WAMC News, North Country News
11:58 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Making the Connection Between Severe Weather and Climate Change

This Saturday people across the region will join a global effort to link severe weather events to global climate change.

Saturday is Climate Impacts Day, an effort by 350-dot-org to link severe weather events and climate change.  To do that, they are asking people to “Connect the Dots” by sending pictures of dots they put on places impacted by weather and climate change.  Some will place dots on melting glaciers, others on crops dying from drought. In Waitsfield VT, people will join 350-dot-org founder Bill McKibben to show how Tropical Storm Irene devastated the state.

350-dot-org Executive Director May Boeve says they came up with the idea for the Connect the Dots campaign in the wake of the global string of severe weather events over the past year.

350-dot-org’s May Boeve has already received some photos, including one from a couple in Vermont affected by Irene.

The Boston Climate Action Network plans to depict a Jamaican family struggling with sea level rise moving to Boston, only to deal with asthma due to pollution. Boston CAN Coordinator Loie Hayes says they want to draw attention to the fact that climate change is already happening.

Over a thousand events in over 100 countries are planned on Saturday, including numerous events across this region.