Local Global Warming news….

Early in February, a Permaculture friend of mine in CA sent me the intitial draft of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on Global Warming. (Below is an article and partial summary of the report). I don’t know how he got it, but it was the real thing and I downloaded it, read it, all of it….full of charts, graphs, facts….a few months later…I’m immersed in the Earth Day parade building—And one of the parade musicians comes in with the news of the IPCC report being all over the news….he says that after the usual BS of “How are we going to present this to the people”….debates….it is reported that the US was leading the pack of those “rephrasing and toning down the dire projections” and just prior to our seasonal, one-day recognition of the Earth, with our annual parade, it finally hits the media here.

The universe–not just scientists—-is asking us to speed up on ALL levels.

Having an Earth Day parade on the streets of Traverse City, might seem like a lighthearted effort to truly take responsibility for and do something about global warming—but I would like you to know that one of the five areas or effects of global warming that we are broaching is the will of the people—our complaceny and unfortunate ignorance in the scheme of things. The “Center” section of our storytelling parade will represent this “fact” and effect of global warming, with a group of Radical Elemental Chickens. Farm animals will have a starring role in this year’s parade.

Our presentation will be both serious, and entertaining, but I’ll be honest, even though we invite and envision hundreds of people to both participate and spectate as we wind through the Downtown area on our parade route, we are not interested in appeasing the masses in the sense of increasing business—-or spring tourism. But this parade certainly won’t hurt the Downtown area and it’s businesses, that’s for sure. As much as we love our beautiful home-town, the Earth Day Parade, unlike the Cherry Festia, it is not about our pocketbooks or our financial futures. It has more to do with our survival on a greater scope. No joking there.

We are looking for participation and support to continue the very, difficult and complicated task of community building and civic pride, during tough and frightening times. We are bringing arts education and environmental education together with children, teens and their families, people of all economic and intergenerational habitats,
at a time when funding for those programs continues to be cut. Can we possible cut them any further?

The ethics that motivate us are: Caring for the Earth, Caring for the People and giving something back….It is the flip side of MORE in the consumerist sense…..but absolutely the MORE of human intelligence, creative environmental education and of the practice of human compassion for all species. Stepping up and doing the right thing. On Earth, our home. MORE, more, more of that.

We want to be on the streets as the people of this community, standing behind the City Commission’s righteous decision to adopt our version of the Kyoto Agreement and deciminate both information and support to those that want to do something about it. To truly take action. Additionally, we want the Police escort to PLEASE respect our rule of NO CARS being driven in the parade, and would so appreciate other motorized drivers to embrace that request too. Just for one day? One day— on foot, or bike.

Our 2007 Parade Design Team, being comprised of thirty, curious and energetic students from TCAPS Montesssori, along with Little Artshram, Rhythmic Adventures, the TC Sierra Club, and many volunteers invites YOU to get involved and join us for the annual Spring Earth Day events in Traverse City….

GRAND TRAVERSE EARTH DAY PARADE 2007!
Earth Day Community Art Studio & Workshop Schedule

It takes a whole village — and then some — to put together an Earth Day
Parade and Community Picnic. This years’ theme is “Global Warming: The
Tipping Point”. If you want to plan, brainstorm, organize, fundraise, give
money and/or supplies, sculpt, sew, papier-mâché, staple, build, paint, cook
food, usher, clean up, sing songs, play music, or dance please join us!

EARTH DAY PUBLIC WORKSHOPS: Help build the puppets for the parade! Workshops
are low-cost to free and open to the public. For a month of weekends,
beginning March 24th through Earth Day, April 21st, the Art Center of
Traverse City will be transformed into a giant studio where Little Artshram
and Rhythmic Adventures and volunteers create the Earth Day Parade. Workshop
times: Fridays 5-9 PM, Sat. 12-5 PM, Sun. 12-5 PM.

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator: Robin Nance at nance@chartermi.net or
231-947-3096
Contact our Workshop Coordinator: Lauren Bornshein at lauborn@gmail.com or
231-409-2361

Our Earth Day Community Art Studio is located at: the Art Center of Traverse
City: Corner of 11th and Elmwood (Women’s Resource Center Bldg.), Traverse
City, MI 49684

http://www.littleartshram.org

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STEP IT UP TC! Get Lit for Less! Rally: You are invited to join The Traverse Group of the Sierra Club, on Saturday, April 14th at 1:30 pm as we join a thousand other communities across the USA and host a STEP IT UP RALLY for the environment.

Help us send a strong message to Congress: “Cut carbon emissions and protect our enivironment now!”

Meet in the Chase Bank Courtyard, across from Horizon Books, downtown TC, bring banners, signs, puppets, friends, kids and neighbors! We’ll proceed down Front Street and end up along the Parkway, where we will stand for an hour in solidarity with hundreds of others throughout the country.

