Zoom Chat - Climate Solutions 101 - June 27, 2021

All Climate Conversations: https://drawdownseattle.org/conversations/

Links from the Discussion: 

Resources and Links from our Discussion:

  • All Introduction Materials Related to this discussion can be found here: https://drawdownseattle.org/introduction/ with a direct link to the training here.
  • Historic Heatwave for the Pacific Northwest.  Climate Central's resources for our unprecedented heat wave.  Their description: Extreme and dangerous heat will overtake the Pacific Northwest this weekend and early next week. Locations in Oregon and Washington will challenge all-time record highs, with temperatures edging above 100° in Seattle, and likely over 105° in Portland. Interior locations east of the Cascade Mountains, like Spokane, will soar to near 110°.  In many cases, temperatures will be 25-30° above normal.
  • Transcripts and Resources from Unit 1 and Unit 2 are on the introduction page above but also here and here.
  • Media coverage of climate change in 2019 got bigger – and better (Yale Climate Communications): https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2020/03/media-coverage-of-climate-change-in-2019-got-bigger-and-better/
  • The Hockey Stick and the Climate WarsMichael Mann's book on Climate Change.  Description from site: In its 2001 report on global climate, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of the United Nations prominently featured the “Hockey Stick,” a chart showing global temperature data over the past one thousand years. The Hockey Stick demonstrated that temperature had risen with the increase in industrialization and use of fossil fuels. The inescapable conclusion was that worldwide human activity since the industrial age had raised CO2 levels, trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and warming the planet. 
  • The Atlantic's Explainer on why the Hockey Stick was so controversial. Climate deniers threw all their might at disproving the famous climate change graph. Here's why they failed. 
  • Conversations with Mayoral Candidates: Reaching Seattle's 2030 Climate Goals.  Will Seattle meet its 2030 climate goals? Find out how the mayoral candidates answer this and other climate and environmental justice-related questions. Moderated by P. Sean McDonald, Ph.D., Associate Teaching Professor at the UW Program on the Environment, who will interview each candidate individually.
  • Youth to Power: In the words of Greta Thunberg. Our next regularly scheduled Meetup conversation. Back in 2018, the climate movement was searching for a leader and out of nowhere emerged a 15-year old girl from Sweden, Greta Thunberg. Greta started skipping classes on Fridays to sit outside the Swedish Parliament to protest her country's inaction on climate change.

Original Chat Log:

00:11:05 Scott Henson (Drawdown Seattle): https://drawdownseattle.org/introduction/
00:18:30 Jae Geller: Wow, Scott, strong work! Thank you!
00:23:01 Paul Litwin: Amazing set of resources, Scott. THANK YOU!
00:23:07 Jae Geller: Scott, this is super helpful!
00:24:05 Scott Henson (Drawdown Seattle): Is it playing?
00:24:16 David Chen: yes
00:24:22 Paul Litwin: Looks and sounds great!
00:24:25 Scott Henson (Drawdown Seattle): Great, thank you
00:38:58 Jae Geller: Wow, Scott! this is so much work and so helpful. Thank you!
00:45:53 laurazeffer: My hand is raised
00:46:22 laurazeffer: He can go first!
00:48:22 Amy Theobald: It seems to me that climate change is also more prevalent in media coverage. Here's an article from Yale Climate Connections that supports that - https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2020/03/media-coverage-of-climate-change-in-2019-got-bigger-and-better/
00:52:10 Paul Litwin: Intertesting, Laura
00:52:31 Paul Litwin: Does hockey stick = j curve?
00:56:08 Jae Geller: What is the link for this?
00:57:57 Amy Theobald: Yale Climate Connections also has a weekly email with links to short articles and audio stories. I've subscribed for 2-3 years and it's a great resource.
01:00:15 laurazeffer: Yes, its always been urgent. But now it is CRAZY URGENT. How people can ignore this is beyond me.
01:01:02 laurazeffer: That’s surprising! About Cliff Mass
01:01:50 Jae Geller: I just read Daniel Kahneman et al's book about Noise as a statistical phenomenon. This is not just noise!
01:02:50 laurazeffer: Google.com/amp/s/amp.theatlantic.com/amp/article/275753/
01:03:30 laurazeffer: I think I got that wrong but the article is searchable. The Atlantic:
01:04:15 laurazeffer: The Hockey Stick: The Most Controversial Chart in Science Explained
01:04:21 JimL: Communicating The Future by W. Lance Bennett, Professor of Political Science and Communication
01:05:12 Paul Litwin: @Kurt that is discouraging!
01:06:05 laurazeffer: I heard that Fossil fuel co’s and lobbyist are trying to change legislation that makes Solar super expensive. I have no article on it but have been meaning to research that to see if that is true.
01:06:11 Paul Litwin: How do those people live with themselves?
01:09:56 laurazeffer: I commend you for the positivity, Scott and others!
01:10:25 Paul Litwin: We are better than this. But we don’t have infinite time
01:12:38 Amy Theobald: @laura I *think* the financial industry is starting to realize that their support of the fossil fuel industry will increasingly result in stranded assets and is no longer a sure (or sound) investment.
01:13:13 Amy Theobald: And... the US government needs to subsidize renewal energy rather than extractive industries.
01:13:16 Paul Litwin: Also we don’t know about the collective human mind and when it will REALLY get serious
01:13:23 laurazeffer: Yes, little by little - agree @Amy
01:13:46 Paul Litwin: Great words @SueEllen
01:15:08 Paul Litwin: Yes @Amy and the greed of capitalism might also be a great ally
01:16:10 Scott Henson (Drawdown Seattle): Let me know what you think of the quality please….
01:16:32 Sarah H: good
01:21:52 Jae Geller: Yes, Amy, well said.
01:33:17 Jae Geller: It is great to end on a more proactive note
01:33:30 JimL: Webinar with Seattle Mayoral Candidates on July 8th from 6P to 8P.  Register for virtual event at  SeattleClimate.org
01:33:58 Jae Geller: These are all great presentations.
01:34:28 laurazeffer: Yes, I am registered for that. Vote
01:35:19 Jae Geller: Thank you all so much! Thank you Scott for the amazing work you did and thanks to you all for the encouragement, support, and inspiration!
01:37:14 Jae Geller: I was advertising this for new people but it doesn't look like there are people on who are new?
01:37:24 Jae Geller: The more the merrier for me!
01:37:40 JimL: Agree Jae, the more the merrier
01:37:48 Nixcole9209: Thank you
01:38:16 laurazeffer: I am old, (he he) I don’t know young people!!
01:39:09 laurazeffer: Prefer 4pm to 5:30pm timeline