Presentation to the Ethical Society and 1 Year Anniversary Celebration

On December 6, St. Louis based Climate Reality Leaders will lead a presentation and discussion about Global Warming/Climate Change at the Ethical Society of St. Louis

The speakers will be Dr. Lucas Sabalka, professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at St. Louis University, Brian Ettling, a National Park Ranger from Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, and Larry Lazar, an analyst at a consumer products company and organizer for Climate Reality - St. Louis.

The speakers will address human influenced global warming/climate change with the Climate Reality Project Mission of engaging the public in conversation about “our” problem. Real solutions, systemic solutions, and innovative solutions can only come when we address them together.

Topics to be presented and discussed:
• What is Global Warming/Climate Change?
• How do we know it’s really happening?
• How we know human activities are responsible?
• What are the consequences?
• Is there a scientific consensus?
• Scientific Credibility: Who to trust and why?
• What are some Ethical Considerations?
• What can be done? What are the solutions?
• What is Gov’t role? Private enterprise?
• What can concerned citizens do to become involved?

Without doubt. Without delay. Come hear the conversation about how to solve the climate crisis. Questions from those present will be welcomed. So bring your questions along with your ethical and moral courage.

Date: Thursday, December 6

Time: 7pm to 9pm
Location: St. Louis Ethical Society
Address: 9001 Clayton Road St. Louis, MO 63117

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  • Ed S.

    Great presentation from the panelists. I'm excited about the work Climate Reality St. Louis is doing. I hope the "We can fix it" part of the presentation (#5) can become more flushed out in the future, especially during presentations where the choir is being preached to.

    4 · December 7, 2012

    • Ed S.

      While I agree with you about the influence of money in politics as how it relates to our lack of progress at the federal level, much has been, and continues to be done, to promote efficiency and renewable energy here in Missouri at the local and state level. There's also something to be said about defending what the environmental community has fought so hard to get, like the passing of Prop C in 2008, a renewable energy standard for our state's monopoly electric utilities.

      December 10, 2012

    • Ed S.

      Anti-renewable energy elected officials have tried, and will continue to try, to gut as much of Prop C as possible to render it completely meaningless. Organizations like the ones I mentioned, which I happen to work for MCE, go to Jefferson City on a regulator basis, meet with elected officials, testify at hearings, and mobilize our supporters to support or oppose legislation that has real world impacts each and every year. Money in politics is a real problem. But we aren't going to get Claire McCaskill to change her views on renewable energy and efficiency without making a significant impact on decreasing the overall kWh's we are using while increasing the number of kWh's coming from TRUE renewable energy. I'll get into the economics and politics of nuclear power if needed later.

      December 10, 2012

  • Don D.

    Hello All, please let me interject my own two-cents' worth into this 'WeCanFixIt' conversation:

    Several years ago, before joining Climate Reality St. Louis, I began teaching weatherization and green building classes in Illinois, mainly because our structures are responsible for more than half of the carbon dioxide we produce, either through powering them or constructing them. I have made it my mission to show the public how to build a new affordable zero-energy/zero-carbon home, or fix an older one to be as efficient as possible. Solar, wind, geothermal and radical insulation materials are all included in my solutions, in classes ranging from 4 to 40 hours in length. And most of these solutions also result in a much more substantial, 'weather-proof' house.

    So Yes, we CAN fix up to half of it ourselves, at whatever speed we can afford, and I am volunteering my time to any future presentations by Larry, Lucas and Brian to talk about how.

    December 10, 2012

  • Claire A.

    I agree with Ed's comment about the wecanfixit part. We not only need a complete session on this part, but we need to become fluent with the pertinent money discussions. It's not enough to state, for example, that the hybrid car represents a savings when hybrid cars are in general more expensive. We, the choir, need to be able to "sell" what we believe.

    Also, I didn't hear about the sacrifice we westerners are going to have to make eventually to make this whole thing work. The disparity between the energy consumption of the have nations and that of the have nots needs to come into some sort of concordance, right? Doesn't this mean we've got to make some sacrifices at some point? Who's talking about this? How do we begin?

    1 · December 7, 2012

    • Brian E.

      Thanks for coming Claire. I do think if all of us find ways to reduce our carbon footprint, this will help the disparity with developing nations. Yes, this should be addressed more in future meetings. I encourage you to find more information about this also to share at our next Climate Reality St. Louis meeting.

      December 9, 2012

  • Tanya

    Excellent presentation! Very polished.

    3 · December 6, 2012

    • Brian E.

      Thanks Tanya! It was great to have you there.

      December 9, 2012

  • Claire A.

    It was an excellent presentation, primarily aimed at those who still deny Climate Change. Impressively, this program was designed and presented by volunteers! I hope there will be a follow-up that focuses in depth on what each of us can contribute to solutions!

    1 · December 7, 2012

    • Juli V.

      There's a tookit to divest fossil fuels on . is good. there's a rally in Washington dc on Presidents Day. I would like to go. In the next few months I plan to go to all my local govt entities and remind them a James Hansen's (see TED Talks) warning to reduce fossil fuels. There meetings are on the cable channels. There is St Louis eco faith meet up.

      December 8, 2012

  • Juli V.

    Saw a few new slides. Message is as powerful as ever.

    December 6, 2012

  • Steve S.

    IMHO, nuclear is a necessity to weening us from fossil fuels.

    November 9, 2012

    • Ed S.

      Care to address issues raised about MSR's in this blog?


      I look forward to continuing the conversation this evening.

      December 6, 2012

    • Ed S.

      And yes, you are correct, I did mix up the reactors. It's obvious I confused the two. I base my opposition to MSR's based on the expertise of people like Arjun Makhijani, author of Carbon Free and Nuclear Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy. If you didn't get a chance to listen to Arjun talk on this topic, below is an NPR interview where MSRs are mentioned.­

      December 6, 2012

  • Eric

    In this upcoming year MO is scheduled to start building a new oil pipeline (South Flanagan Pipeline by Embridge) and a new nuclear reactor (courtesy of Westinghouse, Amerem, and Jay Nixon) . The pipe is in league with Keystone XL, but eludes the international regulations bogging Keystone presently. The nuclear reactor is planned to make MO the hub for next-gen nuclear technology development and production. I am going to protest on the construction sites and in Jeff City, as well as dig into the dirt of this big-ass oil pipeline and the reactor. If anyone wants to help organize a movement then please contact me [masked]­­

    November 8, 2012

    • Bill W.

      I agree we shouldn't be enabling carbon or current nuclear tech.

      November 21, 2012

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