Community Spotlight: Climate Brief works for solutions to the climate crisis

Community Spotlight: Climate Brief works for solutions to the climate crisis

Individually, the founders of one of Daily Kos’ newest groups, Climate Brief, have been working for years to bring news about the growing climate crisis and possible solutions and/or mitigations to global warming, but a few things made it seem almost tailor-made to launch the group at the same time that the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its Code-Red report. Things are going to change, and we can’t stop them. At best, we can mitigate damage and begin the long work of undoing what we and our forebears have done over the past two centuries. “I was aware of the IPCC report and the upcoming UN Talks in Glasgow,” group administrator boatsie said, “so it seemed like the ideal time to start something new at DK.” 

Climate Brief was formed July 22, 2021, some three weeks ago. In that time, they’ve energetically produced 12 original stories and reblogged 34 related ones. “WarrenS and I had worked together for several years and talked about how we’d like to try starting up something like the #ekos Earthship we collaborated on years ago. We were both very concerned that Climate Change was not being covered as the major news story it is, but along with providing news, we really wanted to inspire folks and try to once again build a vibrant climate community here at DK like we had in the old days.”

They’ve made a good start at building that community, with a growing slate of members and followers. Besides WarrenS and boatsie, other Kossacks—among them Pakalolo, eeff, and Angmar—were already working to promote climate awareness. Angmar has long been a tireless advocate for climate awareness, “because it’s simply the most important issue of our lifetimes,” he said. Eeff was already posting climate news roundups twice weekly and so was a natural fit in the group, saying, “As far as where I stand with anything in politics, if we don’t fix the Climate Crisis there won’t be a place left to worry about!”

In a few short weeks, Climate Brief has carved out a presence on Daily Kos, even as it’s still settling into its groove. Meteor Blades, whose overnight roundups for years featured climate news and whose retirement left a gap even as the first real effects of climate change are making themselves undeniably felt, is the most recent admin to jump in. “I want to see at least one appearance of a solid climate post every day at the site,” he said, “something readers can count on to help educate themselves on the ongoing details of the climate crisis.”

It’s often said that knowledge is power, especially in science. The more people who work to mitigate and reverse the drivers of our global climate crisis, the more collective power we apply to the solution. Despite the dire IPCC report, it’s important to remember that we can still save ourselves. If we pull together, we can save lives and the species that live around us. The Climate Brief group aims to provide the tools, the inspiration, and the endurance for the long haul. Their mission statement promises to “keep the Daily Kos community informed and engaged with breaking news about the climate crisis around the world while providing inspiring stories of environmental heroes, opportunities for direct engagement, and perspectives on the intersection of climate activism with spirituality, politics, and the arts.”

The group is growing and welcoming new members, new voices, and new ideas. This is, as Angmar said, simply the most important problem we will ever have to solve. It’s good to have friends in the fight.


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