What to know and do about climate change

Jun 01, 2014
From the slide show illustrations of former Vice President Al Gore on environmental change.

Camden — Twelve of the warmest years on record have been since 1998. The year 2012 was the warmest year on record in the United States, and June 2013 was one of the world’s warmest Junes on record.

As the planet warms, extreme weather events are becoming more and more common — causing loss of life and costing taxpayers billions of dollars annually. News about deadly heat waves, destructive storms, devastating drought, flash flooding, shrinking water tables, melting ice, and rising sea levels are widespread in our media and daily conversations.

Dave and Sue Oakes will present Climate Change: what everyone needs to know and do at the Camden Public Library Tuesday, June 17, at 7 p.m. The Oakeses participated in a climate leaders training program in July 2013 led by former Vice President Al Gore. Some of the information they will present is from Al Gore’s personal slide show, including up-to-date data and trends. The talk will briefly introduce how and why climate is changing and focus on what can be done about it. The talk will look at both the “science” and the “social science” of climate change, and explore actions that each person can take to mitigate the effects of climate change. Dave and Sue Oakes are co-founders of the Center for Ecological Living and Learning in Hope.

The Department of Energy states the damage to the electric grid alone from severe hurricanes, winter storms, heat waves and floods since 2003 has cost an average $33 billion per year.

"When we include the social costs of carbon (e.g. decreases in agricultural productivity and human health, and property damage), future costs are staggering to consider. And we know the culprit of it all,” said Oakes in the news release, “our addiction to burning fossil fuels. Knowing the source of the problem, however, does not necessarily lead to quick and systemic solutions.”

“What is at the root of the problem? Why aren’t we doing more to solve it? Why should we? What can we do to make a difference? What role can one life play in making a difference? How do we work in community to bring about change?"

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