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May 12, 2017

Hello SCI Activists!

Every new week brings new challenges, but also new ideas for possible solutions. This week we present you with a brief overview of reasons for climate induced migration, but we also look closer at the role of restorative agriculture in changing the world. Check out brief videos which provide a great introduction to climate science and climate solutions and another entertaining, but reflective skit about talking to people who lost all hope for solving the climate crisis.

And as always, let us know what you’re up to by sending a message to climate4peace@sci.ngo. Organizing a Climate for Peace workcamp? Make sure that we promote it here! Have an idea for a GAIA MicroGrants project? We’ll be happy to hear about it too!

Reasons for climate migration


“Environmental migrants” or “climate refugees” are not officially recognized or even defined by the UN, so there are no statistics about how many people have left or fled their homes because climate change has made their lives unbearable. But future prospects are very upsetting and the reasons are many. 

See the brief overview of cases of migration due to: reduction of freshwater reserves in the Amazon Basin, ecological disaster around Lake Chad, devastating drought in Syria, desert expansion in China and intensification of natural disasters in the Philippines. “How a Warming Planet Drives Human Migration” | The New York Times 

The solution under our feet

The division of agriculture to conventional and organic does not tell us the whole story. David R. Montgomery, the author of “Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life” has visited farmers around the world to determine, what is the key factor to abundance and profit in agriculture. His conversations with farmers led him to firmly believe that agricultural practices that restore the health of the soil are key to the future food production. 

In the process he also managed to debunk some common misconceptions about the efficiency and inevitability of large-scale, conventional farming. For example, did you know that even today over three-quarters of all food is produced on family farms? “The Key to Feeding the World? It’s Healthy Soil” | Yes! Magazine 

Host a climate teach-in


We can’t encourage you enough to host a climate related workshop at your branch or during the workcamp. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be an expert, it’s important to open the conversation up and hear each others thoughts and ideas. You don’t even have to focus on the source of the problem, but maybe rather talk about the solutions that you want to see around you! 

Whatever will be your strategy, these two incredibly comprehensive and short videos (just over 20 minutes total) explain the nuances of climate science and climate solutions in a very accessible way (and celebrities are involved too!). Check them out and make a good use out of them! “Host a Climate Teach-In for the March for Science” | The Huffington Post 

However if you want to look more into changing people’s mindset about the meaning of life (that’s a big one!) and relations with each other and the nature, you might want to check out an online course by Pachamama Alliance’s “Gamechanger Intensive” (see the sidebar for more info).

Bringing hope back through conversations


Do you have any friends who believe that trying to stop climate change makes no sense, because it’s too late and we are all doomed anyway? Or maybe you have moments of doubt yourself? Meet Dave the Defeatist and see for yourself, if you get convinced to not stop believing! “How to talk climate with your friends who’s already given up” | The Grist


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