The Illinois Sierra Club put up this post,
Missing Illinois’ Lost Wetlands, in regard to the recent rains. They note that
Illinois has lost 90% of its original wetlands. They’d be storing 8.5 trillion gallons of rainwater right now if we still had them.
The Moraine Valley library has several themed blogs, which anyone can find them on its homepage. Of particular interest to me lately is the Film Blog series posted by Moraine Valley Librarian, Sarah Ando. Sarah has been reviewing several films on food, carbon & climate change. Check it out!
Or if you’re interested in personal liberty and freedoms of expression, Librarian, Troy Swanson has a really interesting piece on Bassem Youssef of Egypt and his fight for free speech.
Librarian Jen Kolan wrote about “a breakthrough in hydrogen fuel production” and its potential impact on how we might fuel our vehicles in the near future. Jen also directs readers to more books and resources that can be found in the Library to learn more on the topic.
I share all this to highlight the Library, the great resources within (including the Librarians!) and to also show how integrated sustainability topics are in our current events, in research and in the Moraine Valley culture. Check out the blog to learn more or peruse the Center for Sustainability website to find out what Moraine Valley is addressing to ensure a sustainable today and tomorrow.
A reminder about this upcoming Earth Day event!
Sustainability Around the Globe for Folks With Short Attention Spans
Monday, April 22, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, Library Lounge, Building L
Students of the Intensive English Language Program will be presenting on sustainability initiatives from around the globe in this interactive workshop. Come enjoy museum-style presentations, with several students placing posters around the room so that visitors can walk around and choose various or multiple presentations.
So there you have it. NY State just listed climate change as a real threat to the value of the State’s bonds. This is alongside other risks like unresolved litigation and potential cuts in federal spending! Here’s a clip from the Environmental Leader article about this:
“The decision by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Administration follows Hurricane Sandy, which caused more than $40 billion in damage in the state after it made landfall last year, according to Bloomberg News. New York may be the first US state to warn investors of the risk caused by climate change, such as rising sea levels, flooding and erosion, the news agency says.”
It goes to reason that other states will soon follow NY’s lead. Of course, there are a lot of concerns with increased hurricanes and sea-level rise, so coastal states are sure to consider this. But, climate change affects us in the middle, too, with increased droughts and mega-snow storms. Perhaps Illinois will be next?