We Can (and we MUST!) Stop Climate Change

But we have to start RIGHT NOW!!!

The Benefits of Climate Action

Climate change is scary, but windmills are fun!

Many people are either in denial or in despair about climate change. They either try to convince themselves that it cannot possibly be that bad…or they are resigned to the fact that nothing will stop this massive train from rushing down into the abyss.

I don’t like these options. My sense is you don’t either since you came to read this. And there actually is a lot we can do. We just have to do it.

Even if it’s too late to avert catastrophic warming entirely, there are enormous immediate benefits to taking action–from cleaner air and water to better jobs to healthier communities.

Future generations will suffer the consequences of our inaction, so they will suffer less the more we accomplish.

I took the photo on the top of the page on a walk around Walden Pond. It’s my favorite place here in Massachusetts. A perfect setting for Henry David Thoreau’s beautiful reminder to us all: “Simplify!”

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August 2, 2017: Earth Overshoot Day [6 days earlier than in 2016!]


What does that mean?

Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. We maintain this deficit by liquidating stocks of ecological resources and accumulating waste, primarily carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Earth Overshoot Day is hosted and calculated by Global Footprint Network, an international think tank that coordinates research, develops methodological standards and provides decision-makers with a menu of tools to help the human economy operate within Earth’s ecological limits.

To determine the date of Earth Overshoot Day for each year, Global Footprint Network calculates the number of days of that year that Earth’s biocapacity suffices to provide for humanity’s Ecological Footprint. The remainder of the year corresponds to global overshoot. Earth Overshoot Day is computed by dividing the planet’s biocapacity (the amount of ecological resources Earth is able to generate that year), by humanity’s Ecological Footprint (humanity’s demand for that year), and multiplying by 365, the number of days in 2015:

(Planet’s Biocapacity / Humanity’s Ecological Footprint) x 365 = Earth Overshoot Day

Newest data for 2017

Climate in the News


Relevant Recent Articles [See also RSS Feed on the Bottom of Home Page]

Climate Action April 5 2018 Google now buys more renewable energy than it uses

Global Citizen April 2 2018 Two-Thirds of Scotland’s Energy is Coming from Renewable Sources

Forbes January 13 2018 Renewable Energy will be Consistently Cheaper than Fossil Fuels by 2020, Report Claims

Climate Centre December 13 2017 Scientists: Climate Change Helped Hurricane Harvey Generate Most Intense Storm Rainfall in US Storm History

Vox December 5 2017 Does Hope Inspire More Action on Climate Change Than Fear? We Don’t Know

Scientific American December 5 2017 “Alternative Facts” about Climate Change

Los Angeles Times November 17 Scientists Aim to Fight Climate Change with Super Plants

BBC October 30 2017 Record Surge in Atmospheric CO2 seen in 2016

Global Citizen October 4 2017 Scotland Bans Fracking After Overwhelming Public Support

Yale News September 20 2017 Kerry-Led Conference Sets Climate Change Agenda

New York Times October 9 2017 You Can Help Mitigate Climate Change

Barbados Advocate September 30 2017 ECCB Governor Calls for Global Recognition of Climate Change

NBC News September 17 2017 Forget Trump. The US Storms Ahead on Climate Change Like Never Before

HuffPost September 9 2017 Miami Mayor to Donald Trump: It’s Time to Talk About Climate Change

NPR September 8 2017 Hurricanes are Sweeping the Atlantic. What’s the Role of Climate Change?

The Guardian September 7 2017 Big Oil Must Pay for Climate Change. Now We Know How Much

Think Progress August 31 2017 Duke Energy Nixes Nuclear Plant, will invest $6 Billion in Solar and Batteries

In These Times August 22 2017 Keep it 100

The Baltimore Sun August 15 2017 Signs of bipartisan progress on climate change

The Guardian August 7 2017 Fossil Fuel Subsidies are a Staggering $5 tn a year

New York Post August 4 2017 Climate Change is Making our Food less Nutritious

Forbes August 3 2017 Global Ocean Circulation Seems to be Collapsing due to a Warming Planet

The Atlantic August 2 2017 If Everyone Ate Beans Instead of Beef

Scientific American July 25 2017 The World May Have Less Time to Address Climate Change Than Scientists Thought

Japan Times July 23 2017 Best Tool to Fight Climate Change

Public Radio International (PRI) July 21 2017 A Super-Simple Strategy May be Key to Fighting Climate Change

Time July 19 2017 Robert Redford: To Save the World, Start Small July 19 2017 The role of the Banks

NPR July 18 2017 Want to Slow Global Warming? Researchers Look to Family Planning

The Guardian July 12 2017 Doomsday Narratives of Climate Change Don’t Work. Here’s What Does

US News & World Report July 5 2017 Nature a Powerful Source to Fight Climate Change

Washington Post June 18 2017 Why you Need to Know about Ticks, Mice, Warm Temperatures, and Lyme Disease

