Although climate change is a very real threat to both our planet and global human family, it can sometimes be hard to wrap our heads around such an enormous issue. These are some resources to get you started on understanding climate change just a bit better.
“A Walk in the Dead Woods” (New York Times)
New York Times columnist Timothy Egan explains how “the dead woods are a sad symptom of a larger planetary illness” — in other words, how the increase in forest fires in the U.S. and other countries are a devastating result of climate change.
(Full disclosure: Egan is very vocally anti-Trump. So, if you’re a Donald fan, skip it or brace yourself.)
“Hondurans are being shot dead in broad daylight, kidnapped, or assaulted for standing in the way of their land and the companies that want to monetize it.”
A grim look at the sometimes fatal risks taken on by environmental activists in Honduras.
“See Before-and-After Photos of the Changing Environment” (National Geographic)
Before-and-after photos of glaciers, lakes and snowpacks show how these landmarks have receded or suffered drought as their climate grows warmer and drier.
(Use the slider in the middle of each photo to flip between the before and after shots.)
Climate Wars (Gwynne Dyer)
Gwynne Dyer, who previously served in the Canadian, British and American navies and earned a Ph.D. in war studies, lays out eight scenarios that could play out if global warming continues to progress. (Dyer uses scientific evidence and military sources to support these scenarios).
For example, Scenario One sees us in the year 2045, where the average global temperature has risen 2.8 degrees Celsius higher than it was in 1990. Dyer outlines what would have happened (or not have happened) to get us there, and the plausible ensuing impacts on the environment, global politics, and societies around the world.
It’s an interesting way of wrapping your head around the whole climate change issue, and worth a read.
The Toronto Urban Growers’ website has its own resource section dedicated to Climate change and urban agriculture. This page also briefly talks about how growing food locally can help to leave a lighter environmental footprint.
The website for this movie includes information for you to explore the science supporting the reality of a climate change crisis, the experts leading the battle, and solutions within our control today.
You can also check out National Geographic’s Before the Flood page for video clips and articles on reducing our carbon footprint.
Georgina Goodwin is a freelance photographer from Kenya whose passion projects include, among many, climate change.
Her piece “Climate Change in Africa” explains that “Africa is becoming the most exposed region in the world to the impacts of climate change”, and depicts in stunning imagery how climate change has already affected the land and farming in her Motherland.
“I take on issues that stir my passions about the state of humanity and our world, and I deeply believe in the power of still images to change people’s minds.” – Ed Kashi, photojournalist, filmmaker, speaker, and educator.
Kashi’s “Everyday Climate Change” is a collection of photos that show how climate change affects people’s everyday lives around the world. Large, captivating images are the main focus, with captions providing context for the causes and effects of climate change.
@everydayclimatechange is an Instagram page with almost 85,000 followers and 5 contributors (including Goodwin and Kashi) who document climate change across the globe. If you can only take climate change in bite-sized pieces, this might be a good place to start!
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