We talk so much about our personal health and fitness that you could say we fully geek out on the subject. We read about about scientific studies, we wonder about it — about our own and those close to us, and we take actions to make it better. 

So, I think it’s important to also talk about the health of our climate. Our own personal health cannot be our sole concern. Whether we’re ready to admit it or not, we are on the precipice of a climate emergency. The large living organism to which we are sympathetically connected to is sick, and by association — because of our interdependence — we are sick, too. 

Recently, a 40-year study was published in the journal Bioscience where over 11,000 scientists from 153 countries signed their names in agreement. Their determinations were forthright and serious. But they were not without hope.

“Scientists have a moral obligation to warn humanity of any great threat,” says Dr. Thomas Newsome, an author of the study. “From the data we have, it is clear we are facing a climate emergency. While things are bad, all is not hopeless. We can take steps to address the climate emergency.”

The report outlines six critical areas that need to be addressed in order to stave off the worst case scenario of climate change:

“It’s not too late to act

In our paper we suggest six critical and interrelated steps that governments, and the rest of humanity, can take to lessen the worst effects of climate change:

  • prioritise , and replace fossil fuels with low-carbon renewable energy sources, 
  • reduce emissions of short-lived pollutants like methane and soot,
  • protect and restore the Earth’s ecosystems by curbing land clearing,
  • reduce our meat consumption,
  • move away from unsustainable ideas of ever-increasing economic and resource consumption, and
  • stabilise and ideally, gradually reduce human populationswhile improving human well-being.”

What can we do? Some first steps might be:

  • Support politicians who are environmentally aware and are pushing toward renewable energy. Vote!
  • Consider your part in an over-consumptive society. How much do we really need? How much do we really use? How much waste/packaging/plastic do your purchases produce?
  • Consider lessening your meat intake.
  • Consider driving less; ride your bike or public transportation. Consider an electric vehicle.
  • Consider taking a stand on any area of environmentalism including deforestation, keeping water clean for all, or taking into consideration where toxic waste and methane-producing landfills are usually dumped and how that affects low-income and communities of color.Awareness coupled with some kind of action by everyone could arrest an emergency. It’s the same mindset that we often apply to our health and fitness. Extending that mentality to the environment is not only vital, but urgent.

Friday’s Workout

“Tim’s See You Later”
For time:
800m run

3 rounds ^ #
OHS (95/65)/(115/75)/(135/95)
30 Over the bar burpees

800m Run

Saturday’s Workout

“CF Games Open 20.5”

For time, partitioned any way:
40 muscle-ups
80-cal. row
120 wall-ball shots, 20 to 10 ft/14 to 9ft
Time cap: 20 min.

For time, partitioned any way:
40 chin-over-the-bar pull ups
80-cal. row
120 wall-ball shots, 14-lb. ball to 9 ft.
Time cap: 20 min.

Monday’s Workout

A) For Quality in 10 minutes:
800m Run (Gear 3 Breathing)
then, in remainder of time, AMRAP:
14 Push-ups
14 Box Jumps (24/20)

B) Snatch Progressions
Work up to heavy Power Snatch + Snatch

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