Shift the Africa continent away from dirty coal and toward renewables by 2017Climate Change presents a growing challenge to both men and women. Its negative effects are hitting low income households and poorest people in the rural parts of Africa which women constitute a major part of. Over dependence on fuelwood and other traditional methods for cooking also has immense negative impact on our forest, as well as causes death of our women and children due to health hazards and in addition worsening the impact of climate change”. The time spent collecting fuel is time not spent on income-generation, education or other activities. In fact, cooking has become one of the most dangerous daily activities for women in the developing world. Toward a solution while women bear a disproportionate burden, they’re also critical to clean cooking solutions – solutions as potentially transformative as bed nets and vaccines have been in fighting diseases like malaria and polio. Also, clean cookstoves can empower women, providing significant opportunities for income generation and entrepreneurship. The clean cookstove value chain offers new pathways for women’s economic empowerment. Women can participate in, own businesses around and earn income from marketing, distribution, sales and related enterprise that involves cooking, like restaurants and street food vendors.
Tell Senators Wyden and Merkley to Reject Trump's Climate-Denying CabinetThis year will likely go down as the hottest year in recorded history. The science is clear: human-caused climate change is an eminent threat to the health and well being of our planet and all its inhabitants. Our country needs strong leadership to tackle this urgent threat, leadership that acknowledges the science of what is at stake. Trump has nominated some of the biggest climate deniers and corporate polluters to the highest environmental offices (including the CEO of the biggest carbon polluter in the country, Exxon Mobile). The nominations of the Secretary of State (Rex Tillerson), Head of the EPA (Scott Pruitt), Secretary of the Interior (Ryan Zinke) and Secretary of Energy (Rick Perry) reflect the interests of the fossil fuel industry and big oil at the expense clean air, water, and national security. Our country cannot afford to let big profits drive the agenda of critical agencies. We have far surpassed the safe threshold of carbon in our atmosphere, it is time now to put the people and planet over short-sighted greed.
Stop Fracking in The Four Corners AreaMethane Emission, Historical Sites, Earthquakes, Health, Water, Livestock & Food 1) METHANE EMISSION NASA has found that there is so much methane being released in the Four Corners area that it's visible from space. Studies have recently shown that it is primarily due to gas emissions from hydraulic fracturing. (Link at bottom of page) 2) HISTORICAL SITES - CHACO, MESA VERDE & OTHERS The Four Corners area is a national treasure. Some of it is protected but most of it is not. The Anasazi had a huge network of connecting lines leading to spiritual sites. They are becoming almost impossible to see because of the new fracking well access roads created on top of them. Archeologists haven't finished their research in this area, much is still left to be discovered. Fracking is fast encroaching on Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde. Additional land leases are set to be auctioned off in January for fracking sites in the Greater Chaco area. Some of this land comes within 15 miles of the main Chaco Canyon which is designated as a World Heritage site. http://bit.ly/ChacoFracking 3) EARTHQUAKES Studies have shown that disposal wells for wastewater from fracking have caused earthquake swarms in many places around the country. Some are even quite large as we saw recently in Oklahoma. If this should happen anywhere near the Anasazi ruins it could be disastrous for these historical treasures. (Link at bottom of page) 4) HEALTH People are reporting being sickened by the air quality in communities near the fracking sites. http://bit.ly/FrackingTestimonials (More at bottom of page) 5) WATER The Four Corners area doesn't have a lot of water. Companies are fracking right up to the rivers and Navajo Lake. When toxic chemicals leak it will be disastrous, not only for the people nearby but also for those living downriver. The Navajo Nation's eastern side, which falls in New Mexico, is desperate for water. With basically no water rights, they are forced to rely on ground water. They have to dig very deep, through layers and layers of rock, because the water that's closer to the surface is contaminated with uranium from mining in the WWII era. 40% of the Navajo in this area have no running water in their homes. We should be making things better for them, not worse. Fracking not only endangers the limited water supply but it also uses an enormous amount of water in the process. This is water which would be much better utilized as drinking water rather than fracking water. People can't drink natural gas or oil. http://bit.ly/NavajoNoWater (More at bottom of page) 6) LIVESTOCK, FARMING & FOOD "In addition to the cases documented by Bamberger, hair testing of sick cattle that grazed around well pads in New Mexico found petroleum residues in fifty-four of fifty-six animals." (Link at bottom of page) Methane emission: http://bit.ly/4CornersMethane Earthquakes: http://on.doi.gov/2cvICBe Health (air): http://bit.ly/FrackingAir Health Link 2: http://bit.ly/FrackingAir Water Link 2: http://bit.ly/FrackWater Livestock: http://bit.ly/2cvK4Dy
Malcolm Turnbull, we demand you cease funding Coal and Attacking CEFC funds.Cabinet Ministers have conspired to remove all funds from the CEFC by pledging the total amount left in the CEFC account to other ‘good LNP causes’. At the same time Malcolm Turnbull is subsidising the fossil fuel industry (Oil, Coal and Gas) with (IMF numbers) $1,712 per person a year or $41 billion of taxpayer funds. This includes exploration funding for Geoscience Australia and tax deductions for mining and petroleum exploration. The president of the World Bank stated that it was crazy that governments were still driving the use of coal, oil and gas by providing subsidies. “We need to get rid of fossil fuel subsidies now,” he said. In July, Nicholas Stern estimated that tackling climate change would require investment of 2% of global GDP each year. The IMF work indicates that ending fossil fuel subsidies would benefit governments by the equivalent to 3.8% of global GDP a year. Prime Minister Turnbull, Deputy Prime Minister Joyce, Former Prime Minister Abbott, Ministers Pyne, Hockey, Cormann and Hunt are attempting to falsely convince the public that the Cabinet can “re-purpose and re-direct the Act” without going back through the Parliament.
