TED & OTHER TALKS

This is a super 18 minute TED talk by:
Dr. James E. Hansen, retired Director of NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, grandfather, Republican and leading climate scientist. (Over 1 million views)

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s “Keep your eye on the man, not the dog,” is a short graphic explanation of how the fluctuation in warming trends does not invalidate overall warming. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBdxDFpDp_k

TED TALK guest author Emily Gertz profiles Katherine Hayhoe:
Picture of Katherine Heyhoe
Katherine Heyhoe. en.wikipedia.org

Texas Tech political science professor Katharine Hayhoe may be the most important climate communicator in the U.S. As both a leading atmospheric scientist and an evangelical Christian, Hayhoe speaks sincerely about caring for the Earth as God’s creation. She takes a detour around the politics of polarization, opening minds other climate advocates might have given up on.In her view, global warming and extreme weather are not God’s will, but the results of humanity’s God-given capacity for choice — in this case, choosing to continue pumping too much greenhouse pollution into the atmosphere. That also gives humanity the capacity to make better choices, to try and fix what it has broken.

Hayhoe especially likes to speak with conservative groups that generally wouldn’t be interested in hearing from a scientist about climate change. At such presentations, she says, most people quickly lose interest in challenging the science, and focus instead on learning what they can do about climate change within their own value systems.

For years, Hayhoe’s dual pursuits of hard climate science and conservative Christian audiences kept her under the broader cultural radar. But Showtime’s recent climate change documentary series, “Years of Living Dangerously,” has brought her mainstream. In the series’ first hour, viewers see Hayhoe explain climate science to a largely accepting evangelical church group — and to actor/viewer surrogate Don Cheadle. Cheadle, in turn, described Hayhoe as “a smart person who defies stereotype” for Time, which selected her as one of the world’s 100 most influential people.

Her day job at Texas Tech includes directing a regional climate research center studying how human-propelled climate shifts are changing weather patterns in the southern central U.S. — and how those changes will affect local water supplies, infrastructure, agriculture, and more. “While climate change is a global problem, the impacts are experienced at the regional scale,” she says. “If I’m a cotton farmer here in West Texas, I want to know what’s going to happen to my crop. I don’t care if you tell me what’s going to happen to the global cotton crop; I want to know if I’m a winner or a loser.”

 Link to Katherine Heyhoe’s TED TALK “What if climate change is Real?” and its effect in West Texas (18 minutes).
 James Balog, “Time-lapse Proof of Extreme Ice Loss” (19 minutes)

 “Climate Change, Our Personal Challenge” UTUBE Photography Presentation by Gary Braasch (17 minutes)

Christopher Thompson, Gallatin County co-coordinator for MTcares, said I  “wanted to pass on a free [self-paced] course I recently completed that was very informative on the subject of Climate Change denial, ‘Making Sense of Climate Science Denial.’

Link to: Tony Seba: “Clean Disruption: Why Conventional Energy and Transportation will be Obsolete by 2030” (U-tube video, 60 minutes)

Link to Bill Gates Blog to see who suffers most from climate change.

Link to: Can We Afford to Wait to Address Climate Change?

Link to video: Leaders from 195 countries unanimously adopt Paris Climate Accord (47 seconds).

Link to 3/13/14 video of Lester R. Brown Interview by Rob Stewart (45 min.)

CLICK HERE if after watching any of these presentations, you feel compelled to take action to help save the world by reducing the amount of  fossil fuel generated electricity that is changing the climate, and let us know that you will sign the petition to put the 80% renewable electricity by 2050 initiative on Montana’s 2016 general election ballot and we’ll have someone contact you.

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