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Climate Resource and Some Optimism

Hi everybody, I just finished making an ocean optimism presentation at The Marine Mammal Center for my staff and volunteers, and I figured that perhaps some of these optimistic stories of the past year might resonate for many of you. Please feel free to chime in with your feel-good stories of the year as well

In the last year, Nevada, New Mexico, New Jersey, and Minnesota all pledged to get 50% of their energy from renewable resources in the next 12 years. North Carolina also pledged to cut their emissions by 40% in the next 7 years.

California pledged to go 100% renewable by 2045, and even passed a law that requires all new homes to have solar panels installed.

Kaiser Permanente announced plans to be carbon neutral within the next two years

Lyft became a fully carbon neutral company

And the We are Still In Campaign (the US involvement in the Paris Agreement) now consists of 17 states, 280 cities and counties, over 340 colleges and universities, and over 2000 businesses and cultural institutions. All together, not including the US as a whole, the We Are Still Campaign is still the 2nd largest entity by GDP in the Paris Agreement (behind China).

As Paul Hawken once said "If you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren't pessimistic, you don't understand data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore the earth and you aren't optimistic, you haven't got a pulse."

I'm with you, Adam! And I'd love to see everyone chime in with the good news from their state/community before the end of the year! Seems to me that the optimism from Poland/COP24 is the vigor of the NGOs and the "We're Still In" folks representing the U.S. (they closed down the Trump panel advocating fossil fuels yesterday).

Here in Colorado, our newly elected Governor has stated that Colorado will be 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2040 -- and we elected a state house and senate that will enable him to pass the policy/laws that can get us there.

Personally, I have a new EV that's even more efficient than my high-mileage 28-year-old Toyota -- and the "eat more plants" movement is strong here locally.

I hope all the rest of you will join in and post your good news … big and small … as a celebration of our collective progress this year!

There’s good news for the start of 2019!
The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication has released a new results from their poll of last month. They found that 7 in 10 Americans say global warming is personally important – that’s an all-time high!! (see the link for graphs and details.)
For me, this is exciting and important because it means that for those of us who are working to engage people in learning about and acting on climate change, we’ve got an even more receptive audience. I’m hoping that we can all take advantage of this trend and get even more people participating in our programs.
In response to suggestions made by eePro folks who participated in our brown-bag lunch at the October NAAEE Conference, we’re going to be polling you to find the most convenient time for engaging many of you in a conference call/webinar in February. So stay tuned and plan to jump in to our discussions re ways to gain more fun, active, solution-oriented involvement of learners in your community this year!

Related to this - here's a recent message from the Climate Literacy Network's Alan Gould: "Kudos to the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (led by Anthony Leiserowitz) and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication for the article in the New York Times that focuses on their latest survey. It's GOOD NEWS for the the climate change education community. We've been keeping a running record of articles related to climate change issues for the Global Systems Science (GSS) high school curriculum project at and for the Full Option Science System (FOSS) ClimateBlog for middle school at The Times article is the latest can find links to it at either of those sites. You'll also find an interesting history of articles going back to 2013 in the case of FOSS and to 2006 in the case of GSS."