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About Us - How This Site Can Work For You

  Web site began December 17, 2008  


 ALAN BURNS

Alan graduated from Lancaster University (England) in 1979 majoring in social studies and international relations. He has been a long-time peace and environmental activist and lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with wife Liz and has three children aged between 24 and 31. His concern for climate change and the future prospects for the planet led him to develop this web site. His degree is in Education. Alan moved to the USA in 1984 after living in Scotland, France and Israel. In 2015 Alan authored the book "A Walk for Climate Justice" on the pilgrimage to Tacloban in the Philippines.
      

Through December 2008, with my friend Becky Burns (not related) I worked on bringing this web site to fruition over a two year period while researching climate change. There are countless thousands of web sites addressing the multitude of issues that surround climate change, or global warming. This was a problem - no one site brought them together in a fashion that can be easily explored without being over-informed or confused by graphs and scientific explanations – and ads. Thinkglobalgreen.org aims to collect and make accessible the many issues associated with global warming. Thinkglobalgreen.org is designed with students in mind - students in high schools and colleges and students outside the classroom who regard as essential current information on climate change.

It is universally accepted that greenhouse gases are causing the planet to warm and threaten life for future generations: we must as a world-wide community take urgent action to drastically reduce fossil fuel burning. As the word “accelerating” has been increasingly applied to the problem over recent years, many scientists are now seeing a tipping point arriving well before 2020 when temperature rise could reach the dangerous 1.5C level above industrial revolution days: this demands our attention now!

Of the many published positions on the warming of our planet, we lean to those generated from academic and scientific communities. To us, many positions from coal and oil industry sources are agenda-driven and self-serving and do not reveal the whole truth. However, if some positions from these sources have merit, they will be included. We aim to keep the site current and will have weekly updates with news items from around the world. (Note - many articles referenced from outside the U.S. will maintain English spellings that differ.)

Why we feel you must be involved

It is today’s generation of young people who will bear the results of whatever actions are, or are not, taken over the next few years. This may well mean sacrifices and lifestyle changes, but since the turn of the century climate events have adversely changed many people’s lives already despite no appeal for sacrifice. The coming years offer possibilities if everyone does his/her part. It will take individual and government initiatives. It will also take grassroots activity in our neighborhoods and communities. And this is why it’s vitally important that we be well informed, the goal of thinkglobalgreen.org. 

                    We end with three quotes which we hope will inspire.

"You’re going to have to change the priorities of your life if you love this planet." 

Helen Caldicott (Australian physician, author and anti-nuclear advocate)used with permission for www.thinkglobalgreen.org

"The climate battle will not be won or lost at the international level: it will be won or lost at the grassroots level." Yeb Saño

  

Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you, but it is most important that you do it.    
M. K. Gandhi
This web site is dedicated to my grandson, Micah, born September 10 2015 

Editorials on a range of issues will be regular features on thinkglobalgreen.org 

Contact Alan with comments and concerns when you have them.  Responses guaranteed.

Note: All articles from overseas sources will retain spelling as published.
 
                                      
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