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Greta Thunberg: A Profile

 “Act Like Your House is on Fire”

Greta Thunberg, 16, is perhaps the most prominent voice in the climate and environment crisis movement today. She started the Fridays for Future school-strike in 2018, leaving class every Friday to sit in front of the Swedish Parliament, striking for climate action:

“If you adults don’t give a damn about my future, I won’t either.

– Greta Thunberg, Great Big Story; April 15, 2019

“This September, millions of us will walk out of our workplaces and homes to join young climate strikers on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. Our house is on fire — let’s act like it. We demand climate justice for everyone” …

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Environment Stories Setting the Tone for 2019

#1 There is No Planet B

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At first it might appear all negative, but people all over the world are actively working on solutions and there is still time. Kim Robinson of Sierra Magazine analyzes the drastic changes taking place in our “Anthropocene” as well as some of the top-debated solutions for putting a halt to the global temperature rise. Here’s an excerpt that hits us particularly close to home as conservationists:

“Many of the most promising ideas for carbon dioxide drawdown are local and regional rather than global, and they make use of biological processes already well tested by evolution. Take, for example, preserving or restoring forests and peat bogs. These are good practices in and of themselves for the long-term cycling of elements crucial to life; at the same time, protecting and expanding forests can help sequester atmospheric carbon. The same goes for improving farming and ranching practices to prioritize soil health, conserving coastal wetlands, seeding and sustaining offshore kelp forests, and restoring native grasslands.”

Kim Stanley Robinson, award-winning novelist and author
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