Sunday, August 13, 2006

Get Cracking Peoples

Hi Folks

I'm at Asilomar down near Monterey at a science nerd convention called American Consortium for an Energy-Efficient Economy. See, in one of my other lives I'm the green building editor for a tiny magazine run out of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. It is something I really love and have grown increasingly passionate about over the past few years of working at this magazine.

Tonight's plenary speaker was Jim Hansen, who's the director of NASA'S Goddard Institute for Space Studies. He's also pretty famous for being muzzled by NASA over the issue of climate change. He has been tracking climate change issues since the mid '70s, and was the scientist Al Gore questioned on the topic during senate hearings on climate change (that Gore organized) in the early '80s.

So yeah, Mr. Hansen kind of scared me.

Here's the thing people. We have a very small window of time to turn this shit around. If we keep crapping out carbon dioxide into the dang atmosphere we will have an unprecedented change in the climate which could potentially destroy 50% of the earth's species. Ha ha, fun!!

See, I love all of the other things that make life happy on this planet: throwing beer coasters at DJs, reading good poems, the new eco-gossip site, puttering in the garden, looking at puppies. But the climate change issue looms large over all of these other things. No climate change reform, no puppies.

Get it?

One of the slides actually said that a requirement to mitigate climate change is for people to get angry and demand change at the ballot box.

So it's time to get political. Of course, we can try to Impeach the Motherfucker already, but barring that, here are some other things we can do to make ourselves ready for the '08 battle in the meanwhiles....

1) Go see an Inconvenient Truth. I'm serious. Do it.

2) Purchase green tags to offset your car, home, and plane travel carbon emissions. (

3) Tell all of your friends and family to do the same thing.

That is your mission for today people. Go kick some climate change ass!

And thanks for the plums, Carla.


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