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Hug a climate scientist

June 12th is official Hug a Climate Scientist Day – well, Crikey says it is! Climate scientists have a tough gig. They work damn hard to understand incredibly complex planetary systems. They should be lauded and respected for doing heroic, planet-saving work. Instead, their hard work is often scorned on the basis of ideology and many have been threatened. I reckon they deserve a hug – at least on June 12th!

Connecting the dots on climate change

On 5th May 2012, 350.org organised a global event to connect the dots on climate change impacts. Sadly I couldn’t take part, because I was running in the Noosa Half Marathon that weekend. But I’ve just had a look through some of the images from the day and I wanted to share some here. The video below provides a great overview. My favourite image is this one: Photo: 350.org via Flickr It’s from Salvador in Brazil and it captures in one frozen moment the threats we face and the idea that it is our children who will bear the brunt of climate change. Many in the climate action movement used to steer clear of making direct links between climate-related disasters and human greenhouse gas emissions, so it’s a bold move from 350 to make the link so explicit. But things have shifted and the evidence is on their side. Even the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is being more explicit about the links between extreme events and climate change, as seen in the (longer) video …

Climate Impacts Day – 5/5/12

On 5th May 2012, 350.org is running its next big, global event for climate action – Climate Impacts Day. Their invitation starts like this: Across the planet now we see ever more flood, ever more drought, ever more storms. People are dying, communities are being wrecked — the impacts we’re already witnessing from climate change are unlike anything we have seen before. But because the globe is so big, it’s hard for most people to see that it’s all connected. That’s why, on May 5, we will Connect the Dots. They want people to hold events all around the world and take photos that include a dot: A huge black dot on a white banner, a “dot” of people holding hands, encircling a field where crops have dried up, a dot made of fabric and the picture taken from above — you get the idea. We’ll share those images the world around, to put a human face on climate change–we’ll hold up a mirror to the planet and force people to come face to face …

The Blue Marble 2012

NASA has posted an amazing high definition image of the Earth taken in January 2012. Beautiful!   Via Flickr: January 25, 2012 A ‘Blue Marble’ image of the Earth taken from the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA’s most recently launched Earth-observing satellite – Suomi NPP. This composite image uses a number of swaths of the Earth’s surface taken on January 4, 2012. The NPP satellite was renamed ‘Suomi NPP’ on January 24, 2012 to honor the late Verner E. Suomi of the University of Wisconsin. Suomi NPP is NASA’s next Earth-observing research satellite. It is the first of a new generation of satellites that will observe many facets of our changing Earth. Suomi NPP is carrying five instruments on board. The biggest and most important instrument is The Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite or VIIRS. To read more about NASA’s Suomi NPP go to: npp.gsfc.nasa.gov/index.html Credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring

Think Act Do (?!X) by Vicky Fallon

Future visions from Think Act Vote (?!X)

Since 2010, a radical UK think tank called Think Act Vote (?!X) has been asking people about the future they would choose. From their website: Think Act Vote (?!X) a radical think tank that explores the new and creative ways we can and are shaping our future lives and communities. We are disrupting the traditional model of a think tank because we believe that every single one of us, no matter what age, background, religion, ethnicity or occupation has personal experiences and ideas to share that can lead us to a brighter future.  To find out more about us, you can read our Manifesto or watch this video. Think Act Vote’s Futures Interview Series asks people to respond to the following questions: What is the FUTURE that you choose? [What kind of world do you want to live in? You can read more about the question here, and some answers that we have already received here. It can be a sentence, or up to 200 words) What’s a ‘THINK ?’ to create this future? [A ‘think’ is something that has informed or inspired the future …