Archive for the 'Climate Crisis' Category


“Chasing Ice” Outdoor Film Screening

posted April 20, 2017

James Balog’s “Chasing Ice” is the Emmy-winning story of one person’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. This documentary brings to light the global life force of glaciers and the alarming rate at which they’re disappearing. Prepare for the People’s Climate March by joining the journey [...]

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April Is Earth Month: Is Climate Change A Moral Issue?

posted April 20, 2017

Citizens Climate Lobby/Tucson, Climate Reality/Tucson, and 350.org/Tucson present a “Climate Change Teach-in” April 26, 6:30-8:30 pm. Unitarian Universalist Church at 4831 E. 22nd. St.

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Food, Water, And Traditional Knowledge In Arid Lands

posted April 20, 2017

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Southwest Folklife Alliance are screening a 15-minute documentary — produced by the College of SBS and SFA — titled “Food, Water, and Traditional Knowledge in Arid Lands.” The film emerged from the Food and Water in Arid Lands conference held at the UA this spring. Following [...]

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Decision Support for Uncertain Climate Futures: The Confidence Trap

posted April 17, 2017

For more than 200 years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has had primary responsibility for water resource operations on most major U.S. river systems. Managing the impacts of climate variability and change is a significant challenge; projections of specific, possible threats and impacts to regional scale hydrology are still uncertain enough that explicit [...]

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Great Tide Rising: Toward Clarity and Moral Courage in a Time of Planetary Change

posted April 17, 2017

Join us for this powerful talk with environmental advocate, philosopher, and award-winning author Kathleen Dean Moore, Ph.D as we examine our motivations and obligations to extend engaged compassionate action toward the environment. Climate change may be an economic and technological problem. But fundamentally, it is a moral problem, and it calls for a moral response. [...]

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Sign-making Workshops — People’s Climate March – Tucson 2017

posted April 13, 2017

Come one, come all. You don’t have to be artistic! We will have examples of slogans or bring your own! Bring art supplies or donate them. We will have some too. Workshop 1 Friday, April 14, 3 pm – 7 pm Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery and Workshop 218 E. 6th Street Workshop 2 Thursday, [...]

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Tucson People’s Climate March

posted April 13, 2017

Saturday, April 29, 10 am-2 pm — El Presidio Park, 175 W. Alameda Street Stand together to protect our climate, our health, and our communities! https://www.facebook.com/events/384421951933357/ https://www.facebook.com/ClimateMarchTucson/

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Is Climate Change a Moral Issue?

posted April 13, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 6:30-8:30 pm — Unitarian Universalist Church, Goddard Hall, 4831 E. 22nd Street Free and open to the public For more information

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Students for Sustainability Earth Day Celebration

posted April 13, 2017

Friday, April 21, 11:00 am-2:00 pm — University of Arizona Mall

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Chasing Ice — Outdoor showing — film begins at dusk

posted April 13, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 6:00 pm — Unitarian Universalist Church, patio, 4831 E 22nd Street Free and open to the public Chasing Ice is the Emmy winning story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Patio: film begins at dusk. www.tucsonsolidarity.org/calendar For more information, email [...]

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Sign-making Party & Fundraiser for Tucson People’s Climate March

posted April 13, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 5:00-9:00 pm — Borderlands Brewing Company, 119 E. Toole Avenue Bring any extra art supplies, old bedsheets/blank t-shirts that you can share. 10% of sales that evening will be donated to expenses for the Climate March. This event also includes April’s Green Drinks Tucson.

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Building Resilience by Building Community

posted February 27, 2017

How can we build supportive relationships with our neighbors in a world that is fragmented by everything from automobiles to zoning to the internet to globalization? How do we remain secure in a world where we have almost no things stored here (like food) and nearly everything we have is made someplace else in the [...]

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Climate at the Core: Reconstructing Past Climate to Understand the Future Using Tree-Rings

posted February 6, 2017

Presenter: Jessie Pearl, PhD student, Department of Geosciences In this talk, Jessie will describe the science of dendrochronology— tree-ring dating — that was created at the world-renowned Laboratory of Tree Ring Research here at the University of Arizona. She will discuss the interpretation of tree-rings and show how this technique can provide especially valuable information [...]

