Climbing Sequoias for Climate Change | off-setting global warming with old growth giant redwoods |

I came upon this article in the New York Times, regarding the fact that David Milarch and his co-workers are Climbing Sequoias for Climate Change. It is good information and worth pedaling out there to more people.

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These giant redwoods, Sequoias, are some of the oldest species on the planet. They are genetically designed to intake carbon dioxide and transform it into oxygen.

David Milarch and his crew are involved in an ambitious global reforestation project, recognizing that these trees have the capability like few other species of trees, to dramatically affect the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, transforming it into oxygen.

On Earth Day 2013, The Archangel Tree Project planted ‘cloned’ California redwoods in six countries around the world. They hope to plant the first sequoias in England and Connecticut on Earth Day 2014.

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Giant sequoias whisk in (breath in) CO2 and transform it into oxygen faster than almost any species of trees on the planet; they could be the answer to an attempt to reverse climate change.

The lower branches of these giant sequoias are taller than any tree in the East coast of the United States.

The project takes cuttings from the top branches of these super trees, to make clones, and plant them around the world, with the attempt to reforest the planet with trees that could offset the high levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. Also working towards off-setting climate change, Bill McKibben created 350.org, to raise peoples’ awareness about the lowest levels (in parts per million) of carbon dioxide that is allowable in our earth’s atmosphere.

Archangel is locating and propagating the largest and most ancient living things, trees. They have a genetic history of 4,000 years of super-growth. Their object is to spread these species in order to off-set the excess CO2 in our environment. What they are not sure about, is if there is still time for the trees to grow in order to affectively make change.

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See my former blog on this same site, “GDP | Gross Domestic Problem | Why the measurement of wealth depends on a healthy environment |
This contains info about the term “gross national happiness” GNH, coined by the King at the time of the country Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck.

DoTheMath | 350.org | Bill McKibben | Global Climate Crisis | Washington D.C. |

On November the 18th, 2012 Bill McKibben who started 350.org, brought his United States DoTheMath tour to an end in Washington D.C. The tour included a presentation, prior to a demonstration circling the White House at its conclusion. McKibben spoke of the recklessness of the oil industry and the ecocide brought on through their “extreme energy” techniques.

I calendared the arrival of the tour to the East coast months ago, then signed up for the final day of the event in Washington D.C. McKibben talked to a capacity crowd at the Warner Theater in Washington prior to the March. The audience consisted of every age group; from people with babies in tow, to college students to retirees. He featured projections of his travels around the globe visiting the people of countries who are at higher risk due to global warming, for example low lying areas in India and Asia; pointing out that those most affected by climate change are the ones who have contributed to the phenomena the least.

He implicates the fossil fuel industry as the major culprits. They ravage the environment the most, specifically with the following extreme methods.

Deep Water Oil Drilling, which this link to an article in the New York Times indicates, “After a yearlong drilling moratorium, BP and other oil companies are intensifying their exploration and production in the gulf…and expanding into Cuban and Mexican waters…beyond most American controls.”

Fracking – Hydraulic fracturing which rapes, I mean reaps from the earth to extract natural gas. As this article in IVN Independent Voter Network describes, “The Price of Fracking: Earthquakes & Groundwater Contamination”. In addition, as this article in the Nation reveals, Fracking involves excessive contamination that causes farmers to become ill as well as livestock. “Exposed animals “are making their way into the food system, and it’s very worrisome to us,” Bamberger says. “They live in areas that have tested positive for air, water and soil contamination. Some of these chemicals could appear in milk and meat products made from these animals…No one doubts that fracking fluids have the potential to do serious harm. Theo Colborn, an environmental health analyst and former director of the World Wildlife Fund’s wildlife and contaminants program, identified 632 chemicals used in 
natural-gas production.”

The rally in Washington D.C. specifically focused on the destruction that will result if the Keystone XL Tar Sands continues and morphs into a continental pipeline construction to feed the energy needs of the U.S.

