In the summer of 2023, the world experienced a scorching reality check. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with a record-keeping history spanning 174 years, confirmed that this summer was the hottest on record. June, July, and August have each broken temperature records, painting a grim picture of a warming planet.
Extremely disheartening to see the news from UK. Sunak’s conflicting idea of “the government wants to keep to the UK climate change targets but to weaken the policies to achieve them” is unrealistic at best.
Sec Antonio Guterrez is right, the Gates of Hell have been opened globally and no country is immune.
President Biden echoes US Presidents of the past with his youth initiative, reminding us of the Peace Corps began by President Kennedy. This is the thinking needed today to encourage youth leadership.
As a tree lover, I was happy to see the news about the 150 year old banyan tree.
Please use your voice to advocate for and inform about whatever inspires you and moves you to write about. You are always focused on what’s most relevant.
I am really excited about President Biden’s Climate Corps. It gets those demanding action on climate (which they should) involved in the solutions! This is refreshing news as was the new greenery on the beloved and historic Banyan Tree in Lahaina, a story I followed closely. The other side of the story, the 💰💰💰 to implement changes needed are inextricably bound up for Americans AGAIN in budget negotiations which are most likely going to result in a government shut down by the end of the month, merely nine days away, thanks to the radical factions of the MAGA GOP. Need I state the obvious, with every climate disaster comes the need for more 💰💰💰 for clean up, rebuilding infrastructure, homes, cities, etc. The wealthy 1% seem attached at the hip to their wealth and do not release it for these efforts as fairness dictates. The tax code desperately needs an overhaul with IRS agents to enforce and claw back billions lost but again 💰💰💰 stands in the way as our government spending is massive and growing. Living day to day in America has become terrifying and I note emigration to other areas as people become desperate for community and peace in their lives. But Europe sees what is happening and is limiting its former open borders as it is likewise not keen on accepting climate refugees or in the case of Americans, those seeking peace from governmental chaos in their lives. We can all agree that President Biden has been very effective for SEVEN LONG YEARS at reversing Trumpism but it is a cult whose members are as adamant that their vision of our nation is to stop the flow of 💰💰💰 with policy changes including taking back school lunches from hungry children as are the Democrats in their faith that we must move forward on all fronts. The whole gamuch reminds me of a ball of yarn tied tightly in knots that will not be separated one from the other and climate keeps getting pushed down the road that will soon be out of sight. Thank you for keeping us informed in the ways you deem necessary and helpful. You are the judge of what is most effective. I would encourage stress relief if that is even possible in your photos and stories of nature, your travels exploring the beauty that remains on the 🌎 and Luna always! Wherever you go, we follow. 🕊️
I have yet to see many studies measuring the effect of high ocean temperatures on the productivity of the phytoplankton that supplies most of the planet's oxygen gas. How changes will affect the productivity of various species is a concern that is rapidly becoming significant. I fear Florida's adventures with Sargassum Seaweed and the toxins released from the rotting of beached rafts of that weed may be a glimpse into an "unpleasant" future.
I support all of Alexander's plans for The Planet in coming months. From my perspective, stories about nature walks, local triumphs and global challenges are all important.
Bring us the brutal facts then soothe us with splendid tales of your travels.
I like both your climate info pieces even if sometimes they remind us that the situation may be growing dire, and your lovely ‘adventure’logues...that continue to remind us of the beauty and resilience of our sweet planet, from which we are not separate. I’m in for a nice balance as you suggested...
The world remains trapped within an incomplete and dissonant symphony. However, so many concerts need to be performed.
Delve into the chords of experience. Give us staves, strings, percussion, keys. We are in permanent rehearsal but always in audition.
“You don't have to compose a masterpiece every time, but I think the challenge is always searching for something different, searching for a new sensitivity, a new perspective, a new vision.” - Ludovico Einaudi
I think the hardest thing for me to wrap my head around is how so many leaders haven't learned how the main consequence of every climate change denial will affect their own family for generations. It's becoming more and more apparent to me that all they really care about is themselves and money. I wonder if they have ever asked themselves "What good is all the money in the world to MY children if there isn't any drinkable water or breathable air?".