Long-term drought, extreme heat, intense fires and unpredictable weather -- obviously, Arizona is feeling the effects of climate change now.
Governor Doug Ducey and Republican Legislators continue to pursue the capitalist path of unbridled and unchecked growth as the road to prosperity, with no concern regarding the environmental impact or the long-term sustainability of their ideas.
In her speech to the UN climate conference in 2019, teen climate activist Greta Thunberg called the corporate push for more consumerism ... more growth ... more building "fairytale" and warned world leaders that the youth of planet Earth expect action. In 2021, Thunberg called the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow "more blah, blah, blah" and scolded leaders for making little progress.
Climate change is a ticking time bomb. The human race has roughly this decade to make major changes in order stop the worst effects of climate change.
For the commentary this week, you'll hear Thunberg scolding world leaders for inaction on climate change on behalf of the world's children in 2019.
My guest this week is Sandy Bahr, who is the Chapter Director for the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club. Bahr is a regular at the Arizona capitol. We discuss the current status of Arizona's water supply, weather, and politics.
PPH Commentary 0:42
Youth Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Addressing UN Conference in 2019 1:43
Interview with Sandy Bahr 6:42
What Does the Sierra Club Do? 7:38
What Is the Status of the Drought and Arizona's Water Supply? 8:40
Groundwater Pumping Is Killing Our Perrenial Rivers 10:27
Anything Goes' in Some Parts of Arizona. Enter 'Super Pumpers'. 11:44
Despite Water Shortages Governor and Republicans Still Focus on Growth 13:45
Republican Pipe Dreams 14:27
Water Shortages in 2022 Due to Lake Mead Level 17:38
Agriculture Will Be Effected First by Water Shortages 18:12
If We're Going to Pay Farmers Why Not Pay Them to Grow Sustainable Crops? 18:46
Heavy Groundwater Pumping in Cochise County Fuels Feed Crops for Other Countries 20:17
Will We Have Water Shortages and Rationing in 2022? 21:43
Cochise County Residents Want an Active Management Area to Save the Water Supply 22:43 Rep. Gail Griffin of Cochise County Has Blocked Good Water Bills from Republicans and Democrats 23:16
Did the Summer Rain Help Us with the Drought? 24:30
The Drought Is Not Over 25:02
Both Phoenix and Tucson Set Extreme Heat Records in 2020 25:12
Phoenix Creates Its Own Weather Patterns 25:40
With Climate Change Arizona Will Get Hotter and Drier 26:13
COP26: What Happens to Arizona if Global Temperatures Rise Above 1.5 Degrees? 28:03
This Is a Climate Crisis and an Extinction Crisis 29:59
NOW Is the Time for Bold Action if We Are Going to Avoid the Worst Impacts of Climate Change 30:59
Extreme Heat Kills People 31:43
Destabilizing the Climate Has Huge Implications for the Future of Humanity 33:06
COP26: Are World Leaders or Multinational Corporations in Charge of Our Planet's Future? 33:34
This Is the Time to Say 'NO' to the Fossil Fuel Industry 34:07
With Many Open Seats in the Arizona Legislature in 2022, We Have the Opportunity to Elect Better Representation 34:45