Activists Push for Fargo and Moorhead Climate Emergency Declarations

Declaration will be an acknowledgement that the climate crisis is an issue and that cities need to begin preparing to adapt.

Red River Valley Climate Action Members Gather Signatures for Resolutions

Activists with Red River Valley Climate Action (RRVCA) want the Fargo (N.D.) City Commission and Moorhead (Minn.) City Council to declare climate emergencies, and they’re collecting signatures to highlight community members’ support.

Graphic to sign the resolution climate emergency declarationRed River Valley Climate Action is an ad-hoc group of climate and social justice activists formed by Neva Francis after the Youth Climate Strike in September 2019. Its members are high school students, college students and adults who live, study and work in FM metro communities.

Francis said a climate emergency declaration will be an acknowledgement by local governments that there is a climate crisis, a commitment to consider the environmental impacts of every decision they make and a promise to make every effort to decrease the cities’ carbon emissions.

“We’re doing this to get Fargo and Moorhead leaders to formally acknowledge they agree with the scientific consensus around climate change, that we can see the effects right now, that human activity contributes to the climate crisis and that city leaders have a responsibility to make decisions that decrease carbon emissions to ensure a healthy and sustainable community for the generations to come,” Francis said.

Photo of members of Red River Valley Climate Action
Red River Valley Climate Action members have been collecting signatures on resolutions to show citizens’ support for local climate action.

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Climate Change and Impending Battles for Humanity’s Most Valuable Resource

“All Politics is Local” – As global warming and climate change impact everything from oceans to prairies to peoples around the world, our “local” is the whole of the United States of America.

Water Wars & water wars

Disputes over water are as old as sand and… well… water, and they’re not about to dry up. Rapidly expanding and worsening effects of global warming and climate change are going to make them more intense and violent, to the point where they’ll likely be state-sponsored.

The climate crisis is affecting waterways, natural water-holding bodies, the severity of weather events and climate conditions around the world. Even as ocean levels rise, fresh water is becoming scarcer and ever more valuable to people and nations. Scientists tell us these conditions are worsening.

As they do, “water wars” changes from a mere euphemism for neighborly disagreements to “Water Wars,” armed conflicts between nations.

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Price of Continuous Development and Externalities is the Climate Crisis

There are costs to continuous development and the exclusion of pollution and environmental degradation from project analyses, and they’re harsh. Say hello to the Climate Crisis.

“All Growth is Good.” Not.

The statement came near the end of a gathering of entrepreneurs and businesspeople in the spring of 2018. Continue reading “Price of Continuous Development and Externalities is the Climate Crisis”

#80 in Environmental Blogs, IV Words. What the Heck. Why Not?

IV Words named the 80th best environmental blog on the Internet! It’s an honor… I think… maybe… awe, shoot… what the heck!

Feedspot’s Top 100 Environmental Blogs

It’s a heck of a thing. It seems IV Words has been selected as one of the Top 100 Environmental Blogs on the Web. Continue reading “#80 in Environmental Blogs, IV Words. What the Heck. Why Not?”

Global Climate Crisis Strike | Fargo, N.D.

The Climate Crisis can be overwhelming, but the people who demanded immediate action by government at all levels at the Fargo Climate Strike today say ignoring the problem is not the answer.

They came for the grandchildren who will deal with the effects of the Climate Crisis for years after they’re gone. Continue reading “Global Climate Crisis Strike | Fargo, N.D.”

The Climate Crisis & The Inverted Pyramid

As extreme weather events caused by the climate crisis become more prevalent, reporters should make the cause-effect connections in their ledes or second paragraphs, not at THE END.

Reporters Can and Should Restructure Their Stories About Climate-Change-Related Severe Weather Events

About a month’s worth of rain fell on Washington, D.C. in one hour. The torrent resulted “…in one of (the city’s) worst flooding events in years,” according to the Washington Post. Continue reading “The Climate Crisis & The Inverted Pyramid”