Watch this short presentation by Janine Benyus, Biomicry 3.8, to learn how nature can help us solve one of the most pressing challenges of our time.
Our global community continues to set records for the “hottest month” and “hottest year”, urgently calling for us to lower our greenhouse gas emissions. By the end of the century, Illinois, temperatures will rise 7-13 degrees F in winter and 9-18 degrees in summer with a “business as usual” scenario.
With each passing day, the challenge of reining in climate change becomes greater. The Paris Climate Agreement was successful in that nations, for the most part, agreed upon what needs to be done. But the real work required to avoid disaster and the sixth mass extinction lies ahead.
Working with the Heartland Coalfield Alliance, EJC sends delegations of local activists to learn about the impact of coal mining in central and southern Illinois, which includes destruction of farmland, natural areas, and entire communities, and groundwater pollution from coal slurry and unlined pools of coal ash and sludge.
Like tar sands oil, much of Illinois’s high-sulfur coal is being exported to developing countries – which Richart argues should put to rest the argument that “all-of-the-above” development is needed for “energy independence.”