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Mother Nature sets a time limit on procrastination.

Bite"Mother Nature puts a time limit on how long we can dither and procrastinate" before taking action. "Several vulnerable elements in earth's climate system could be pushed toward abrupt or irreversible change. . .with our business-as-usual increase in emissions."—Dr. Richard Somerville.
Nothing can be changed until it is faced.

Bite"Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced."
-- James Baldwin
Woody Allen:   Let's pray we choose wisely.

Bite“Mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly”—Woody Allen.
The bad news: It's us. The good news:  We can stop it.

BiteThe bad news: we are causing it.
The good news: we can stop it.
The canvas on which 21st Century history will be painted

BiteClimate = the canvas on which 21st C history will be painted.
JFK:   "We choose these things because they are hard..."

Bite"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and to do these other things not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling t...
Why Woolworth's?  Drinking coffee won't end racism!

BiteSaying 'stopping the Keystone pipeline won't stop global warming,' is like a civil rights skeptic saying in 1960, 'Why Woolworth's lunch counter? Getting served a cup of coffee won't end racism.'
Kindergarten lesson:   "Clean up your own mess"

Bite"Clean up Your Own Mess" -- Robert Fulghum

"Cleaning up after ourselves generally is neither easy nor fun, and we usually don't like it." -- Richard B. Alley
Diet & exercise is not an easy option—it's the only one!

BiteWe're like the overweight patient that goes to the doctor and learns his cholesterol is too high. He doesn't die immediately—but until he changes his lifestyle and gets back down to the safe zone, he's at more risk from heart attack or stroke. If we're already past 350 [ppm CO2], are we all doome...
Save the bankers?   Or the biosphere?

Bite"Are we going to go down in history as the people who saved the bankers and let the biosphere go down?" —George Monbiot
Pricing risk:   The accelerant to clean energy shift?

BiteBanks, insurers and big investors are beginning to price climate risk into their decisions. This will accelerate the shift to low carbon energy. Are they the fire-breathers of economic change?
Ready for the good news about climate change?

Bite"The fact that humans are causing climate change is good news. That means we can do something about it." - NASA scientist Robert Cahalan
No single solution, there are millions of solutions

Bite"A million small things got us into this climate crisis, and millions of actions will get us out of it." - Patrick Gonzalez, climate scientist for the National Park Service.
To change the world, first change the story—Andy Goodman

Bite"If you want to change the world for the better, first you have to change the story."
It's not enough to care, we must link together and act collectively

Bite"It's not enough to care; we must link our concern to each other & act collectively...'1,000 stallions unconnected cannot move a baby carriage.'” — Larry Schweiger, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation
Our new moon shot: Restore a healthy climate by 2070

Bite“We can restore the climate of the 1980s by 2070. It won’t require a miracle or big sacrifices, just the will and policies to do it.” — Peter Fiekowsky, physicist, business owner, and volunteer for Citizens Climate Lobby.
The U-Turn Generation: turning things around

BiteThis is not Gen X, Y or Z. It is Gen U - the U-turn ­­generation whose task is to see global emissions slow, and over the next 30-40 years, drop to zero.
We don't have to do it alone

Bite“We need to do it ourselves, but we don’t have to do it alone!”
Meatless Monday: Every journey starts with a single step

BiteThe task of reducing carbon emissions seems enormous, but every journey starts with a single step. You can reduce your carbon emissions by incorporating a meatless meal into your weekly schedule.
No longer 'Green vs Gold.'  Now 'Green = Gold'

Bite"There is a great market opportunity for innovation. We going to go from green vs. gold to green = gold."—James Bradfield Moody.
Your job for the rest of your life:   Make the impossible possible

Bite"Anyone who hears this: your job for the rest of your life is to make the impossible possible."—Dave Roberts (Grist).
Not one "silver bullet"...instead, "silver buckshot"

BiteThere's no one "silver bullet" that can solve our energy and climate challenge in one shot. Instead, it's going to take a lot of little bullets -- "silver buckshot" -- which together can pack the same wallop and get the job done.

Variation for hunters: Think buckshot, rather than a ...
MLK:  Genuine leaders don't search for consensus, they mold it.

Bite"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."—Martin Luther King.
Hope is a verb with its sleeves rolled up

Bite"Hope is a verb with its sleeves rolled up." - Dr. David W. Orr, Professor of Environmental Studies Program, Oberlin College, Ohio.
No silver bullet, but plenty of silver buckshot.

Bite"(To truly resolve climate change), there are no silver bullets, only silver buckshot." - Bill McKibben author & Founder of 350.org
Think Globally, Act Daily

Bite"Think Globally, Act Daily." - Brian Ettling
You pay a premium for express delivery

BiteJust as rebuilding your house in a week would cost far more than rebuilding it slowly, so hasty remodeling of the global energy system would be very expensive. If we start later, we'll have to pay a catch-up premium.
You don't have to believe in climate change to solve it.

