Earlier this month Australia downgraded the Great Barrier Reef outlook to “very poor”.
David Wachenfield, chief scientist at the Great Barrier Reef Reef Marine Park Authority, issued this statement on the government agency’s behalf:
Thirty years ago I was privileged to visit this underwater paradise, teeming with vibrant coral formations and resplendent fishes. My heart breaks to witness the decline of this irreplaceable treasure and with the knowledge that mankind is responsible.
It is not only the Barrier Reef.
Unless you are in a coma, you have undoubtedly been assaulted by the news of the Amazon burning, the Arctic Tundra Burning, Glacial met in Alaska, Greenland, Iceland and Antarctica, the Mississippi flooding, wildfires across Europe, Jakarta sinking.
Oh, and let’s not forget Hurricane Dorian or the radioactive fallout from Fukishima slated to be dumped.
And yet we continue to move through our days with casual nonchalance.
As if not talking about climate catastrophe will somehow make it go away.
I know I cannot be alone in feeling the overwhelming grief.
Pollinators integral to our food supply are dying: honeybees, monarchs, songbirds.
Yet over a billion pounds of pesticides are used each year in the US alone.
We are in the midst of The Sixth Extinction. Irreplaceable mammals are going the way of the dinosaur: Vaquitas and Northern White Rhinos are on the brink.
And yet our silence is deafening.
If there’s one thing I know for sure:
We cannot solve a problem if we are unwilling to talk about it.
Feeling the frustration of this lack of communication I reached out to my Canadian cohort and author of Unfreeze Yourself, Christine Penner Polle.
And, you guessed it, we decided we’d START the conversation!
To that end, I am so excited to announce the launch of our new podcast:
Where we explore the idea that Climate Change may be happening FOR us as much as TO us.
Every week Christine and I address one climate issue, uplift with Good News happening on the climate front, give you an Unfreeze Yourself Action Step and offer one Sanity Tip to help you stay calm(er) in the face of the climate crisis. All in 35 minutes.
So… If you find yourself overwhelmed by the gloomy climate news and would like to shift your focus and secure the future for our kids and grandkids, then THIS is the podcast for you.
Let’s Talk Climate!!