Today in a public release, the White House has clarified the focus and meaning of creating “climate hubsꞌꞌ. This change is a profound shift in understanding and directive. I hope you will understand immense gravity this change brings. It is in alignment with what I have been advocating for …
Today in a public release, the White House has clarified the focus and meaning of creating “climate hubsꞌꞌ. This change is a profound shift in understanding and directive. I hope you will understand immense gravity this change brings. It is in alignment with what I have been advocating for 15 years as indicated in my published research and an additional 3 years in television beginning in 1995.
But what I would suggest to be a far more substantial outcome, is the alignment with ancient text and their message for us today. Going back to the 3rd question I posed in my previous article regarding ancient text: “What is their message for us today?” The most consistent message that weaves through all ancient text – from the Bible to the Hopi petroglyphs is the message: “you will need to come together as one people (or network of tribes) to endure the changes coming upon you”. There are more I will outline in a later report, so stay with this one for now.
This new development is declared an “Executive Order” by the White House. In short, it puts aside all this political jockeying side-stepping the global warming enthusiasts and focusing on the “solution” of a changing world – a world that has seen many of these cycles in the past and will see many more in the future. The Earth is not going to change, ‘we’ have to change – and that is exactly what this Executive Order calls for.
Words such as ‘global warming’ and that man is totally responsible is gone. In its place are the more truthful words such as “shifting climate” and “extreme weather”. Perhaps even more important to describe the reality of today’s changes are new words like “prepare, response, adapt, and strategy”. This is what had been missing all along.
Exactly what shook up our leaders to make such a vast change…I do not know. But it’s here and we are better for it.
Perhaps the most satisfying to me personally, is the understanding that it will be in “rural” areas such as farms, ranches, and undeveloped land is where the solution will be met.
The US Secretary of Agriculture said this: “We need a strategy that strengthens agriculture’s response to the impacts of a changing and shifting climate. Our farmers and ranchers need new and better tools to respond and prepare for the challenges of drought, heat stress, excessive moisture, longer growing seasons and changes in pest pressure.”
Here is part of what the White House administration Executive Order states:
Through the development of Climate Hubs, we will further strengthen our partnerships with a wide range of organizations working on climate issues, including the Department of Interior, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, land-grant universities, Native Nations and organizations, state departments of environment and agriculture, research centers, and farm groups.
In order to address climate change, we have to get ahead of it, and no one innovates in the face of challenge better than rural America. This will not be an easy task, but I am confident that working together, USDA and its partners can effectively manage the risks from a shifting climate and build a stronger, more secure future for our farm and forest resources.