Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pharrell Williams adds voice to climate change issue

I love seeing celebrities use their status to step up and directly advocate for social change after too many politicians with the power to do something constructive are AWOL after selling out to special interests.

Props to this effort to raise awareness about climate change:

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, musician Pharrell Williams and producer Kevin Wall are putting together a music event dubbed Live Earth -- Road to Paris to build support for protecting the climate. 
The intention is that the event on June 18 will be the biggest ever campaign, including concerts on all seven continents, Wall told a panel with Gore and Williams at the World Economic Forum in Davos today.
And for those who still think climate change is a hoax, or something to be dealt with later never, give this recent report a thought if you are heading to the Rocky Mountains with the kids to ski, sightsee, or hike:
WASHINGTON (September 10, 2014) — Forests in the Rocky Mountains are under an unprecedented assault from wildfires, tree-killing insects, and heat- and drought-related stress, according to “Rocky Mountain Forests at Risk,” a report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization (RMCO). If left unchecked, the climate change that is driving this triple assault could fundamentally alter these forests as we know them, the report says. The forests at risk are defining features of some of America’s most cherished landscapes, including Glacier, Rocky Mountain, and Yellowstone national parks. 
“Heat and drought stress, beetle bark infestations and wildfires are killing trees across widespread areas in the Rocky Mountains,” said Jason Funk, report co-author and senior climate scientist at UCS. “The wildfires, infestations and heat and drought stress are the symptoms; climate change is the underlying disease.”

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