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In North Korea Every Hour is Earth Hour.

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Image Source: NASA ~public domain
While the world celebrates Earth hour, while we have the comfort of knowing the power will be back on after 60 minutes there is the people of North Korea that “celebrate” Earth hour each and every hour of their lives. Only they do not have the comfort of knowing the juice will start flowing again because it won’t. Only in the city of Pyongyang where the ruling class lives do they enjoy the comforts electicity and energy provides.

Be thankful we live in a place were energy is abundant and relatively cheap. Without it life is hard and short. Be thankful we live in a country were we can take energy for granted so much that we can voluntarily live without it for a single hour.

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Education: The Global Warming Challenge

Many of the activists on Global Warming don’t believe that educating people about this crises works, that education won’t do any good for those who refuse to be educated. Or that people in Utah who are not on our side won’t be educate; or some variant of these.

What I see, however is that the best scientists and leaders of the movement are right now trying desperately to educate. James Hansen is one example. His lecture on Monday night at UNC, Chapel Hill is here.

Why I say education is needed, and we need it ourselves, is that the science and the data related to Global Warming (GW) and Climate Change (CC) are constantly changing.  The implications and likely results of what we are doing becomes more dire each week. If we want to ask for policy changes and personal changes because of GW & CC, it would seem that we should know the situation, at least have conversational knowledge of the topic, or we should know where to go to get the current best information. We probably need that at-hand if we are going to talk to those in our communities about it, deniers or not. So education and accurate communication is crucial when the situation gets more dire each week.

Much of the science is straightforward, much of the data is clear and simple. I don’t think that learning the science of GW & CC—at least to get to understand that catastrophe is soon approaching–is more difficult than learning how to drive. Yet, we learn driving because we see it as necessary to operate in our world. Because GW & CC is not yet seen as necessary to understand by many, perhaps most, does not mean that we can’t take the position that it is important for everyone to understand the basic science and data. Read the rest of this entry »

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