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Reading about the expanding California wildfires, the rising sea levels in Florida, and the 50-degree temperature drop within 24 hours in Colorado, I found myself reflecting upon David Wallace-Wells’ book, “The Uninhabitable Earth.” Its opening words are, “It is worse, much worse, than you think. The slowness of climate change is a fairy tale, perhaps as pernicious as the one that says it isn’t happening.” In his introduction, Wallace-Wells states that climate change is coming faster than we realize or acknowledge.
It was about a year ago this month that a group of us gathered at the Powless Cultural Center to talk about climate change. “Climate>Duluth” was a forum where we asked ourselves why the news and information about climate change is important to the city and how we use them to create a resilient, sustainable and environmentally just place. Looking back over the past 12 months, I wonder if we’re really taking what appears to be a climate crisis seriously. I wonder if we truly realize the current and future impacts of climate change on every facet of our individual and collective lives. As reported in Naomi Klein’s book, “On Fire,” Robert Watson, serving as chair of the United …
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