Four folks share some of their thoughts on this daunting matter. Dork Sahagian, Professor of Earth and Environmental Science at Lehigh University: Two things to consider in meeting the challenge: mitigation and adaptation. 1. Mitigation is what we need to do to prevent undesirable things from happening. We need to stop (not just reduce) emissions of greenhouse gases … [Read more...] about Personal Takes on the Challenges of Climate Change
by Diane W. Husic The first report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 1990)1 led to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The 195 countries that signed this 1992 treaty, including the U.S., are obligated to “act in the interests of human safety even in the face of scientific uncertainty.”1 Since then, that uncertainty, … [Read more...] about Creating a Local Climate for Community Conversation and Action
by Ida Halleröd I arrived in the Lehigh Valley in January this year from Gothenburg, Sweden. My husband got transferred here for work and I tagged along, figuring it would be one of life’s great adventures. I had slim pre-knowledge of Pennsylvania. Swedes often complain about Americans not being able to know the difference between Sweden and Switzerland—I don’t because if … [Read more...] about The Legal Alien
by Richard Lane If we want to know how it was, before change and the possible future, we can turn to the “Old Ones”. They will tell us the stories; if we only but listen. In one of the many recesses of his rolltop desk, my grandfather kept a small tobacco tin. If I asked, he would open it so I could spread the contents out on the table. There would be the sound then of old … [Read more...] about Sharing My Grandfather’s Tale
by Joyce Marin We are hearing a choir of voices around the world rising in urgency regarding Climate Action. Many people, especially young people, are gaining the courage to look at, inform themselves about, discuss and ask for Climate Action. Why? “Because there is no Planet B,” a young friend of mine says. In my role as executive director of RenewLV, the regional … [Read more...] about Empowerment and Engagement for Sustainability and Climate Action
by Lindsay Meiman As I was walking to class with a friend the other day, he casually asked me, “why do you care so much about sustainability?” I paused in my tracks, taken aback by the immensity of possible explanations to a seemingly simple question. I took a moment, ensuring that the question was serious. I had never questioned my passion for sustainable development, as it … [Read more...] about Economy and Environment—Must We Choose?
by Tom Moroz The commons were traditionally defined as the elements of the environment—forests, atmosphere, rivers, fisheries, or grazing land—that are shared, used, and enjoyed by all. In our digital age, ‘the commons’ is also used to describe the information available to everyone on the Internet. In the past year, the Alliance for Sustainable Communities–Lehigh Valley … [Read more...] about Stewarding our Environmental ‘Commons’ via the ‘Sustainability Commons’
by Ken Burak The climate problem is all in our heads. Our minds and our perspectives on the environment and our place in it, or as it, are the source of the problem. Surely we must engage in sustainable life practices or adapting new climate realities. Yet until we fundamentally transform our understanding of our place on this planet, we are quite simply doomed. I hope the … [Read more...] about From the Body, Through the Mind, and Back to the Body