The picture above is from a National Geographic article “Canadian Oil Sands” describing this boom and its worth. Its worth to the oil industry is at a cost that will result in enormous irreparable environmental destruction.

Bill McKibben’s DoTheMath presentation consisted of a slideshow of places around the globe affected by global warming and a number of talks by various people. Among them was a representative of the indigenous Indian tribe in Canada whose sacred homeland and culture are being destroyed by their proximity to the tar sands pits. Reverend Lennox Yearwood Jr., president of the Hip Hop Caucus spoke of disinvesting in the fossil fuel industry. A video recorded message featured Desmond Tutu, the South African social rights activist, who was one of the first people to join 350.org at its inception. He, as well as a video message by the founder of GreenPeace, Kumi Naidoo, spoke of the fact that this is not merely an environmental issue, but a moral one. His blog features this photograph to the left. And to remind you of all of the different unique creatures that share this planet, take a look at Joel Sartore’s photographs.http://www.joelsartore.com/galleries/the-photo-ark/ Irreversible damage to the planet and the extinction of its species is not only a crime against humanity and future generations, but utmost criminal negligence against all of life and creation. It is insanity.

Disinvestment in companies involved in “extreme energy” was the critical topic; fracking, tar sands, mountain top removal & deep water drilling. Each spoke of the need to “disinvest” in the Fossil Fuel Oil giants, just as the Western businesses had disinvested in the South African government, which was THE primary vehicle that finally ended apartheid.

Disinvestment means to encourage your bank, university, school, church – virtually any establishment – to stop investing in anything that has to do with the fossil fuel industry. Ironically, the industry gave lots of money to presidential candidates, and will seduce anyone who wants to be their spokesperson. “Fossil Fuel Industry Ads Dominate TV Campaign“. When these giants are no longer getting blanketed with funds, they can not continue to do what they are doing.

Ironically, on my trip I pulled out a Christian Science Monitor magazine that I’d brought with me in case I had the time to read, one of the first articles I came upon was talking about oil harvest and ecocide.

The world’s 10 largest oilfield technology companies are listed here.

The top fifteen United States based oil and gas companies ranked by assets are listed below.

After we prepared with some chants, we went out to march from Liberty Square, circling to cross before the White House and back.
chants like
• We are unstoppable another world is possible
• hey Michelle tell your man stop the keystone pipeline plan

I had hitch-hiked from PA to DC, and learned a lot from the driver’s with whom I traveled, about numerous topics. Several were aware of 350.org, which made me happy.

From my former article on this blog https://digesthis.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/gross_domestic_problem_-why-measurement-of-wealth-depends-on-a-healthy-environment/

GDP | Gross Domestic Problem | Why the measurement of wealth depends on a healthy environment |

why trees matter | mushrooms offer solutions | Handprint | Gross National Happiness

When I walk or ride along streets basically every where, I look at trees as I pass them by. I see trees as elegant beings, that besides providing oxygen and shade and beauty, create a home for insects, birds and other animals. They are an integral part of what has created life as we know it on our planet.

This Op-Ed article in the New York times sparked my interest.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/12/opinion/why-trees-matter.html

Walnut tree in a gentleman's yard in Pennsylvania.

As this writer states, “In a bit of natural alchemy called photosynthesis, for example, trees turn one of the seemingly most insubstantial things of all — sunlight — into food for insects, wildlife and people, and use it to create shade, beauty and wood for fuel, furniture and homes.” Ah, and sunlight is hardly insubstantial – as I write about in my other blog regarding plasma cosmology and the electric universe theory.

“Decades ago, Katsuhiko Matsunaga, a marine chemist at Hokkaido University in Japan, discovered that when tree leaves decompose, they leach acids into the ocean that help fertilize plankton. When plankton thrive, so does the rest of the food chain.

Trees are nature’s water filters, capable of cleaning up the most toxic wastes, including explosives, solvents and organic wastes, largely through a dense community of microbes around the tree’s roots that clean water in exchange for nutrients, a process known as phytoremediation. Tree leaves also filter air pollution.”

