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Solutions and idea's to confront climate change

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While evidence continues to mount, predictions of climate catastrophe and ecosystem dysfunction can seem overwhelming, and even hyperbole to some. The political pundits argue over the causes and predictions of climate change, while scientists propose models, statistics, and forecasts for the future if we cannot change course. However, there is a silent revolution of people, ideas, and movements that are emerging to take on the apathetic and capitulating socio-politcal mainstream attitudes that have got us to the point we are now.

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Ranging from a radical departure from a consumer-based capitalistic society to complete deregulation of business and corporate interests, there are no shortages of views and voices on the issue.

While the planet is a small and finite resource base, consumption and continuous growth seems ill-fated to combat the growing social, economic, and ecological crises humanity now faces. As we continue to pollute and excavate the world's fossil fuels and other non-renewable resources, we are slowly moving towards a dependence on needing more and more, with less and less. This prognosis has been begging for a sense of urgency. Food systems are compromising human and ecological health and biodiversity, ocean fish populations are in severe decline from overfishing and pollution, CO2 levels are reaching catastrophic levels, energy, water, precious metals, and other resources are being consumed and thrown into the air or landfill. Yet, there is no concerted governmental action to recognize or confront these issues.

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The following resources are wide-ranging and challenge many preconceived notions of civic responsibility, social dogma, many mainstream normalcy biases, globalization, and more. No solutions or ideas presented are sponsored by UW Oshkosh, and should be seen and used as talking points for how we, as a society, can begin to challenge and explore the varied and complex issues associated with climate change. As climate change reaches deep into the fabric of our social organization, the concept of how to pursue sustainability in this context can be a difficult problem to dissect and confront due to the varying personal perspectives on the web of interrelated topics involved.

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by Sorby, Coty E last modified Aug 07, 2014 11:40 AM

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