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flying green, Peoples Climate March, and 2 billion cows
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This week I’m flying to DC for the Peoples Climate March. I’m really looking forward to it, but one little detail of my trip has been weighing on me: the part about the flying. Flying to a climate march seems a little bit like 

So I studied up a bit on how to fly while being easy on Mother Earth. Before we begin, here’s a quick summary of this week’s email:
  • Headliners
  • Guilt-free, environmentally-friendly jet-setting
  • Take Action!
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THE COMMONS

 April 23, 2017 
 

Headliners

+ Trump released another executive order calling for rolling back environmental regulations such as the Clean Power Plan and a full regulatory review of the EPA. Notably missing from the order was backing out of the Paris Agreement, which is good news. 

+ However, many say the rollback of the CPP will make it impossible to meet our commitments to the Paris Agreement. Others, including Michael Bloomberg, think we’re doing just fine even without Washington’s help. 

+ Planet of the Cows: By 2050 there will be 9 billion people and, most likely, 2 billion cattle, together augmenting their already crushing dominance of Earth, says Vaclav Smil.

+ Melting glaciers, from Greenland to Antarctica, have become symbols of global warming — and monitoring their retreat is one major way scientists are keeping tabs on the progress of climate change. Now, scientists are trying to bring the issue a little closer to home by using time-lapse photos to show the effects of climate change are already occurring. 
+ Al Gore’s latest project, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, which is — as you guessed — a sequel to his 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth.  It comes to theatres July 28th. 

Environmentally-friendly jet-setting

It turns out there really isn't an environmentally-friendly way to fly. Flying means trashing the planet... and there's no easy fix. Sorry to lead you on like that. 

Some airlines are more efficient than others, with gas-guzzling American Airlines using 25% more fuel per passenger than top dog Alaska Airlines, but these small improvements are just band aids.

This is just the sort of "inconvenient truth" Al Gore has been trying to get through our heads. The best we can do is reduce flying as much as possible, and then offset the rest. What do I mean by offset? I cover that, and more, over on my blog. 
an introduction to carbon offsets

Quote of the week: 

"We hear a lot about putting America first. Let’s put Earth first.”

--Bill Maher
#makeearthgreatagain

Take Action

  1. We have the opportunity to have our voices heard on Trump’s regulatory review of the EPA. Comment here
  2. Next weekend is the People's Climate March. Find a march near you, or join me in DC. 

  3. Wherever you go, consider offsetting your travel
Thanks for reading,
James Dice
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