As many of you know, I've been working with the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) for many years now. Today, my friend (and their president) George Hamilton, released an important letter about climate change. Please read his note and check out the video.
There has been much debate in the media lately about whether or not the extreme weather events we’ve been having are caused by climate change.
I say it doesn’t matter.
This year, record-breaking rainfall, drought, and wildfires followed record-breaking floods, landslides, and tornadoes which followed record-breaking snowfall. All over the world.
The fact is 97% of publishing climate scientists agree that climate change is occurring and is caused primarily by human activities. And a changing climate will mean more frequent and more cataclysmic weather events for all of us.
So whether or not the overwhelming drought in Russia, the catastrophic tornadoes in Missouri, the intense wildfires in Texas, or the devastating floods in my home state of Vermont were each caused by climate change doesn’t really matter.
This is just a sample of what our future will look like if we don’t take action today.
Tomorrow, the Climate Reality Project is inviting people all over the world to share the reality of the climate crisis. People living with the impacts of climate change will tell their story through a presentation created by Al Gore and delivered once an hour for 24 hours, in every time zone around the globe. You can watch at 7pm in your time zone atwww.climaterealityproject.org.
I hope you’ll join me in telling the world that we know climate change is real – and that we can do something about it. We can reduce the impact by taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We can help communities adapt and become more resilient to climate impacts. We can think and act creatively to turn this challenge into an opportunityto build a better world for future generations. Local action matters.
Let's go do it.
President, the Institute for Sustainable Communities