Bite"You don't have to believe in climate change to solve it. Everything we do to raise energy efficiency, will make money, improve security & health, and stabilize climate." - physicist Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute.
Climate protection puts money in your pocket

Bite"Once people understand climate protection puts money in your pocket, the political resistance will melt faster than the glaciers." - Amory Lovins, physicist and Chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute.
Nothing short of a revolution

BiteClimate solutions are not tweaks. They’re a revolution.
Why tax good things when you can tax bad things?

BiteA straight-through tax can help to lower carbon emissions by reducing taxes on work (e.g. income tax and payroll tax) while increasing taxes on consumption (e.g. carbon tax).
Tattooed advocates will win Washington - Bill Clinton

Bite"The more people with visible tattoos who advocate for clean energy, the more success it will have in Washington. You win the tattooed vote and we’ll have the damnedest environmental policy anybody ever saw."—Bill Clinton
Political will is a renewable resource.

Bite"We have everything we need to face this urgent challenge. All it takes is political will. And in our democracy, political will is a renewable resource.”—Al Gore
"politicians don’t create political will, they respond to it."

Bite"We adamantly believe that politicians don’t create political will, they respond to it." — Mark Reynolds, Citizens Climate Lobby Executive Director.
Don't fall for denial or despair, instead just take action

Bite"(Many) people go straight from denial to despair, without pausing on the intermediate step of actually doing something about (climate change)." — Al Gore
Cities lead the charge on climate change action

Bite'Around the world, city leaders are not wasting time debating the science of climate change...we are taking action. There’s simply too much to do and too much at stake." — Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City
Stewardship just requires action, not optimism or pessimism

Bite'(Taking action on climate change), it's not a matter of being optimistic or pessimistic. It's something that just has to be done.' — Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Join the movement to stop the biggest threat to our planet

Bite'Climate change: the single biggest thing humans have ever done to this planet. One thing must get bigger: our movement to stop it.' — Bill McKibben, environmental author, activist, and founder of 350.org
Time to act like this is an emergency

Bite“If (climate change) is an emergency, we have to act like it…But the good news is (if we act) we get to have a future for our kids.” — Naomi Klein, author and social activist
Pricing carbon: The silver bullet of climate change policy

Bite‘The simple prescription for anyone concerned about climate change: price carbon. It’s simple. It works. It’s conservative to the core.’ — Bob Litterman and Gernot Wagner, writing in Forbes Magazine
The most effective and memorable request to your congressperson

Bite“Rep. Cantor, we need you to promise us that you won’t leave office until Congress has solved the climate crisis.” — Elli Sparks, Citizens Climate Lobby group leader for Richmond, VA.
Unless you care a whole awful lot, nothing will change – The Lorax

Bite“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – The Lorax by Dr. Suess
Scientists & non scientists: Don't leave your citizenship at the door

Bite"Just because we scientists have Ph.D.'s we should not hang up our citizenship at the door of a public meeting." – Dr. Steve Schneider (1945-2010) climate scientist at Stanford University.
Facebook & blogging is not enough, we must change and act now

Bite"We can facebook and blog all we want, but we stand no chance to solve (climate change) unless we accept the fact that we have to change." — Larry Lazar, Climate Reality Project Leader and co-founder of Climate Reality-St. Louis Meet Up group.
The best bipartisan climate solution: a revenue neutral carbon tax

Bite‘The best way to get bipartisan action on climate change is through a revenue neutral carbon tax.’ — Yoman Bauman, Stand Up Economist.
Greatest threat to our planet? The belief someone else will save it

Bite“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it” – Robert Swan, British polar explorer and environmentalist.
This is the most important thing you can do!

Bite"Very few people on Earth ever get to say: I'm doing, right now, the most important thing I could possibly be doing.' If you join this fight, that's what you will be saying." -– Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org
President Obama: 'Let's put a price on carbon'

Bite"if there’s one thing I would like to see, it’d be for us to be able to price the cost of carbon emissions." – President Barack Obama in an interview with New York Times journalist Thomas Friedman, June 7, 2014.
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Let's terminate Climate Change!

Bite"(Climate change) is a challenge of our time and that is why I am on a crusade for a sustainable future and terminate climate change once and for all." – Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Governor of California and Hollywood movie star.
Let's give our kids a clean and green future!

Bite"Whether the climate is changing or not and whether people are responsible or not, these children deserve a clean and green future. Lets give it to them!" – Dave Finnigan, Founder & Director of Climate Change is Elementary.
Dangerous is not a scientific decision. It’s a choice within our hearts.

Bite‘What is dangerous is not a scientific decision. It is a decision we make based upon what is in our hearts.’ – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, atmospheric scientist and associate professor of political science at Texas Tech University.
Solutions! The exact opposite of farting at a cocktail party

Bite'Society conspires to suppress the discussion of climate change. Someone once said that talking about climate change is like flatulence at a cocktail party.' – Dan Miller, clean technology venture capitalist and climate speaker.
Don’t like big government? Then give free market solutions a voice

Bite"The main reason why we object to the reality of this problem (of climate change) is because the solutions that have been presented are big government solutions. So that is why I think it is so important to give free market solutions a voice in this argument.” – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, climate scienti...
A livable planet: it’s not a special interest. It’s a public interest.

