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Eiko Ojala

Not all environmentalists eat tofu; hunters fighting climate change

If conservation groups want to be inclusive, and impactful, finding shared values no matter the party affiliation will be important. That means talking about climate change in ways that resonate and finding partnerships to create change.

“I’m one of those rare Republicans that believe that if you don’t take care of your environment, your environment can’t take care of you,” says Charlie Phillips, owner of Sapelo Sea Farms in Georgia. Phillips makes his living growing clams, so water quality is crucial to him, which is why he serves on boards and tries to help scientists and fishermen find common ground…

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Barn With Solar Panels
Judy Anderson

How the fossil fuel industry got the media to think climate change was debatable

Learning about how deception and false equivalence is an ongoing strategy is important for your work in conservation, as well as in understanding climate change communications. This is a thoughtful article that has concepts transferable to many strategies involving the power of doubt…

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NREL Scientist Jordan Macknick And Jake Janski By Solar Panels
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Solar farms shine a ray of hope on bees and butterflies

The tidy rows of gleaming solar panels at Pine Gate Renewables facility in southwestern Oregon originally sat amidst the squat grasses of a former cattle pasture. But in 2017 the company started sowing the 41-acre site with a colorful riot of native wildflowers.

The shift was not merely aesthetic; similar projects at a growing number of solar farms around the country aim to help reverse the worrying declines in bees, butterflies, and other key pollinating species observed in recent years…

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“Have we passed the climate change tipping point?”

Would you share this post? If you are looking for reliable—and compelling—sources to post in your Facebook feed, or feature as part of your e-News content strategy, this might be a video clip for you to consider. Dr. Michael Mann is one of the leading climate scientists in the world. He works out of Penn State.

Part of a successful strategy involves helping people understand how climate change impacts their region as well as the larger picture. Articles with visuals are helpful because people remember images more than facts. Just make sure you include a few tips on what they can do (composting to produce methane gas is a good one; supporting a community’s shift to renewables is another).

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Energy At Dusk
Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomerberg

Renewables investment nudges out fossil fuel and nuclear

“The global clean energy transition is gaining pace as it becomes a mainstream investment option. According to the latest research from CERES on progress to a ‘Clean Trillion’ it is also one that far outstripped fossil fuels and nuclear in 2017.

In 2017 the clean energy industry reached a critical turning point. Growth and cost reductions across the sector have far outperformed expectations based on policy frameworks alone.  Dramatic reductions in cost, increases in scale, and technology improvements have fundamentally changed the dynamics of the clean energy market. Energy market dynamics have shifted in favor of clean energy technologies such as wind and solar, which increasingly out-compete new fossil fuel and nuclear power sources…”

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Smoke Stack Video Clip

Planet has only until 2030 to stem catastrophic climate change, experts warn

With as little as 10 - 30 years to make a significant difference—or risk massive species die-off, loss of agricultural lands, forest loss, and extreme weather—I applaud the realization that we can’t continue to conserve land as if climate change is a distant issue.

“Governments around the world must take “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” to avoid disastrous levels of global warming, says a stark new report from the global scientific authority on climate change.

The report issued Monday by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), says the planet will reach the crucial threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels by as early as 2030, precipitating the risk of extreme drought, wildfires, floods and food shortages for hundreds of millions of people…”

 

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Vijay Gupta: The violinist for LA’s skid row wins a MacArthur ‘genius’ grant

Thinking differently about how music can change lives isn’t that different from thinking differently about how land and water can change lives. You don’t have to be genius. But you probably will need to think outside the box and in a paradigm that puts others first.

Check out this inspirational story of someone who uses music to do what others never would have done. How can you take this approach with conservation, community, and climate change?

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Handful Of Top Soil
Civil Eats

Carbon farming works. What is it? Can your land trust promote it?

Farming and ranching can help slow down climate change – but it will take significant changes for many to make that happen.

The first step is to understand what carbon farming is. The second step is to make it happen…

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Daily Beast Butterfly On Melting World
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast

It’s a great year for monarch butterflies. Climate change means it won’t last.

What if your local land trust took 1/3 of the time it spent on land restoration (like planting milkweed) and applied that to partnerships and growing awareness to slow climate change down?

Many land trusts focus on land restoration as part of their pledge to conserve land for generations to come. With climate change – and the closing window for making a difference to the species you care about – your land trust may want to consider taking some of that time and moving it to community education and/or climate policy work.

Why? Butterflies are a good example of what is to come. “We may never see a [Monarch] population this big ever again,” Chip Taylor, professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas, said. “The fate of this butterfly does not look bright…”

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Sheep Under Solar Panels
Oregon State University

Study shows crops, forage may benefit from solar panel shade

An accidental discovery at Oregon State University may reveal how solar panels can help grow healthier crops on dryland farms.

Not only can solar power lower energy bills and increase efficiency, but the shade afforded by photovoltaic panels might also boost agricultural production on non-irrigated farmland, retaining more moisture for crops and livestock forage…

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