Hello SCI family and welcome to another Climate for Peace Newsletter,
This week we have an inspiring collection of articles as we embrace the summer months ahead and remind ourselves to live consciously and responsibly with the time we have. Not to repeat yesterday over and over but live each day with peace and appreciation for the earth which sustains us. Every action we take is a living example to future generations. Enjoy our Climate for Peace Newsletter and check out our website sci.ngo and if you are looking for practical ways to be environmentally friendly click on workcamps.info to explore our many different workcamp opportunities. Have a peaceful weekend!
The point of no return:climate nightmares are already here
Historians may look to 2015 as the year when shit really started hitting the fan. Some snapshots: In just the past few months, record-setting heat waves in Pakistan and India each killed more than 1,000 people. In Washington state's Olympic National Park, the rainforest caught fire for the first time in living memory. London reached 98 degrees Fahrenheit during the hottest July day ever recorded in the U.K.; The Guardian briefly had to pause its live blog of the heat wave because its computer servers overheated. In California, suffering from its worst drought in a millennium, a 50-acre brush fire swelled seventyfold in a matter of hours, jumping across the I-15 freeway during rush-hour traffic. Then, a few days later, the region was pounded by intense, virtually unheard-of summer rains. Puerto Rico is under its strictest water rationing in history as a monster El Niño forms in the tropical Pacific Ocean, shifting weather patterns worldwide.Read more here
Non Violence Needs Nature
Non violence can be thought of as taking self responsibility of our own interior condition when the boat of life begins to rock. In an ever increasing technocratic world. It can be very easily forgotten that we are supported and nurtured by the earth every day. Even when we spend large portions of it living in disharmony. From our food cravings from food packages that end up in the oceans or an outdated dependance on oil for so much of our needs when nature has provided a healthier alternative. From its layer of soil which helps support so much thriving life to it's vast oceans and rainforests. Click the picture to see what it means for us to live in harmony with the environment and the people who are creating a Climate for Peace.
Join a Climate for Peace Camp 2016
Have you ever thought of helping the environment but didn't know where to start? Sinking your hands into the rich soil, recycling or helping with river erosion...is just a few of the opportunities to explore your greener side this year. Take a look at the list of camps we have available for you. In an ever changing world it's imortant to remember our impact on the environment around us and not lose our connection with it. Here are some tips to keep in mind on being environmentally aware: be mindful of water and electricity consumption, borrow equipment rather than buy new things if possible, compost food and avoid producing trash. Take a look at our volunteering opportunities here.
Remembering the beauty and fragility of life on earth
From Tibetan monks playing basket ball with ice thawing high up in the Himalayas, to the pollution that hides behind the Taj Mahal, here’s our pick from 60 exceptional environmental photographs, by photographers and filmmakers from 70 countries, that will go on show at the Royal Geographical Society in London from 29 June to 21 August. The winners will be announced on 28 June.See pictures here
Scorched earth is a huge climate concern in Alaska
Alaska and its neighbor to the east, Canada, have kicked off wildfire season in a major way. Blazes have raged across the northern stretches of North America, sending smoke streaming down into the Lower 48 and leaving the landscape charred. The multitudes of fires is a glimpse of things to come as the climate warms, but blackened trees are only the most visible concern. The ground beneath them is what has some truly worried, with vast carbon reserves that could contribute to even more warming of the planet if they’re sent up in smoke.Read more here
Here is some hair raising facts on our consumption of resources.