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“Transformational Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation and Water Sustainability in the Colorado River Basin”

posted February 6, 2017

Seminar by UA Center for Climate Adaptation Science & Solutions: “Transformational Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation and Water Sustainability in the Colorado River Basin” February 8 at 4:30 p.m. UA Campus, ENR2 Bldg. Room S0107, 1063 E. Ft. Lowell St. Speaker: Dave White, Professor, School of Community Resources and Development, Arizona State University Drawing from [...]

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posted January 21, 2017

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Tucson Citizens Climate Lobby

posted January 12, 2017

Saturday Jan. 14th 2017 at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E Adams St, Tucson, AZ 85719. Please join our greater Tucson CCL group for our monthly meeting that starts with welcome and coffee at 9:30, our chapter meeting from 10:00 to 11:00am, followed by our international call. Meeting adjourns at 11:45. This month’s guest [...]

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Communicating Climate Change

posted December 24, 2016

Our January General Meeting focuses on issues of how we communicate on Climate Change. To stimulate our discussion, we will view selections from a lecture titled “Climate Change in the American Mind,” by Anthony Leiserowitz, the Director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication. The program includes a reading by Susan Feathers (one of [...]

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COP22: A Multimedia Presentation and Discussion about the UN Climate Talks in Marrakech

posted November 28, 2016

Speaker(s): Remy Franklin, Masters Candidate, School of Geography and Development Location: ENR2, Rm S230 School of Geography and Development MA Candidate Remy Franklin tells the story of COP22 from his perspective as an activist and observer with the youth advocacy organization, SustainUS. Sponsored by the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice. Light [...]

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Religious response to environmental issues

posted October 25, 2016

Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 602 N. Wilmot Road, will discuss global climate change and the impact to the environment with five speakers, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. An optional Mass begins at 8:30 a.m. According to press materials, speakers include: Katie Hirschboeck, associate professor of climatology for the University [...]

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UN Conference in Tucson on Food & Water in Arid Lands

posted October 24, 2016

A Food and Water Conference, and a Celebration of Place WHAT: The 2016 ITKI ● UNESCO ● City of Gastronomy Conference in Tucson, Arizona, USA: Food and Water in Arid Lands: Dialogues across Contemporary and Traditional Knowledge WHEN: Opens on Friday, November 4, 2016 and concludes on Saturday, November 5 at 5pm, followed by a [...]

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Institute of the Environment – Fall Fest 2016

posted September 19, 2016

The Institute of the Environment’s annual Fall Fest is back and better than ever, with a graduate student poster competition, amazing door prizes, good food and drink, and remarks from this year’s featured speaker, Rebecca Tsosie, on “Climate Justice, Indigenous Sustainability, and an Ethic of Place.” Come catch up with colleagues and enjoy the festivities [...]

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“Catching the Sun” New Film Screening

posted April 18, 2016

You are invited to a screening of the new film “Catching the Sun” on Friday, April 22nd at 7pm at Casa Video Film Bar at 2905 E Speedway Blvd. Catching The Sun is a feature length documentary that explores the global race to a clean energy future. The event will be done by donation, as [...]

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We Need to Electrify As Much Transportation As We Can – Heinberg

posted April 6, 2016

We Need to Electrify As Much Transportation As We Can by Richard Heinberg Transcript: JESSICA DESVARIEUX, PRODUCER, TRNN: Welcome to the Real News Network. I’m Jessica Desvarieux in Baltimore. Folks are lining up to reserve electric car automaker Tesla’s Model 3. It’s considered to be one of the first electric cars for the mass market [...]

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Historic Broadway widening links and articles

posted March 31, 2016

“Intro to Broadway Widening Project – Who What, When, Why: Why Are We Spending $74 Million and Destroying 30 Buildings in a Central Historic Area while Producing No Traffic Improvement?” Overview and background, an intro for people who are learning about the situation. By Dave Bilgray. http://www.sustainabletucson.org/2016/03/intro-to-broadway-project-who-what-when-why-why-why/   An excellent OpEd by Tucson architect Bob [...]

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Intro to Broadway Project – Who, What, When, Why?

posted March 31, 2016

Why Are We Spending $74 Million and Destroying 30 Buildings in a Central Historic Area while Producing No Traffic Improvement?   The Broadway Improvement Project is not needed, and will provide no benefit to the residents of Tucson.  The City’s own data shows that widening Broadway will provide only a 6-second improvement in travel time. [...]

