Climate change is a big, hairy, scary issue. And there's a LOT of misinformation out there, which makes you think this is impossibly confusing. But don't stress! I'm going to make it bite-sized and easy. I love the Dinner Party Download concept, so we're running with that as inspiration. Welcome to the first installment of the Eco Party Download: "All you need to know to 'win' your eco party*...as told (mostly) with the help of your favorite celebrities."
*having or going to an 'eco party' not required
I've been talking about climate change for a decade, but the timing of this blog is impeccable. It means I get we get to hear Matt Damon talk about climate change. There's a fantastic documentary recently out that hits the right message on the nose. It's called Years of Living Dangerously, and uses celebrities as correspondents interviewing people's whose lives have been altered by climate change. Yes, there are many of these people, maybe even you!
But back to this sliver of climate change. I picked this particular sliver not just for the swoon-worthy Matt Damon or because I almost passed out from heatstroke running a relay in Malibu this weekend...but it's a hot topic in the news. Pun intended (sigh). 2014 is already the hottest year in California since NOAA began keeping records in 1895. The average temperature across California this year is not only the hottest....but the hottest by a whole degree. When it comes to averaging across that many locations, you usually set records with hundredths of a degree. It's THAT much hotter!
Connectedly, we are going through the worst drought in our state's history....ignore the news stories about nudist colonies stealing water and go to the LA Times drought by county visualization since 2011: http://www.latimes.com/science/la-me-g-california-drought-map-htmlstory.html
The temperature shifts to hotter averages in California is not cyclical, it's a trend that's here to stay. Hear about how it impacts the people in California - especially the most vulnerable - and why Matt Damon cares. It's only 2 minutes! What did you think?