The Central Minnesota Chapter of The Climate Reality Project

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We are Minnesota activists, cultural leaders, organizers, scientists and storytellers committed to building a sustainable future together.

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Hiding in Plain Sight: Rail as a Solution

Presenting on Feb 10th

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Solutionary Rail proposes a higher purpose for our nation’s railroad infrastructure, transforming the way we use trains and the corridors they travel through. It is a grand strategic project that leads with a positive vision for the future, by proposing the use of existing and proposed new train infrastructure to change freight delivery to utilize a sustainable and renewable energy system.

 

Bill Moyer is the co-author of Solutionary Rail, as well as co-founder and executive director of the Backbone Campaign. Bill and his colleagues have designed and produced hundreds of creative protests and trained thousands of change agents. He is a lifelong activist and musician. His creative approach to activism has included kayaks, spotlights, giant banners, props and puppets. 

 

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Chapter Events

Thu Feb 10

Chapter Zoom Meeting

Topic: Hiding in Plain Sight: Solutionary Rail

Speaker: Bill Moyer

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Wed Mar 2

Leadership Zoom Meeting

Strategic Plan

Committee Breakouts

Wed Mar 10

Chapter Zoom Meeting

Topic: TBA

Speaker TBA

Recent Events

Community Solar

Jan 13 2022

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Distributed power using nuclear microreactors - emphasizing the scalability and flexibility of nuclear power, particularly with renewable energy sources, and the geographic and economic motivations surrounding future energy demands, Emma Redfoot explains why nuclear power must be a part of our energy future.

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Achieving Drawdown

Nov 8 2021

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After a summer marked by wildfires, air quality alerts, droughts and heatwaves, we all could use a little hope when it comes to climate change. In a talk by Dr. Jonathan Foley, the executive director of Project Drawdown, we take a look at some reasons for optimism when dealing with climate change.

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Microreactors

Oct 13 2021

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Distributed power using nuclear microreactors - emphasizing the scalability and flexibility of nuclear power, particularly with renewable energy sources, and the geographic and economic motivations surrounding future energy demands, Emma Redfoot explains why nuclear power must be a part of our energy future.

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The Fragility of the Grid

Sept 8 2021

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Meredith Angwin discusses how our current electric grid is controlled by a system of insider-dominated closed meetings, constant auctions and near-miss electrical shortfalls that generate profits but do little to establish a reliable system that can withstand current and future power demands.

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Climate News

Quotes

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep balance, you have to keep moving"

Albert Einstein

"Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas"

Madame Curie

"Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future"

Niels Bohr

"Our world faces a true planetary emergency"

Al Gore

Science

Planetary Dashboard

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Global Temps

This number is the increase over 1900-2000 average surface temperatures.

As more of the infrared radiation (heat) is trapped by the atmosphere, surface temperatures have also increased.

+.98° C

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Arctic Sea Ice

This value represents the total ice coverage minimum during the summer in the arctic. As the atmosphere warms, ice melts faster in the summer. Additionally, less ice coverage increases the dark areas of the arctic, which further increased the absorption of sunlight and leads to further warming of the arctic waters.

4.72 million sq km

 

2021 summer minimum sea ice levels

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Mountain Glaciers

This graph charts the decline of mountain glacier mass over the past 30 years. Melting glaciers are the primary driver of sea rise, along with the expansion of warming ocean water.

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Ocean Heat

Warming waters cause sea level rise, glacial melt and coral bleaching. Much of the heat trapped since the beginning of the industrial revolution has gone into the ocean.

 

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Sea Level

This chart shows the steady increase of sea level since the 1800's. Driven by melting glaciers and the expansion of warmer water, this rise leads to coastal flooding and saltwater intrusion, which damages homes and crops, and threatens hundreds of millions around the world who live in these threatened coastal areas.

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CO2

418 PPM

This is the current concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. A principal cause of global warming since the beginning of the industrial revolution, this reduces the ability of the Earth to radiate generated heat into space, trapping more of the heat and leading to increased surface and ocean temperatures.

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Chapter Information

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We also need your assistance in presenting topics to to chapter. Signup for a short talk and demonstrate your passion in fighting for the future of the planet.

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