In living rooms and classrooms, boardrooms and libraries, community centers and fellowship halls—anywhere people congregate—we create opportunities to openly, candidly and respectfully discuss climate change issues. We create platforms to share individual beliefs, confusions, observations, fears, and hopes. The motive is to collectively explore practical ideas and available resources for creating a healthier planet.
Our planet is primarily heating due to our activities. Emissions of greenhouse gasses are at their highest levels in recorded history. Recent reports from various sources, including
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and National Climate Assessment, have provided convincing evidence and alarming projections requiring bold, creative, and collaborative actions.
Disturbing new images appear daily now. Ice caps melting, sea levels rising, towns and cities drowning, and flooding increasing. We see shorelines retreating, extreme weather events advancing, and wildfires engulfing larger areas more often. Coral reefs' bleaching, species extinction, uncontrolled spread of disease, food and water shortages, and growing refugee numbers are regularly in the news.
Unfortunately, more likely than not, those suffering the most significant effects of these impacts are those least responsible for causing them.
We can see effects right here in Delaware's eroded beaches, flooded neighborhoods, damaged farmlands, worsening coastal flooding, and increased salt levels in critical estuaries and aquifers. We have more extreme heat days. Our growing season is being affected, as are migratory patterns of the birds and waterfowl that delight and sustain us and attract tourists from home and abroad.