We are hoping there will be many events in our area for the Moving Planet | A day to move beyond fossil fuels event coming up on September 24th, 2011. Some are already in the planning stages. This is important because it’s becoming all too obvious that Climate Change is not factoring into our local public’s attention, or our politicians’. With our dysfunctional media, Climate Change is becoming too easy to ignore, despite the fact that is changing our present and threatening our future. Climate Change should be a part of every environmental issue, including hydrofracking—which at the end of the day will increase natural gas use, which is a greenhouse gas, which warms up the planet. But far too often Climate Change is not even mentioned in our local press when reporting on environmental issues.
Let’s not continue to fool ourselves. Climate Change is real and it is happening now. Go to the experts (climate scientists) and get the whole story in a series of well-designed short videos on the things you should know about Climate Change: NSF.gov - To What Degree? - What Science Is Telling Us About Climate Change - How Do We Know? Remember, there are many likely scenarios that Climate Change will inflict on our region: Possible Rochester, NY region Climate Change scenarios.
Not to mention our Air Quality is not so good:
Monroe County gets mixed marks for air quality | Democrat and Chronicle | democratandchronicle.com An annual air-quality ranking has given Monroe County a good mark for one air pollutant but a failing mark for another. The American Lung Association's State of the Air study, released Wednesday, graded this area an "F" for concentrations of ground-level ozone. The study said the ambient air in the county exceeded federal ozone standards 13 days between 2007 and 2009. The statewide average was 11.5 days during that period. (April 28, 2011) Democrat and Chronicle | Rochester news, community, entertainment, yellow pages and classifieds. Serving Rochester, New York | democratandchronicle.com
Also, not to mention asthma: 05/03/2011: EPA Helps Build Awareness Around Asthma / Asthma affects nearly 25 million people in the U.S. WASHINGTON – To kick off Asthma Awareness Month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is commemorating World Asthma Day by bringing awareness to a growing nationwide problem. Asthma has consistently increased over the past decade with more than 4 million additional cases reported, including nearly 1 million additional cases reported in children. One out of every 10 school aged children is affected and approximately 13 million people have reported having an asthma attack in the past year. EPA is taking action to ensure cleaner air and a healthier environment for children and families dealing with asthma. "All Americans should be able to breathe easy whether they’re at home, at work or on the playground," EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said. "Yet too many of our children and family members suffer from asthma, resulting in doctor and hospital visits, lost learning time, more sick days and higher health care costs. It's our mission at EPA to protect the health of our communities by putting Clean Air Act safeguards in place to reduce levels of harmful pollutants in the air we all breathe. " (May 3, 2011) U.S. EPA Newsroom - News Releases
Also, consider that all of our area’s long-range transportation, solid waste, and energy plans include Climate Change as a major planning factor. This is essential because these groups are accountable for addressing Climate Change in our area. These plans are:
- Beyond Waste: A Sustainable Material Management Strategy - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation
- Genesee Transportation Council Long Range Transportation Plan for the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region 2035
- The New York State Energy Planning Board is soliciting public comments on the Draft Scope for the 2013 State Energy Plan [PDF].
So, when we find specific events for this major event, we’ll let you know:
Moving Planet | A day to move beyond fossil fuels. "Moving Planet is a worldwide rally to demand solutions to the climate crisis—a single day to move away from fossil fuels. For too long, our leaders have denied and delayed, compromised and caved. That era must come to an end: it's time to get moving on the climate crisis. Come on bike, on skates, on a board, or just on foot. Come with your neighbors and your friends, your family and your co-workers. Come be part of something huge. "