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Discussion Group 2 - South Hills - Climate Change

  • Thursday, October 17, 2019
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Sunnyhill Unitarian Universalist Church 1240 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon, Pa

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How can we keep the Earth habitable for life as we know it? According to recent scientific reports, global warming is occurring faster than anyone expected five or ten years ago. Al Gore was a cockeyed optimist! Greenland is losing ice at a record pace, which we witnessed and I photographed in a recent flight over the North Atlantic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK1Hs_MMIQI

In addition to climate disruptions and droughts caused by atmospheric warming, we have problems with plastic pollution, ocean acidification, disease outbreaks, environmental refugees, polluting methods of energy production, petrochemical production that causes increased cancer rates in nearby communities, plant and animal extinctions, agricultural runoff, factory farm pollution, etc. These issues are all related.

What should be done to slow down warming, both individually and collectively? Should we rely on economic markets and individual actions such as recycling to address climate change and pollution, or should the government take stronger action? How quickly should we (and can we) transition to 100% renewable energy?

References:

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/world-of-change/DecadalTemp

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/global-maps

https://theconversation.com/plastic-in-drinking-water-what-are-the-risks-to-human-health-83844

https://www.ecowatch.com/first-of-its-kind-map-details-extent-of-plastic-in-five-ocean-gyres-1881935191.html

https://www.bing.com/search?q=should+fracking+be+banned&qs=HS&pq=should+fracking&sc=8-15&cvid=BF99B082B3794A1B93152FE4CAB11598&FORM=QBLH&sp=1

https://animals.howstuffworks.com/mammals/methane-cow.htm

General discussion group info:

PFC Monthly discussion groups are open to all - if the topic interests you, you'll be welcome! Casual dress. Discussion is moderated but informal - speak up as much or little as you wish. Discussion Group 2 - Mt. Lebanon meets in a conference room at the Sunnyhill Unitarian Universalist Church. Please use the side door entrance on the right side of the building, NOT the main entrance. See you there!

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