A Taken Name

The KarenClimate Corner Considerations from a climate communicator.
February 2019: A Taken Name
The inspiration for the name "KarenClimate" came from a lovely shared house I was privileged to abide in for a time. The other residents had all taken "water" to their names to indicate their dedication to preserving the Earth's water and nature's integrity. We had Smithwater, Clearwater, Heartwater.
I named my blog KarenClimate to show how educating and advocating for rapid action on climate is now part of me. Every other worthy cause I care about, depends on a healthy planetary climate system. By being alive at this time in history, the responsibility is mine. Once awake, I will keep doing the next right thing.
What would you name yourself, if you were to choose a significant name indicating a new direction, commitment, or purpose to your life? What arises when you consider the centrality of climate to all other causes? -- …

Is THIS evidence of climate change?

The KarenClimate Corner Considerations from a climate communicator. Is THIS evidence of climate change?

I've been rolling my eyes over the "debate" in the media about whether the polar vortex is related to climate change. That is compartmentalized thinking. It's like wondering if your arm has anything to do with your heart.
What we are learning is that the Earth's systems are intricately balanced and interdependent. The beautiful and subtle interactions between the "rivers of air" in our upper atmosphere, the rain forest's out-breaths, and the ocean currents -- these are just now becoming clearer to scientists.
Instead of debating whether this particular cold snap means climate change is "here now" -- (and do they think we're so shallow we only care about immediate effects? I know you and I care about future generations!)-- the media could have used it to educate about climate change. They COULD have said:
Dumping 30 billion tons (30 gig…

Acting Locally Blesses Globally

The KarenClimate Corner Climate considerations from a climate communicator.
Acting Locally Blesses Globally
Did you know our natural ecosystem removes excess carbon dioxide? Carbon sequestration means pulling it out of the atmosphere and packing it into plants and soil. And guess what? Over thirty percent of the soil carbon that is sequestered -- happens in wetlands.
What's more, we in North America have a huge chunk of the world's wetlands. Wetlands are only three percent of the world's land area. And over one-third of wetlands are located here!
The Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report gives the numbers in weight: 123 teragrams of carbon per year, sequestered by North American wetlands. (Picture a number seventeen digits long. That's the weight in tons...a lot.)
This shows how local groups like the community land trust B-W Greenway's work in maintaining and restoring wetlands benefits so much more than our local water quality - (which is preciously essential eno…

Millenials: A Climate Lifetime

The KarenClimate Corner Considerations from a climate communicator.
Millenials: A Climate Lifetime
If you're 30 years old, your parents increased CO2 in Earth's atmosphere 65% since 1990. It was their main activity throughout your lifetime. 
These atmospheric changes which would normally take the Earth thousands of years, happened over three generations. 
Your parents inherited a structure designed to maximize the use of fossil fuels, until every part of their lives, from driving you to lessons, to where they bought your food, to clothing you in synthetic fabrics, to pleasing you with plastic geegaws shipped from the opposite side of the world -- accelerated global CO2 emissions. 
Their parents, your grandparents, had memories of life in the first decades of 1900, way back in their childhoods, when many regular life activities did not add to excess CO2 emissions. 
For example, public water fountains were more prevalent. Our local library added a water-bottle-filling station, and…

My Six-Minute Climate Science Talk

My Six Minute Climate Science Talk
Over the course of two years I engaged in a climate listening project, initiating climate conversation with two new people each week. Never a debate. I only wanted to listen and help people clarify what they really thought and why.
From collected data, I identified key concepts most people don't understand about climate science. 

Play along! I'd love to hear if any of these are new to you, too --or if you knew them already, did you gain a new way of looking at these science facts? 

I believe knowledge can change behavior and attitudes. Humanity's most beautiful attribute, and our greatest hope.
The link above is for My Six Minute Climate Science Talk  presented to an audience of 300, September 13, 2018 at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton Ohio.
Please share as widely as possible, for a better understanding of climate science will help people to recognize proposed solutions when they arise. 
If you would, please click the "applause…

The Great Ohio Climate Science Roadshow. Stations, learning outcomes and project objectives.

The Great Ohio Climate Science Roadshow is a participatory educational event consisting of ten learning modules presented at separate stations placed around a large room. Modules have been designed to correct the most prevalent misconceptions, and to convey the information most needed to understand AGW anthropogenic global warming.
The modules may be presented individually to a classroom. But the preferred presentation method is to set up all ten stations in a large room, as an evening event, for parents to bring children and participate along with them at the experiential stations.
Optimal at a location, is to run it three evenings in row, 7-8:30pm. Adults and older children (grades 3-12) and those with high interest, will take three nights to complete all ten modules. Younger children (grades 1-4) and those with low interest, will still come away with key concepts from a one night attendance. Attendees are encouraged to return and bring friends.
Science teachers and their students who…

I'm now a Climate Reality Leader, ask me!

I am now a Climate Reality Leader. The training was intense, challenging and thorough. I learned about climate science from leading climate scientists and professors from Carnegie Mellon. I feel so honored to have been able to receive this training. 

I am available, if you'd like me to come give a presentation. 4

The most important work I will do -- with the rest of my life -- will be educating about the climate crisis and advocating for rapid solutions. 

So we can protect what we care most about, and ensure future generations have a climate hospitable to human civilization.