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Climate Change Gets Conservative

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September 27, 2013 — An Indiana environmental group is targeting its message about climate change to politicians and business leaders.  The group is using a conservative meteorologist to pitch climate change solutions to people who might otherwise resist.

The Hoosier Environmental Council is using 30-year meteorology veteran Paul Douglas to pitch the importance of climate change solutions to conservative lawmakers and the business community.

Douglas says his argument relies on approaching climate change solutions from a business point-of-view, “Doing the right thing with climate change will also save you money over the long haul, clean up the environment and make sure that your kids inherit a world that you would want to live in.”

A United Nations report released today says scientists are 95% certain that climate change is caused by humans.

While Douglas acknowledges that many people – and notably conservatives – are skeptical of anything that comes from the UN, he says he knows many of the hundreds of scientists who contributed to the report. “The planet is warming.  The oceans are warming.  The atmosphere is warming and there’s a 95 percent probability that man is largely responsible for this.  That’s roughly the same percentage of physicians who say that smoking increases the risk of lung cancer.”

Douglas says the argument he’s making to Hoosier legislators and business leaders is that Indiana has a chance to build a new economy by developing solutions for climate change.

 

By Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith

 

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One response to “Climate Change Gets Conservative”

  1. Jim Corcoran says:

    The fastest mitigation to climate change is to severely reduce consumption of animal foods. About 1/2 of human induced warming is attributable to animal agriculture. Methane is 24 times more potent than CO2 and takes only 7 years to cycle out of the atmosphere. CO2 takes around 100 years to come out. Human pursuit of animal protein is the leading cause of methane release and a primary cause of CO2 concentrating in the atmosphere. Check the facts and act!

    “A 1% reduction in world-wide meat intake has the same benefit as a three trillion-dollar investment in solar energy.” ~ Chris Mentzel, CEO of Clean Energy

    “As environmental science has advanced, it has become apparent that the human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future: deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities, and the spread of disease.” Worldwatch Institute, “Is Meat Sustainable?”

    “The livestock sector emerges as one of the top contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global. The findings of this report suggest that it should be a major policy focus when dealing with problems of land degradation, climate change and air pollution, water shortage and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity. The impact is so significant that it needs to be addressed with urgency.” UN Food and Agricultural Organization’s report “Livestock’s Long Shadow”

    “If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetables and grains… the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads.” Environmental Defense Fund

    “It’s not a requirement to eat animals, we just choose to do it, so it becomes a moral choice and one that is having a huge impact on the planet, using up resources and destroying the biosphere.” ~ James Cameron, movie director, environmentalist and new vegan

    “Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” ~ Albert Einstein

    21-Day Vegan Kickstart
    http://www.pcrm.org/health/diets/kickstart/kickstart-programs

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