An Earth Day for the Ages

An Earth Day for the Ages

By: Chandu Visweswariah No. 46 outdid himself on Earth Day 51! The publication of Rachel Carlson’s book “Silent Spring” in 1962 led to the first Earth Day in 1970. Just last week, we celebrated Earth Day number 51. In our household, Earth Day has always had special significance because our first date with my wife was on Earth Day 1990….

Horror, Despair, Hope and Action

Horror, Despair, Hope and Action

By: Patty L. Buchanan Climate stability advocates spend a lot of time on the emotional rollercoaster of horror, despair, hope and action.  I have been having a rough ride on these tracks lately.  I recently listened to an insightful On Being podcast about how these ups and downs relate.  The podcast is a conversation between On Being Host Krista Tippett…

A Tale of Two (Local) Cities

By: Chandu Visweswariah “A Tale of Two Cities” is an 1859 historical novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. This blog is about the City of Ithaca, NY and the Town of Bedford, NY before and during the climate revolution. It has been a good week from a climate perspective as United…

The Confluence of Local and Global Climate Crisis Discourse

By: Patty L. Buchanan There was a recent notable confluence of local and global discourse on the climate crisis.  On Sunday, January 10, Croton’s Care for Creation Ministry (C4C) hosted a remarkable program with 7 speakers to discuss climate stabilizing solutions percolating right here in Croton.  On the same day, there was another program about the climate crisis that was live-streamed with…

Don’t Waste Our Money

By: Chandu Visweswariah Now is the time to advocate for electrification of school transportation fleets because school districts are planning their 2021-’22 transportation budgets now, and NYSERDA has recently announced an update to their voucher program that encourages schools to buy electric buses.  The School Bus Voucher Program falls within NYSERDA’s Truck Incentive Program. Accordingly, we post this call to all school…

The Incumbent Mirage

By: Chandu Visweswariah This past week I received numerous holiday greetings expressing a sentiment that the sender was glad to put 2020 in the rearview mirror. The assumption is that the vaccine is here, the election is over, and better days are ahead. Thanks to rigorous scientific advances and the magic of messenger Ribonucleic Acid (mRNA), we believe we will…

Long Cold Nights of Reflection for Longer Brighter Days Ahead

By Patty L. Buchanan.  Image Credit: Kym Mackinnon, Unsplash This year-end-period with the longest and coldest nights brings a precious time for reflection.  The quietest holiday season you may ever know shares time with so many circumstances that conjure the need for change.  This time of reflection must be given its due. Image Credit: Fabrice-Villard, Unsplash This year of so…

UN Progress Report on Emissions; COVID Effects and Opportunities

By: Patty L. Buchanan The United Nations Environmental Program published a report this week analyzing global progress on reducing emissions, entitled the Emissions Gap Report 2020 (the Report).  It’s mostly distressing news, with a few bright spots.  Specifically, the Report considers how we are doing in meeting our 2030 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission reduction goals.  It focuses on the gap between “where…

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