Sally Ann Ranney
“It always seems
until it is done.”
– Nelson Mandela
Climate Week 2021 Activities
Together We Rise
All of us alive today will determine the future of life on this planet. What we do or fail to do will affect generations to come. Will we have been Good Ancestors?
This is the moment to embrace collaboration, compassion and community – the inherent qualities of female leadership which have been missing at decision-making tables worldwide. All can embody these qualities to create the changes needed, with the urgency the crisis demands.
Please join our three globally recognized youth activist leaders: co-hosts, Xiye Bastida, Jerome Foster II, Alexandria Villaseñor and other extraordinary presenters and performers for an intergenerational and illuminating evening.
Hear from these men and women global climate leaders: activists, journalists, scientists, indigenous leaders, business champions, farmers and innovators. They will share what they are doing, what you can do and how leadership that embraces these feminine qualities holds a powerful key to solve the climate crisis.
Inspired by the recent collection of essays in All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions to the Climate Crisis, the event will celebrate and amplify the unique voices and approaches of women leading the climate movement and men who recognize and manifest that powerful and practical difference.
The science is clear; we must rapidly and radically take action to save the planet for future generations. We have the solutions. Discover, re-ignite and add your passion to solving the climate crisis.
The only way we rise is together.
Earth Day 2021 Activities
How 1.5 Degrees Became the Key to Climate Progress
Bill McKibben discusses the ice crisis with Sally Ranney in an article in the New Yorker. April 21, 2021
You’ve taken on the task of helping defend the Arctic ice sheet. What do the rest of us need to know about its importance?
Most people don’t know that what happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic. Why? Because the ice shield covering the Arctic Ocean is actually the centerpiece of an indispensable planetary cooling system, which is maintained by the albedo effect—the reflection of the sun’s heat and radiation back into space. When sea ice retreats, heat is absorbed by the dark ocean, warming water and air temperatures, melting more ice, and on it goes. This is affecting the very stability of global climate regulators. The jet stream, for example, has become wobbly, allowing the polar vortex to dip its killer cold as far south as Texas in February of this year. Severe droughts, fires, and floods—as far-flung as California and northern Africa—and the accelerated Siberian permafrost thaw and methane releases are suspected to be linked to Arctic sea-ice loss. The point is, the Arctic is climate-change ground zero, and Earth’s supra-systems are interconnected and interdependent. We are making this urgent situation more visible and actionable—taking it to the top of the global agenda and to the streets. Think about this: one metric ton of CO2 melts thirty-two square feet (three square metres) of ice.
Read the entire article here.
Need to Know
Surface temperatures in Siberia heat up to a mind-boggling 118 degrees
It’s not just the right now. Siberia in Russia is baking, and satellites are bearing witness to a brutal heat wave above the Arctic Circle. Copernicus Sentinel-3A and Sentinel-3B satellites captured a snapshot of land surface temperatures on June 20, and it was hot.
According to NASA, “Land surface temperature is how hot the ‘surface’ of the Earth would feel to the touch in a particular location.” The Sentinel image shows a peak ground temperature of 118 degrees Fahrenheit (48 degrees Celsius) near Verkhojansk, a small town usually known for its extreme cold temperatures.
The World Meteorological Organization has been tracking the rise in temperatures around the world. “The most dramatic change is in the Arctic, which is warming more than twice as fast as the global average,” the agency said Monday in a statement aimed at raising awareness of the urgency to act on the climate crisis.
Amanda Kooser | June 22, 2021
How the G20 Can Bring the Global Commons Back to the Table
In November, Group of 20 (G20) leaders met virtually for their annual Leaders’ Summit. With countries under the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences, many have been advocating for a multilateral response that integrates the global commons, such as climate change, biodiversity, and ocean, across the multilateral diplomacy landscape to allow countries to “recover better.” Ambitious action in these domains can facilitate economic growth and protect public health.
The outcome of the Summit, the G20 Leaders’ Declaration, delivers mixed results in this regard. It describes conserving biodiversity, preserving oceans, and tackling climate change as “among the most pressing challenges of our time.” It pledges support to the upcoming multilateral meetings in Kunming, China, and Glasgow, UK, and contains a pledge by the signatories of the Paris Agreement on climate change to commit to its full implementation. It also makes reference to calls for countries to update their Paris Agreement pledges, provide climate finance, and communicate long-term strategies for reducing emissions. However, the declaration stops short of calling on countries to align their COVID-19 recoveries with development trajectories that are compatible with addressing these major global commons challenges.
IISD | Rishikesh Ram Bhandary, Mari Luomi, and Jennifer Allan | December 9, 2020
Photo: William Bossen
Tiny Atlantic island takes giant leap towards protecting world's oceans
UK overseas territory Tristan da Cunha’s new marine protected area will be fourth largest sanctuary of its kind.
A community of 250 people on one of the most remote inhabited islands on Earth has made a significant contribution to marine wildlife conservation by banning bottom-trawling fishing, deep-sea mining and other harmful activities from its waters.
The government of Tristan da Cunha, a volcanic archipelago in the south Atlantic and part of the UK’s overseas territories, has announced that almost 700,000 sq km of its waters will become a marine protected area (MPA), the fourth largest such sanctuary in the world.
In doing so, the community will safeguard the area’s wealth of wildlife, including sevengill sharks, the globally threatened yellow-nosed albatross and Atlantic petrel, rockhopper penguins and other birds that live there, and help the UK government achieve its target of protecting 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030.
The Guardian | Karen McVeigh | November 13, 2020
Learn More About Sally Ranney
Climate Change Solution Strategist
Wildlife & Biodiversity Activist