Climate change remains a polarizing issue in Washington, where members of Congress engage in endless, Groundhog Day-like debates over the (settled) science, instead of taking action. [This post was originally published at Grist.]
Last weekend I went skiing and came face-to-face with the reality of climate impacts. While the East Coast of North America has been snowed in for months, here on the West Coast, we’ve had our worst ski season in decades.
When Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe threw a snowball onto the senate floor on March 2nd 2015, he was using a classic technique – create a sense of uncertainty around science and its roll in decision making by using simple and contrary (typically false) facts delivered via entertaining/compelling tactics to deceive and distract audiences.
A resilient city is one that is better able to return to an earlier state after a disaster (including those related to climate change) or reimagine itself into a more prosperous future. That is, a city should be able to bounce back or bounce forward.
Winters Past is designed to make people really feel that the climate has changed—to understand it in their bodies, physically and immediately. My wife, Josephine Holtzman, and I had the idea for this project during a warm, rainy December in 2012.
Climate Access is an initiative of The Resource Innovation Group's Social Capital Project. We are grateful to our founding partners, the Stonehouse Standing Circle and the Rutgers Initiative on Climate and Society.