Establish a carbon tax NowI was shocked to see about three weeks ago that there was only one climate change petition on the WH website and only 3 energy related petitions. I think there should be a continuous effort to keep a carbon tax petition on the WH website to show that ordinary people are supporting this kind of tax and support economic incentives to move away from an oil and gas based economy. The description of the petition on the website is simple: It is time to use economic incentives to reduce the use of fossil files to the most essential purposes and encourage the expansion of renewable energy for everything else. The actual cost to society for the environmental damage caused by carbon emissions is increasing daily. We will need to have a reserve to help offset the cost of repairing the environmental damage caused by CO2 emissions.
Change Now to Eat Later: Sustainable AgricultureChanging the way we eat is vital in lessening greenhouse gas emissions that come from current food production methods like deforestation, overuse of water, use of pesticides, and soil degradation. It is also a leading cause of climate change that YOU can take action against, both for yourself and for future generations! Globally, the population is estimated to grow to 9.5 billion by 2050. With our current method of food production, feeding an added 2.5 billion people will be an immense challenge. We are already destroying our environment in the pursuit of increased agriculture production, ironically making crop growth more difficult with such degraded lands. Forests that are cut down to make land for agriculture release carbon that was stored in the trees. 1/3 of the greenhouse gas emissions from the last 150 years has come from this process. We can't maintain this rate of emission. Clearing more land to feed more people will release more carbon into the atmosphere, and our Earth simply can't handle that warming. We need to change the way we eat. Making sustainable choices at the supermarket or in the campus cafeteria will wake up the agriculture industry and make them realize that as consumers, we are against the harmful health and environmental impacts caused by today's industrial agriculture. Sustainability is what we want! It is the only way to feed the ever-growing population. You have the power to make a difference and send this message! Sign this petition to show that you want Pelham to make the change toward food sustainability!
Stop The Biggest Ever Atlantic Coast Pipeline/Dominion Transmission, IncStopping the pipeline is so important because of the negative impacts of lessons learned from citizens already affect in West Virginia near and around the Marcellus region. Safeguarding our properties as landowners, looking out for our health, keeping the air quality sufficient, soil uncontaminated and pure waters outweigh any significance advertised by construction of infrastructures.. Our farms are non-.industrialized and we want them to remain that way. Fossil fuel is not the way, but solar energy and wind is far more cleaner. Eminent domain should never be a route to take our land for a public purpose rather than a public use. Our framers of the constitution never intended that to happen. Dominion have already celebrated their overseas partnerships for exporting from Covepoint in Lusby , Maryland..
Get polluters out of politics : John MadiganDespite more than two decades of talking, our climate is at a crisis point because our leaders have allowed themselves to be captured by the fossil fuel industry. Since the last elections the fossil fuel industry have donated more than $3.7m to the major political parties. In exchange, Governments have forked out more than $7.7bn in taxpayer subsidies to the industry -- more than our total foreign aid budget. That equals a return on investment for the fossil fuel lobby of more than $2000 for every $1 they donated. If our politicians are serious about climate change, then they need to stop taking money from and giving money to the big polluters. That's why we are calling on politicians on all sides of the aisle to stand up and sign the Pollution Free Politics Pledge.
