One Fun Thing: In Frozen 2, Elsa Takes On Climate Change

It’s the climate movie of the year, hands down.  Disney’s Frozen 2 opened last weekend to record numbers at the box office in the U.S. and globally.  Disney’s timing is perfect — we need a global wake up call and a call to action by a compelling voice who will inspire action.  Picking up where real-life heroine Greta Thunberg left off, the movie is infused with environmental messages and themes.  According to Jonathan Goff, who voices Kristoff in the movie, “Every sort of character…is connected to this idea of taking care of the world around you and not taking things for granted, and also respecting the power of the environment.”  Without giving away the plot, in the movie, Elsa faces the reality of climate change and how her abilities may give her a purpose to set things right.   I (Monica) am looking forward to seeing it with my young niece Quincy and our entire family over the holiday weekend!  Let it go!

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In a report published on Wednesday, the European Environment Agency said that Europe’s progress towards cutting greenhouse-gas emissions and boosting the share of renewables in the energy mix is not happening quickly enough and as a result, the EU will miss its goals.  Moreover, the EU can expect to confront heat waves that are more severe than recent record-breaking events every two years from 2050 on, The Telegraph reported.

Why This Matters:  The EU considers itself a climate leader globally and so missing these targets is a big deal.

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At UN Climate Meeting, WMO Sounds Alarm and Urges More Climate Services

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Why This Matters:  Piling on to the UN’s Gap report from last week, the WMO’s clear-eyed diagnosis is that the planet is warming much more rapidly than previously thought, and the prognosis is that global average temps will be 3 times higher than the Paris Agreement levels if we remain on the current trajectory of warming. What a chilling forecast.

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Annual UN Climate Meeting Opens With Strong Admonition by the Secretary General

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Why This Matters:  Unfortunately, the three largest emitting countries — the United States, China, and India — have sent only lower-level officials to represent their governments at the UN meeting.

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