Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
"For many years climate communicators were told not to scare people... [but] fear is the energy... & outrage is the machine that metabolises that energy & propels people into action." - Dr. Genevieve Guenther, "The Language of Climate Politics"
It's copied below. We have to pay attention. We have such a short time to change--in our own lives and in our communities. The fun police must step in soon, I think, since few fellow humans seem to think "root-and-branch transformation" applies to them.
While many are facing fines and prison to protest about rising emissions and lack of urgency in the UK, most of us in the U S are still dancing and flying around like there's no tomorrow. With all respect to the many dedicated organizers, this year the Earth Fair must be much more about the precarious future we've guaranteed for all creatures on EARTH and much less about having fun at the FAIR.
When are we going to reduce all emissions and how? Isn't that the most important question right now? Yet, what media program, local news story, or Tribune article is giving this message? What emergency departments or actions have our city, state, or country set up to deal with this existential threat? What fest or event is willing to change its programming to reduce transportation and energy-generation emissions?
This has to be a real life thing, not a paper calculation of hypothetical emissions saved by using a bike share to get to the baconfest. Root-and-branch.
If those who understand the deep and immediate crisis we are facing now don't wake up each day and think, "What can I do today to talk deeply about the crisis and to enable the necessary transformation?" who is going to?
Climate emergency demands immediate action
On March 20, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the final part of its sixth assessment report. The conclusion? Act now or we lose it all. As Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environmental Program, said last year, “We had our chance to make incremental changes. That time is over. Only a root-and-branch transformation … can save us.”
After decades of warnings, we're still not in emergency mode. Our best hope politicians are still permitting more fossil fuel production. The global rich continue jetting around the world. Plastic production and animal agriculture continue to grow.
The media barely mentions the crisis. Non-stop coverage of sports, gossip, and entertainment diverts attention from floods, droughts, collapsing food systems, vanishing sea and land ice, and mass extinctions. Occasional stories about climate refugees are followed by ads for exotic vacations and baconburgers. Let's play! Let's party!
Individual actions seem inadequate, but they add up. Today, we, personally and institutionally, can switch as much travel as possible to walking, biking, and taking the bus; switch to plant-based diets; use less electricity; and support installing solar on every available space. We can push governments to take immediate climate action, as La Crosse is poised to do, and reject climate misinformation. We can vote for candidates who will make those “root-and-branch” transformations.
"If we continue on our current path, we will face the collapse of everything that gives us our security--food production, access to fresh water, habitable ambient temperature, and ocean food chains. And, if the natural world can no longer support the most basic of our needs, then much of the rest of civilization will quickly break down. Please, make no mistake. Climate change is the biggest threat to security that modern humans have ever faced."
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Saturday, March 18, 2023
This FAMILY FRIENDLY volunteer event is a great way to get outside, help others, and make your community a better place. With your help, we will get the homes and yards of hundreds of neighbors ready for the spring!
Volunteer as an individual, team, or family
What: Neighbors Day 2023
When: Saturday, April 22nd from 8 am to 3 pm
Where: Check-in at the Myrick Park Center (789 Myrick Park Drive, La Crosse)
Additional note: A light breakfast and lunch will be served. All tools will be provided.
This year, we will be focusing on the following four main goals:
Through these four objectives and your help, the entire La Crosse community can depend on their neighbors once again. For additional information on how to register, please follow the provided link above. Attach within this email are instructions for registering as an individual or group.
Please contact Habitat with any questions. Download Neighbors Day poster here.
We look forward to seeing you!
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Monday, March 13, 2023
They included education about the issue by scheduling worked with food vendors to find more environmentally friendly foodware. They purchased and used non-plastic utensils. They drastically cut back on sales of plastic bottled beverages, encouraging the use of reusable water bottles and non-plastic drinkware. They worked with many departments and groups to accomplish this admirable feat, including the Park Department, the city's waste management company, and several others. It was not easy, but they did it.
This year, we all have the opportunity to support and participate in this important event which will be held on Sunday, June 18 from noon to 7 p.m. at Riverside Park. If you can volunteer or donate, or if your organization would like to table, please sign up now at the form.
From Weigent-Hogan Neighborhoods Assn:
Join us on Monday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. for a virtual candidate forum with the people running for the La Crosse School Board. Sponsored by the Grandview-Emerson and Weigent-Hogan Neighborhood Associations, this forum will help you learn about the candidates and where they stand on the important issues facing the district.
If you missed it, the first candidate forum, presented by LIT, Cia Siab, and LWV on March 8, can be viewed here.
Tuesday, March 07, 2023