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Keep up with the climate crisis; digging through the stacks; singing for Seeger
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 26, 2014

In a most self-serving item, since he spent two years working on it, Phillipe is proud to help the University of Rhode Island Climate Change Collaborative Team launch a major new website, riclimatechange.org, dedicated to promoting awareness on the issue of climate change. The site is the real deal, delivering info in language even Everymen like P&J can understand.

“Waves of Change” is a multi-media site that uses cartoons, animation, and video interviews, as well as extensive science-backed information to make its case. It also includes a viewer-response section designed to address questions and comments from the public. The featured speaker at the launch was our old pal US Senator Sherbet Whitebread, co-chair of the national Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, and the acknowledged champion of hollering about climate change in Congress.

 “Rhode Islanders need the best information available as they adapt to coastal erosion, higher risk from storm surge, shifting seasons and fisheries, and other effects related to climate change,” our climate change crusader has said about the site. “This website can be an important tool in educating our families and communities about what to expect and how to respond to the challenges of climate change.”

Judith Swift, director of the URI Coastal Institute and one of the Collaborative leaders, calls the site “an online cup of coffee with a friend who needs to wake up to the perils and opportunities of climate change.”

The Climate Change Collaborative benefited from state, regional, national, and international contributions as well as partnerships with RI-based videographers, composers, cartoonists, Brown University’s Center for Environmental Studies, NGOs, and state agencies, among others. Particular credit goes to URI-based organizations: RI Sea Grant, the Coastal Resources Center, the Graduate School of Oceanography, the Harrington School of Communication and Media, the Cancer Prevention Research Center, the College of the Environment and Life Sciences, and the Coastal Institute.

Early reviews include:

“This is a go-to site to find out how climate change. . . will impact every Rhode Islander’s life.”

_Grover Fugate, executive director, R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council

“This site is a breath of fresh air in presenting a wealth of information on our rapidly changing climate and its local impacts. It is engaging, well-organized, and rich in content. For anyone on the journey of understanding the field of climate science, this is an important destination.”

_Jonathan Stone, executive director, Save the Bay

Knee-jerk deniers of climate change have already weighed in on various website comment pages. But P&J advise you to take all of those with an entire salt lick. If you buy their, “Well, look how much snow we had this winter!” gibberish, it speaks to a profound misunderstanding of what is going on in our current environment. And remember, there is a huge difference between meteorologists and climatologists. Kind of like the difference between a school nurse and a brain surgeon.

 (For more info on “Waves of Change,” check out Steve Ahlquist’s dispatch on our “This Just In” on page 6.)

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