If you are an everyday reader of the news, it may surprise you to know that some important climate change stories came out over the past week, that never made their way to the front page of newspapers.
There were three notable news items that we at Swell Vision want to share to promote education about sustainability. We hope that by producing eco-friendly consumer goods and promoting education we can make an impact on the earth and leave it a greener place than we found it.
Below you will see a brief synopsis of three stories that didn't get a lot of coverage on the media.
#1: Climate Change and the Poisoned Risk to the Economy
In a report commissioned by Democratic Senator Maria Cantrell and Republican Senator Susan Collins, and released by the bipartisan Government Accountability Office recommends that the U.S federal government develop a plan to manage climate change risks.
The report estimates that costs from climate change could balloon to $35 billion dollars per year within the next 30 to 40 years.
These costs are both direct and indirect - from the effects of natural disasters and our own consumer culture that has polluted much of the earth, creating disposals in our ocean. Just look at the Pacific Garbage Patch.
#2: Is That an Attempt to Science Censorship?
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) canceled the scientific talks that three of its scientists were scheduled to give at a conference in Rhode Island this past Monday. It is still unclear as to why the talks were canceled, as the speakers were in attendance and there were no evident issues to prevent it from taking place.
Many scientists, policymakers, and observers fear such actions are a step away from science censorship. The only information I have seen from the EPA as written in the Washington Post is that "the EPA has offered little explanation for the decision to prevent the scientists from participating, other than to say in a statement that they were allowed to attend the event but not present because 'it is not an EPA conference'.”
#3: Syria and the United States are the only countries out of the Paris Climate Agreement
Now that Nicaragua officially signed on to the Paris Climate Agreement, the only countries who have not signed on are the United States and Syria. Maybe it's just me, but it seems like an odd camp for the U.S. to choose - siding with Syria on climate change issues? Nicaragua originally did not sign, not because they did not feel the deal went far enough, but that does not seem to be the case for the last two countries holding out on signing.
What does that mean?
I do not know about you, but this makes me a bit concerned. Story two highlights the growing concern in the academic community about science censorship, but the fact that these articles were not widely disseminated across the traditional news outlets is also strange. If I did not do research for the purpose of blogging about sustainability and environmental awareness, I myself may not have been aware of this goings-on.
This is all to say the education piece is vital now more than ever. It is not only important to reduce, reuse, recycle, and consume responsibly, but also we need to share this message and educate more people, more quickly.
What will you do to support a sustainable future for the generations to come? Please comment below, and share this story to educate your own network. We must work together to increase awareness and combat the cycle of consumption and waste - that is our Swell Vision and we need your help to achieve it.