Alphabet of Climate Change from A to Z, Now “Y” for Yourself

by admin on January 25, 2023

You can have a role in the community solar program? Locally & Globaly!

You Are Significant as Climate Change Becomes a Climate Emergency

From the Article by Elizabeth Kolbert, New York Magazine, November 28, 2022

So far, average global temperatures have risen by 1.1 degrees Celsius — two degrees Fahrenheit — and the budget for 1.5 Celsius is nearly gone. How hot will it get? Will temperatures climb two degrees Celsius? 2.5? Three?

A study published a few years ago, by Veerabhadran Ramanathan, a climate scientist at the Scripps Institution, and Yangyang Xu, of Texas A&M, defined a temperature increase of 1.5 C degrees as “dangerous,” an increase of three C degrees as “catastrophic,” and an increase of five C degrees as “unknown, implying beyond catastrophic.”

A second study, by a group of American and European researchers, determined that, if we were to burn through all known fossil-fuel reserves, global temperatures could rise by as much as eleven degrees Celsius, or twenty degrees Fahrenheit. (How humanity could keep the oil flowing even as the world drowned and smoldered was a question the researchers did not address.)

There are good reasons to opt for optimism. (See “narratives.”) It could be argued that the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act this past summer was possible only because so many people believed in a better future.

At the same time, there are good reasons to wonder whether optimism lies at the heart of the problem. For the last thirty years — more if you go back to 1965 — we have lived as if someone, or some technology, were going to rescue us from ourselves. We are still living that way now.

“You can’t just sit around waiting for hope to come,” Greta Thunberg observed in a speech scolding E.U. politicians. “Then you’re acting like spoiled, irresponsible children. You don’t seem to understand that hope is something you have to earn.”


See Also: West Virginia Environmental Council

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Paul McCartney January 25, 2023 at 4:18 pm

“Y” for “YESTERDAY” ~ Words & Music by Paul McCartney

From on the World Wide Web Internet, January 25, 2023

Yesterday” is the most covered song in history, with over 2,000 versions having been recorded. A spare, haunting song of lost love from the early Beatles catalog, it was sung perfectly by a young Paul McCartney.

[Verse 1]
All my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they’re here to stay
Oh, I believe in yesterday

[Verse 2]
I’m not half the man I used to be
There’s a shadow hanging over me
Oh, yesterday came suddenly

McCartney dreamed the entire melody before he arranged the music with George Martin. According to Rolling Stone:

‘It fell out of bed,’ Paul McCartney once said about the origins of ‘Yesterday.’ ‘I had a piano by my bedside, and I must have dreamed it, because I tumbled out of bed and put my hands on the piano keys and I had a tune in my head. It was just all there, a complete thing. I couldn’t believe it. It came too easy.’

The working lyrics Paul used to fit the tune before he wrote the actual words started with “Scrambled eggs / Oh my baby how I love your legs / Not as much as I love scrambled eggs.” Picking up on that famous trivia, Jimmy Fallon eventually developed the rest of “Scrambled eggs” and recorded it with Paul.

NOTE ~ As much as we rewrite or sing “Yesterday” ~ it is time to admit the world has changed, and will continue changing dramatically. More over “Tomorrow” will differ from “Today” (perhaps radically) and those who have Social Security and Life Insurance are not protected. When I read some of the works of Al Gore or Naomi Klein or Bill McKibben or Elizabeth Kolbert, my thoughts are on Me and You and WHAT WE COULD DO! DGN


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