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Urgent action is required to curb greenhouse gas emissions and slow climate change. The U.S. has an important role to play in leading this action. However, climate policy and behavioral change have thus far been inadequate, and climate change is ensuing at an accelerated pace. Thus, Dr. Shahir Masri and his fiance Athina Simolaris decided to pause their careers for a year in order to launch a grassroots climate outreach project across the country. Called "On the Road for Climate Action," the project kicked off on August 1st, 2018, with an ambitious tour, in which they traveled the nation to speak with fellow scientists, policy makers, and the general public about climate change impacts and solutions. Using carbon offsets, they packed up their car and hit the road, heading east from California. They made their way through the great plains, up to New England, down to Florida, and back; covering over 35 states in 11 weeks! In addition to public speaking, they administered a climate survey to assess climate change sentiment around the country and how it differs by region. They intend to publish the data to help develop effective strategies of climate communication. A pinnacle of their voyage was a visit to Capitol Hill where they welcomed fellow citizens to call or meet with their members of Congress for a "Day of Congressional Climate Action" around the country. During their journey, they carried with them an inter-tribal "Parachute for the Planet," featuring Native American art to be featured in Washington D.C. as an expression of environmental preservation. In the spring of 2019, they packed their car once more to continue their project, this time visiting states across the Pacific Northwest. Click here to view videos of their journey, including exclusive interviews with farmers, scientists, concerned citizens, etc.
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Parachutes for the Planet
To raise awareness about sustainability and climate change, Mother Earth Project™ is asking individuals, schools, and communities around the world to create Parachutes for the Planet™. Literally, create a parachute and decorate it with artwork and comments about climate action and "green" living, and then share it with the world. This project is receiving tons of excitement globally! Project co-founder Barton Rubenstein says the the parachutes are a "metaphor for bringing the planet back to a safer place." In addition to art, the project is encouraging people to take a sustainable action each week (e.g. give up straws, carry reusable bags, pick up garbage, eat a plant-based diet). "On the Road for Climate Action" is teamed up with Mother Earth Project by carrying two very special parachutes across the nation, from California to Washington! One parachute was designed by Santiago High School students, which pays tribute to "On the Road for Climate Action," while the other parachute was an inter-tribal parachute with artistic contributions by numerous Native American tribes across the country.
paleBLUEdot & Our Carbon Neutral Journey!
Thanks to sponsorship by paleBLUEdot, "On the Road for Climate Action" is a carbon neutral journey! paleBLUEdot is a company that specializes in carbon offsetting. Based on our vehicle mileage and other energy usage along our voyage, paleBLUEdot will be calculating our associated carbon dioxide emissions and offsetting those emissions through a project that involves methane capture. Click here to learn more about the project. And click here to learn more about our partnership with paleBLUEdot, and the wonderful work of the company and founder Ted Redmond.
Shown to the left is the reserve certificate for our carbon offsets. The offsets will be issued once our national tour is complete and the company can finalize the numbers based on our data (miles traveled, etc.). Thanks again to our friends at paleBLUEdot!!
On the Road for Climate Action!
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Dr. Shahir Masri
Scientist, Author, Public Speaker