first-people-inuit/


Today, The Seventh Generation Principle usually applies to decisions about the energy we use, water and natural resources, and ensuring those decisions are sustainable for seven generations in the future.

We should apply the Seventh Generation Principle to relationships – so that every decision we make results in sustainable relationships that last at least seven generations into the future.

http://7genfoundation.org/7th-generation/


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