Defense One June 16 2017 If Trump Won’t Fight Climate Change We Must–for the Troops’ Sake June 15 2017 Cities fight Climate Change Trough Ecosystem Restoration

Reuters June 10 2017  Germany, California to tackle climate change together

US News and World Report June 10 2017 World Cities Moving Forward on Climate Change

RSPB June 9 2017 The Winds of Change: UK Renewables set record, but not without dirty bioenergy

The Weather Channel June 9 2017 Science Teachers Misunderstand Climate Change as much as the Average American, and now They’re Being Fed False Information

Reuters June 6 2017 Most Americans want ‘aggressive’ action on climate change

The Guardian May 29 2017 Climate Change will make Cities 8C Hotter Scientists Say

MIT Technology Review May 26 2017 What the US Could Learn from the Dutch on Climate Change

Reuters May 26 2017 US Fossil Fuel Groups Pull out of Climate Change Court Case

Common Dreams May 26 2017 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2050: Senators Introduce Most Ambitious Climate Plan Ever

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist May 25 2017 NATO joins the Pentagon in Deeming Climate Change a Threat Multiplier

Financial Times May 201 2017  Climate Change will Affect Millennials’ Pension Prospects

Truthout May 19 2017 Buoyed by Trump the Climate Change Counter Movement Gains Momentum

Ecowatch May 19 2017 World Commitment to Paris Agreement Remains Strong as Bonn Climate Talks End

USA Today May 18 2017 Fed Up With Climate Change, Trees are Moving North and West

High Country News May 15 2017 Climate Change is Shrinking the West’s Water Supply

Chicago Tribune May 9 2017 Earth Could Break Through a Major Climate Threshold in the Next 15 Years Scientists Warn

Roosevelt Institute May 8 2017  Inequality is Toxic: How Economic and Social Disparities Drive Climate Change

The Guardian May 7 2017 How to Fix Climate Change: Put Cities not Countries In Charge

Mashable May 6 2017 You Marched for Science and Climate Action Now What?

Reuters May 3 2017 NATO Urges Global Fight Against Climate Change as Trump Mulls Paris Accord

DESMOG April 22 2017 US Business Schools Failing on Climate Change

CBS News April 21 2017 Students Sue Trump Administration Over Climate Change

The Independent April 11 2017 Disastrous 2016 shows butterflies are ‘failing to cope’ with climate change

Boston Globe April 6 2017 Study Offers a Dire Warning on Climate Change

New Republic April 3 2017 The Corporations Defying Trump on Climate Change are Not Your Heroes

The Independent March 24 2017 Climate Change Helped cause Brexit says Al Gore

The News & Observer March 23 2017 This trait shapes your belief in climate change more than your science knowledge does

The Guardian March 18 2017 How the Climate Change Battle Divides America

Huffington Post March 3 2017 White House Targets Climate Change Programs in Proposed EPA Cuts

E&E News March 1 2017 Maps Show Where Americans Care about Climate Change

Independent February 14 2017 Investors with $2.8 trillion in assets unite against Donald Trump’s climate denial

Washington Post January 23 2017 CDC Abruptly Cancels Long-Planned Conference on Climate Change and Health

Motherboard January 20 2017 All References to Climate Change Have Been Removed from the White House Website

Washington Post January 19 2017 Wisconsin State Agencies are Deleting Talk of Human-Caused Climate Change From their Websites

Yale Climate Connections January 17 2017 Two Top TV Mets Address Climate Change

Bloomberg New Energy Finance January 17 2017 Davos Elite Focus on Climate Change, Ignoring Trump’s Skepticism

Scientific American December 21 2016  Fake ‘Global Cooling’ News Persists and Propagates

Forbes December 22 2016 Beliefs about Climate Change May Reflect a Failure to Understand what Climate Change Is

The Guardian December 19 2016 Farmers in Sudan Battle Climate Change and Hunger as Desert Creeps Closer

New York Times December 16 2016 Donald Trump should Know: This is What Climate Change Costs Us

Harvard Kennedy School December 15 2016 The Great Swap: Addressing Climate Change with a Carbon Tax

New York Times December 15 2016 Global Panel Urges Companies to Disclose Climate Change Risks

The Guardian December 12 2016 Rapid Rise in Methane Emissions in 10 Years Surprises Scientists

Huffington Post December 10 2016 Climate Change Denial and the Rise of Authoritarianism

Huffington Post December 8 2016 What You Can Do Right Now to Stop Donald Trump’s Dangerous Climate Agenda

WBUR On Point Podcast December 1 2016 Exxon Mobil vs The Rockefellers

The Nation December 1 2016  How the Active Many Can Overcome the Ruthless Few

The Guardian November 23 2016 Trump to scrap NASA climate research in crackdown on ‘politicized science’

Vox November 15 2016 Most people are wildly underestimating what Trump’s win will mean for the environment

VOA November 10 2016  Climate Change Having Worldwide Impact

The Nation October 15 2016  What We Talk About When We Don’t Talk About Climate Change

BBC News October 16, 2016  Monumental Deal to Cut HFCs Fastest Growing Greenhouse Gases

Take Part October 11, 2016 Germany Wants to Ban Fossil-Fuel Powered Cars

The Nation October 11, 2016 Here is the 1 Thing Countries Have to Do to Meet the 2 Degree Climate Target

Vox October 4, 2016 No Country on Earth is Taking the 2 Degree Climate Target Seriously

dot Earth September 30, 2016 Is there a ‘Spiral of Silence’ on Climate Change?

