Earth Day Family Meeting: Let’s Fix This Mess

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Students at the Robert E. Peary School in Queens took on the issue of climate change for their table project. (Yasmeen Khan)

It’s the 44th anniversary of Earth Day, yet the climate change news is only getting worse. So we're convening a family meeting to talk about the state of the environment. No politics, no hysteria, just science. What’s already happened, how it can be fixed and where you fit in. The Earth Institute’s Steven Cohen joins us and a climate scientist from the IPCC takes your global warming questions. Plus: Oysters are back in New York Harbor.

Your Personal Environmentalism

To kick off our Earth Day family meeting, we want to hear what environmentalism means to you. Are you constantly conflicted by your energy use? What do you do personally to try to help - or at least not harm - the environment? What fears do you have for the future and what trade-offs do you make?

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The Climate Crisis Can Be Solved

In the wake of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's climate report, Steven A. Cohen, executive director of Columbia University's Earth Institute, talks about the complexities of climate change and the solutions offered in the report, and offers his (optimistic) thoughts on how the world will adapt to a warming planet.

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Ask a Climatologist

Katharine Mach, co-director of science for the IPCC Working Group II based out of the Carnegie Institution for Science's Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University, is a scientist who worked on the latest IPCC report. She answers your questions about the earth and humans' vulnerability to climate change, what's already happened, will happen in the future and how we might fix this mess. Plus, anything else you've ever wanted to ask a climate scientist.

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What's It Like Where You're From?

If the whole world doesn't get on board to curb emissions, the negative effects of climate change may overwhelm the earth anyway. After all, global warming knows no international boundaries. We want to hear from immigrants - how is climate change addressed in your home country? Or is it development at any cost?

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Bring Back the Oysters

The Billion Oyster Project is restoring oyster beds to New York Harbor. Billion Oyster Project Director Pete Malinowski, also aquaculture program director at the New York Harbor School, and his students, Beni Nedrick and Erin Nolan, explain why it's beneficial for the health of the waterways, marine life and how the shellfish might protect coastal areas from future storm surges.

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