A Handful of Excellent Environmental Films but None with the Full Urgency of Now

A Handful of Excellent Environmental Films but None with the Full Urgency of Now

On Medium.com  February 15, 2019 This was my third time attending the Sundance Film Festival and the second year there were no marquee level movies about our embattled environment, but there were some good ones. My first “dance” was in the wake of Donald Trump’s inauguration and included the Women’s March in a blizzard as frosty as the pall cast over a nation that was never expecting a climate doubter to win the White House. Marching with hundreds of ...
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February Temp Records Melt After Leo DiCaprio “Warms Up” Oscars, Setting Twitter-sphere on Fire— So Where Do We Go From Here?

February Temp Records Melt After Leo DiCaprio “Warms Up” Oscars, Setting Twitter-sphere on Fire— So Where Do We Go From Here?

Earth’s temperature soared to a record high last month, nearly 1.5C degrees above average as measured by weather satellites. That’s a huge amount even in these record-breaking atmospheric times according to scientists at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. To put that in perspective, a 1.5C degree rise is the line in the sand established at the Paris Accords as not to be exceed by 2100.  As February broke new weather ground, the month ended with Leonardo DiCaprio’s long-anticipated Oscar ...
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Cultivating Calm As the Shift Hits the Fan

Cultivating Calm As the Shift Hits the Fan

To say we are living in turbulent times is to state the painfully obvious. The political landscape veers between frightening and farcical on a nearly daily, if not hourly, basis. As we reel from news of one act of terror to another horrific gun shooting and careen from extreme weather event to bracing for the latest sexual predator reveal, it is enough to make one want to hide under the covers and say “wake me up when it’s over.” However ...
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After all the Accolades Some Inconvenient, Inexplicable and Inexcusable Truths Still Remain

After all the Accolades Some Inconvenient, Inexplicable and Inexcusable Truths Still Remain

Al Gore’s pivotal film, An Inconvenient Truth (AIT), put climate change on the world map, and got many Americans thinking, and talking, about this worsening existential threat. There has been real progress with much of it coming in late 2015, including President Obama’s executive actions, Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si and the pivotal Paris Agreement. Last week’s tributes to Gore and the film’s producers were welcome and deserved. Some of us who had been concerned, and communicating about global warming ...
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