Prime Minister Trudeau: Reform the National Energy Board1. To meet the commitments the Canadian Government made in Paris last year to stay within 1.5 degrees of warming, most of the world's known fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground. The National Energy Board, which advises the Canadian Government on major energy projects, has for decades functioned as an arms length approval body for the fossil fuel industry. The body doesn’t even consider the life cycle carbon emissions of the projects they review. Not only that, but has the body has been wrought with controversy, and their consultation processes, especially with indigenous people, has been wholly inadequate. The NEB is currently reviewing Enbridge’s proposal to replace and increase capacity for 35 km of the Line 10 pipeline -- one that would cut across important farmland in our community. We are calling on the Trudeau government to suspend all NEB hearings on pipeline projects until the NEB has been overhauled.
Get polluters out of politics : Cory BernardiDespite more than two decades of talking, our climate is at a crisis point because our leaders have allowed themselves to be captured by the fossil fuel industry. Since the last elections the fossil fuel industry have donated more than $3.7m to the major political parties. In exchange, Governments have forked out more than $7.7bn in taxpayer subsidies to the industry -- more than our total foreign aid budget. That equals a return on investment for the fossil fuel lobby of more than $2000 for every $1 they donated. If our politicians are serious about climate change, then they need to stop taking money from and giving money to the big polluters. That's why we are calling on politicians on all sides of the aisle to stand up and sign the Pollution Free Politics Pledge.
Americans should be able to buy the 7 seat Prius V available in the rest of the worldHi - I, like many of us eco-conscious parents would love to have a fuel efficient vehicle to carry 7 passengers but are stuck with mini-vans or SUVs if we want to carry a larger group. The only fuel efficient 7 seat car on the market is a Tesla, starting at $70,000, this vehicle is out of the range of many. Imagine my delight when I found that the Toyota Prius V offers a 7 seat option - a 40 mpg 7 seat car! And then I found this model is offered world-wide but not in the Americas. First, the excuse that the batteries were different - the US model used a cheaper larger Ni -metal hydride battery which did not allow the space for the third row seat. This changed with the 2016 models - all Prius V's now use the smaller lithium ion battery - When I heard of this upgrade I waited anxiously for the new release of the 2016 model. Surely we could now have the 7 seat option? But no! Toyota still does not offer this package even as an option - and when I have inquired from corporate sources they claim it is because "Americans don't want a small 7 seat car." Interestingly, I hear the opposite from nearly every parent I mention this to. The response I get is "Wow! I would get that in a minute!" Even a floor salesperson at our local Toyota exclaimed "if there was a 7 seat Prius, we couldn't keep it on the lot!" I believe that Toyota is trying to force consumers into more expensive, less fuel efficient cars to improve their bottom line - now that the batteries are the same there is simply no reason the 7 seat model could not be offered as an option...except it might decrease their sales of Highlanders and mini-vans. (This is the option the company gave me in emails and phone calls) Toyota needs to be called out on this. Imagine the improvement there would be in emissions if just a percentage of families switched out of their 7 seat SUVS into a eco-friendly hybrid car.... -ps - as for the argument I have occasionally read that the reason Toyota does not release the 7 seat Prius in the US "is because American safety laws are too stringent for a 7th row." Poppycock! When the V was released with 5 seats and no 7 seat option in the US markets, spokespeople never used different safety requirements as a reason - what is sited in numerous articles was the higher cost to use the smaller battery or lack of space for "Americas typically larger build." Further EU and Australian safety standards are hardly lax.
Shut Down Line 3, Don't Replace It!Canadian pipeline company Enbridge is trying to build a new Keystone XL-sized pipeline to carry tar sands oil through North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. This project -- which the company is billing as a “replacement” of an old and unsafe line -- just got a boost from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of a proposed settlement relating to a massive tar sands oil spill in Michigan that the company was responsible for a few years ago. In effect, the EPA is “punishing” Enbridge for a devastating spill by requiring the company to build an entirely different pipeline that Enbridge has wanted for years. Ordering a bad actor like Enbridge to build a new tar sands pipeline is a recipe for disaster for our climate. The EPA is currently accepting public comments on this decision. Submit a public comment and tell the EPA that operating an unsafe pipeline isn’t something to reward.