Bite“(To be successful) we have to take climate change and take it from a special interest to a public interest." – Bob Berkowitz, President and Founder of EcoAmerica.
Climate action is an opportunity to express our faith through love

Bite“Climate change is an opportunity to express our faith through love.” – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, atmospheric scientist and associate professor of political science at Texas Tech University.
Georgetown, TX: ‘We’re not Al Gore, but our goal: 100% clean energy.’

Bite"I'm probably the furthest thing from an Al Gore clone you could find. We didn't do this to save the world — We did this to get a competitive rate and reduce the risk for our consumers." – Georgetown, Texas interim City Manager Jim Briggs
People already have all the values in their heart they need to care

Bite‘I believe 99.99% of people on this planet already have the values they need to care about climate change in their heart. We just need to identify those values and then we connect.’ – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist and associate professor of political science at Texas Tech University.
Your GOP Congressperson won't listen? They don't want to be fired

Bite'Who wants to be fired on Tuesday? To some degree, this is the dilemma for the right of center politicians. If they roll out climate change the wrong way, the next thing they know they receive a climate hero award and an unemployment paycheck.' – Admiral David Titley, Professor of meteorology at Pen...
Think you are too small to be effective? Think again

Bite'The argument that I am too small to make a difference is the equivalent of saying: Why should I pay my taxes? Why should I vote? Everyone has to do their own fair share.' – Dr. Stephen Schneider (1945-2010) Climate scientist at Stanford University.
‘We need all hands on deck including nuclear.’ – Dr. James Hansen

Bite“It is wrong to pit renewables against nuclear power. We need all hands on deck. Carbon-fee-and-dividend provides a way to avoid contentious discussion and allow competition.“ – Dr. James Hansen
2015 Paris Climate Agreement is just “the starting gun”

Bite“(2015 Paris Climate agreement) is just a start. A beginning. It is not going to be enough get the CO2 reductions that we need. I see this as the starting gun.” – Dr. Danny Richter, Legislative Director of Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
Don’t trust the government? Then it is up to you & me to fix it.

Bite"So many of us don't realize that we are the government. I like to call it 'the God of they,' as in, 'Oh, they'll fix it.' No, it's up to us." – Photographer Clyde Butcher
ExxonMobil supports a revenue neutral carbon tax

Bite"We believe that the risks of climate change warrant action...ExxonMobil believes a revenue-neutral carbon tax would be a more effective policy option than cap-and-trade schemes, regulations, mandates, or standards. A properly designed carbon tax can be predictable, transparent, and comparatively si...
We must savor the world before we can save it

Bite"Every morning I awake torn between a desire to save the world and an inclination to savor it. This makes it hard to plan the day. But if we forget to savor the world, what possible reason do we have for saving it? In a way, the savoring must come first." – E.B. White, author of Charlotte's Web and ...
"We aren't passengers on Spaceship Earth, we're the crew."

Bite"We aren’t passengers on Spaceship Earth, we’re the crew. We aren’t residents on this planet, we’re citizens. The difference in both cases is responsibility." – Apollo Astronaut Rusty Schweikart
The most powerful tool: Eternal optimism joined with loving action

Bite“Eternal optimism joined with loving action is the most powerful tool I own.” – Julia Butterfly Hill, American environmental activist.
‘If government is broken, we’re part of problem & healing process’

Bite“If government is broken, we are part of that brokenness and must engage in healing ourselves too.” – Sam Daley-Harris, Founder of RESULTS and the Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation.
"We have government by the majority who participate.”

Bite“We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” – original source unknown. Attributed on the internet to Thomas Jefferson.
The World depends up a 'Yes' from us

Bite"After the final no there comes a yes. And on that yes the future world depends." – poet Wallace Stevens
Things can happen much faster than you thought they could

Bite'Things take longer to happen then you think they will, and then they happen much faster than you thought they could.' – economist Dr. Rudi Dornbusch.
Impossible for us to solve this? Impossible is only an attitude.

Bite“Impossible is not a fact, it's an attitude. It's only an attitude. And I decided right then and there that I was going to change my attitude and I was going to help the world change its attitude on climate change.” – Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Conventio...
Yes, changing a light bulb, as silly as it seems, can make a difference

Bite‘Even changing a light blub, as silly as it seems, is enough to change something up in our minds to make us do more to reduce the threat of climate change.’ – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist at Texas Tech University.
Our biggest problem? Not acting on solutions right in front of our noses

Bite“Our real problem is not a heating planet or rampant malnutrition…We only have one real problem: our own feelings of powerlessness to manifest the solutions right in front of our noses.” – author Frances Moore Lappé
Every group has the values they need to care about climate change

Bite“There is no tribe yet that lives on any other planet. So, just in that simple fact, we have the values we need to care about our planet.” – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist at Texas Tech University.
We must reach out to conservatives if we want solve climate change

Bite‘Somehow we have to convince conservatives, the champions of free enterprise, that climate action fits with something that they deeply believe. Then we can join all together and make it so that we solve this problem.’ – Conservative Republican former Rep. Bob Inglis.
WE are the generation that must act now to solve climate change

Bite“We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change, and we are the last generation that can do something about it.” – Governor, Jay Inslee, Washington State.