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Hi Climate Vets,
I'm sorry to be negative today...
An analysis published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) suggests that "tipping point" aspects of climate change, such as melting permafrost, that haven't been emphasized in many previous models could have extremely serious effects, resulting in much more severe climate change than expected.
The authors find that some of these effects could start to occur at around 2 degrees C of warming over pre-industrial levels - just above the Paris targets and well within the range of possibility if very decisive action isn't taken very soon.
This is a cogent argument for strong and urgent climate action!
Here is the article: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2018/07/31/1810141115
Hey Climate Vets!
I think I've been having some trouble reaching people. Blame my technical non-savvy. So today I'm just checking in to see who receives Climate Vets posts. If you're a Climate Vet and receive this, please let me know that you got it, and how you got it (blog, FaceBook, Twitter?).
Greetings Climate Vets,
Long time no hear from? Fair point... I guess I’ve been on a bit of a “discouraged” run, without even realizing it. Some specific climate change-related projects that I work on, especially Energy Forever, have been making nice progress. But that soothes my short-term panic while in the back of my mind I know that the earth is still getting deeper and deeper in proverbial and literal hot water. True, many small efforts are much better than none at all, but deep down I feel like my little efforts are just that; especially when pitted against the Goliath that is our coalition government in Australia, the Trump demonstration in the US, and the whole fossil fuel industry. Sometimes I just want to beat my head against a wall. BUT that doesn’t make much of a blog post, does it? And I just didn't have an upbeat post in me.
But, I am not alone; and one of the things Climate Vets can do is provide community to help us through times like this. So I guess it’s time to share.
Today, my wonderful co-worker at VOC handed me an article by Lesley Hughes in the Monthly magazine, and it just really encapsulates it beautifully. It’s well worth 10 minutes of your time to read it. Please let me know if this doesn’t work for you: https://www.pressreader.com/australia/the-monthly-australia/20180601/281522226756361
Talk to you soon! ~Angela
Hi Climate Vets,
In other exciting news...
Climate Vets has taken a big step and will have a display table in the exhibit hall at the upcoming ACVIM Annual Forum in Baltimore!
So, if you'll be at the meeting, please come by and say hello at "booth" 430!
See you soon!
Exciting news about one of the largest veterinary profession organizations, the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
After suggestions from member diplomates last year, the ACVIM has adopted responsible investing practices for its institutional investments.
This is still a way off from fossil fuel divestment, but it's a big step in the right direction!!
The most recent ACVIM "Message from the President" opens with the following:
"The Board of Regents, following the recommendation of the Finance, Investment and Audit Committee (FIAC), voted to invest our global equity portfolios in a socially responsible manner by proactively screening for Environmental, Social and Governance issues, i.e. ESG Investing. ESG Investing seeks to own a portfolio of companies that are best in class based on scoring for performance on environment, social, and governance issues. "
Nice work ACVIM!!
I hope you had a wonderful time at the March for Science a few weeks ago!
Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in more than 600 cities across the world, and it was a great feeling to be part of that.
Here in Port Macquarie, we had nearly 60 people - pretty good considering the size of our town! Here's the coverage of our event:
A reminder that the March for Science is taking place in cities around the world on Saturday April 22. This event is very concordant with my values as a veterinarian, maybe yours too. I'm helping to organize my city's satellite event.
Find your local satellite event and have a nice walk!
The March for Science demonstrates our passion for science and sounds a call to support and safeguard the scientific community.
On this coming Earth Day, April 22, 2017; scientists and supporters of science around the world will take to the streets and demand to be heard. The antiscience movement is a serious problem for climate change, but it's a problem in so many other ways too.
"The March for Science is an international movement, led by organizers distributed around the globe. This movement is taking place because of the simultaneous realization by thousands of people who value science in their lives that staying silent is no longer an option. There are marches being planned across the United States and internationally."
I'm helping to organize a #marchforscience in Port Macquarie, NSW. I'd encourage other ClimateVets to see if there's a March on near you, and turn out if you can. If you haven't gone on a march or other protest before, I expect this will be a relatively easy, fun and non-scary one.
Don't forget to turn off the lights to show the massive people power behind climate action this weekend!
8:30 p.m. your local time on Saturday March 25
Gather your friends and loved ones for a candle-lit evening and talk about the earth..
I hope you've all been well lately, especially considering the "climate". I know I've been quiet, and I'm sorry for that. I do have a couple of articles and suggested activities for you on the boil.
In the meantime, here's a small entry in the "What Can I Do"? column... pages 10 - 12 in:
More soon, really!