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National Geographic’s Before the Flood

By Jim Carey

Two days before the election, in one of his infamous Twitter encyclicals, Trump tweeted, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing noncompetitive.” He has threatened to withdraw from the 2015 Paris agreement to limit climate change and also to cut funding to NASA for climate change research. Already, Trump has named climate skeptic Myron Ebell to head his Environmental Protection Agency transition team. The next four years aren’t looking good for science (or for the natural world).

Meeting and Film 
National Geographic’s Before the Flood
By Occupy SMA
Mon, Dec 5, 1pm
Quinta Loreto Hotel
Loreto 15, Centro

While he was tweeting, on November 6, Peter Thomson, President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly, spoke these words to the world at the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Marrakech: “Addressing climate change is no longer only an investment in future generations. The impacts of climate change are being felt today by every country. The last few years have been the hottest in recorded history with current trends in greenhouse gas emissions pointing to further warming.

“Catastrophic climate events are already affecting hundreds of millions of our fellow human beings. Prolonged droughts of increased severity, melting glaciers, and rising sea levels are increasing food insecurity, exacerbating diseases, disrupting lives and livelihoods, and forcibly displacing people and entire communities. Storms of increasing ferocity are wreaking havoc in our countries. This year, Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti, and Tropical Cyclone Winston swept through my own country, Fiji. These storms take away the lives of our people, destroy our homes and infrastructure, and set back our development efforts by many years. Due to rising sea levels, the very existence of some countries is under threat. Urgent action on climate change must therefore be seen as a moral, environmental, scientific, and developmental imperative, guided by ambition, action, and equity.”

As citizens who care about the Earth, we can and must resist Donald Trump. The media is trying to act like everything’s “normal;” these are not “normal times.” Join environmental groups to raise awareness, organize local activities, and lobby for effective policies. Be proactive with your congressional representatives and your senators. Educate yourself about climate change. Read Naomi Klein’s book This Changes Everything.

The Guardian describes Before the Flood as a “heartfelt, decent, educational documentary about the most important issue of our time—climate change.” Join us Monday for the film and a discussion afterwards. Our events are free.


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