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“Our Environment is changing: Keep up with the Change.”


*Note: Henceforth 'environment' means ‘our life support system.’


[8/13/2017 – 8/20/2017]


Adapting to and mitigating Climate Change in a way that sustains all life while striving to do so equitably is the defining issue of our time.  How we comport ourselves during this historic trial by fire will reveal our true nature. Frank J. Regan


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Opening Salvo: “Three podcasts and a request


Instead of an essay this week, I’m opting for three podcasts that I think really hit the nail on where we are with Climate Change.


I’m also including a request for folks to join a Sierra Club Climate Change committee I am chairing. 


3 podcasts:

·         While Trump is dazzling the world with his incoherent chaos, he’s been very effective at having the regulated become the regulators. Our environmental protections are being unraveled by the very folks who been lobbying for environmental deregulations. And there isn’t much in the news about this successful part of the Trump administration crazy agenda. You should be concerned, very concerned. Time passes. "In Trump's Gov’t, 'The Regulated Have Become The Regulators' Aug 16, 2017 Eric Lipton of ‘The New York Times’ says lobbyists now working for the government are leading a regulatory roll back that is benefiting the industries they used to represent.” Listen in on NPR’s Fresh Air podcast.

·         Climate Change is complicated and it’s going to take more than technology do deal with it. Learn more about Climate Change communications at podcast, Warm Regards. Great podcast, listen in with experts on good conversations about communicating this worldwide crisis. There's No App for Climate Change: A Manifesto for Moving Forward (August 5, 2017) Warm Regards [more on Climate Change in our area]

·         This episode of the podcast ‘You are not so smart’ about “The Climate Paradox” is not only enlightening but cathartic (at least, for me). At a time when the science on Climate Change is more robust than ever, the public seems less interested than ever. What’s with that? Is humanity just incapable of addressing something so complex and divisive as Climate Change? Is social power more powerful than science for humans? Check out this podcast.


One request:

New Climate Change Committee forming for the Rochester Sierra Club. Frank Regan (former chairperson, Transportation and Zero Waste creator/leader, and host of for twenty years) is bringing together Sierra Club members who want to work on climate solutions that will help our region mitigate and adapt to climate change. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Frank at with subject line “SC Climate Change Committee”.

We intend to be very active and work on addressing Climate Change on many fronts through efforts such as letters to the editor, enhancing social media effectiveness, coordinating with other groups and governmental authorities, petitioning, and starting our own initiatives. As soon as I get a number of responses, you will be contacted about where and when to meet as a group.  

Time passes.  (Click on my email for feedback)





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The great conundrum of our times is that in a time of rapidly occurring Climate Change and a rapid disintegration of the environment that we need to thrive and survive, mainstream media still marginalizes environmental concerns. [Check often for this continually updated list on the possible consequences of Climate Change in our region--supported by facts.] If there isn’t a quick and substantial change in how environmental concerns are reported, edited, and chosen in mainstream media, the public will continue to believe that environmental concerns are merely special interest matters, issues they can avoid if they choose.  How can we inform the public and monitor our environment without abridging our Freedoms--in enough time to save ourselves?


“Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.” -- Carl Sagan


My companion book to written in 2005 still holds true. Now, “We Don’t Get It!” is an E-Book on and Kindle We Don't Get It! eBook: Frank Regan: Books



NewsLinks Environmental NewsLinks – [Highlights of major environmental stories concerning our area from the past week]




Updates Daily Updates – [Connecting the dots on Rochester’s environment. Find out what’s going on environmentally in our area—and why you should care? Clicking on -DISCUSSION – will take you to my blog “Environmental Thoughts, NY, where you can add your comments. Text in BOLD are my comments.]





Events Rochester Environmental Events Calendar – [The most complete listing of all environmental events around the Rochester, New York area.]  If you don’t see your event, or know of a local environmental event, please send me the info: with (EV event) in the subject line. Also, be sure to check other calendars and environmental series for multi-day events.


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Action Take Action - Often, I receive request to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local developments, and environmental items needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world. I’ll keep Actions posted until their due date.