R.I.P. JohnnyRook and Climaticide Chronicles

As readers know, climate blogger JohnnyRook, aka Steven Kimball, was very ill (see “Murder, He Wrote”). On Monday, he died in his home in Port Townsend, Washington at the age of 53.

Meteor Blades at Daily Kos has a very nice tribute in which he notes:

Steven’s family has asked that anyone who wishes to make a remembrance in his name can contribute to 350 org at this link. It’s hard to imagine a more appropriate place. Goodbye, Steven. We miss you already.

Let me just end with what Rook posted in the comments of my tribute to him, since it was once of the last things he ever wrote:


Dear Joe,

Thank you for such a touching enconmium.

Humanity is, as the name Climaticide Chronicles makes clear, in the process of murdering the climate. Everywhere Rook — or any of us — looks, there is more and more evidence of that crime in process.

But it is not too late. The murder can be stopped. I wouldn’t be blogging if didn’t know that for a fact…. I’m sure Rook feels the same way.

[I do-Rook]

I am proud to say that my 19-year old son, Aleks and a friend, Andrew, did make the choice to go in my stead and are already at the in D.C. for the Powershift Action. I know this is a going to be a very exciting time for both of them, and that they will carry the battle into the future until we have succeeded.

It’s getting harder and harder for me to write, even simple comments like this, but my thoughts and sympathies are with you always.

R.I.P. JohnnyRook