Yvelines - Arrêtez la hausse des impôts pour des projets inutiles.Il se dessine (déjà bien amorcé) un avenir "en béton" dans la vallée de la Seine, une Opération d'Intérêt National (c'est à dire sans aucune concertation avec aucun élu mais décidée au plus haut sommet de l'état comme ça a été le cas pour l'étang de Berre, Corbeil Essone, Roissy, ...). La nouvelle appellation se nomme GPSO (Grand Paris Seine Oise), son drapeau de conquête initial devait être le circuit de formule 1 à Flins. L'ambition de ce titanesque projet est de faire de la région un sanctuaire de flux de marchandises et matériaux. La région parisienne s'est développée plus que les autres car autour se trouvent les plus riches terres agricoles de France (il faut 4000 à 7000 ans pour avoir 18cm de terre arables !) Ce choix de développement aura de très lourdes conséquences à tous les niveaux et les habitants de la région risquent d'en payer un fort tribus (pollution, trafic, endettement, liens social, culture, alimentation,...)
Dr. Shirley Jackson, please stop working for big oilDr. Jackson, you are being asked to step down because of the impact that Marathon Oil has on environmental health issues at a local, national, and global level. LOCALLY Only 8 miles from your home and RPI, for example, the health and welfare of people who live in Albany (including RPI students) are at risk because highly volatile Bakken Crude -- which Marathon Oil produces -- rolls through their communities -- in rail DOT-111 rail tankers that the National Transportation Safety Board itself says put communities at risk. Explosions and fires have already wreaked havoc in communities around North America, including the massive blast in Lac Megantic, Quebec that killed 47 people. These “bomb trains” filled with volatile crude pass within hundreds of feet of densely populated residential areas, and often sit for days on tracks just behind public housing complexes. NATIONALLY The shale gas boom is also expanding fossil fuel production and transport, and creating new problems and risks across the United States. Marathon Oil is active in the Eagle Ford Shale Play near San Antonio, for example. More than 7,000 new oil and gas wells have been drilled in the region since 2007, and thousands more are planned, resulting in dramatic air pollution and associated ill health. Many RPI students and alum are directly impacted because of shale gas developments in their home communities. Meanwhile, research demonstrating often irreversible damage to the environment and human health because of the long chain of activity associated with the shale gas boom continues to build. RPI could play an important leadership role helping translate this research into public policy, firmly grounded in science. GLOBALLY Fossils fuels also create tragic global challenges, with Marathon Oil again bearing notable responsibility. The United Nations reports that that climate change already kills hundreds of thousands of people per year, and that the world’s poorest people are the most vulnerable. Climate change is also creating political instability, driving people across borders and creating diplomatic crises that show no sign of resolution. Fossil fuels -- and Marathon Oil -- are deeply implicated in these tragedies.
Saves Trees From Total DestructionTrees are becoming less and less prevalent every year. We must put a stop to this and encourage people to plant more trees. This has been a problem for many years with no sight of a solution anytime soon. Trees are important for everyday life, yet we continue to destroy more than we produce. There has to be a way to counter this. We rely on trees for air and many other supplies.
Support the Heathrow 13 and stop the new runway!13 climate protesters are facing prison to silence protest against new runways which would wreck Government policy to protect us from catastrophic climate change. The Paris agreement underlines the need to cut emissions now. Aviation is the fastest growing source of carbon emissions and the only way to reduce emissions from aviation to a safe level is to reduce the number of flights. Despite David Cameron’s ‘no ifs, no buts’ election and manifesto promise to not build a new runway following massive public outrage at the proposals, the Government is now breaking its promise. There is more than enough aviation capacity for people’s annual holidays and the declining number of business flights. Airport growth is driven by a minority of frequent fliers who take the majority of UK flights to second homes and tax havens. Meanwhile, emissions from aviation are destroying people’s lives. People in the Heathrow area, who already have to breathe illegal levels of air pollution and suffer intolerable noise, would now see their homes destroyed. People across the UK have been flooded at Christmas, and every year hundreds of thousands more people die due to climate change - mostly in poor countries in the Global South, the people least responsible for emissions. The Government is expected to make its decision on whether to expand Heathrow or Gatwick – or neither, if we are successful – this year. It’s one or the other: build new runways or protect us from climate chaos. The people in the Global South who are dying due to climate change already have no voice in the debate. We can show them that jailing peaceful protesters will not silence those of us who do.
Get polluters out of politics : Bill HeffernanDespite more than two decades of talking, our climate is at a crisis point because our leaders have allowed themselves to be captured by the fossil fuel industry. Since the last elections the fossil fuel industry have donated more than $3.7m to the major political parties. In exchange, Governments have forked out more than $7.7bn in taxpayer subsidies to the industry -- more than our total foreign aid budget. That equals a return on investment for the fossil fuel lobby of more than $2000 for every $1 they donated. If our politicians are serious about climate change, then they need to stop taking money from and giving money to the big polluters. That's why we are calling on politicians on all sides of the aisle to stand up and sign the Pollution Free Politics Pledge.
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