What Bard Is Doing to Respond to the UN Climate Report

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has come out with a disturbing report. More catastrophic impacts of climate change are estimated to occur at a lower temperature than previously believed. The report, which was commissioned by the UN, found that if the world continues to generate greenhouse gases at the current rate we could see disastrous consequences by 2040.

Concerning change was previously expected to happen if the earth warmed by 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, but the 91 researchers of the IPCC found that 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit is enough temperature change to cause dangerous sea level rise, droughts, storms, and other impacts. Scientists agree that it’s already too late to prevent all the impacts of climate change. The earth has already warmed by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit since pre-industrial times, but the IPCC researchers say we still have a few years to keep levels at or below 2.7. However with our current political climate, the appropriate changes are unlikely to take place.

In the face of such news it’s easy to feel helpless, but there are a few things we’re doing at the Bard Office of Sustainability to try and make the change we’re going to need to prevent the worst impacts of climate change.

This Monday, October 15th, we’ll be holding a phone banking session in New Kline from 4 to 5pm. We’ll be calling our representatives in Congress and asking them what they plan to do in response to the IPCC report. Never called Congress before? No worries, we’ll show you how. Can’t make the session but want to call anyway? It’s easy to call your representatives on your own. The numbers for the United States House and Senate are below, as well as an e-mail address you can use to contact us if you have any questions about how to call.

This Friday, October 19th, from 7:15pm to 9:15pm at Preston Theater we’re hosting a live stream event to learn about Project Drawdown: a comprehensive, 100 step plan to end climate change. This is a great opportunity to learn about the solutions that exist and how we can get involved in making them happen.

It’s true the future is looking rough, but we may still have some time to reverse most of the damage that’s been done, and there are definitely things we can do to bring more health and security to our communities.

 

United States Senate: 202-224-3121

United States House of Representatives: 202-225-3121

em5521@bard.edu

 

Ella McGrail

Class of 2021

Image Courtesy of time.com

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