Finding hope and taking action together
1. congrats on one year and 1k readers. Amazing.
2. The bit about whales was very timely because today I read some religious comment that said it's our duty to conserve even animals that don't benefit us, and I thought what a stupid, narrow point of view this is, because how do we know whether they're useful to us or not. Obviously, conservation is better than the opposite, but the premise was somewhat short-sighted IMO.
3. We buy things with as little packaging and as little plastic packaging as we can. What annoys me are (a) a lot of the plastic that can supposedly be recycled can only be recycled in an industrial machine; and (b) we find that we might buy something like, say, a box of pencils online, and it comes in a huge box with tons of filler.
4. I remember the ozone hole. Pretty scary. I was always annoyed that some people kept on using the sprays that were implicated in that. People often take the attitude, what difference will I, little ole me, make? But I fall back on the words in Jewish scripture: the work is not for you to complete, but neither are you free to desist from taking part in it.
I read this article and subscribed immediately. Why? I love the way that you presented the information in an uncomplicated way, which made it easier for me to digest, than some of the more complex text and data out there.
Thank you for giving me the feeling that I can read about climate change - one of my interests - and actually picture what you are saying and what the point is. @ClaudiaBefu
What an incredible post! So many milestones (congratulations!) so much hope (we’re really working on making things better!) a challenge to increase personal responsibility (I will join you in avoiding single use plastics!) and so many things to look forward to about your work (I’m so excited about it all!).
Thank you for your incredible work!
Love this, Claudia. So many intriguing morsels here. Regarding whales, I swear years ago I read a NYT magazine article about a scientist's theory that whalesong helps to regulate the earth's tectonic plates, that maybe that's one reason for their mysterious communications. I haven't been able to find any reference of that since; maybe I dreamed it?
I just looked up the ppm of my birth year. Thanks for that suggestion, what a cool idea. And I'm with you on plastic. It is EVERYwhere, and it seems nobody has a second thought about it. The oil and gas industry, seeing the carbon-limiting writing on the wall (despite their best efforts), is already gearing up to switch over and ramp up plastic production.
Wow, a lot of interesting stuff in this post! I had no idea that whale poop was a potential solution to minimizing the CO2 in the atmosphere (while, paradoxically, cow poop is one of the major sources of CO2 emissions). Anyway, congrats on reaching such an important milestone with Story Voyager 💪💚
It’s amazing to make this a one year routine! You managed it! Writing , is a complicated psychological and mental activity involving many abilities and mental muscles which man does not use normally and you made it already a year! Full descried creative worlds! With a smooth line of events, various characters with backgrounds... and all done!
Many congratulation to reaching this amazing milestone and having your book published by next year!!! 🥳🎉
Ps: The GE about Wales were quite surprising. I wonder why it’s not used in big cities? Can not we create similar and friendly ecosystems for them?
323.04 ppm 🙏🏼
Congrats! Being relatively new to this platform, your publications are one of the few I am going back into the vault and reading!
This is important work and your creative way of doing this is truly incredible. 💙
Why say “Holocene”?
Knowing American history, how can anyone support using money and owning private property?
These so-called rights give Capitalists (wealthy investors) the ability to provide a service: lending;
Give Countries (government leaders) the chance to make money: printing and taxing;
Give Companies (business owners) a market for profits: buying and selling;
Give Workers (poor and middle class families) a permanent place in society: keeping Capitalism, Nationalism, Consumerism, and Wageism afloat.
Any global system that provides endless opportunities for poverty, war, corruption, and pollution to exist is destined to ruin our planet therefore risk our chances of survival.
Truth be known, fair laws, humane policies, and safe practices are possible. Scientific Socialism ensures universal protection “for all by all”, granting everyone everywhere equal access to a healthy, balanced life and world.
My family's farm could potentially sequester a good bit of carbon through growing new trees and managing the old ones better.
"Most landowners in Kentucky can accomplish this by being certified as an American Tree Farm (ATF). ATF requires that you own at least 10 acres, have accomplishments in sustainable forest management, be inspected by a registered forester and are recommended for certification. Further, the amount of credit and contract length will be determined by the type of forest project, and therefore the way carbon is being stored."
Congrats on one year on Substack! What an exciting journey so far & more exciting things to come! I'm grateful you've brought climate issues back to the front of my mind - I haven't been paying as much attention as I used to, back when I made the decision to go vegetarian & adopted a more minimalist, more sustainable lifestyle all around. I've learned so much from your essays & your stories are just magical. Looking forward to seeing your plans for the future realized here! (I was born at 356 ppm btw.)
How badly we're damaging our planet scares me.
Congratulations, Claudia! Here's to many more and a brighter future. PPM levels were 324 back in 69. Looking forward to our Desert Romp together!
Born at 322ppm. Looking forward to reading both what you write with creativity and act with conviction.
A joy to be part of your journey and to learn so much along the way, including even within this post about whales. I had no idea!
You know, I saw your ppm on your bio and thought to myself "oh, hah, that's clever and also a very good way to representing climate change".
I might add my own 342.53 ppm to my bio if that's ok with you.
RE: 2) we had a complete disaster here in Australia last year (I think). For many years the government put soft plastic recycling collection points in supermarkets. A great idea. We'd collect any we had at home (being mindful of keeping it to a minimum of course, though as you say it's often impossible when companies package with so much plastic) and then drop these off at the supermarket. However, it was later revealed that the whole thing was a scam. The company the gov employed for this wasn't recycling them at all! They were just hoarding them or dumping them into landfill and taking in the money. They still haven't come up with an actual solution or provided these collection spots agai.