This Changes Everything

By Jim Carey

Since This Changes Everything was released last fall, these facts have become clearer: 99 percent of scientists accept anthropocentric global warming as a fact; and climate change is going to be long term, cumulative, and probably irreversible.

Occupy SMA Meeting and Film
Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein’s
This Changes Everything
Mon, May 2, 1pm
Quinta Loreto Hotel
Loreto 15
No charge

In October, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Journal predicted that “414 towns and cities in the US, including Miami and New Orleans, are guaranteed to eventually be underwater. At least 50 percent of the people said to be living on potentially affected land live in Florida, America’s “Sunshine State.”

Scientists know from analyzing the isotopes of carbon in the atmosphere that the increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) of more than 40 million tons a day is the result of burning fossil fuels and forests and not the result of natural processes. By analyzing air bubbles trapped in the ice of Antarctica and Greenland, scientists have determined that over the past 650,000 years, atmospheric concentrations of CO2 have varied. Before the Industrial Revolution of the 1700s, the highest level of CO2 was approximately 280 parts per million (ppm). Now the CO2 level has soared above 400 ppm.

Many scientists believe that our current path of destruction is not inevitable and can be changed if citizens wake up and mobilize. Lifestyles have to change. Consumption by the privileged peoples of the global north needs to be significantly altered.

Last December, ministers from 196 nations gathered in Paris and produced an historic agreement to voluntarily limit their emissions to relatively safe levels.

Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club and author of Coming Clean: Breaking America’s Addiction to Oil and Coal, sees hope in the agreement and says that “embracing an optimistic vision isn’t an armchair exercise. We have to work for it, just like we had to work for every victory that the climate movement has won over the past couple years. What we know is that in the United States and increasingly in countries around the world, clean energy is now often cheaper than coal, cheaper than gas, cheaper than nuclear power, and now cheaper than oil. And what that means is that the solutions to climate change are more affordable than the problem: the fossil fuels that have caused this problem.” This Changes Everything offers a challenging and hopeful vision for the future. Join our discussion on Monday. Our events are free.

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