UN Climate Change Conference starts today! Let's follow Björk & David Bowies lead....

...and request World Leaders to reach a Climate Change Deal! Our planet needs it! Well, actually we need it more than earth.

I'm going to try some reverse psychology here. The reality is that Mother Earth will almost certainly keep spinning no matter what- That is not the issue here! The issue here is in what shape and form it will keep spinning, and if we want to be able to continue living on it.

The reality is that if we continue to treat our environment the way we have then we will soon be left with an inhabitable environment, most likely a scorched dust ball as seen in the film Interstella.

There is more. Check out this article with pictures that will leave you with little doubt: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3043849/Mystery-surrounds-spate-huge-dust-storms-world-year-grounded-flights-blotted-sun.html#v-4177789203001

So this is already happening, and has happened before, but we are moving toward making it into a permanent reality like in films like Mad Max. Looks great on screen, but not in real life! 

So let's be part of creating a change in how we treat our planet. It is not too late! But we have to act now. We all can start at home, in small ways by recycling and conserving water. Or even better we can calculate our Carbon Footprint Calculator and donate to plant trees around the world to reduce your personal carbon footprint. It does not cost a lot, but does a lot of good. Just try out the Carbon Fund calculator (there are plenty of others, but I like them because they plant trees around the world) and see how little it is too make a change:

https://www.carbonfund.org/individuals

And trees are my personal mission since they really are the lung of our planet, especially the Amazon Forest, which is up for discussion at the UN Climate Change Conference. Yes, the numbers look better, but they are deceiving,  deforestation in Brazil is still very real and a huge problem. At the rate in which the Amazon is destroyed, we will soon have much bigger problems and no one is doing anything about it, except for some environmental renegades and natives who call themselves the Guardians of the Forest. 

NPR did a great story on this. Check it here: http://www.npr.org/2015/11/04/452555878/deep-in-the-amazon-an-unseen-battle-over-the-most-valuable-trees

We cannot ignore the reality! So let's stand with such amazing people as Björk and David Bowie and appeal to the people who can change things on a big scale by sharing and being very vocal today on social media!

 

Björk, David Bowie, Thom Yorke, More Urge World Leaders to Reach Climate Change Deal

Ahead of UN climate change conference in Paris on Monday

By Jazz Monroe

Photo by Timothée Lambrecq

Photo by Timothée Lambrecq

  • An open letter signed by Björk, Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Phil Selway, David Bowie, Damon Albarn, and more urges world leaders to reach a deal at the UN's climate change conference in Paris this Monday, Dazed reports. Compiled by charity Julie's Bicycle on behalf of the "creative community," the letter calls for an "ambitious and inspiring international agreement" to tackle post-2020 environmental challenges. Other musicians to sign include Courtney Barnett, Robert Plant, Chrissie Hynde, Bobby Gillespie, David Gilmour, My Morning Jacket, Bon Iver's S. Carey, Angélique Kidjo, and Young Fathers. Read extracts below.

The creative community – design, advertising, broadcasting, publishing, film, gaming, fashion, literature, music, the performing and visual arts, galleries and museums – can make a unique contribution to the global sustainability challenge. Collectively we shape not just our material world, but our conceptual world too, including the values that underpin our lives. The creative industries generate wealth and employment but we also innovate, we shape and express cultural values, influencing how people feel and the choices they make: as such we have huge potential to prompt, and reinforce, positive and sustainable change.

The letter goes on to outline next steps for the creative industries themselves:

 

  • Take action ourselves to make our businesses and our industries more sustainable, actively managing our impacts.
  • Speak out to our audiences and customers, using our creative voices to affect the public narrative and create social consensus for action on climate change and environmental degradation.
  • Work together to influence and support policy makers who have the capacity to accelerate positive change, to make the right decisions.
  • Take a leadership role with a cultural mandate for action, which exceeds the commitments of governments.
  • Do what we do best and use our creativity and our collaborative culture to help find, and scale, solutions to global environmental challenges.

Read the full letter at Julie's Bicycle.

We interviewed Björk about environmental issues back in 2008. Read parts one and two here.

Watch Björk's recent video calling for global action to save Iceland's Highlands: