Join Us for 24 Hours of Reality
This year has given way to record breaking weather extremes. From the Midwest blizzard that shut down Chicago to the Mississippi flooding, Texas drought and Hurricane Irene. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), it’s been a record year for billion-dollar disasters and these extremes are projected to become more frequent as the climate changes.
On September 14th (2011), the Climate Reality Project is showing 24 hours of reality on the climate crisis. While 2011 has provided a window into the extreme weather of the future, the event is showing the world in every time zone the reality of climate change, connecting the dots between extreme weather and a changing climate.
- Starts at 7pm CT on Wednesday, September 14th (2011)
- 24 presenters in 24 time zones
- Purpose: Drawing attention to the reality of climate change
- To learn more, participate & spread the word (via Facebook & Twitter), see the Climate Reality Project’s website.
“24 Hours of Reality will focus the world’s attention on the full truth, scope, scale and impact of the climate crisis. To remove the doubt. Reveal the deniers. And catalyze urgency around an issue that affects every one of us.” – Al Gore
Wildlife & Climate Change
A recent study in Science magazine (see “Climate Change is Causing Species to Shift Faster Towards Poles, Says New Study”) revealed that species are already being affected by climate change. They are moving toward the poles and higher elevation in search of cooler temperatures at a much faster pace than previously predicted.
"Everything is already on the move. All of the biological communities that exist on the planet now -- at least those areas that have been studied or reported -- have already changed because of climate change. This isn't a feature of something that might be happening in the lives of our grandchildren or our great-grandchildren. It's already well under way," stated Chris Thomas, conservation biologist, University of York and lead author of the report.
With climate change being one of the greatest threats to species, people and ecosystems in the places WWF works, spreading the reality of climate change is critical for motivating support for comprehensive global action that both decreases climate change pollution and prepares the world for climate disruption.