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Below, Island Press authors share their advice for agitating for action on climate change and continuing to push an environmental agenda forward in the face of an unsupportive administration.
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Don't freak out. OK, maybe freaking out is in order. But do it judiciously. There are many gaps between administration pronouncements and actual policy. Do not react to every executive order, press release, or tweet. Find the connections between administration statements and real policies. For whatever issue you care about, there's a group - environmental, immigrants rights, etc.
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Find them, look to them for guidance, volunteer or give them money. Get involved. The threats facing big cats and their landscapes remain unchanged in light of the recent U. Everyone should follow organizations whose missions speak to them and whose actions are in sync with their words. Share their work and start conversations about why and how animals and their landscapes are so important to the health of our planet and ultimately ourselves as well.
I also describe how government regulations promote food waste and, hence, climate change. Even if our unhinged president does nothing about either of these issues, regular people can vote with their forks by, for example, purchasing ungraded produce at farmers markets and packing a school lunch for their child and a second lunch for a student in need. One would think the great coniferous forests of the Northwest could withstand just about anything nature had to throw at them.
In truth, however, these forests have been drastically changed by human activities. Increasingly unusual temperature and rainfall patterns are ratcheting up the threat level. A person would surely be excused for thinking that a one degree Celsius rise in average temperature would have no effect on these magnificent trees and the animals they harbor, but consider that such a small temperature increase would raise the lower edge of the snowpack by about feet. Such a temperature increase would also cause the vegetation to transpire a lot more water, drying out the soils and shrinking the creeks and waterways.
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Forests that have dried out too much are more susceptible to widespread pest and disease infestations as well as to fire. All is not lost, however; there are ways to deal with climate effects. Probably the most straightforward of these is to maintain a diverse forest with a variety of tree species, tree ages, and vegetation layers. Openings in the forest canopy can help to support a healthy shrub layer. Vegetation around streams helps to cool them so they can support cold-water fish, such as salmon.
Forest restoration efforts following fires or other disturbances can help. Planting diverse native species and perhaps using seed or stock from an area where temperatures are more similar to those predicted over next several decades can help these forests to be resilient to climate change and other disturbances that come with changing climate. Replacing small culverts with larger ones that are carefully set can accommodate spring floods while helping fish to navigate upstream when water flows are reduced.
People concerned about the future of these forests can get involved in local forest planning. Speaking up for the forests, and providing a voice for their future and that of the communities that rely on them, is a great way to roll up your sleeves and make a difference. Get involved locally.
There are environment, climate change issues that are impacting your community.
Get involved on the local, grassroots level. There are ample opportunities for everyone to get involved with local planning to address climate change. Tools you can use to make your communities or natural areas more resilient and resistant to climate change include: 1 retaining and restoring moist areas — such as by keeping downed wood and ephemeral wetlands, installing riparian buffer zones, and paying attention to shading including hill-shading which naturally increases moisture potential; and 2 a mixed approach to natural-area management can increase both habitat heterogeneity at larger spatial scales and consequently species diversity, and then think about linking those habitats together across larger areas with corridors to reduce fragmentation.
As the federal government proceeds to put its head further into the sand on climate change, the action will increasingly shift to local policy. But they can help through purchasing policies, utility pricing and transportation planning. Slowing climate change begins with personal behavior, since all human beings contribute heat-trapping gases to the atmosphere.
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A smaller world population will have an easier time keeping emissions low and adapting to the massive changes on the way. For that, nothing short of expressing our views as often as we can manage—in letters to legislators and newspapers, in petition signatures, in responses to pollsters, in marching in protests, even in organizing communities—is likely to make enough difference to notice.
A rising tax on carbon is essential, and while we can differ on the details of how to do that ideally returning most or all revenue generated to citizens , nothing we attempt will turn the corner on climate change until the price of fossil fuels rises.
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We can think about connections, too—climate change relates to the food we eat, the appliances we use, the electricity and water we pay for. Policies that are local and statewide as well as national can make a difference with these. What can we do to ensure that sound science continues to inform how we address climate change? We can urge the president to hire a national science advisor and other scientists with appropriate credentials in ecology and engineering to fill key posts in his administration.
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As members of a democratic society, we can support freedom of scientific inquiry and diversity in science. Specifically, we can comment publicly on proposed policies that affect the environment and vote accordingly. On a personal level, we can get directly involved in supporting science that informs climate policy by participating in science via citizen science. A variety of organizations enable public participation in science such as Earthwatch Institute. Whatever our approach, putting science into action represents our best hope to address climate change.
We asked a few authors to choose their favorite Island Press book—other than their own, of course—and explain what makes it so special. As a writer, this book and its amazing details helped me bring the jaguar to life for readers. This day is a time for reaching beyond data and logic to think about deeper ways of knowing.
ipdwew0030atl2.public.registeredsite.com/403297-best-phone-track.php Love, specifically, but I would add to that faith, tradition and ethics. Aaron Wolf provides the experience, tools and promise of a better, deeper approach. Like many others, I am indebted to to Island Press for not one but three books that profoundly influenced my thinking. Panarchy , edited by Lance Gunderson and C. Holling introduced me to the concept of socio-ecological systems resilience. Resilience Thinking , by Brian Walker and David Salt taught me what systems resilience really means.
And the follow-up book Resilience Practice helped me start to understand how systems resilience actually works. The latter remains the most-consulted book on my shelf—by Island Press or any other publisher—and I was thrilled and frankly humbled when Brian and David agreed to write a chapter for our own contribution to the field, The Community Resilience Reader Finally, a near complete set of highly usable and mutually supportive design standards that help us advocate for and build better streets, better places.
Lake Effect by Nancy Nichols. I read this book several years ago. It is so important to hear the voices of those whose lives are impacted by industrial age pollutants, lest we slide into complacency. In this case, the story of the chemicals of Lake Michigan. It is a short, beautifully written, disturbing read. Each edition brings in-depth coverage of the issues of the day, always eminently readable and backed up by the crack research team that he puts together for each topic.
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Mark Jerome Walters ' important book, Seven Modern Plagues , places great emphasis on linking emerging diseases with habitat destruction and other forms of modification natural processes. This book is a call for us to recognize that each new disease reflects an environmental warning. Perhaps it remains my favorite IP text because it is the first IP text I remember reading front to back, twice! I first encountered the book as a graduate student and was struck my its scope and tone. The book is thought provoking.
Island Press grieves the loss of Alan Rabinowitz, Island Press author and dedicated wild cat scientist. Alan was a fierce conservationist who left an indelible mark on our world. We join Panthera in honoring Alan's memory. From Panthera :. Alan Robert Rabinowitz, who died today after a journey with cancer. As a lifelong voice for the voiceless, he changed the fate of tigers, jaguars and other at-risk species by placing their protection on the agendas of world leaders from Asia to Latin America for the very first time.
While we are devastated by his passing, we are comforted by the fact that his extraordinary legacy of advocacy for the most vulnerable creatures will live on in his legion of students and followers. Rabinowitz achieved victory after victory for the species, including the creation of the largest tiger reserve, the Hukaung Valley Tiger Reserve, in northern Myanmar.
This week, the environmental community lost an indomitable conservationist : Dr. Alan Rabinowitz. Alan was an incredible champion for big cats who's impact on our world will not be soon forgotten. The Remarkable Journey of the Jaguar. Pub Date:. September Add to Cart. August E-book Format. Exam Copy. Book Description. Review Quotes. Press Materials.