Category Archives: Graying Green

Picture this: A clean and healthy bay

Confronting climate change is hard work. A first step is to be clear about the scientific evidence: Climate change is real and happening now. But the next step — figuring out how to persuade people that we can do something to limit the damage — is not easy either.

Bay Area residents have an opportunity to do something positive on climate change through the Clean and Healthy Bay measure (Measure AA on the June 7 ballot), an important step forward on regional climate action. If passed, the measure will add $12 a year to the annual property tax in nine counties, providing funding for coastal flood protection by revitalizing bay wetlands, at half the cost of levees. The initiative is also attracting national attention as a possible model for regional adaptation to climate change. To succeed, though, the measure’s backers should listen to Will Rogers’ advice: “Peoples’ minds are changed through observation and not through argument.”

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Is there a Secret to Aging Well?

As the Baby Boomers reach and move beyond traditional retirement ages, they are increasingly concerned about issues of aging. The demographics are compelling. By 2050, the older portion of the population will increase from 7 to 16 percent of the world’s population, with the developed world leading the way with even higher percentages. Today’s older adults are pioneers of a landscape historically unprecedented. With possibly thirty years of a “longevity bonus,” many older adults are asking how best to use their years. While there are many social policy and political issues involved in managing an aging society, there are many things that individuals can do throughout their lives to prepare for aging. Lifestyle choices reflecting aging accelerators or decelerators will impact the pace and outcomes of aging processes. This essay draws lessons from several books in the fields of gerontology (the study of the normal processes of aging) and geriatrics (the study of diseases that often accompany aging) to answer a simple question: How shall we age?

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What can John Glenn’s second space flight teach us about climate action?

John Glenn’s second flight may hold some important lessons for the US and the world in coping with climate change in a time of an aging population. It may be especially helpful for older adults who are asking ourselves what difference we can make in climate change.

Read the full post on John Glenn’s second space flight on LinkedIn.

The Conversation: Older adults and climate action

At the local, state and national level, political leaders should engage older voters on climate issues, from measures needed to adapt to climate-related changes, such as responses to severe weather events, to support for clean power regulations from the EPA.

Get the full post “Older adults:  an untapped, renewable resource on climate action” on The Conversation.