Hands, Globe, Earth, Protection, Planet

The Environmental Awareness Group meets monthly on the fourth Thursday, 6:30-7:30, and explores a variety of topics and plans for action. This is an intergenerational group for anyone 14 years or over.

Below is a list of resources and plans for group discussion and activities.

For questions or further information, contact Chris Mihealsick.

Zoom link: link.liveoakuu.org/Environment.  Information will also appear on the What’s Happening webpage.

 Environmental Awareness Group: First 5 Months Focus- Climate Change

2/25 –  Science of Climate Change – The greenhouse effect, gasses that contribute to global warming, and human impact. 

Reading: Short selection from: “Dire Predictions – Understanding Climate Change.  The Visual Guide to the Findings of the IPCC” by Mann and Kump.

Reading Here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GH-1cQrhDTxhKG1pQcrsB9iQLrBhy563/view?usp=sharing

Monthly Sustainability Challenge: What’s a carbon footprint? Calculate your carbon footprint using an online calculator. Knowledge is power – the first step to sustainability is measuring personal impact. 

https://www.nature.org/en-us/get-involved/how-to-help/carbon-footprint-calculator/?fbclid=IwAR3LkscBErhKuma_DMeq2cCmLJ5NAWBwaCdB9RX8i2ocUWrkYFWzfY5Ia30

3/25 – Climate Change, extreme cold events, and the resilience of electric grids

Readings: 

How Climate Change can make it colder – the Polar Vortex

https://drive.google.com/file/d/19PvXKAepmuBR6L1lqJaYzJn13sDQFtl9/view?usp=sharing

Texas and California’s Electric Grid Troubles and Climate Resiliency

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mPi83zAWuabvnTTkow9l3hsGldeIZBiT/view?usp=sharing

Monthly Sustainability Challenge: Project Drawdown – opens 4/1 – 4/30. Global challenge to reduce carbon emissions/reduce your carbon footprint. We can join others from around the world in taking steps in April to reduce our emissions. 

https://ecochallenge.org/global-ecochallenges/

4/22 – Impacts of Climate Change – Wildfires, sea level rise, large storm events, and more.

Reading: Climate Change impacts are happening right now – Bill McKibben, The Guardian 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JcN3IuSlPF42WrmEckphfYlbndwDQrzq/view?usp=sharing

Intro from The Water Will Come – by Jeff Goodell

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1M9jR8Dxlmj-Fx6qdX2pGXcXigPWXhqwM/view?usp=sharing

Quarterly Take Action Project – Any climate change (or environmental) bills in the Texas Legislature? Could we write emails to our local representatives in support of these bills?

5/27- Climate Change and Poverty– Climate change has disproportionate impacts on the global poor, including consequences and adaptation abilities 

Reading: “The Climate Divide” by Andrew Revkin

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1w1VjKT-qzLBWvEe-KfaWtXGzLuOWVtlH/view?usp=sharing

Monthly Sustainability Challenge:  Personal carbon reduction goal. Based on your personal results from the carbon footprint calculator, or from your/our participation in project drawdown, what is one thing for this month you can do to reduce your household carbon footprint? Submit a picture or two of you working on your goal and get a climate change sticker suitable for car bumper, water bottle, skateboard, or binder! (Sticker will be mailed to you)

6/24 – Climate Change and Immigration – Climate change is driving some mass emigration already, specifically from drought-ravaged agricultural areas in Central America into both cities and more northern countries like Mexico and the United States. How are we planning to handle Climate Change refugees?

Reading: 

Abbreviated Version for our discussion group (Read this one): New York Times Immigration and Climate Change article:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ShwPgFNdHonP_YatPQzJmtxC_5GIT6tM/view?usp=sharing

Full article from New York Times Magazine (26 pages, but good – read if you want more from the abbreviated version):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1i4uWY-6e-gegLxCeOLgefuDOk28F3FmK/view?usp=sharing