The Good News about the Bad News

Hi Everyone,

I hardly know where to begin….it has been quite awhile since I last posted.  I have missed you. I have so much I want to share with each and every one of you. First of all, to those who follow my blog – thank you. I appreciate it greatly and I apologize for being absent for so long.

I have spent the last few months setting some priorities in terms of writing, my personal life and my desire to raise awareness about Climate Change. I want to share all of this with you, but today I am compelled to draw everyone’s attention to the report issued by the   Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.   ( )

The news is not good:  Climate Change is real. Human activities are the primary cause. Time is running out. We MUST reduce carbon emissions. We have no choice in the matter.

earth alarm clock

Wait, wait!  Please don’t stop reading now…there is good news too, but first…. 

The report states: “Continued emission of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and long-lasting changes in all components of the climate system, increasing the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and the ecosystem.” 

The ecosystem, by the way, is what allows us to survive on this planet. We need it. Trying to preserve the ecosystem is not an idealistic, do-gooder, tree-hugger nice idea. It is essential to life on this planet as we know it. This is not rhetoric.

For most of us in the developed world, “life as we know it” includes access to clean water whenever we want it, although this is already beginning to change. Just ask the residents of  Tulare County, California.  Their story was profiled by NBC in September.

The report describes ” people who walk through doors with brass knockers and then live like hobos in an abandoned building. They bathe out of a bucket, which they refill at convenience stores, fire stations, and churches. They flush with a bucket, too, and because the water may be tainted, they teach their kids to close their eyes and mouths when they rinse off. They never feel clean.”

One such resident said, “I think of water 24 hours a day. When I go to sleep, I’m thinking about tomorrow morning. If I don’t have any water, what’s my plan? In the evening I’m thinking, what am I going to do?”                                                (

The situation in Tulare  County may be a foreshadowing of what it is to come for much of the country. Most of the states in the west and southwest United States have suffered long term droughts sometime between now and 2010. Some areas have been in drought conditions almost continuously during this whole period.parched earth and lake

Hold on there! Don’t stop reading yet. I promise there is GOOD NEWS coming…

These droughts are serious and scary, but they are only part of the picture. Global warming will cause higher sea levels resulting in loss of coastal areas. More extreme weather events such as hurricanes and flooding will impact communities in every part of the world. Agriculture will be more difficult to sustain. Damage to buildings and infrastructure will increase. Our lives will definitely change.

And people in the developing world will see their progress towards a higher standard of living halted. In most cases, they will be hit even harder than the rest of us. But…

Here it comes….THE GOOD NEWS!!!



As individual citizens, we can begin to find ways to reduce our impact on the environment. Here’s an easy way to reduce your carbon footprintTurn off and unplug all your electric items for one hour a week. If every household in the U.S did that for one year, we would prevent close to 12 billion pounds of carbon from being emitted into the atmosphere!

Some other things we can do:

We can learn about regenerative agriculture and other ways to
 restore the eco system.

We can:


Stop drinking bottled water and conserve water at home.

Eliminate or reduce our use of all kinds of plastic.

Walk more and drive less.

Use less electricity.

Keep our heat set to lower temperatures and our air conditioners set  to higher temps.

Go solar.

These may be seem like small steps to solve a huge problem, but it is said that big things have small beginnings. Human history has proven this countless times.  Every one is familiar with the saying that the journey of 1ooo miles begins with one step. It is time for each of us to take that step because the time has come for us to act.

We are the leaders we have been waiting for – you and I and everyone who lives on this planet at this point in history has an incredible opportunity to make a difference for all of humanity. I believe we can, and I know we must. 

And here is some more Good News ~~~~~~

A follower of my blog once asked me to write about the possibility of world peace. I believe it is possible and I believe that the issue of climate change will be the vehicle that ushers us into an era of peace.

We must work together as humans to preserve the environment that allows us to survive on the earth. This goal should surpass all others. It must take precedence over political, religious, national, and cultural differences. We must unite to save ourselves.

The task for all humans who are living on earth during this period of change is to renounce violence and division so that we can slow the pace of global warning and create sustainable systems of adaptation that will enable humans everywhere to thrive. 

Our biggest challenge may be our biggest blessing.

Slowing the pace of global warming  provides us with the incredible opportunity to work together in peace as inhabitants of the same amazing planet….the planet that provides us all with sustenance;  that gives all of us immeasurable beauty to behold on a daily basis; that supports over 7 billion people; that became your home, your only real home, the day you were born. Even after you die, your body will eventually return to the earth and become part of this planet. You are part of it and it is part of you.

And, even though, there are so many things that confuse us about what it means to be humans living on Mother Earth together, we are part of each other.

We are inextricably tied, one to another, each of us to all of us, because we share the Earth as our home.


Our task lies shining before us – save the ecosystem that sustains us all. People from every country, every village, every tribe, every family – each one, and every one, we all have a part to play in working together to save our home.  We can not wait. The time is now.



VOTE for people who know about, care about and sincerely want to do something about global warming. Tomorrow is election day. VOTE!!  


About What a Heart Can Hold

I'm Jan Krause Greene - writer, peace activist and lover of the earth. I formed my opinions about life at an early age and they haven't really changed much since then - I believe war does not create lasting solutions, love will be the real revolution, and the human heart can expand until it holds love for the whole world. I have been a teacher, a newspaper columnist, a bank teller, a house cleaner, an executive director of a non-profit dedicated to education advocacy, a diversity trainer, AIDS activist, a group facilitator, and a waitress. Whatever it took to raise 5 kids and remain true to my values. I can't carry a tune, but I love to sing and don't know any steps, but I love to dance!
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2 Responses to The Good News about the Bad News

  1. davidprosser says:

    Nice to have you back Jan. I’ve borrowed the piece on peace and added it to my blog with a link back to you. Thank you. xxx Massive Hugs xxx

  2. emjayskarma says:

    What an amazing and thought-provoking post. I would’ve replied sooner, but I was busy unplugging all my stuff. I’m sharing your post on Facebook, and every other means I can find to get your words of wisdom out there. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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