Climate Change: Beyond the moon…

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“When we decided to go to the moon, we solved innumerable technical challenges and we were proud of doing it. We did that together and we need to do it again.”–Dr. Lucy Jones

Lucy Jones was a curious kid, growing up in a family that respected knowledge and loved music.  She was my friend’s kid sister, a little blond bundle of energy.  Today, Dr. Lucy Jones is a Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech, a post she has held since 1984. Whenever California rumbles, “Dr. Lucy” is in the media to analyze the situation. She is a calm, comforting voice in what might be a catastrophic seismic event, and has been for  decades.

Her goal is to  “communicate where the greatest vulnerabilities lie and what actions can be taken to reduce the risks that are the most cost-effective..” according to her biography.

Today she explains our rising climatic conditions on earth:

“The speed with which we are changing the climate is unprecedented. The world is already warmer by almost 2°F.  Everywhere on Earth, ecosystems are experiencing a different climate than that in which they evolved. Within the lifetime of children now born, with no action, the climate could be 5-10 °F warmer.”

She goes on to describe what we are to see as this takes place:

  • More disasters.
  • More wildfires.
  • Food shortages.
  • Water availability crises.
  • Climate refugees.

These changes, Dr. Jones explains, will require “social disruption”,  according to Dr. Jones, far beyond the choice of car or reusable grocery bags.  We can solve this problem, not by avoidance or denial, entreats Dr. Jones, but by the same American ingenuity that took us to the moon and beyond:

“Dealing with climate change means technological innovation to create a better world. It can be done. Solar energy is already much cheaper than it was a decade ago. When we decided to go to the moon, we solved innumerable technical challenges and we were proud of doing it. We did that together and we need to do it again.”

Some are stepping up to support what will need to be a sea change.    Musicians and philanthropists like Leonardo DiCaprio and Rocker David Gilmour, a member of Pink Floyd, are donating millions and creating foundations to support new technologies.

What can we common citizens do?  First of all, accept our situation.

Then, elect people who will fight for our world, not their pocketbooks.

The time is now.

To see Dr. Jones’s full post on Climate Change go to





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