The Girl Who Silenced the World at the UN for 6 minutes

In 1992, 28 years ago, at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, the Rio Summit, Severn Cullis-Suzuki – daughter of renowned Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki – delivered this speech when she was just 12 years old.  It is chilling that her message calls for action against the same issues that we are confronted … Read more

Are we too late? Should we give up?

Two contrasting stories came to my attention this morning leaving me wondering how we can get out of this urgent climate mess and once again asking myself if it is worth even trying. The first story presents the opinion that humanity has 5 years to stop using fossil fuels or risk human extinction. The second, … Read more

Climate Change: the Need for Optimism

Not so long ago, the US and China were regarded as obstacles to the reduction of GHG emissions that are the principal cause of climate change. Yet these two countries very recently ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which requires a country-by-country reduction in emissions needed to avoid global warming to a degree that … Read more

Hope or hopelessness?

James Lovelock, a highly respected scientist, thinks that saving the planet from climate change is ‘beyond our ability’ , and we should stop wasting time trying to tackle global warming.  In his view  “. . . saving the planet is a foolish, romantic extravagance.” He reconciles this conclusion with his belief in the capacity of humans … Read more