For more information on Step it Up, go to www.stepitup2007.org, questions? Call Monica at 231-325-6812 or Peg at
231-409-2499

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After all-night debate, IPCC approves report on climate change

By ARTHUR MAX Associated Press Writer

Thursday, April 5, 2007

 

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) _ An international global warming conference approved a report Friday warning of dire threats to the Earth and to mankind _ from increased hunger to the extinction of species _ unless the world adapts to climate change and halts its progress.

Agreement came after an all-night session during which key sections were deleted from the draft and scientists angrily confronted government negotiators who they feared were watering down their findings.

”It has been a complex exercise,” said Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Several scientists objected to the editing of the final draft by government negotiators but in the end agreed to compromises. However, some scientists vowed never to take part in the process again.

The climax of five days of negotiations was reached when the delegates removed parts of a key chart highlighting devastating effects of climate change that kick in with every rise of 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, and in a tussle over the level of scientific reliability attached to key statements.

There was little doubt about the science, which was based on 29,000 sets of data, much of it collected in the last five years. ”For the first time we are not just arm-waving with models,” Martin Perry, who conducted the grueling negotiations, told reporters.

The United States, China and Saudi Arabia raised the many of the objections to the phrasing, often seeking to tone down the certainty of some of the more dire projections.

The final IPCC report is the clearest and most comprehensive scientific statement to date on the impact of global warming mainly caused by man-induced carbon dioxide pollution.

It said up to 30 percent of the Earth’s species face an increased risk of vanishing if global temperatures rise 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above the average in the 1980s and ’90s.

Areas that now suffer a shortage of rain will become even more dry, adding to the risks of hunger and disease, it said. The world will face heightened threats of flooding, severe storms and the erosion of coastlines.

”This is a glimpse into an apocalyptic future,” the Greenpeace environmental group said of the final report.

Negotiators pored over the 21-page draft meant to be a policy guide for governments. The summary pares down the full 1,500-page scientific assessment of the evidence of climate change so far, and the impact it will have on the Earth’s most vulnerable people and ecosystems.

More than 120 nations attended the meeting. Each word was approved by consensus, and any change had to be approved by the scientists who drew up that section of the report.

Though weakened by the deletion of some elements, the final report ”will send a very, very clear signal” to governments, said Yvo de Boer, the U.N.’s top climate official.

The summary will be presented to the G8 summit of the world’s richest nations in June, when the European Union is expected to renew appeals to President Bush to join in international efforts to control emissions of fossil fuels.

This year’s series of reports by the IPCC were the first in six years from the prestigious body of some 2,500 scientists, formed in 1988. Public awareness of climate change gave the IPCC’s work unaccustomed importance and fueled the intensity of the closed-door negotiations during the five-day meeting.

”The urgency of this report prepared by the world’s top scientists should be matched by an equally urgent response from governments,” said Hans Verolme, director of the global climate change program of the World Wide Fund for Nature.

”Doing nothing is not an option,” he said.

During the final session, the conference snagged over a sentence that said the impact of climate change already were being observed on every continent and in most oceans.

”There is very high confidence that many natural systems are being affected by regional climate changes, particularly temperature increases,” said the statement on the first page of text.

But China insisted on striking the word ”very,” injecting a measure of doubt into what the scientists argued were indisputable observations. The report’s three authors refused to go along with the change, resulting in an hours-long deadlock that was broken by a U.S. compromise to delete any reference to confidence levels.

It is the second of four reports from the IPCC this year; the first report in February laid out the scientific case for how global warming is happening. This second report is the ”so what” report, explaining what the effects of global warming will be.

European Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said the report will spur the EU’s determination to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

”The world needs to act fast if we are to succeed in stabilizing climate change and thereby prevent its worst impacts,” Dimas said in a statement.

For the first time, the scientists broke down their predictions into regions, and forecast that climate change will affect billions of people.

North America will experience more severe storms with human and economic loss, and cultural and social disruptions. It can expect more hurricanes, floods, droughts, heat waves and wildfires, it said. Coasts will be swamped by rising sea levels. In the short term, crop yields may increase by 5 to 20 percent from a longer growing season, but will plummet if temperatures rise by 7.2 F.

Africa will be hardest hit. By 2020, up to 250 million people are likely to exposed to water shortages. In some countries, food production could fall by half, it said.

Parts of Asia are threatened with massive flooding and avalanches from melting Himalayan glaciers. Europe also will see its Alpine glaciers disappear. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef will lose much of its coral to bleaching from even moderate increases in sea temperatures, the report said.

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AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein contributed to this report.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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  1. For more news/information about the United Nations Report on Global Climate Change and how Michigan is affected, please visit: http://WeAreMichigan.com

  2. […] Rhythmic Adventures and volunteers this Friday (5-9 PM), Saturday (12-5 PM) and Sunday (12-5 PM). Visit the Little Artshram for all the […]

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