It’s time to submit your topics for switch~ 2013!
The switch~ team knows it’s been a challenging week for many folks in our switch~ community, and the idea of pulling together a topic submission might be the last thing on your mind. But, we ask you to help us give everyone another great night to look forward to as people finish off the last of the wet carpet, drywall and debris. If you’re interested, just let us know by the weekend that you’d like to submit a topic, and we’ll help out.
This has been an unbelievably difficult time for Colorado and it’s been inspiring to watch and hear about the strength of this community, rising to help each other in the face of danger and unfathomable obstacles. There have been some speculations as to why the floods have happened. Discovery.com has an article that hypothesizes that it’s because the equatorial Pacific is in a state climatologists call, “La Nada” which can be the “most volatile and punishing” (even more than El Niño). The article also conjectures that the floods happened because of global warming: that “the slow-moving or stalled weather patterns fit with some ideas that the ongoing warming of the Arctic can cause the jet stream to get very deep and stubborn loops that then create atmospheric rivers, like that carrying unusual amounts of water north into New Mexico and Colorado.”
It’s all speculation. And who really knows? But it’s hard not to string along some of the crazy severe weather we’ve been having in recent memory (CO fires, VT and Storm Irene, the 2012 NYC snow storm, DC Snowpocalypse, Katrina), watch Hollywood’s latest star-studded action movies (the apocalyptic Elysium with Matt Damon and Oblivion with Tom Cruise), and hear about MARS ONE without thinking about global warming and earth’s dwindling resources. For those of you who haven’t heard, the Mars One Foundation is accepting applications for a ONE-WAY ticket to Mars to set up a permanent human settlement in 2023. Nope. Not kidding. They’re putting together an 8 person crew to be trained for the next 12 years and over 100,000 people have applied. You can actually watch applicant videos on the Mars One website. It’s fascinating. Sure, a big part of it is driven by space exploration and the quest for knowledge, but it’s hard not to think it also has to do with resource exploration (hey overpopulation and resource depletion).
It’s hard to believe that so many people are ready to jump ship. And of course, it all comes back to energy and why energy efficiency, renewables, geothermal, water management, resource management etc. are now, more than ever before, some of the most exciting and most important industries to be a part of as they work towards obviating the need to jump ship. And of course, it’s why you should write up a quick abstract of that cool energy project you’ve been working on and share it with the energy community. You might just save the next potential Mars One applicant from sending in a silly and utterly embarrassing video like this one. Again, if you’re struggling against flooding logistics and don’t think you can make the Monday deadline but would still like to apply, let us know.
switch~3 October 29th