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The Story That Solves the Climate Crisis.
While the world is pulling together to solve the global pandemic and systemic racism, why not throw one more impending global problem into the mix? Namely, the climate crisis. Seriously, wonders our very own executive director, Dawn Pape, why not? Why not continue the united efforts as we are rebuilding our economies and societies from the ground up? Now is the perfect time to restructure our fossil fuel-dependent economy as well.
The premise of Pape’s book, Ejected, is that average people responsible for excessive greenhouse gas emissions are ejected from the planet. In order to return to Earth, the “Ejected” need to unite to decrease emission levels so the world can support them once again. Will they manage to implement the solutions in time to return to their loved ones?
“Now is the perfect time to end racism, the global pandemic, and climate change—and global cooperation is how we get there. Although this book is fiction, it tackles the real issues of environmental racism and the climate crisis and offers existing solutions outlined by remarkable minds from MIT and Project Drawdown. If we, as a nation, and as a world, were to actually implement the actions outlined in this book, we would combat the climate crisis. And in doing so, we would create a more equitable world, based on a sustainable economy that would provide opportunity to all—not just the pale-skinned people who resemble me,” remarked Pape.
The climate crisis has, understandably, taken a back seat in the news headlines in recent months, but this book points out that the climate crisis is still threatening our kids’ futures and is already disproportionately harming the most vulnerable and marginalized populations. The book addresses that our most vulnerable people are not being adequately protected is a shameful common denominator between police brutality, COVID-19, and climate change. However, unlike the horrific murders caught on video, and the unbelievable number of deaths from the coronavirus, there is no “smoking gun” with climate change-related deaths. This may be why the sense of urgency to act is diminished.
Air pollution alone kills seven million people each year, which accounts for one in eight deaths, according to Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of the World Health Organization. (“Climate Change is Already Killing Us,” Foreign Affairs, September 23, 2019.) And when secondary problems caused by climate change are factored in like: heat stress, malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, vector-related illnesses, wildfires, hurricanes, and flooding, the number of lives being lost due to climate change is staggering. But people tend to see these deaths as being caused by natural disasters, disease, or other factors, and the sense of urgency is diminished.
It is our hope that this book will bring important solutions into daily conversation while providing a sense of urgency as well as a sense of humor and insight on uniting people to act. According to the world’s brightest minds, if we continue on the fossil fuel path that we are on, our world will be 7.3 degrees Fahrenheit warmer in only 80 years. While that might not sound like a lot on a daily basis, here is some sobering perspective: the average global temperature was only 5-9 degrees F cooler during the last ice age.
Pape repeats that the good news, is that all of the solutions we need to fix the situation already exist and maintains that all that is needed is progressive leadership and unified action.
“Without solidarity, our trajectory is headed straight towards a climate unfit for humans. And, although we cannot eject people from the planet, we can eject them from office and elect people who believe in solving the climate crisis. problems. We need to rid ourselves of politicians who are more concerned about themselves than the welfare of their constituents and elect selfless leaders who truly want the best for society. The world needs to act as one to accomplish these monumental goals.”
Written our Executive Director who is also and award-winning author and licensed teacher, Dawn Pape has a history of weaving serious issues with humor to create memorable stories with tangible ways to take action. This book doubles as entertainment as well as an educational manual on how to end the climate crisis.
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Our food system is both a cause and a victim of climate change.
Climate change is already adversely affecting agriculture, with effects unevenly distributed across the world. While the exact impacts aren’t known for certain, the probability that climate change will increase the risk of food insecurity for vulnerable people is great.
Since our global food systems are responsible for approximately one-third of global greenhouse gases, there are many opportunities on where we can start solving emission excesses.
Looking Ahead to Spring 2021
We All Need Food and Water will use the Peace Community Garden as a springboard to implement hands-on education to residents, visitors, and volunteers about a variety of environmental and social issues. The education components will be determined prior to the visits and tailored to the volunteers’ and visitors’ interests, experience, and ages. Ideally, we will have visitors come several times in a season to strengthen the education.
This garden provides approximately 60,000 meals and provides a welcoming, culturally-diverse community gathering space. It has has a positive environmental impact. For example, by starting, literally, from the ground up, we will teach about how no-till agriculture (aka regenerative agriculture) sets a positive environmental scenario into motion. By mimicking natural processes, carbon isn’t released from the soil and it can be sequestered with cover crops. By not tilling, soil erosion is minimized, which reduces excess nutrients from running off and entering nearby waters. Since the nutrients are held in the soil, chemical fertilizers are not needed. And by not using fertilizers, there are fewer nitrogen-loving weeds thereby reducing the need for herbicides. By not using weed killers, pollinators are protected.
As we tour/volunteer in the gardens, we will examine how eating is connected to land use and how land use is connected to water use and pollution as well as global greenhouse gas emissions that are responsible for roughly 24% of global greenhouse gases according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. By examining what can be grown in Minnesota, we can explore the climate and water footprints of eating seasonally, locally and reducing food waste.
And since the site already has green infrastructure (i.e bioinfiltration basins) we will teach about why they are there and how important they are for handling stormwater runoff and keeping water clean. On the topic of keeping water clean, we will highlight the importance of not over salting during winter months as we pass by the parking lot signage we plan to develop. We also plan to cover the importance of pollinators to help grow our food as well as the nearby pollinator habitat we have created for them. Last, but not least, composting will be taught as it is done on-site as well.