Philip Osgood lives in Brooksville. He is an active volunteer with Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a grassroots organization dedicated to creating the political will for effective climate change legislation. Towards that end, he and other Maine volunteers regularly meet with Senators King and Collins, and Representatives Golden and Pingrey, and their Congressional staff members.
This colloquy will begin with the assumption that the earth is undergoing a period of acute climate change, and that the single major cause of climate disruption is due to the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, primarily due to increased carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.
The colloquy will focus on the examination of and discussions about the challenges and potential responses to our looming climate crisis. We will primarily look at global and national responses but will also discuss local and personal responses as well.
In order to focus our discussion, we will look at the challenges faced and the possibilities for response in four major areas:
Mitigation –Limiting/stopping the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere; developing alternative energy resources, etc.
Sequestration –Removing excess greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere or absorbed by the oceans—through methods such as reforestation and carbon capture.
Adaptation –Adjusting to the effects of climate change, such as: rising sea levels, ocean acidification, drought, extreme weather events, new migration patterns, etc.
Restoration—Repairing and recovering from damages already sustained by climate change.
Participants will be asked to review and respond to a variety of online materials that address the above subjects.
Session One – April 20th
Introduction to climate change responses and solutions
Read the following wikipedia pages:
Look at the following web pages:
Union of Concerned Scientists:
World Widlife Fund:
US Global Change Research Program:
Review the 5 “Key Message” points at:
US Geological Survey:
Become familiar with Project Drawdown
Session Two – April 27th
Evaluating the effectiveness of climate change solutions
We will use and explore the En-Roads Climate Change Solutions Simulator
Watch one or more of the workshop videos at:
You can access the simulator at:
Look at the Green America website:
And their top 10 climate change solutions:
Scientific American 10 solutions for climate change:
Session Three – May 4th
What is being done to effect climate change solutions?
[Note: Resources for current U.S. Federal responses will be updated, as the Biden Administration clarifies its climate response and the 117th Congress begins to introduce climate change legislation]
Become familiar with the UN and UNDP response:
Become familiar with the Paris Agreement:
Become familiar with the European Union response:
Become familiar with the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions:
Become familiar with Maine Won’t Wait:
Council on Foreign Relations: Global Climate Agreements:
Read: China claims aims of carbon neutrality by 2060:
Session Four – May 11th
What can WE do?
We will discuss the range and possibilities for our individual responses to the climate crisis, including political activism, community involvement, leading a low carbon footprint life, etc.
We will also discuss personal resources for hope, solace, and inspiration.
Become familiar with Citizens’ Climate Lobby and 350.org:
Watch: Katherine Hayhoe on “the most important thing you can do . . .”
Read: An example of 10 things you can do:
Read: An example of “why spirituality matters in addressing climate change”:
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