I long for the days when concern for the climate was a bipartisan issue. Remember that TV ad back in 2008 with Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich sitting on a couch together, agreeing on the need for action? And in other parts of the world it’s just an everyday topic of conversation. On my once in a lifetime trip to the Alps this summer, a guide pointed to the glacier in front of us and noted that it has shrunk drastically in the past 20 years “due to global warming.”
Climate scientists say the atmosphere should hold no more than 350 parts per million (ppm) of carbon dioxide if we want to avoid fundamental changes to our earth systems. Pre-industrial levels were at 280 ppm, and we’re now at 407 ppm. So we have our work cut out for us.
Melinda Tuhus has been a journalist since 1986, and has won numerous regional and international awards for her work. She focuses on reporting on the environment, women’s issues and criminal justice (i.e., “punishment”) reforms. Based in New Haven, CT, in recent years she has reported from South Africa, Israel/the West Bank, Haiti, New Orleans and the Louisiana Gulf Coast, and West Virginia, the site of massive mountaintop removal coal operations.
Tuhus reported for decades for a variety of national and local radio and print outlets, including Free Speech Radio News, WINGS, the New Haven Independent, In These Times and The New York Times. She is moving toward retirement and spending more time volunteering in the climate justice movement.