Fight climate change by talking about it

Spring is late this year. Even the non-native forsythia isn’t fooled. But does this mean I don’t think the climate is changing? Not at all. This week I was lucky to attend a talk given by atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe. Her take-home message: the single most important thing one person can do to fight climate change is to talk about it.

So I’m devoting this week’s blog to talking about climate change. But instead of me doing the talking, I’ll let my images speak for me. Interspersed are links to some terrific resources Katherine Hayhoe has created. Maybe one of these could help start a conversation with someone you care about but might disagree with regarding climate change.

A warmer atmosphere retains more moisture, resulting in stronger, more devastating storms.
@Elizabeth Busey. Summertide Brings the Derecho. Reduction linocut, 25 x 40in, edition of 6.

The best way to get an overview of Katherine Hayhoe’s message is to watch her TedTalk.

Coastal areas are some of the most vulnerable places.
@Elizabeth Busey. To Whom Much is Given. Reduction linocut, 24 x 13in, edition of 13.

Global-Weirding is a PBS Digital Series created with Katharine Hayhoe. You can find short, engaging videos that cover all sorts of subjects that are supposedly taboo to talk about. Like religion and politics. But in a nice way. She’s quite nice, and this is PBS.

The agriculture of the Midwest is responsible for one-fifth of the US GDP according to Hayhoe. Extreme variation in water availability – from droughts to floods – is making farming much more difficult.
©Elizabeth Busey. Benediction for an Unlikely Journey. Monoprint collage, 18 x 24in. Unique.

If you are person who likes their data instead of sweet graphics, Hayhoe has you covered there too. I was fascinated to learn that opinions regarding global warming in the United States in fact directly correspond with political affiliation.

Read a more comprehensive article about the factors shaping our climate debate here.

Scrolls of Spring
The native plants and animals that we love may soon disappear.
@Elizabeth Busey. Scrolls of Spring. Reduction linocut, 24 x 13in, edition of 26.

One of the most challenging things for me is that I do live in a blue bubble. It is rare that I have the opportunity to talk with someone who is different from me — whether in political affiliation or church membership.

Clearly I have to try harder. How about you? Time to get talking…

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