Dec 26 at 9:27 PM
What brought us forth is in some sense dying. Our main stream narrative allows us to feel numb to cut us off form this inherent intuitive sense something is terribly wrong in how we are relating to this only home of ours. Planetary

Elizabeth Kohlbert

There’s a surreal level of discourse in this country about this issue in particular, where we can see very dramatic impacts. And it’s not really complicated science that we’re talking about here. You’re heating up water and you’re melting ice and you’re getting higher sea levels. There are certainly some subtleties and there are a lot of unknowns. That is absolutely true, but there are also undeniable effects happening right now and yet we seem to be able to deny them. And that’s really kind of astonishing.

One answer is always ‘we’re gonna figure something out before the proverbial shit hits the fan.’

Is that true? That’s an empirical question and one that we can’t really answer in the abstract … Will our luck hold? Is that true? Can you just bank on that? I don’t know. We’re really intent on finding out.

Albert Einstein

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

National Center for Atmospheric Research Spokesperson

We are running an uncontrolled expirament on the only home we have.

Pope quote

“Let us sing as we go. May our struggles and our concern for this planet never take away the joy of our hope.”

Wen Stephenson’s Quotes

If enough of us are willing to fight, and to fight hard enough, and to fight lovingly enough , and never give up.

We know what the science says. What does your conscience say?

Hope- however irrational it may seem- think of women’s voting rights, slavery, civil rights

We are fighting for our humanity. Not simply a fight for our own survival- there are oppressive and dystopian forms of survival that aren’t worth fighting for.

We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.

Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies.

Have they forgotten that my mnistry is in obedience to the one who loved his enemies so fully that he died for them?

In those dark moments, we will continue the struggle for climate ustice because that’s what it means to be faithful to a God loves this world. We will continue this struggle becasue that is what it means to be faithful to the people and to the world that we love

Fossil fuel industry has increasingly moved towards klling democracy in order to be able to continue klling people for profit

I have at last as much right to call myself a Christian as the people who preach greed and intolerance in the name of Jesus.

McKibben is just a normal guy and he’s got no more power to make this happen than anybody else. I am my own best hope for my future. That nobody was going to get this done for us

We are building a movement to navigate that period of intense change in a way that maintains our humanity.

We stand together as representatives of a desperate generation.

Forced onto a radical path by the political and moral failures of older generations.

International Energy Agency stats that continued global investments in fossil fuel infrastructure would lock in catastropic warming.

They grabbed people’s hearts. They changed people and we’re not going to change back, because we’re aware now of things that we never were aware of before.

Other Cool Climate Quotes

We can no longer rely on the benevolence and wisdom of the political elites captured by a paradigm of greed, denial and apathy.  I would add to that that it’s not all their fault- the public has for the most part turned away from this as well.

We would rather be ruined than changed

We would rather die in our dread

Than climb the cross of the moment

And let our illusions die.   WH Auden

Will our children ask why didn’t you ask, or wil lthey ask how do you find the moral courage to rise up and change?

Next Meeting

Houston Climate Forum
Saturday, January 27th 12:30 to 4
Keck Hall Rice University with 7 of the District 07 Congressional Candidates in a forum. Congressman Beto O'Rourke receiving an environmental award.
December 5th, different location. Our first guest is Joe Blanton, Science Specialist at The Shlenker School. Joe will be speaking about carbon and nitrogen cycles. Currenlty, Joe is responsible for teaching 178 K-5 students the wonders of physcial science, earth science and life science utilizing both the indoor classroom laboratory and the outdoor classroom backyard habitat. Prior to teaching at The Shlenker School, Joe was the Director of Adult Programs and Director of Conservation at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, where he led the Conservation Team in the implementation of the Conservation Management Plan to protect and enhance the Arboretum's 155-acre grounds, 5 miles of trails and 14,000 sf building, as well as planning and developing the Arboretum's adult programs as a nature education and conservation organization. He also was a project manager at Urban Harvest, where he developed and managed 16 outdoor classrooms at HISD Elementary and Middle schools! Joe graduated from the Unviersity of Texas at Austin wiht a BS in Microbiology and Immunology, and he completed his MS in Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine.Our second guest is Alex Triantaphyllis. Alex T is running for Texas's 7th Congressional District and is currently the Director of Immigration and Economic Opportunity at BakerRipley (formerly Neighborhood Centers), NOVEMBER 14th at 7:00. DIFFERENT LOCATION: Sewall 305, in Sewall Hall at Rice University (1601 Rice Boulevard) Topic: Implications of Climate Change for the Southeast Texas Food Supply By many measures, temperatures have been increasing rapidly in Southeast Texas and high rainfall events have increased dramatically. Most produce found in markets comes from plants that cease growing at temperatures like 75, 85, or 95 and develop serious problems in soggy soils or with heat exacerbated drought. Only a few plants thrive above 95 F, and already August averages in some parts of our area are above that. Compounding this is an agribusiness system that depends heavily on fossil fuels and greenhouse gases to produce and deliver our food.
Tuesday, October 11th at 7:00 PM Eleanor Elbert from Michael Skelley's Clean Line Energy. Topic: wind energy/transmission
Tuesday, November 8th at 7:00 PM Election party
Tuesday, December 6th at 7:00 PM Joey Romano on community solar for those that can't or don't want to do rooftop solar.
Monday, February 13th 4108 University Blvd- Marcus Theobald Solar in Developing Countries James Cargas on his bid against Rep Culberson. Culberson, despite being lobbied extensively, does not support efforts to help with climate change.
Tuesday, March 14th Jerry Friedman- civil rights attorney speaking on your rights during rallies
Tuesday April 11th Batteries as Big Power- Utility Scale Battery Storage
Tuesday, May 9th Climate Change Health Impacts by Brett Perkison at the University of Texas Health Science Center in the department of Family Medicine.
Tuesday, July 11th Industrial Agriculture and Climate Change by Michael Battey of Vegan for Life and Laura Moser District 07 candidate
Lizzie Fletcher candidate District 07 Diallogue on climate change
October Roman Belotserkovskiy, perspectives on major trends in the Electric Power industry.

""We just happen to be alive at one of - if not the- hinge moments in human history." Bill McKibben

"The sheer momentum of physics is bearing down on us." Wen Stephenson

"I don't need to do anything because God, Bill McKibben, Bernie Sanders, the geo engineers, and the billionaires will save us from the impact of climate change." They will all help but I don't think it's very nice for others to look away while they do all the work and absorb all the pain of the work. :)

What is hard but imperative, if we are to have any chance of changing course, is to become, as Pope Francis describes it, “painfully aware, to dare to turn what is happening in the world into our own personal suffering and thus to discover what each of us can do about it.”


Different belief systems mediate the relationship between humanity and the natural world with profoundly different consequences in terms of the ecological footprint. "Planetary"