I will let you read the rest of the article yourself, instead of copying and pasting it ‘-))

Yet, on the same subject, mushrooms also have the capacity to filter and clean toxicities out of the environment, as this article in UTNE reader demonstrates. “Mushrooms Offer Solutions for Environment and Economy

http://www.ted.com/talks/paul_stamets_on_6_ways_mushrooms_can_save_the_world.html?quote=294

An image of mycelium below.

“Human beings are more closely related to fungi, than they are to any other kingdom. Within a single cubic inch of soil, there can be 8 miles of these cells. Mycelium are externalized stomachs and lungs, essentially extended neurological membranes.” Paul goes on to say that mycelium form a fabric which is the biological version of earth’s natural internet. The internet, in turn, is man’s tool, or extension, which can be allocated to protect the biosphere”. It’s kind of like the concept that DNA replicates itself, in order for life to ultimately witness and see itself.

We can not measure the worth and wealth of a country or its peoples through qualifiers like the GDP, Gross Domestic Product; the monetary value of all the finished goods and services produced within a country’s borders, because this becomes a

Gross Domestic Problem

Gross Domestic Problem

Bhutan has a more enlightened way of approaching the subject, with the King’s assertion of a measure of Gross National Happiness!

Recognize that happiness and environmental health play a much larger role in the attributes which contribute to ‘quality of life’, than ‘wealth’, as measured by economic means alone. Bill McKibben who started 350.org contributed this article about the politics of global warming for the Rolling Stone magazine “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math“.

We need to pay attention to our carbon footprint, showing the detrimental results of our actions on the environment as well as to actively become aware of our social handprint, revealing the benefits of our actions on nature; with the concept of balancing out what we take, through what we share and give!! Our handprint measures the positive impacts we can make, simply by changing the way we do things; at home, at work…

You can read more about this
http://challengingbehaviour.marketingmagazine.co.uk/2012/03/05/forget-your-carbon-footprint-whats-your-handprint/

Why does this matter? Because we don’t inhabit this planet alone.

http://www.joelsartore.com/galleries/the-photo-ark/

Oct. 24th | Global Day of Climate Action | 350.org

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Silent Climate Parade

Oct. 24th | Global Day of Climate Action | 350.org

October 24th is the ‘Global Day of Climate Action’ organized by Bill McKibben, who’s behind 350.org.  350 ppm are the top level of particulates – carbon dioxide particles in parts per million – that can be tolerated in our atmosphere in order to reach a sustainable level, to make a dent along the global warming axis towards disaster.  We need to cap at this amount, to reverse the process, or attempt to slow it down.

Here’s an excellent 6 min. video of 350 dot org’s Berlin, Germany Silent Climate Parade 2013 (different year, but captures the essence)

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excellent 6 min. video of 350 dot org silent climate parade Berlin, Germany 2013 (different year, but captures the essence)

The impetus of the voices around the world calling attention to this is to put forth to the attendees of the Copenhagen Climate Conference glaring ahead, the need to acknowledge the importance of making a coordinated worldwide effort to reduce the number of particles contaminating the environment to a sustainable level of 350ppm.

This will be the most widespread day of political global action in world history.  4,500 events have been planned in 177 countries.  McKibben mentioned in an interview with Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now”that the people of the United States “are the most addicted, and therefore most in denial” about the issue.

I’ll be attending among others the Berlin, Germany, Silent Climate Parade. Here are pics from 350 dot org Climate movements worldwide. https://www.flickr.com/photos/350org/4046302796
350.org Ravers on the Boulevard Unter den Linden in Berlin, credit: Lars Borges

And by the way, this is an interesting graphic chart to wrap your thoughts around and digest:

information is beautiful.net/visualizations/the-billion-dollar-gram.

By the way, here in Berlin is the last evening of the Festival of Lights, so catch it while you can.

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aloha  |  Be present and share the breath | essence of life.

Aloha in the Hawaiian language means affection, love, peace, compassion and mercy.     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aloha

Carol

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