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Has HDR Engineers done what they were hired to do?

posted March 31, 2016

Has HDR Engineers done what they were hired to do? Here is the scope of work The phrases below are excerpted from the 2011 Scope of Work issued by COT Dept. of Procurement for the Broadway Project used to issue the contract to HDR Engineering.   The consultant is to establish “an innovative and context [...]

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City’s April 2016 Plan differs from Previous Recommendations and Adoptions

posted March 31, 2016

There are large differences from the base alignment that the Citizen Task Force (CTF) recommended and the Mayor and Council adopted in May 2015. They are:   1.     Many more buildings, historic and businesses, will be acquired and demolished. It appears to be at a minimum around 30, not the 10 to 12 promised [...]

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Sustainability on the Chopping Block – Tucson City Council Decision April 19th

posted March 31, 2016

XXX This is an urgent appeal to the Sustainability Community to show up and speak out for sustainability and reject an unnecessary road widening plan which will cost millions and do nothing for sustainable mobility and economic vitality. XXXXX We have limited opportunities to help shape decisions about urban form and public infrastructure which effect [...]

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Sign online petition for a sustainable Broadway

posted March 26, 2016

Petition by iPetitions //

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Data crunched: Broadway widening WILL NOT speed cars…or buses…or pedestrians…or even bicycles!

posted March 26, 2016

Analysis of RTA and COT’s own numbers shows widening Broadway will not cut travel times for cars or anyone else. So why are we spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars amidst a budget crisis? (A)  The proposed work will have almost zero (~1.4%) benefit, as the Design Concept Report (DCR) data itself declares. (B)  [...]

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CALL TO ACTION!

posted March 25, 2016

XXX Why would we spend $75 million for no appreciable improvement in traffic? XXX The City of Tucson is proposing to: XXX 1)   Widen Historic Broadway even though traffic hasn’t increased for 20 years, 2)  Demolish 30+ buildings and businesses, and 3)  Ignore the community’s plea to design for a vibrant, history and place-preserving, [...]

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Climate Change and Pima County Operations

posted March 2, 2016

Climate Change and Pima County Operations: Mitigation and Adaptation through Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, and Renewable Energy The Sustainable Tucson general meeting for March continues this year’s focus on climate change and local impacts and actions. In Pima County, residents, businesses, and public services primarily rely on energy generated by natural gas and coal-fired thermoelectric [...]

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Urban Farm Tour

posted February 21, 2016

Tucson currently grows millions of pounds of food right in the urban area, but we don’t see it because it comes from many, many places in small quantities. Now you can join the Feeding Tucson Urban Farm Tour on March 5 to see examples of the future of Tucson’s secure food system. During this 5-hour [...]

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Local Climate Change Actions: Policy and Progress

posted January 27, 2016

Continuing Sustainable Tucson’s theme of “Climate Change and Actions for Our Sustainable Future”, please join us at the February General Meeting to hear about the progress being made locally on the policy and actions front. Find out what is happening within Tucson City government, Tucson’s Climate Change committee’s upcoming recommendation to establish a new carbon [...]

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UA Earth Transformed Lecture Series

posted January 18, 2016

UA Earth Transformed Lecture Series A Series of Six Lectures Exploring Our World and Ourselves Mondays, January 25 – March 7 7:00-8:00 PM UA Centennial Hall Climate change and its impacts are no longer merely abstract projections for the future. Instead, they are on-going and growing challenges for both humans and many of the natural [...]

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Free screening – This Changes Everything

posted January 17, 2016

Join Rising Tide Tucson, the Bus Riders Union, and other local groups for a community conversation on climate justice globally and here in Southern AZ. We will be showing Naomi Klein’s new documentary about climate change and grassroots resistance, This Changes Everything. The film presents seven powerful stores of communities fighting for justice on the [...]

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What does the Paris Climate Agreement mean for solar in Arizona?

posted January 16, 2016

Southern Arizona Regional Solar Partnership Meeting: January 21 The public is invited to this important, free event. Agenda: Vince Pawlowski, a recent delegate to COP21, the United Nations Climate Conference in Paris in 2015, will be a guest speaker. Vince, a recent graduate in climate policy from the University of Arizona and part of the [...]

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From the Pope to Paris: Climate Change Action Updates

posted January 4, 2016

Greetings and wishes to you all for a very Happy & Sustainable New Year! 2016 marks Sustainable Tucson’s 10th Anniversary. To mark that milestone, we will be planning this year’s meetings around the theme of “Climate Change and Actions for Our Sustainable Future.” Join us at the next Sustainable Tucson General Meeting for a review [...]

