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January 20, 2017

Dear SCI Activists,

This week think for a moment, why some people just don’t seem to understand the simple facts behind climate change science… Spoiler alert - it has to do with our core beliefs and even if you accept science about climate change, you might reject other scientific facts that don’t fit your worldview. We top off this week’s collection with stories about climate solutions from around the world.

And please also remember that we’re looking for ways to get you involved in the newsletter and the Climate for Peace programme. All ideas are gratefully received at climate4peace@sci.ngo.

To talk about climate, facts are not enough

Did you ever have a conversation with a person, who is skeptical about man made (or anthropogenic) climate change? Someone who for every fact or report that you mention could bring up their own example (even if outnumbered by opposing research, still proving their point)? Maybe, like me, you've noticed that the more facts you bring into conversation, the more futile it becomes. This is because when we venture out to talk about issues like climate change, we don't really discus science. In fact we touch on ours and others fundamental worldviews of what is the role of solidarity, what is fair, or even what is the purpose of life on Earth. This is why bare facts won't do the trick. “How to Convince Someone When Facts Fail” (Scientific American) 

Floating cities in the Pacific

Predictions about sea levels rise are rather pessimistic. Livelihoods and heritage of low-lying island states are in serious danger. One of the futuristic solutions which might actually become a reality within years is a floating city that is supposed to be so much more than just a place to live. “World's First Floating City to Combat Rising Sea Levels” (EcoWatch.com) 

Keyhole gardens in Lesotho

If you read about GAIA MicroGrants projects, e.g. in the ”Inspirations” brochure, you know that a lot of SCI activists like to get their hands dirty in the garden. Maybe you are even one of them! If so, you might be interested in learning more about keyhole gardens, like the one in Ha Phalole, Lesotho. It is drought resistant, helps to save and recycle water and, of course, provides fresh produce. Give it a thought! “Why drought-resistant farming could be a feminist act in Lesotho” (The Christian Science Monitor)

Community protecting forest in Indonesia

Locals can make an amazing change in their communities, if they use the right arguments to convince others to join in. This is a story of a female village chief in Indonesia, who got her fellow villagers involved in stopping illegal lodging. Try this out at home! “A village's first female chief ended illegal logging with spies and checkpoints” (Public Radio International) 




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