Great Reporting on Climate Crisis by Bill McKibben

Monday, August 22, 2022 (Listed under Environment)

Bill McKibben's latest on Substack is a fascinating global review of the unfolding climate crisis and its endless consequences. Glad to read that some UK universities are considering divesting from research grants funded by fossil fuel companies. It's definitely the right thing to do. Wouldn't be great if US universities followed suit? We don't need Exxon, Chevron and Shell funding climate education, so much of which now must focus on battery optimization, deployment and the complicated intersection of science and politics. We've been trying to get fossil fuel lobbyists out of our government for over half a decade but that hasn't worked. Hopefully, we can eliminate them from our kids' classrooms. 

Though it's disheartening to read yet again of the inertia and incompetence plaguing most countries when it comes to climate action, a ray of hope exists for Puerto Rico. Let's hope that their country's solar panels can be united to form a reliable electric grid! Get up-to-date on everything climate by reading Bill's report here. Subscribing to his column is free.

Oh and did you hear the news about Stanford University opening the doors to a new school? John Doerr and his wife, Ann, are the leading funders of the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, focusing on accelerating climate solutions. That story here.

How can you help? That's easy. Divest your investments from fossil fuels. It's not that hard to do. If you own mutual funds with fossil fuels, consider switching those funds to greener funds which feature oil and gas companies at the bottom of the investment breakdown, rather than at the top. Usually, these are mid-cap funds, as opposed to large cap funds.

And, in some states, you can change your electricity provider to a company that harnesses electrons from the sun and wind and waves. In Texas, for example, Green Mountain Energy has been on the leading edge of clean power since the early 2000s. Green Mountain also powers the Empire State Building with 100% wind power! 



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