It is fitting for LEAG’s first post to be about climate change. Climate change was the main reason for the formation of our group. It is the issue that has to be addressed if we are going to have a livable planet for future generations.
On November 3rd of this year, the Climate Science Special Report, was released by13 federal agencies. This report is the authoritative assessment of the science of climate change. While most of the report is technical in nature, the Executive Summary is written for the general public. The general public should be reading it and taking action.
Here are just a few quotes from the summary.
”Global annually averaged surface air temperature has increased by about 1.8°F (1.0°C) over the last 115 years (1901–2016). This period is now the warmest in the history of modern civilization.”
”This assessment concludes, based on extensive evidence, that it is extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century. For the warming over the last century, there is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence.”
”For example, global average sea level has risen by about 7–8 inches since 1900, with almost half (about 3 inches) of that rise occurring since 1993. Human-caused climate change has made a substantial contribution to this rise since 1900, contributing to a rate of rise that is greater than during any preceding century in at least 2,800 years. Global sea level rise has already affected the United States; the incidence of daily tidal flooding is accelerating in more than 25 Atlantic and Gulf Coast cities.”
“The global atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration has now passed 400 parts per million (ppm), a level that last occurred about 3 million years ago, when both global average temperature and sea level were significantly higher than today. Continued growth in CO2 emissions over this century and beyond would lead to an atmospheric concentration not experienced in tens to hundreds of millions of years.”
When LEAG does our Van Damme Beach cleanups we always include Highway One above the beach and parking lot. Over a year ago it was noted that a couple of plastic a-frames and orange emergency cones were down in a hole surrounded by berry bushes, a short distance from the road. It was thought that it was Caltrans material and they would come back for it.
Over the last year the items remained in the hole gradually being covered by the berry bushes, sort of a plastic gravesite. Kept forgetting about notifying the proper authorities…whoever they might be. During our last beach cleanup the location of the material was noted.
Finally alerted a friend who works for Parks about the location and with the help of Parks maintenance she retrieved the material from the berry bush hole. It was a lot more then we thought!
Apparently the story is…when California State Parks closed off their parks at the start of the pandemic someone decided they didn’t approve of Van Damme being closed and deposited the closure signs and cones into the hole. If it wasn’t for the due diligence of LEAG they would have been lost forever. The legend of LEAG’s beach cleanups continues to grow:)
Our next Van Damme Beach cleanup will be on September 20th. It will be part of the International Coastal Cleanup Day sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy, the California Coastal Commission and our local Mendocino Land Trust. The official day is the 18th but LEAG will be doing our cleanup on the following Monday for two reasons. One…to avoid crowds because of Covid and two…to clean the beach after a busy weekend. Come join us if you can. See you on the beach!
Today is Earth Overshoot Day. Below are screenshots explaining what this means. At the end of this post you will find a link to explore the data, what you can do to move the Earth Overshoot Day back, and also calculate your personal ecological footprint.
On July 15th, Woods residents met with Jacob King, Executive Director of the Mendocino Transit Authority, to learn about a new bus stop in front of the clubhouse. The MTA Bus will be stopping here five times a day. The startup date will be sometime in mid August. The Woods Transportation Committee has been working on this for over two years. It’s goal was to provide safe, reliable, and reasonably priced transportation for seniors in our community. It’s also a great way to reduce our carbon footprint and help the planet.
On June 28th, while much of the Western United States was experiencing record heat temperatures, five LEAG Volunteers spent a cool overcast morning cleaning up Van Damme State Park Beach. 8.5 pounds of trash was removed which included 119 cigarette butts, two covid masks, a pair of sandals, the usual one flip-flop, and a diver’s boot. Also found one CD.
No sombreros were found:)
Our next cleanup will be on September 18th. That’s when the California Coastal Cleanup Day is scheduled. Put it on your calendar. There will be a cleanup near you.
The people who published DRAWDOWN:The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming is offering a free course on climate warming. It consists of six units (listed below) most of which are 15 minutes or less. There is the opportunity to dig deeper into each subject at the end of each unit. It’s important for the planet that people know what’s happening and what they can do about a warming climate. The link to the course is at the end of this post.