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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”.

 

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“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” Aldo Leopold

 

GREEN TEAM NEWS & EVENTS:

We are a partner of  the VIRGINIA CONSERVATION NETWORK. Please review “Our Common Agenda” at: http://www.vcnva.org/our-common-agenda/

 

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OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS & INFO:

PROJECT DRAWDOWN

The World’s Leading Resource for Climate Solutions
Read about it here: HTTPS://DRAWDOWN.ORG/

How affluent people can end their mindless overconsumption

Every energy reduction we can make is a gift to future humans, and all life on Earth.

By Jag Bhalla and Eliza Barclay  Updated Nov 20, 2020, 8:09am EST

Five things you can do:

  1. Drive and fly less, since the top 10 percent uses around 45 percent of land transport energy and 75 percent of air transport energy, per a 2020 paperby Steinberger in Nature Energy.
  2. Retrofit your house and purchase clean energy, since roughly 20 percentof US energy-related greenhouse gas emissions come from heating, cooling, and powering households.
  3. Buy food mindfully (less meat and dairy, don’t waste what you buy), since meat and dairy account for around 5percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization.
  4. Shop less, since the fashion industry generates at least 5 percent of global emissions.
  5. Ditch status-signaling SUVs, since SUVs were the second-largest source of the global rise in emissionsover the past decade, eclipsing all shipping, aviation, heavy industry, and even trucks. Read the full article here: https://www.vox.com/21450911/climate-change-coronavirus-greta-thunberg-flying-degrowth

A Plant-Based Diet:

A plant-based diet is healthier for you and the planet. Whether you go vegan, vegetarian, or simply reduce your meat consumption; it is better. For more information please check out these web sites:  www.veganhealth.org   www.forksoverknives.com   www.pcrm.org

 

 

6 reasons 2020 wasn’t as bad for climate change as you thought

Even during a global pandemic, with powerful forces working against it, momentum toward a less fiery future kept pace.

By Emily Pontecorvo and Zoya Teirstein on Dec 23, 2020

What is there to say about 2020 that hasn’t already been said? It was the longest, the hardest, the darkest — and, on top of everything else, full of bad climate news. The Trump administration continued its steady assault on environmental protections even as the COVID-19 pandemic devastated the country. Despite some late-breaking clean energy funding in the U.S., global stimulus spending devoted far more money to fossil fuels than renewable energy. The dip in emissions brought on by the pandemic was just that — a dip.

But we’re here to tell you that this year wasn’t a total wash. Even during a global pandemic, with powerful forces working against it, momentum toward a less fiery future kept pace. Please, join us in taking a look back at six ways climate action moved forward this year.  READ MORE HERE.

 

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Canada Is Introducing a Big Honking Carbon Tax

Why are conservatives objecting to Milton Friedman’s very conservative idea?

By Lloyd Alter Published December 14, 2020 03:28PM EST

The Canadian government, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has just introduced a new plan for a strengthened climate plan that has many interesting features, including billions in energy upgrades, subsidies for electric vehicles, and grid modernization.

But the biggest and most controversial item is the dramatic increase in the carbon tax, ratcheting up every year until it is C$170 (US$132.72) per tonne of carbon by 2030, and would probably increase the price of gas by 25%. They call it a “price on pollution.”

Carbon taxes are based on the amount of carbon released, so the tax on burning coal would be higher than that on gasoline, which is higher than natural gas. In the Canadian proposal, the funds collected are then rebated back to the taxpayers. The majority of people will actually get more money back than they pay in the tax. READ MORE HERE.

 

Dark matter holds our universe together. No one knows what it is.

Dark matter, unexplained.

By Brian Resnick@B_resnickbrian@vox.com  Nov 25, 2020, 8:30am EST

If you go outside on a dark night, in the darkest places on Earth, you can see as many as 9,000 stars. They appear as tiny points of light, but they are massive infernos. And while these stars seem astonishingly numerous to our eyes, they represent just the tiniest fraction of all the stars in our galaxy, let alone the universe.

The beautiful challenge of stargazing is keeping this all in mind: Every small thing we see in the night sky is immense, but what’s even more immense is the unseen, the unknown.

I’ve been thinking about this feeling — the awesome, terrifying feeling of smallness, of the extreme contrast of the big and small — while reporting on one of the greatest mysteries in science for Unexplainable, a new Vox podcast pilot you can listen to below.

It turns out all the stars in all the galaxies, in all the universe, barely even begin to account for all the stuff of the universe. Most of the matter in the universe is actually unseeable, untouchable, and, to this day, undiscovered. Read more here:  https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/21537034/dark-matter-unexplainable-podcast?fbclid=IwAR36WO_bCOqiP6PUV87aVnsikqG4MjGkHOi99YuP55Uq1SltC_fU0W5Cj5s

 

 

Photo Awards Find Rollicking Humor in Nature

Now’s a really good time for a belly laugh.

By Mary Jo DiLonardo Published November 23, 2020 10:18AM EST

With a grinning fish, a monkey biker gang, and a singing rodent, it’s nature to the rescue with the 2020 Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards. The annual competition showcases the light side of conservation photography, highlighting images with a sense of humor.

“The competition exists to recognize great photography, and more importantly great photography that has captured a wild animal doing something so funny that makes us snort into our cup of tea,” Tom Sullam, one of the competition co-founders, tells Treehugger.

“We are trying to raise the issue of conservation through a humorous, upbeat and positive association with these animals. The simple idea behind it all is that we strongly believe humor and positivity have a major role to play in building awareness, interest and eventually action towards protecting the animals that live on this planet.” See photos here