June 18, 2012 by Posted by Peter Rugh
Librarians with MyMetro Researchers Project have compiled a comprehensive bibliography documenting the impacts of climate change on the planet and its inhabitants for Occupy Wall Street. Researchers Angie Ecklund, Darcy Gervasio, & Arieh Ress began the project last winter after approaching OWS Environmental Solidarity, asking them what information they were looking for that would make them sharper activists.
After months of research the results are in: our planet is rapidly warming due to the extensive burning of fossil fuels. Arctic sea ice is melting. Droughts and floods are intensifying, displacing millions and destroying arable land, in turn, leading to greater food insecurity. Species diversity is dwindling, throwing delicate ecosystems off balance. But you probably already know all that unless you’re a Fox News fan.
However, what MyMetro Reseachers have handed grassroots campaigners is a compendium of information that would be tricky for the general public to track down using a common search engine. They’ve presented the group with well over 100 studies, reports, and websites published by government agencies, scholarly journals, newspapers, and nonprofit organizations. The bibliography offers a thorough overview of research into climate change and its impacts on the globe’s vast and intricate biosphere. It also includes information on what is being done, as well as what more can and needs to be done to address our environmental predicament as it reaches dire, global proportions.
Here’s how they described their project:
The citations in this annotated bibliography address specific impacts of climate change on plant & animal species, humans, public health, infrastructure, ecology, agriculture, coastlines, food supply, and the global economy. This bibliography is a finding aid that can point Occupy Wall Street [Environmental Solidarity] members and other interested parties towards current, valid research that, due to the commercial nature of most academic research databases, may not be apparent or accessible to the general public.
Now, the impetus is on Environmental Solidarity, and anyone concerned about climate change and its impact really, to take the information Angie, Darcy, and Arieh provided and put it to use. For Occupy activists this will mean targeting 1% fossil fuel burners and banks funding climate death, demanding immediate reductions in emissions and investments in renewable technology.
“As librarians, we believe that knowledge is power, and we hope that providing access to this type of research will advance the ecological cause of Occupy Wall Street,” the researchers wrote in a message to the activists.
Click here to read the full bibliography and get cracking!