25 results for author: Dan Barth


SPIRITUALITY, POLITICS AND CLIMATE CHANGE

The ways our spirituality and our politics interact can be profoundly significant. Recently, during a very pleasant conversation I was told that God gave us dominion over the earth. That comment startled me then and has bothered me ever since, germinating a few thoughts along the way. It seems wholly outrageous that our Creator would put us in charge of something as complex as this planet - at least as outrageous as the idea of us accepting the offer. How could we even consider dominating the earth when just by tweaking the carbon dioxide settings in our atmosphere we're doing such weird things to our climate - spring weather in Wisconsin's ...

STAND UP FOR SCIENCE, OUR DEMOCRACY, AND OUR PLANET

It was bad enough when we recently discovered our state DNR had stripped the words “climate change” from its website and added wording that led readers to believe there is controversy in the climate research world about its cause - the only real controversy is political, not scientific. A little later we learned that our Public Service Commission had done the same. Now, we find the new Trump administration erased climate change from the Environmental Protection Agency's website and has silenced EPA staff. Perhaps Orwell should have titled his book “2016” instead of “1984”. We depend on the stability of our world's climate. Actual global ...

CLIMATE CHANGE PETITION TO CONGRESSMAN DUFFY

Dear Congressman Duffy, I am a constituent of yours who is very concerned about the effects of our changing climate. I urge you to sit down with 7th District members of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby during the March 21st to April 11th recess, or during our Washington Lobby day this June. The Citizen’s Climate Lobby has a legislative proposal to significantly reduce greenhouse gasses in accord with the Paris Climate Agreement guidelines that is Conservative friendly. Moreover, it is a proposal that creates jobs, puts more money in the pockets of every American and increases our GDP and does so without the need for market destabilizing regulat...

LET’S FIX THE CLIMATE

The die-hard gardeners among us will remember the hard frosts that used to put an end to our toil the first weekend in September. Since1975, when I first turned a shovel, we've seen our gardening continue deeper and deeper into the month until this past year when the frost Grinch finally landed on our dwindling tomatoes - and lightly so – the very last day of the month. Great for my love of a good BLT; not so great for the planet. Even here in our nation's north, climate change is real. Though we have no glaciers in Wisconsin, those who do are watching them melt. Last month National Geographic ran an article reporting that scientists predict ...

Choices for a Happy, Healthy Planet

After a bitterly cold winter, a pretty chilly spring and what seems to many of us here in Wisconsin a darn mild summer, global climate change may not be our most pressing concern.  I, for one, find it easy to mistake my home for the whole world, so it came as a surprise to discover that globally 2014 ranks as the fourth hottest year on record, at least through the end of June, and that many scientists are betting we’ll end up breaking the all time record before the year is out. Globally, May and June were the hottest months since 1880 when we started keeping records. For several months running our atmosphere has been above 400 parts per million ...