The United States is widely recognized as a world leader in climate change research, but a 2014 Global Trends Survey of 20 countries revealed that the US ranked last in the percentage of the population that attributed climate change to human activity. Teachers have a unique opportunity to inspire and motivate the next generation of scientists, engineers and leaders to tackle climate change, says Rachel’s Network Member Elena Marszalek.
Rachel’s Network President Fern Shepard joined almost 100 American religious leaders, health and medical professionals, business executives, community leaders, and educators in a signed message to President-elect Donald Trump calling for a clean-energy future in this country.
On December 4, 2016, the US Army Corps of Engineers said it would reconsider the Dakota Access Pipeline route. This announcement was met with celebration by those who had been working for months to stop the pipeline, and years to advocate for indigenous rights. Trish Weber talks about the groups on the ground who made this cautious victory possible.
Fixing Lake Tahoe’s stormwater pollution problem will take both science and political will. The League to Save Lake Tahoe’s citizen science program “Pipe Keepers” is helping on both fronts. Pipe Keepers volunteers are building a rich dataset that the League shares with local agencies and Tahoe researchers to better understand the problem.
Scientists with the National Audubon Society have found that of the nearly 600 bird species that call North America home, over half are already threatened by climate change. Thankfully, says Audubon Washington’s Executive Director Gail Gatton, there’s a policy prescription that economists, environmentalists, and scientists all agree will make a huge difference: putting an effective price on carbon emissions. Gail shares how her organization is getting out the climate vote in Washington State.
Powering 33 percent of our nation’s electricity, coal is a foundation to our lifestyles and industries. But Rachel’s Network Member Anne Butterfield shows that the nation is running out of its affordable, profitable supply. It’s time for the utility industry to stop taking coal for granted.