Sunday, April 19, 2015

Inviting Climate Change deniers to Earth Week in Rochester, NY

 

CCWelcomeDeniersSRochester holds out a great big hand for climate change deniers, community leaders responsible for our welfare, and those who haven’t a clue what all the noise about Climate Change is about. Earth Week in Rochester starts Friday 17th and runs until 27th with more Climate Change events than you can shake a stick at. (Ok, maybe you can shake a stick really a lot.) Highlighting the events is a two-day visit by world renowned climate scientist, activist, and author Dr. James Hansen.

Why would a world-renowned superstar of science want to come to little ol’ Rochester? He wants to talk to ya’ll about the worldwide crisis of Climate Change. He wants especially to talk to those who need to know the facts (for there is nobody more informed on the facts of Climate Change) and those who still don’t understand all the fuss.

Climate scientist James Hansen proving a big draw here When the local Sierra Club chapter first approached renowned climate scientist James Hansen about speaking to the group's annual forum in Rochester this Earth Week, he wasn't particularly enthused. While he often speaks publicly about the threat posed by global warming, Hansen told the Rochester group that appearances like the one they offered left him a bit cold. Talking to environmental groups, he said, was like "preaching to the choir," chapter chair Peter Debes recalled. Then Debes told Hansen that the Sierra Club chapter had already decided to broaden their outreach and invite people from outside the environmental movement to the forum. (April 16, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

If you’re not ‘in the choir”, as it were, if you’re still dead set on believing Climate Change is a hoax, if you’re on the fence, if you’re paralyzed with fear, or if you’re a community leader who thinks they’ve got too much on their plate already, come. Come to at least one of the Earth Week events and prove you’re in touch with the defining crisis of our age.

If you are still in climate denial mode, there is probably a good reason for that. Seriously disturbed people with lots of money and political clout have been messing with your mind. Check out this crucial documentary “Merchants of Doubt” that runs in Rochester until the 23rd. It’s about all those folks who’ve spent a lot of their time and money turning you into a climate denier—whether you know it or not. Free yourself from the puppet strings of those working against your own interests. Don’t miss this crucial film on Climate Change. Dr. Hansen is featured prominently in this film as a reality check against those trying to screw up our future. This is the most important film you’ll see this year because Climate Change is not just about science—it’s about how humanity will act towards this worldwide crisis.

So we invite those who don’t think Climate Change is a big deal and challenge them to listen to a world authority on this issue. We challenge you, as a person who considers themselves intelligent and world wise, to at least hear Climate Change out. If, after all you have heard and see during Earth Week, your position doesn’t change regarding this worldwide crisis, you’ll will have at least found out what you are against—instead of some high-paid shill telling you what to think.

Earth Week 2015 is here: http://peoplesclimate.org/westernny/rochesternyearthweek2015/. Don’t just sit this one out.

Finally, a word about our local media on Climate Change over the years:

I commend Jeremy Moule and Rochester City Newspaper on this Dr. Hansen-coming-to-Rochester article as well as years of attending to the issue of Climate Change. No other media in the Rochester New York region has tried to connect the local dots between Climate Change and this worldwide crisis. There is a great hope that promoting Dr. Hansen’s visit to Rochester on Earth Day will accelerate media attention and public concern on this worldwide crisis--and finally get Rochester’s attention.

Victory over climate change  Former NASA scientist James Hansen has warned about global warming for decades. We still aren't listening. James Hansen sat in front of members of the US Senate and told them that the Earth is warming and that human-generated greenhouse gas emissions are to blame. Back in 1988. Hansen was director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies at the time and had been studying global warming and the greenhouse effect since the 1970's. Scientists had already identified and warned of the link between global warming and carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels. But Hansen delivered one of the first blunt, high-profile declarations. (April 15, 2015) Rochester City Newspaper

If a large percent of Rochester’s media doesn’t show up to Dr. Hansen’s talk at MCC, shame on them. This is a talk that needs to be heard by all 700,000 of us in Monroe County. The only way that can happen is if our media comes out in force and covers this historic talk—like they do sports, or shopping events.

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