Real quick post.
Yesterday morning, I was on the local NPR station talking* about action to solve the climate crisis: http://ec.libsyn.com/p/1/3/4/13406a263c769a20/The_Jefferson_Exchange_01_14_2013_Hour_1.mp3?d13a76d516d9dec20c3d276ce028ed5089ab1ce3dae902ea1d01cd8f35d2c15ee28c&c_id=5311865
Truth be told, I was minor part of the show. “The Jefferson Exchange” program primarily interviewed Amy Bennett (wonderful outreach lead for the Citizens Climate Lobby), thanks to fellow interviewee Alan Journet, who often speaks on climate issues and started our local Southern Oregon Climate Action Network (SOCAN). Amy visited from S. California to initiate the 77th chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby. We were excited to host her and start to get organized behind a “fee and dividend” national carbon tax that will…
– Internalize the high and rising costs (AKA “externalities”) to society inflicted by fossil fuels, which are getting subsidized (AKA rewarded) to high heaven–and for what, doing a really good job of wrecking civilization?
– Account for higher prices at the pump and at the store by being “revenue neutral” in nature. Such a carbon tax means we–ordinary Americans–get checks in the mail/$ in the bank to (more than) offset increased fossil fuel prices
– Level the playing field for renewable energy and thus transition our lives and economy into a sustainable paradigm
Check it out–this is an exciting and relatively politically feasible solution on the scale required to face up to the crisis. (Ok, before you do anything else, see the latest government report charts on the gravity of our predicament). Now, click here to learn about the revenue-neutral carbon tax, and check out Van Jones and Green for All’s advocacy as well.
* In case you’re pressed for time but absolutely must enjoy the soothing sound of my climate-comforting voice, know that I pipe up at minutes 38, 40, 46, and 51.
I talk up this exciting community art event that fellow Ashland High School grad and recently-returned Watson Fellow Hannah Sohl and I are planning at the Medford Library, 1-3:30pm on Sunday, Feb. 17 in conjunction with the national Keystone XL protest outside the White House (expected to draw 20,000+ people — see the global movement site 350.org for the why, how, and sign-up). Back here in the Rogue Valley, we are going to create a giant (120ft) image of a salmon from hundreds of participant-created art pieces about HOME. We want you to come! For the juicy details and overarching idea, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/415679618508101/?ref=ts&fref=ts
PS If the first link doesn’t work, search “Citizens Climate Lobby” for Monday, January 14, 2013 at http://www.ijpr.org/onlineaudio2.asp?SectionID=1012&programId=11.