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Lions hear from local chapter chair of the Climate Reality Project

By LIONS CLUB - | Jan 8, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED Ariel Hoover

Ariel Hoover, chair of the Lee County Chapter of the Climate Reality Project, gave a presentation via Zoom to the Sanibel Captiva Lions Club during its December meeting.

She highlighted some of the extremes that have been occurring. The last five years have been the hottest years on record. In the last two years temperatures reached 113 degrees in Paris and 123 degrees in India, presenting a real danger to human survival. Hoover also covered items closer to home.

Florida has 53 superfund sites that sea level rise and flooding from increased precipitation could present a threat to drinking water. Miami is the No. 1 city in the United States at risk for sea level rise. The infrastructure was not built to handle the current water level and it is subject to high tide, non-storm flooding. The city is raising the level of some roads, increasing the use of pumps, and talking about having to raise some ground-level houses. It would be an expensive time-consuming proposition.

The good news is that non-fossil fuel sustainable energy is becoming less expensive and more widely available. Several countries, including China, have committed to being carbon neutral by 2050. Germany is providing over 50 percent of its energy needs through renewable sources. Almost 80 percent of new electric generating capacity is clean energy. Solar electric jobs are growing at five times the rate of jobs in the overall economy. The returns of renewable energy companies have been higher than the returns of fossil fuel energy companies.

For more information on the Climate Reality Project, visit www.climaterealityproject.org.

The Sanibel Captiva Lions Club holds regular dinner meetings on the first and third Wednesdays of each month throughout the year. Visiting Lions or other interested people are welcome to attend.

For more information about the Sanibel Captiva Lions Club, contact Membership Chair Steven Schulz at P.O. Box 391, Sanibel, FL 33957, or 239-233-6261, or visit www.sanibelcaptivalionsclub.org.