Green New Deal and Global Warming Interviews and Our Planet
I hope you’ve had a great week so far – finally feels like Spring here in Boston! …kind of whacky weather recently, but what else is new?
Three things for you this week:
1. Did you catch AOC’s recent interview on the Green New Deal?
The Green New Deal has gotten tons of air time and been totally politicized…but hardly anyone is talking about what the 14-page resolution actually says.
The Green New Deal resolution is intended to be a vision – a North star for what the country should strive for, rooted in addressing climate change and social justice.
Watch this to hear from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others about what the Green New Deal actually is and why we need it. (make yourself comfortable, it’s 47 minutes long)
My favorite quote:
“On September 11, 2001, thousands of Americans died in the largest terrorist attack on US soil. And our national response, whether we agree with it or not – our national response was to go to war in one, then eventually two, countries.
Three thousand Americans died in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Where is our response?“
– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
2. Check out my interview on how to help stop global warming! (and many others on various, related topics)
My new friend, Gail Garey, is hosting a webinar series called “Let’s Save the Planet: Easy Everyday Tips to Empower Yourself and Protect the Environment Now” starting on April 15th. Gail interviewed 21 experts and will be sharing a new interview each day for three weeks.
Gail lives in Colorado and decided she couldn’t sit on the sidelines any more after watching her kids cross country skiing competition that took place on a “ribbon of man-made snow”.
So here we are! I’m very grateful to have been invited to contribute to this series. Also, shout out to fellow Crowdsourcing Sustainability member Ben Block who is also participating, so definitely check that one out! (You may remember Ben was featured in this newsletter before – he started an organization called Climate Dad’s)
Here are some of the topics that will be covered:
- Zero waste, and how to reduce the amount of trash you generate.
- Plastic pollution and how to go plastic free.
- A less toxic, simpler and minimalist lifestyle.
- How you can foster healthy soils.
- Ways to make your home more energy efficient.
- Strategies to reduce your carbon footprint.
- What you can and can’t recycle.
- How to talk to your kids about climate change.
….quick reminder – all of these things are great and worth striving for, but as we’re all busy people with limited time, keep in mind that what you focus on/which actions you choose to take can have a significantly different impact towards your ultimate goal. (I’m all for recycling, zero waste, minimizing plastic and do what I can on that front…but there are much bigger fish to fry.)
That being said, I’ll certainly be tuning in for as many of these interviews as I can to learn from our fellow leaders and spread the good word. I hope you will too!
3. Your next TV show perhaps?
Any Planet Earth or Life fans out there?
The legendary Sir David Attenborough is back with a brand new 8-show-series on Netflix called Our Planet. It’s a mix of the jaw-dropping beauty of nature, incredible footage of different species doing their thing, and a sprinkling of how humans are changing the natural world upon which we all depend.
I’ve only seen the first two episodes, but plan on watching the whole series – SO GOOD.
Here’s a taste from the opening scene (obviously not done justice without the awe-inspiring footage or British accent):
“This series will celebrate the natural wonders that remain, and reveal what we must preserve to ensure that people and nature thrive.
For generations, this stable Eden nurtured our growing civilizations. But now, in the space of just one human lifetime, all that has changed. In the last 50 years, wildlife populations have on average declined by 60%.
For the first time in human history, the stability of nature can no longer be taken for granted.
But the natural world is resilient. Great riches still remain. And with our help, the planet can recover.
Never has it been more important to understand how the natural world works and how to help it.”