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December 6, 2019

11/16/2019 7:30:00 AM
Climate Crisis: 2019 Year in Review
Public presentation and discussion Nov. 18

A presentation and discussion of major events, scientific reports, and political developments concerning the climate crisis will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Minocqua Public Library.

David Barnhill, chair of Northwoods Climate Action and of Our Wisconsin of the Northwoods, will review the year's severe weather events, scientific studies of the increasing climate breakdown, the unprecedented emphasis on global warming in the Presidential primary, and the upsurge in climate activism, according to a press release announcing the event.

"2019 has been a truly remarkable year. It will certainly be one of the hottest years on record, and the devastation of wildfires, floods, and hurricanes has been shattering," Barnhill said. "Meanwhile, scientists continue to document the danger of a real climate catastrophe ahead of us. It is not surprising that climate issues have taken center stage in our politics and protests have surged around the world."

Wildfires raged not only in western U.S. and Australia, but also for the first time in the Arctic. Floods inundated the central U.S., while heatwaves scorched Europe. The U.S. Army recently released a report detailing how global warming threatens our national security, and over 11,000 scientists published an open letter warning of "untold suffering" unless there are major transformations in global society.

"There is plenty to be depressed about. But there also have been positive developments," Barnhill added. "The Green New Deal proposal has become popular not only in the U.S. but also Canada and Europe. Presidential candidates are finally proposing serious climate policies. The governments of Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the U.K., and Canada, as well as many cities, have publicly acknowledged that we are in a climate emergency. And youth-led protest movements such as School Strike for Climate and the Sunrise Movement give us hope that we may be on the verge of serious climate action."

The event will include a slide presentation summarizing the developments as well as discussion.

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