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Duality in Climate Science

posted November 16, 2015

Duality in Climate Science Published by Kevin Anderson blog on 2015-10-15 Original article: http://kevinanderson.info/blog/duality-in-climate-science/ by Kevin Anderson   The value of science is undermined when we adopt questionable assumptions and fine-tune our analysis to conform to dominant political and economic sensibilities. The pervasive inclusion of speculative negative emission technologies to deliver politically palatable 2°C mitigation [...]

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Special event for November

posted November 1, 2015

Sustainable Tucson is co-sponsoring a special movie at the Loft Theater – “This Changes Everything” by Naomi Klein. The presentation also features a post-film panel discussion with Luis Alberto Perales of Tierra y Libertad, Bob Cook of Sustainable Tucson, and Diana Liverman of UA Institute of the Environment. This presentation is part of Science on [...]

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ENVISION TUCSON SUSTAINABLE FESTIVAL

posted October 9, 2015

Join us at this year’s 5th annual Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival, October 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the YWCA, 525 Bonita Avenue. The Festival will showcase the many features of sustainable living in Tucson and our desert Southwest. We’re very excited about the great variety of activities and exhibits at this year’s [...]

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Broadway Coalition Vision: Let’s Make the Broadway Project Sustainable Now!

posted March 2, 2015

Please ACT NOW: Email your objections to the City’s Broadway Plan. Here is a model letter with email addresses by Broadway Coalition member Laura Tabili to help list the community’s concerns. “Broadway Corridor Plan Aims to Demolish 37 Tucson Buildings” reads the Arizona Daily Star lead headline from Feb.24th. City of Tucson staff and consultants [...]

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February 18th ST Meeting Flyer

posted February 8, 2015

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Response to assertions made about energy’s costs, systems

posted February 3, 2015

Response to assertions made about energy’s costs, systems By Carmine Tilghman Special to the Arizona Daily Star, January 29, 2015   Evidence of Tucson Electric Power’s commitment to renewable energy isn’t hard to find. Visit the Solar Zone at the University of Arizona Tech Park, where solar projects built from competing technologies cover 165 acres [...]

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An Energy Partnership / Climate Solution for Tucson?

posted January 28, 2015

  OOOOOOOOOO (Note Special LOCATION, DATE, & TIME) February 18th     
6:30pm to 8:30pm University of Arizona, Center for English as a Second Language (CESL), Room 103 OOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOO Do you know that the production of electricity in Tucson accounts for over 60% of Tucson’s climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions? Imagine the City of Tucson [...]

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Economic development: Start with a Tucson metropolitan microgrid

posted January 23, 2015

Economic development: Start with a Tucson metropolitan microgrid By Terry Finefrock Special to the Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star January 23, 2015 There is great potential that electricity costs could be reduced, increases avoided, system reliability improved and recurring economic benefits provided by establishing utility-scale photovoltaic solar electric facilities within and adjacent to the [...]

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The Yes Men Are Revolting – Sunday Jan 4 at the Loft

posted December 29, 2014

at The Loft Cinema, 3233 East Speedway Boulevard, Tucson AZ 85716 Start the New Year Right: Gear Up to Fight Climate Change! The Yes Men Are Revolting On Sunday, January 4 at 1:00 p.m., Sustainable Tucson will partner with the Loft for a special preview screening of The Yes Men Are Revolting, with the duo [...]

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Climate: The Crisis and the Movement

posted December 21, 2014

Climate: The Crisis and the Movement by Naomi Klein & Allen White Wherein lie the roots of the climate crisis? Allen White, Senior Fellow at the Tellus Institute, talks with writer and activist Naomi Klein, author of the new book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, about how our economic system has driven us [...]

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What climate change asks of us

posted December 21, 2014

  What climate change asks of us: moral obligation, mobilization and crisis communication by Margaret Klein “Humans contain a great capacity to help each other, to dutifully respond to the needs of others, and to improve the world around us… When it is clear there is an emergency, and we have a vital role in [...]

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The Oil Price Crash of 2014

posted December 20, 2014

  The Oil Price Crash of 2014  by Richard Heinberg Oil prices have fallen by half since late June. This is a significant development for the oil industry and for the global economy, though no one knows exactly how either the industry or the economy will respond in the long run. Since it’s almost the [...]

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