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The World Is Better Off if We Leave the Paris Agreement

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  • Will America finally realize that we are no longer the world leader we think we are?
  • Donald Trump is the only world leader who isn’t sure if climate change is real. 
  • Related: 4 Pathways to Our Climate Future—Which Will We Choose?

Susan Matthews, Slate

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ABPub/2011/04/04/2014681395.gif May 31, 2017 | One terrible game to play during this presidency is to assess the actual cost of the damage Donald Trump will have wrought by the time he’s done being president. How many people will lose their health insurance? How many Americans will be blocked from voting? How many hate crimes will we endure?

The president’s failure to acknowledge or address climate change ranks high in the catastrophic-Trump-decisions Olympics. Failure to act—or worse, acting to exacerbate—climate change could have lasting implications for the entire planet. It’s true that the train may be out of the station when it comes to avoiding climate change altogether, but we can still attempt to mitigate and alleviate the worst of the effects. In that context, Trump’s almost-guaranteed decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement, the most promising global initiative addressing climate change, seems like a big deal. 

Susan Matthews is Slate’s science editor.

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4 Pathways to Our Climate Future—Which Will We Choose? Nicole D'Alessandro, EcoWatch 

  • What would the future look like if we took drastic action to cut emissions—or no action at all?
  • We can choose our own ending to this story. Which way will it go?
  • Top 20 ‘Dirty Denier$’ Who Accept Big Bucks from Big Polluters

 

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How to Stay Sane if Trump is Driving You Insane: Advice From a Therapist

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  • We are traveling a long road toward change. At times, the pain will be so intense that these skills may not serve us fully. In those moments, allow yourself breaks. Care for yourself. If you find you are struggling to function normally, you may be experiencing more serious depression, anxiety, or trauma symptoms. Reaching out to a professional can help. When I need strength, I re-read the note from the Islamic Society: “Many thanks for your support, encouragement, and efforts done to assist our community during this difficult time.” I remember the humility and kindness in that room. No one, not even Donald Trump, can take that away.
  • Related: Neoliberalism Is Killing Us: Economic Stress as a Driver of Global Depression and Suicide

Robin Chancer, Medium

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Apr 26, 2017 | “I feel like I’ve lost faith in humanity, in our country, in myself,” a client told me recently. “Is this depression, or is this the election?”

“Good question,” I replied. The truth is, individual psychology is hugely influenced by political realities. Many of us feel insane right now because our world is not sane. Current events are very much at odds with our natural optimism, and our belief in human goodness and progress.

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Neoliberalism Is Killing Us: Economic Stress as a Driver of Global Depression and Suicide, Noelle Sullivan, Truthout

It's time we addressed the economic drivers behind the global spikes in depression and suicide. 

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Empire of the Sun

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Solar Jobs Are Booming

 

Nathanael Johnson, Grist

 

 

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Feb 7, 2017 | The number of people employed by the solar power industry in the U.S. surged 25 percent last year, to 260,000 workers, according to a count by the Solar Foundation, a pro-industry group. Twenty-five percent is huge. For comparison, the rest of the economy added jobs at a rate of 1.45 percent.

This stratospheric trend will probably start to level off this year: The Solar Foundation predicts the industry will add another 25,000 jobs in 2017. That’s about a 10 percent growth rate — a lot less than 25 percent, but still freaking impressive.

Nathanael Johnson is Grist's food writer and the author of All Natural: A Skeptic's Quest to Discover If the Natural Approach to Diet, Childbirth, Healing, and the Environment Really Keeps Us Healthier and Happier.

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Rally at the MN State Capitol May 16 to Save Our Transit

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No service cuts, no fare hikes.

Tuesday, May 16, 6PM

Mel Reeves, Transportation Forward

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Transportation%20Forward%20logo.jpgMay 5, 2017 | Imagine bus routes cut, fares going up to 50 cents and waiting longer for the bus or train. That’s what could happen if the Legislature doesn’t fund Metro Transit. The state Legislature has proposed deep cuts to Metro Transit bus and light rail funding. If these cuts pass it will have a devastating impact on our community. It will mean fare increases, routes will be cut and or run less often, shorter hours and routes could be cut altogether.

This would really hurt the elderly, low income folks, Minneapolis Public High School students who depend on the bus to get to and from school and people who depend on the bus or light rail to get to work.

But you can do something about it.

Come Rally with us Tuesday May 16 at 6 pm at the state Capitol (we will meet near the Capitol/Rice street stop on the Light Rail Green Line)

For more info 651-403-0338 or 651-201-3400

Please put up the attached poster (PDF) in your church.

Thanks

Mel Reeves in coordination with Transportation Forward

Transportation Forward Minnesota is a statewide campaign dedicated to building broad support for new investments in transportation, in the belief that transportation underpins quality of life, the way our communities function, access to economic opportunity, and the health of our residents and environment.

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The Absurd Primacy of the Automobile in American Life, Edward Humes, the Atlantic

Considering the constant fatalities, rampant pollution, and exorbitant costs of ownership, there is no better word to characterize the car’s dominance than insane.

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Epic Plea to GOP: "You are the single greatest threat to my family."

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Rep Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) Town Hall

 

Trump Resistance Movement (TRM), act.tv

 

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May 11, 2017 | Trump Resistance Movement (TRM) added a new video: What would you say to the man who wrote the preexisting condit...

GOP Representative Tom MacArthur was not ready for this. This man brought the house down speaking his mind.

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Special Project | Money in Politics: Here’s how much health insurance companies paid Republicans to flip their vote on Trumpcare

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If the list of the 12 (or 13, depending on the source) members of the Senate working group writing a new Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill is any indicator, the new healthcare bill is very likely to be just as punishing, if not more, than the bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week.

Tom Cahill, Resistance Report

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If the list of the 12 (or 13, depending on the source) members of the Senate working group writing a new Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill is any indicator, the new healthcare bill is very likely to be just as punishing, if not more, than the bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week.

Tom Cahill is a senior editor for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. 

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How to Reason with the Climate Change Denier in Your Life

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Talking about climate change can be tough and uncomfortable, but the conversation is always worth having.    Photo: Raymond Forbes LLC / Stocksy

A new book by two philosophy scholars imagines conversations with skeptics and deniers. Here are four lessons we learned from it.

Mary Catherine O'Connor, Outside

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Apr 26, 2017 | Everyone working to address climate change, from activists to scientists, knows that success depends in large part on their ability to convert climate change skeptics (or even straight-up deniers) into proponents for action. Most of us have someone in our lives—a family member, co-worker, or friend—whose views on climate change conflict with the latest science, and you’ve likely had some exasperating, polarizing, unconstructive conversations with them.

Philip Kitcher, an MIT professor of philosophy, and Evelyn Fox Keller, an MIT professor emerita of history and philosophy of science, have co-written a book that imagines six of those very conversations. The Seasons Alter: How to Save the Planet in Six Acts (W.W. Norton; $25) reads like six screenplays set in different locations and with two different people in each act. The dialogue—well, it probably won’t pass your sniff test. The authors describe the conversations in the book as “constructive, careful, and amicable,” but they mostly sound stiff.

https://www.outsideonline.com/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail_medium/public/migrated-images/mary1.jpg?itok=IdaTz811Mary Catherine O'Connor is a freelance journalist who writes the Adventure Ethics column, about the intersection of adventure and environment, for Outside online. 

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