Over 100 posts were published (104 to be exact) during 2015 in BoomerWarrior. I’m pleased to feature the top five BoomerWarrior posts — measured by the number of views each generated as well as comments received from many sources.
(Author: Rolly Montpellier, Editor for BoomerWarrior).
So if life is already difficult, why then become a climate activist? Why not just leave it alone? Why not avoid all those negative emotions – fear, pain, strife, despair – that come with being an activist? Surely someone else would deal with climate change. So why me?
Simply put, the stakes are just too high and the consequences of failure too unimaginable to not get involved. I could not escape my responsibility. Once I knew that, there was no looking back. I jumped in knowing that I was headed straight towards my deepest fears and concerns. I must do this for my grandchildren I told myself. Read more….
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Franke James believes that if you can get people to pick up dog poop, you can get them to do a lot of other things such as getting off fossil fuels. With the right combination of policy and social awareness, society can make big changes.
Just take a minute to remember some of the big ways that society has already changed for the better. Smoking has been outlawed in most public places. Drunk driving is now seen as a major taboo. Recycling and composting is commonplace. And most people do pick up after their dogs. These are all examples of how policy and social awareness (and social pressure) can work together to change our behaviour. Read more….
We cannot solve a problem that we will not face. With awareness, everything is possible. Once we stop denying the hard truths of our environmental collapse, we can embark on a journey of transformation that begins with the initial trauma — the ‘oh shit’ moment — and can end with transcendence. In fact, despair is often a crucible for growth. When our problems seem too big for us to tackle, there’s really only one solution, which is: We must grow bigger. Read more….
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Denial is a process. What do we mean by denial? Why do people reject scientific evidence? What are the drivers of denial? Psychologically, how does denial work? Are there any tell-tale characteristics of denial? And if so, what are they? And the all important final question – how do we respond to science denial? Read more….
Image: Denial 101x MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)
How does a country go from climate change laggard to climate change leader in 7 weeks? I’m glad you asked. On October 19th, Canadians elected a new government. Expectations were high – Canadians wanted change. A breath of fresh air has now swept the country and a short seven weeks later, Canada is taking its place as a leader at the climate talks in Paris.
My focus, and that of my activist colleagues in Canada, will be to ensure that action follows rhetoric and that climate policy follows climate promises in 2016. The world is still glowing from the recent Paris Agreement. The rubber hits the road in 2016. Read more….
I thank all of you who follow and support BoomerWarrior which is one of the tools I use in my climate activism. The year 2016 is crucial to the success of the Paris Agreement. We cannot rest until the intent and spirit of the new accord become our new reality.
Rolly Montpellier is the Founder and Managing Editor of BoomerWarrior.Org. He’s a Climate Reality leader, a Blogger and a Climate Activist. He’s a member of Climate Reality Canada, Citizens’ Climate Lobby (Ottawa) and 350.Org (Ottawa), the Ethical Team (as an influencer) and Global Population Speakout.