On May 23, shortly after a deadly tornado wiped away much of the town of Joplin, Missouri, YES! Magazine contributing editor Bill McKibben wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post sarcastically mocking the idea that the tornadoes—or any of the other recent devastating weather events that have destroyed lives, property, and food production—are linked to the Earth's warming climate. "It's far smarter to repeat to yourself the comforting mantra that no single weather event can ever be directly tied to climate change," he wrote. If you start to ask why so many natural disasters are happening, "well, you might have to ask other questions."
Filmmaker Stephen Thomson of Plomomedia illustrated McKibben's op-ed with haunting images of the floods, fires, and tornadoes that presage the global climate catastrophe we're facing. The result is a powerful video that makes it very difficult not to connect the dots—and to ask questions about what we can do to keep today's disasters from becoming tomorrow's normal.
- about responding to the climate crisis at YES! Magazine's 15th birthday party.
McKibben imagines himself in the year 2100, looking back at a century of climate chaos and asking: What did it take to save the world?
What do the deficit, budget, and tax battles now raging across America and Europe have to do with solving climate change? More than you think.
For advice about life after graduation, students at Worcester Polytechnic wanted to hear from peak oil scholar Richard Heinberg instead of Exxon's CEO. Here's what he told them.