Greenland continues to melt

Yet we now know that the Greenland of today is different from the Greenland that Rink experienced. The ice sheet is melting more, and melting earlier in summer, and melting in ways that computer models suggest will ultimately threaten its long-term existence. A recent paper in Nature presented compelling evidence, gathered from cores extracted from the ice sheet, that demonstrated Greenland’s recent melt is “exceptional” over the past 350 years and that the ice sheet’s response to higher temperatures is now “nonlinear.” In the last two decades, melting rates of the ice are 33 percent higher than 20th century averages; the melting, moreover, is not only increasing but accelerating.

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Climate action

Get inspired by Canada’s climate strikers

Dear Robert,

As an auntie to a bright, passionate, nature-loving kid, I am committed to doing what I can to ensure a livable climate for him. Do you share that same commitment for yourself and the young ones in your life?

If so, check out Canada’s student climate strikes on May 3.

I do a lot in my own life to reduce my impact on the climate, but there’s only so much we can do as individuals and families. We need our politicians to act.

Kids from all over the world have been coming together with a rallying cry, striking for bold climate leadership from politicians. They are also asking adults to vote for climate action in the fall federal election.

Millions of kids around the world came together on March 15 for an inspiring day of action. The next Canada-wide strike will take place on May 3.

What can you do?

Talk to the kids in your life about climate change and support them if they want to strike.
Help them make signs that express how they feel about climate change. They can bring these to the strike. Here and here are some examples.
Find out where strikes are happening.
Read what David Suzuki has to say about the youth-led movement.
Spread the word about the climate strikes on social media.
Go to the strikes in your community in support of the students. Respect that this movement is youth-led. Don’t steal their thunder, but cheer them on from the sidelines.
Share your strike experience and pictures on social media using #fridaysforfuture and #climatestrike and send them to elected representatives and local news outlets.

Importantly, strikes are not the end goal. Climate action is. To stay connected for more action, sign on to the students’ open letter demanding that all political parties have a comprehensive and bold plan for climate justice. Once you do, you’ll hear from the students about more opportunities for action.

I’ll leave you with the words of Aliénor Rougeot, one of the Toronto student strike organizers:
“Every single action matters and we need all hands on deck.”

Sincerely,

Jodi Stark
Climate and Clean Energy Public Engagement Specialist
David Suzuki Foundation

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3 Quick Reads

Mean surface temperature change for 1999–2008 ...

Mean surface temperature change for 1999–2008 relative to the average temperatures from 1940 to 1980 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Control

I remember, as a kid in Lutheran catechism class, the following conversation:

Bob: “The Lord thy God is a jealous God” – but Reverend, what would God have to be jealous of? How could an all-powerful, all-knowing being be jealous of anything?

Reverend: “You need to memorize the material! So, please stop asking questions and just memorize the answers in the catechism.

I think now that was the moment I began to doubt that the church had anything to offer me. Later on I would learn about the fallacies used to win arguments and to shut off learning. [Check out the fallacies in the side bar.]

This morning I read two newspaper articles that reminded me of that long ago attempt by a figure of authority to shut me up. Both are from the USA. One from Texas. One from Florida. Both attacks on education and freedom.

From Florida:

Any resident in Florida can now challenge what kids learn in public schools, thanks to a new law that science education advocates worry will make it harder to teach evolution and climate change.

From Texas:

But here in Texas, the bigger battle over tree ordinances is whether they represent a form of local government overreach. Gov. Greg Abbott (R), citing grave worries about “socialistic” behavior in the state’s liberal cities, has called on Texas lawmakers to gather this month for a special session that will consider a host of bills aimed at curtailing local power on issues ranging from taxation to collecting union dues.


Censorship, the suppression of words, images, or ideas that are “offensive,” happens whenever some people succeed in imposing their personal political or moral values on others. Censorship can be carried out by the government as well as private pressure groups.