Impact of Climate Change as Tens of Millions of Trees Die in the Rocky Mountains in the last 15 years

 

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Global warming is no longer a philosophical threat, no longer a future threat, no longer a threat at all. It’s our reality.
Bill McKibbe

I would like to share with you today the following which I came across from Care2s’ daily action.

Protect The Rocky Mountain Forests From Climate Change,

In the past 15 years, tens of millions of trees have died in the Rocky Mountains. Hotter and drier conditions driven by climate change have made wildfires, tree-killing insects and the stress of heat and drought more intense.

If these climate change impacts remain unchecked, the Rocky Mountain’s iconic tree species and their crucial role in our environment will significantly decrease in the years ahead. The decay of our nation’s forests is something we can’t afford to ignore.

Please take a stand for forests and watch the Union of Concerned Scientists’ short video on how we can protect the Rocky Mountain forests before it’s too late. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzfCjHHqsdg&z00m=22277618

Read More: http://www.ucsusa.org/forestsatrisk

Act Now! Help protect our forests before it’s too late.

The above presents powerful and indeed very troubling evidence on the impact of climate change which cannot be denied though there are many who continue to do so.

This is quite a long article and includes a message you can send to the US Senate (I think this can only be signed by US citizens), if you don’t have time to read it all please at least send the message, a link to which I have included here:

https://secure3.convio.net/ucs/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=4327&s_src=wac&s_subsrc=website&_ga=1.52082409.1799178019.1416743963  – If we do not act now, forests the world over will continue to die as they face the severe consequences of climate change.

US citizens please take the action above and send a message to urge your senators to protect your forests by passing a Climate Resiliency Fund and supporting policies that reduce global warming emissions.

Though it appears that this action can be taken only by US citizens please always keep in mind that climate change and its effects are of course global issues and eventually if unchecked will effect all of us worldwide, including future generations and the other animals with whom we share this planet.

More on climate change from the Union of Concerned Scientists

Tidal Flooding and Sea Level Rise: The Growing Impacts of Global Warming

Published on Nov 6, 2014

As sea level rises higher over the next 15 to 30 years, tidal flooding is expected to occur more often, cause more disruption, and even render some areas unusable — all within the time frame of a typical home mortgage.

Learn more at http://www.ucsusa.org/encroachingtides

Related links:

United States Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/impacts-adaptation/forests.html

The Next Generation Asks World Leaders at UN: Why Not Act on Climate Change?

Published on Sep 22, 2014

( http://askwhywhynot.org ) Thousands heard the call from all over the planet and while it wasn’t easy, we’ve been able to select eight inspiring young people to attend the United Nations Climate Summit in New York on September 23 and ask “Why not act on climate change?”

Climate Reality Project

http://climaterealityproject.org/

More thought provoking quotes on climate change

“The issue of climate change is one that we ignore at our own peril. There may still be disputes about exactly how much we’re contributing to the warming of the earth’s atmosphere and how much is naturally occurring, but what we can be scientifically certain of is that our continued use of fossil fuels is pushing us to a point of no return. And unless we free ourselves from a dependence on these fossil fuels and chart a new course on energy in this country, we are condemning future generations to global catastrophe.”
Barack Obama

Climate change does not respect border; it does not respect who you are – rich and poor, small and big. Therefore, this is what we call ‘global challenges,’ which require global solidarity.
Ban Ki-moon

Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.
Ban Ki-moon

Some scientists believe climate change is the cause of unprecedented melting of the North Pole, and that effects these very uncertain weather patterns. I think we should listen to those scientists and experts.
Dalai Lama

Can we really be so uncaring as a country to refuse to accept our responsibility for global warming when the United States is the largest contributor to this problem? It breaks my heart to read everyday of another environmental law that is being chipped away, eroded by this Administration, and we’re not being provided with incentives by Bush to cut back on our shameful waste of energy. My husband, Bruce, wrote in one PSA that during World War II the government asked everyone to make sacrifices for the common good. We must demand this of our Administration today for we all have an obligation as citizens of this earth to leave the world a healthier, cleaner, and better place for our children and future generations.”
Blythe Danner

We have a responsibility to protect the rights of generations, of all species, that cannot speak for themselves today. The global challenge of climate change requires that we ask no less of our leaders, or ourselves.
Wangari Maathai

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4 thoughts on “Impact of Climate Change as Tens of Millions of Trees Die in the Rocky Mountains in the last 15 years

  1. Jack Forbes wrote about the Wetiko disease of exploitation, imperialism and terrorism over 20 years ago in his classic book Columbus and other Cannibals. He was a perceptive and compassionate human…and one whose insights remain ignored by those most needful of grasping them. And the Earth keeps on being wounded and her children keep dying…

    (his book is here: http://www.alibris.com/Columbus-and-Other-Cannibals-The-Wetiko-Disease-of-Exploitation-Imperialism-and-Terrorism-Dr-Jack-D-Forbes-PH-D/book/28766074?matches=12)

    • Thank your for this information. The book you mention sounds very insightful and well worth a read. Sadly the greedy, exploitative and powerful who have the control of our world will continue to put there own selfish needs foremost ignoring all evidence of the damage to the environment and to every living creature.

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