Will humans be the next to suffer from melting ice?
Will humans be the next to suffer from melting ice?

The Arizona Senior Academy is presenting a discussion on Global Climate Change (GCC) at 3:30 p.m. Friday (April 15) as the final segment of the Foreign Policy Association’s annual Great Decisions program.

Climate change is changing the world.  Arctic sea ice and Greenland land ice are melting.  Antarctic ice is thinning, with massive ice sheets close to breaking away.  If trends continue, ocean levels will rise three feet in the next few decades, afflicting island populations and coastal cities worldwide.

Land effects are similarly enormous. Pine forests are changing to broadleaf forests.  Major crop lands of prairie states will become drier.  Snow and rain patterns are changing, hitting Western states hard.  Water from the Colorado River, already seriously over-allocated, is less assured than any time in history.

After a summary of written material provided by the Foreign Policy Association, a short video will be shown, followed by a discussion of the global challenges posed by climate change. Friday’s volunteer discussion leader is Ted Hullar.

The FPA video will describe the Paris Accord of December 2015 as a major step forward.  President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China will sign the accord on April 22, Earth Day.  Serious action now to stem GCC is prudent.   But key parts of the U.S. political system are either GCC-deniers or unwilling to take even simple prudent actions – like solar energy for electricity.

Major international forces are also at work.  China is a major GCC contributor and coal-user but must play a major role which conflicts with its globally-focused economic plans.

The “North-South” divide – modern industrial economies relative to developing economies – is problematic.  What is fair about “all” sharing to control GCC when developing economies are farthest behind economically and need energy for industrial growth?

Written by Ted Hullar, Academy Village Volunteer

More Info on attending an event
Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public.

These events are held in the Great Room of The ASA Building adjacent to the Academy Village Community Center. Due to the popularity of cultural events, non-residents who wish to ensure priority seating are advised to make reservations by email at info@arizonasenioracademy.org or by phone at (520) 647-0980. To learn more about the Academy, go to www.asa-tucson.org.

Parking for visitors is in the lot behind the Community Center. All parking spaces in front of the Academy building are reserved.

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