Forget Shorter Showers and Disobedience

By Jim Carey

The Yale Program on Climate Communication Change issued a report in April that revealed that an increasing number of registered voters (73 percent, up seven points since spring 2014) across the political spectrum think global warming is happening and government should address it. Large majorities of Democrats—liberal (95 percent) and moderate/conservative (80 percent)—think it is happening, as do three in four Independents (74 percent, up 15 points since spring 2014), and the majority of liberal/moderate Republicans (71 percent, up 10 points). Sixty percent think that global warming is caused mostly by human activities. What is most surprising is that few Americans are aware of the fact that 97 percent of climate scientists are convinced human-caused global warming is happening now. Few Americans write letters, email, or phone government officials about global warming (10 percent).

Occupy SMA Meeting and Films
Forget Shorter Showers and Disobedience
Jim Carey
Mon, May 23, 1pm
Quinta Loreto Hotel TV room
Loreto 15, Centro.

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Still, registered voters support a broad array of energy policies, many designed to reduce carbon pollution and dependence on fossil fuels and to promote clean energy, including:

Funding more research into renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power (84 percent of all registered voters);

Providing tax rebates to people who purchase energy-efficient vehicles or solar panels (81 percent of all registered voters);

Regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant (75 percent of all registered voters);

Requiring fossil fuel companies to pay a carbon tax and using the money to reduce other taxes, such as income taxes, by an equal amount (68 percent of all registered voters); and

Seventy percent support setting strict carbon dioxide emission limits on existing coal-fired power plants to reduce global warming and improve public health.

On Monday, we will show two films. Forget Shorter Showers is a film inspired by Derek Jensen, who wrote, “We so often hear that the world is running out of water. Because I take showers, I’m responsible for drawing down aquifers? No. More than 90 percent of the water used by humans is used by agriculture and industry. Ten percent is split between municipalities and actual living breathing individual humans … Municipal golf courses use as much water as municipal human beings. People aren’t dying because the world is running out of water. They’re dying because the water is being stolen.”

Disobedience is a new film about a new phase of the climate movement: courageous action that is being taken on the front lines of the climate crisis on every continent, led by regular people fed up with the power and pollution of the fossil fuel industry.

For those still in denial about climate change, you should know that in January, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development announced $1 billion for 13 states to help communities adapt to climate change. A $48M grant for Isle de Jean Charles was the first allocation of federal tax dollars to move “climate refugees” in Louisiana. In Australia, 11 islands across the northern Solomon Islands have either totally disappeared (five islands) over recent decades or are currently experiencing severe erosion (six islands). Join the discussion. Our events are free.

 

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