Op-ed written by KEF's Deborah Payne, as an op-ed for the Courier Journal. Find the original article here.
In a recent opinion editorial, Sen. Mitch McConnell shared his thoughts on how to comply with the EPA's plan to protect our commonwealth from a shifting climate: Don't do anything. Don't make a plan for the future. And by all means, don't pay attention to that pesky tsunami of challenges that climate change will inevitably leave on our front doorstep. How forward thinking.
Turning our back on this tsunami, however, will not change the new norm of increased drought and food insecurity, more intense and damaging storms, and hotter, riskier summers. The reality is, while McConnell is encouraging us to drag our heels, there's really no sense in wearing out a perfectly good pair of shoes.
Written by KEF Health Coordinator Deborah Payne as an op-ed for the Courier-Journal. Find the original op-ed here.
On Sunday, an estimated 400,000 people from across the country and around the world filled the streets of Manhattan for the People's Climate March asking UN leaders to take aggressive actions toward climate mitigation. Four-hundred thousand people can create a lot of noise. Cheers that traveled from one end of the march to the other were moving, energizing and generated a groundswell of hope for this very long movement toward change.
Article by Samantha Larson for Grist. Find the original story here.
This weekend, the People’s Climate March made history as one of the largest demonstrations of its kind. Organizers estimate that more than 311,000 individuals showed up from all corners of the world to take to the streets of New York City. Their demands ranged from stopping fracking to divesting from fossil fuels to seeking environmental justice to enabling disaster preparedness. But they all agreed on one thing: We’ve got big climate problems, yo — and they need solving. Together, their perspectives converged into one very, very loud voice.
For those who couldn’t make it in person but were there in spirit, here’s a sampling of who you might have seen marching next to you. (All photos by Samantha Larson).
Deborah Payne – Kentucky “Climate change is one of the biggest threats to health and humanity.”
(See Deborah's photo and the full gallery here).
KEF'S Outreach Coordinator Shelly Biesel is pictured with other activists rallying for action against climate change. Check out the Courier-Journal's photo gallery here, and the full story here.
Written by KEF Director Heather Warman as an op-editorial for the Courier-Journal. Find the original op-ed here.
In early June, the Environmental Protection Agency released new national carbon emissions standards aimed to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide pollution thirty percent by 2030. The proposed regulations are a landmark, the first ever attempt at limiting these harmful emissions. Although the new standards were designed to allow states flexibility in reaching the target levels, many Kentucky politicians were quick to brand the effort as a new phase in the mythical “War on Coal.”
Written by KEF Director Heather Warman as an op-editorial for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Find the original op-ed here.
Earlier this month, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its Fifth Assessment Report—a sobering document that outlines both the human effects on climate change and the consequences of inaction. Specifically, the report cites the dithering by our elected leaders as worsening the situation, as greenhouse gas emissions are increasing more dramatically than ever. However, the report did offer a ray of hope: that there is still a window of time to begin reversing the effects of climate change, and that the political will to do so is rising around the world.
Unfortunately, that is not the case here in Kentucky. Many of our elected officials and candidates continue to deny the existence of climate change, or that much of it is manmade. The coal industry continues to exert its influence on this issue, branding any efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions as a fictional War on Coal.
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