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THE CLIMATE SCIENCE REPORT–NOVEMBER 2017

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.

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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.”

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Many LEAG Members and Woods residents went on strike Friday in the community of Mendocino. Millions joined us around the world for the Climate Strike inspired by the young people who’s future is at stake. Our small community had over 550 people participated.

Today (September 21st) we joined the California Coastal Cleanup 2019 at Van Damme Beach. This was our third cleanup this year with one more planned. 15 volunteers got 7 pounds of trash off the beach. 127 cigarette butts were picked up. Most unusual item was a flare gun. Five people missed the camera call for this picture.

Thank you LEAG volunteers.

BUSY LEAG WEEKEND

September 20th is the Climate Strike. LEAG will be there, Seniors For Climate Action. The strike starts at 1:00PM across from Out of This World in Mendocino. Come join us and support the youth of the world.

September 21st is California Coastal Cleanup Day and LEAG will be cleaning-up Van Damme Beach starting at 10:00AM. Bring gloves and a trash grabber if you have one. This will be our third cleanup of the year and fulfills our requirement of three cleanups under the Coastal Commission’s Adopt-A-Beach Program. We will be doing an additional cleanup later in the year.

CARBON RUINS

Image…”It is 2053. The Swedish government has just opened its landmark museum FOSSIL with its first exhibition CARBON RUINS. The exhibition and its grand opening is a celebration of the fact that global net-zero emissions of carbon dioxide were reached in 2050. Sweden in line with its 2017 targets, reached net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases already in 2045, being the first country in the world to step out of the fossil age, which globally lasted between 1849 and 2049.”

That’s what a current touring exhibit in Sweden tries to get you to imagine. How do we get to a fossil free world in time to save the planet.

It will be a hard struggle to get society to change its ways. Greta Thunberg arrived in New York this morning. She will be fifty in 2053. Will her generation succeed? We can only hope!

LEAG MEETING AND AGENDA

LEAG AGENDA FOR AUGUST 8, 2019—12:15-1:15PM. In the Clubhouse Library.
1—Minutes approval of July 11th meeting.
2—Next meeting(s) 
3—Report on Federal issues. 
4—Report on state issues. 
5—Report on Local issues.
        Networking with other local environmental groups. MCCAC Update.
        Spending our money (account balance TBA)
        Mendocino High School Senior Scholarship Fund needs.
        Update on “Adopt a Beach” Next cleanup September 21st.
        Theft(?) of beach cleanup posters at Woods and Van Damme Park and solution.
Poster for Little River Inn.
         LEAG and Woodlanders. 
        Needs, if any, on LEAG’s grass garden. Weeding and watering.
         Solar report-Contacting Sonoma Clean Power per Deborah. Pushing 
        management.
         Did You Know?—Next DYN-Deborah. Display in Clubhouse concerning R.A.T.S.?
         Remembering our goals. Transportation Committee update. 
         LEAG’s internet and Facebook presence. Stats for blog and 
        Facebook. Additional administrator for Facebook?
         Next event date for us—September 21st beach cleanup.
6—Anything on your mind if time permits.