As anchor and special correspondent for CNN, O’Brien has been integral in hosting and developing the award winning Black in America franchise, one of the network’s most successful international franchises, as well as reporting breaking news from around the globe. In 2011, she won her first Emmy for Crisis in Haiti (Anderson Cooper 360) in the category of Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story – Long Form. O’Brien was part of the coverage teams that earned CNN a George Foster Peabody award for its BP oil spill and Katrina coverage and an Alfred I. duPont Award for its coverage of the Southeast Asia tsunami. The National Association of Black Journalists named O’Brien the Journalist of the Year and Edward R. Murrow Awards lauded her with the RTDNA/UNITY award for Latino in America in 2010.
For several years, Stowe businesses, the ski industry, and many skiers have worked together to support the Stowe-based, Race Against Global Warming, Joshua Wolfgang’s nonprofit effort to raise awareness of climate change through a scholarship program. Interestingly, while Joshua himself has grown, so too has the issue of global warming.
I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t seem right. I don’t know about you, but shouldn’t we want more, not only for ourselves but for our families in the future?
Sure, we have the newest and coolest and hippest dohicky and whatchacallit on the market, but there is no soul to what Generation X has developed in the last 20 years. There is no statement about the last 20 years that will have future generations saying, “That was an amazing group of people, right there.”
This isn’t something anyone involved in winter tourism wants to hear. It’s not something maple syrup producers want to hear. And it certainly isn’t good news if you live in the path of hurricanes, drought, or rising tides. But in 1250, Vikings were growing barley on Greenland. The Vikings arrived in Greenland around 980, when temperatures were similar to what we experience today, and by 1250 Greenland was a bit warmer than it is today. Warm, fertile, and peopled by Viking farmers in tidy villages, who were growing cultivated corn and barley. The Vikings don’t disappear until 1408, about a decade into the climate period dubbed The Little Ice Age, which dropped global temperatures by several degrees, shortened the growing season, and isolated the Greenland villages in pack ice, dooming them.
And this doesn’t count the advent of the smartphone, enhanced satellite television, video games that mimic real life and portable computing that keeps us looking down at a screen nearly 18 hours a day, no matter what job we might work in.