ANOTHER VIEW OF CLIMATE CHANGE: sent to us by a correspondent from London:


STEVE JENS-ROCHOW:  Oct. 26-28 Ft. Lauderdale workshop "Understanding Risk and Resilience in Complex Coastal Systems".

The first day was an expedition to visit local locations during the King Tide and witness the flooding. The next two days were presentation of scientific papers and discussions. I took notes and have compiled them into the attached report.

The most startling paper was on the Three Pillars of Energy [Oil, Coal, Natural Gas] Holding up the US Economy. Its conclusion was that if you “Take away fossil fuels the economic system would collapse quickly; agriculture, global transportation and the industrial complex would fail. Famine, war and societal upheaval would result, as people struggle to live off of local resources.“

Full report: 

Climate--Steve Jens-Rochow Report Climate--Steve Jens-Rochow Report (25 KB)


Hi Steve,

Thank you so much for the attached phenomenally detailed report! I have been attending these conferences for many years, but never documented to this extent. Fabulous!

The information you reported here is the reason our Green Sanctuary Team applied for the EPA Environmental Justice Small Project Grant. Below is my first stab at communicating about our project, as we have been working on setting up the required processes to receive federal funds since we received notice:

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton has been awarded a $30,000 Environmental Justice Small Project Grant for its Climate Resilience Ministry. Funds will be used to create a scalable model of increasing climate resilience in vulnerable communities, and to empower members of those communities to act together to increase public health and safety in the face of climate change.

In the first phase of the project we will be creating a tri-lingual website (English, Spanish, and Creole) with information for residents of vulnerable communities regarding health hazards that accompany climate change here, and where they can get help. There will be information on toxic mold (which exacerbates asthma), health hazards in standing water (like toxic algae and bacteria), planning for alternative water sources, and making changes to water allocation, in the event of an emergency, and how to get information prior to, during and after a storm. The online Resilience Adaptation Community Toolkit (ReACT) is part of UUFBR's Green Sanctuary Team's Climate Resilience Ministry.

The second phase of the project will use the website and a trip-lingual brochure in community led neighborhood canvassing and at community meetings to

provide education and training to reduce public health risks associated with increasingly severe storms and sea level rise associated with climate change in two vulnerable communities: South Delray Beach, Florida and the Pearl City area of Boca Raton, Florida.  

In order to accomplish these goals, the Green Sanctuary Committee will be deepening UUFBR's partnerships with two community organizations: Developing Interracial Social Change (DISC) in Pearl City, and Toussaint L'Ouverture High School for Arts and Social Justice in Delray Beach. Hazard mitigation specialist Dr. Ana Pushkin-Chevlin will be creating Toolkit content and serving as Project Manager. Dr. Keren Bolter (FAU Center for Environmental Studies) will be creating a household survey and supervising its use by neighborhood canvassers, and Dr. Sandra Norman (FAU Department of History) will be creating an oral history protocol and supervising its use in the project.

The ReACT Toolkit can be scaled up in the future by adding information about resources in other communities to address climate change related public health hazards and build community resilience in vulnerable communities.

For more information, please contact Jan Booher




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