Dr. James Hansen on Climate Change–October 6, 2012

On October 6, 2012, 83 groups across the nation sat in on the Citizens Climate Lobby  (CCL) national conference call, to hear Dr. James Hansen speak on the gravity of climate change. Dr. Hansen testified before congress over 30 years ago, warning them, with incredible accuracy, of the very problems facing us today. Saturday he spoke about those problems, and their possible solutions, as he highlighted a PowerPoint presentation created for a talk he gave at Columbia University, on September 24, 2012, called “A New Age of Risk” (found on his website www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/).

During the conference call, Dr. Hansen stressed the importance of closing the information gap “between what has become clear to… relevant scientists… and what is known by the public.” A gap, he says, is partly due to “resistance of people who prefer to see business as usual continue.” Dr. Hansen warned that the “planet is out of balance,“ and that “…we’re in danger of passing tipping points that would have enormous consequences for young people and future generations.”  Furthermore, he expressed his appreciation for the increasing number of those “getting involved,” and insisted, “we’re going to win this, but it’s going to take that kind of support from many people.” The CCL thanked Dr. Hansen for his time and work and closed with a quote by Bobby Kennedy about the moral courage, “which is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change the world.”

Dr. James Hansen ‘s conference call can be heard in its entirety on www.citizensclimatelobby.org.

Additionally, the CCL asked us to rile support for legislative bill HR 3242 (the Save Our Climate Act), which addresses wide scale change in support of the environment.

Moreover, the CCL is requesting we act on three particular issues, namely:

• Asking people and groups to request that their weather person issue statements on climate change (because they are trusted as a source);

• Identify congressional forums, where groups of 4 or 5 people can scatter throughout the audience in order to ask questions about candidates’ stands on climate change and collectively apply pressure for response;

• Donate $60 as a group, in order to raise funds to hire more people and update media (they currently operate on very limited resources).

June 23-24, 2013: Summer Conference Washington D.C. Trip

The end of the conference call covers various actions by CCL chapters to advance national initiatives.

Post by Giselle Zamorano