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.
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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)
SCI activists were busy planting this year! The 3rd phase of GAIA MicroGrants came to an end in November after 8 projects were implemented in India, South Africa, Germany, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Estonia, Bangladesh and Mauritius. Each project received financial support of up to 500 euro and peer-to-peer mentoring by members of the programme team. During this phase activists organized six workcamps and two extended workshops. They planted or improved six gardens (including community gardens, bringing people together and empowering them to grow their own fruit and vegetables) and planted some 1000 trees (to combat climate change impacts in their regions). Almost 400 participants of those events also joined study parts about climate justice, sustainable living and took action to improve their communities. If you want to learn more of the behind the scenes details, take a look at the final report form the 3rd phase of GAIA MicroGrants. Read more>>>
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