The Guardian September 28, 2016 Our Kids Learn Their ABCs in School But Why Not Climate Change?

Vox September 19, 2016: The Key to Combating Climate Change: Electrify Everything

New York Times September 11 2016 We’re Cooked

NBC Washington September 9 2016  Memorials for the Future

Christian Science Monitor September 8 2016 US Companies Pledged to Fight Climate Change, but Are they Really?

ABC News September 5 2016 Future Climate Change Field Test Doesn’t Make Earth Greener

New York Times September 3 2016 Flooding of Coast Caused by Global Warming has already begun

CNBC August 30 2016 Climate Change=Mother of All Risks

Science Daily August 30 2016 Data Shows Increasing Political Polarization on Climate Change

Daily Beast August 29 2016 The Social Cost of Carbon

Science August 28 2016 The Challenge of Climate Change Neo-Skepticism

Slate August 26 2016 Our Energy Grid is Incredibly Vulnerable

Science AAAS August 25, 2016 Just 90 Companies are to Blame…

Science Daily August 24 2016 Trade Liberalization Could Buffer Economic Losses in Agriculture

Los Angeles Times August 24, 2016 Are Current Policies Only Benefitting the Rich?

Huffington Post August 24, 2016: Cities and Climate Change

NextGen Climate: The Price Tag of Being Young: Climate Change and Millennials’ Economic Future (August 2016)

New York Times August 21, 2016: English Village Becomes Climate Leader

The Guardian August 21, 2016: Next Year or the Year After Arctic Will Be Free of Ice

New York Times August 20, 2016 Think It’s Hot Now? Just Wait…

Huffington Post August 20, 2016 As the World Burns Rich Cruise in Luxury Through Melting Ice

New York Times August 19, 2016 Exxon Mobil Fraud Inquiry

New York Times August 19, 2016 Alaskan Village Votes to Relocate

Boston Globe August 17, 2016: Hottest Year on Record…

Bill McKibben’s argument in favor of fossil fuel divestment (“Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math” in Rolling Stone 2012)

ORGANIZE! Climate Activism in MA and Beyond

Check out the long list of local and statewide activist groups at the coalition page for Mass Power Forward


350Massachusetts for a Better Future (campaigns: Divestment, Carbon Pricing, ReNEWable Mass) with nodes in the Berkshires, Boston/JP, Cambridge, Greater Franklin, Lowell, Metrowest, North Shore, Newton, South Coast, South Shore.

More Info about Resistance to Gas Pipelines in Massachusetts here.

Massachusetts Climate Action Network

Climate Action Now Western Massachusetts (Between Amherst and Northampton)

ClimateXChange focused on carbon pricing

At the Federal Level:


Global Footprint Network


Green Commuting

This March 2016 lecture by Tony Seba explains how commuting will evolve over the next ten years.

If you are commuting by walking, biking, or using public transport–good for you! If neither is an option for you, consider an electric vehicle: MIT just published a study that clearly shows we can make a big dent in our carbon emissions by driving electric cars.

It’s not just good for the climate. It makes financial sense, too: There are very nice government incentives to getting a new EV.

Sudbury 4th parade 350MA I Love Ice

I am leasing this neat little SMART  for three years, and I’ve been saving money like crazy. First of all: I had to pay $2500 down and got the full down payment back through the rebate program.

Apart from insurance ($955/year) and taxes ($350 the first year, $125 the second year) I’m paying $133 a month–no gas, no oil change. After being away for two months this summer I could simply turn the key and drive. No problem.

I can plug the car into any regular outlet. And there are Chargepoint charging stations popping up everywhere.

The main downside of an electric vehicle is the battery range. But most families own more than one car anyway. If you have a family car that you can use for occasional longer trips, an electric vehicle will work perfectly fine for the daily commute. [Mine gets 80 miles on a charge in the summer, and 45 miles in winter.]

There are many good options for EVs now.

Reducing My Carbon Footprint At Home

SolarThe first step towards reducing your carbon footprint is to find out what it actually is. There are many good free carbon footprint calculators online.

I find the EPA’s calculator the most useful. Mother Nature Network also lists a whole bunch of others.

In a typical American household the following are the six main areas of carbon emissions:

  1. Home Electricity
  2. Home Heating
  3. Commuting
  4. Travel
  5. Food
  6. Consumption: Reuse. Reduce. Recycle!


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