You May not be able to change the whole world but you can change the place you live!
Putting the 7th Unitarian Universalist principle into action in our church and our community: “We Affirm and Promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part”.
GREEN TEAM NEWS AND EVENTS
GREEN TEAM MEETING JULY 18TH: The Green Team will meet in the Memorial Garden from 6 to 7 pm on Saturday, July 18th. We’ll discuss plans for the coming church year. Bring your own food and drink and a lawn chair. We will maintain distancing and wear masks when not eating or drinking. If storms appear likely we will cancel.
OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS & INFO
California Condors Spotted in Sequoia National Park, First Time in Nearly Half a Century
National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service working together to support birds’ recovery.
Recently reintroduced endangered California condors continue to reoccupy parts of their historic range, including the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California and adjacent foothills. Condors were seen atop Moro Rock, a popular hiking destination in Sequoia National Park, in late May. They are back to the towering trees and cliffs of the parks after being absent for nearly 50 years.
“Condors were consistently seen throughout the parks until the late 1970s. Observations became increasingly rare throughout the latter portion of the century as the population declined,” Tyler Coleman, a wildlife biologist with Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, said. “Four condors were spotted flying near the Giant Forest and at least two near Moro rock.”
National Park Service (NPS) staff weren’t the only ones to notice the birds in the parks.
“We use GPS transmitters to track the birds’ movement, which can be over hundreds of miles on a single day,” Dave Meyer, a California condor biologist with the Santa Barbara Zoo, said. “On this particular day we documented the birds’ signals around Giant Forest, and we are excited that park employees observed the birds and confirmed their use of this important historic habitat.”
Global GDP Could Fall 20% as Climate Change Heats up
Hotter temperatures by 2100 could slash global GDP by more than 20%, according to new research, and the way the economic impact will be distributed threatens to turn climate change into an enormous driver of worldwide inequality. A new analysis of the relationship between heat and economic performance released this week by Oxford Economics, a global forecasting firm, identified a divide between nations on either side of 15° Celsius (59° Fahrenheit), the “global sweet spot” for economic activity. A country whose average annual temperatures today are cooler than 15° C, including those in North America and Europe, stand to benefit slightly in the short term from rising temperatures. Tropical and subtropical countries whose average temperatures are already warmer than 15° C today, including the entire global South, face catastrophic economic degradation. Read more here.