Connecting the dots on climate change

People talk about connecting the dots all the time, especially when it comes to climate change. But, it seems to me we very seldom do it.

That’s why I am very excited to share this visual representation of how much our climate has warmed over the past almost 140 years. Whether literally or figuratively, now we can connect some of those the dots.



What’s your summertime temperature?

It’s been an extraordinarily long and hot summer here at The Idea Garden and it’s not over yet. Our 30C+ summer-holiday temperatures aren’t at all what we’re used to in the foothills of the Rockies, at least not for such an extended period.

According to Climate Central and the World Meteorological Association’s new interactive map, perhaps these high summer temperatures are what we will have to look forward to in future years.

Check out the situation where you live with this interactive map showing you the temperatures of major cities by 2100. Calgary, the closest city to where I live and work, is projected to have summertime temperatures similar to Los Angeles by then–unless we do something more about reducing our carbon emissions.


A PR win for the Great Lakes

The power of a good PR campaign can be enormous when it translates into concrete results. An example of this involving the Great Lakes landed in The Idea Garden’s inbox today. It came from Hans Voss, the executive director of Groundwork – Center for Resilient Communities.

According to Voss, in 2013 a group of people gathered near the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan to raise awareness about the threat of aging oil pipelines to the Great Lakes. This issue was eventually elevated into a statewide concern. On July 17, 2015, exactly two years later, they received a positive response from leaders recommending action.

Check out Jim Lively’s story on this successful campaign, and learn how it became a top-tier environmental issue for Michigan.

The threat of aging pipelines to the Great Lakes will be dealt with, thanks to a great PR awareness campaign by Groundwork.
Credit: “Mackinac Bridge Sunset” by Dehk – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –