• Increase the Relief Package for Farmers Affected by Hail Storm
    We are witnessing more unseasonal and unexpected changes in our weather and climate change has a big role in it. No single weather event can be attributed completely to climate change but over the past few years we have witnessed a growing number of record breaking weather events. Many parts of Maharashtra, for example, haven’t experienced such heavy hail or rainfall in the last 100 years! [1] As climate change or global warming continues to break new records in extreme weather, we need to start adapting for the changes that scientists say will affect India’s weather patterns. Our farmers are one of the most vulnerable to climate change and we need to safeguard their lives and livelihoods. [1] - http://sandrp.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/maharashtra-farmers-face-impacts-of-hailstorms-and-states-inaction-plan-on-climate-change/
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  • Dear Congressman Pat Tiberi - Please make a statement on climate science
    Climate change is a very real problem facing our world, and our Ohio community is experiencing the devastating backlash of excess CO2 emissions. These shifts in high levels of CO2 are having a real effect on weather patterns resulting in an increase in the probability for droughts, floods, excessive snowfall, extreme cold and hot temperatures and many other climate-related problems. Even the chemistry of the air we breathe is changing with increased air pollution causing four cities in Ohio to be ranked among the 20 most soot-polluted in the country! The damage from climate change has repercussions that are felt worldwide, especially here in the Ohio farmer's community. There is an overwhelming 97% consensus on the science in the global scientific community. We need to take meaningful action to reduce carbon emissions as quickly as possible. With your help Congressman Pat Tiberi, we must put Ohio on the path to a better future for all our citizens.
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  • Stop Fracking in Ohio's Parks
    Three years ago Governor John Kasich approved new state legislation that would permit hydraulic fracturing in Ohio's State parks. 3300 acres of park property have already been set aside for Natural Gas and Oil wells. These wells endanger thousands of residents every day while operating, not to mention the lasting impact for years after the well has been drilled. We must stand together to prevent the destruction of our state parks.
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  • Tell the EU to set an equitable and science-based carbon emissions reduction target of 80% by 2030.
    There is now little to no chance of maintaining the global mean surface temperature at or below 2◦C. The only way to avoid dangerous man-made interference with the climate system is to stop burning fossil fuels and reduce our carbon emissions by 80% by 2030. Climate scientists say we have years, not decades, to reduce our carbon emissions before it’s too late to prevent ‘extremely dangerous’ climate change. Currently we are heading for a global temperature increase of 4°C by the end of this century. This is because we are still pumping greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas), into the atmosphere. New efforts are underway to expand fossil fuel extraction by drilling into the Arctic region, extracting oil from tar sands, and using hydraulic fracking techniques to extract natural gas and oil from shale formations. The increased concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is causing the Earth to store heat instead of releasing the heat energy to space, and as a consequence altering the global climate. The safe level of atmospheric carbon dioxide is no more than 350 parts per million (ppm) if we are to preserve a planet similar to which life on Earth is adapted. In 2013, the global concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere passed the level of 400 ppm. The impacts associated with a rise in global mean surface temperature of 2◦C (450 ppm) represents the threshold between ‘dangerous’ and ‘extremely dangerous’ climate change. This means we can except to see rising sea levels, shrinking sea ice in Greenland and Antarctic, and more severe and frequent climate impacts like heavier rainfall, extreme flooding, heatwaves, storms and droughts. The EU is responsible for 11% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The EU must take leadership and responsibility for the present dangerous situation. In January 2014, the European Commission announced their 2030 climate and energy plans. The European Commission’s proposal calls for greenhouse gas emissions to be cut by 40% by 2030. The Commission did not set binding targets for increasing renewable energies or for reducing energy use. The Commission’s climate proposal is irresponsible, and inconsistent with scientific evidence-based climate data analyses. Based on climate science, carbon emissions must be reduced by at least 80% by 2030, and there must be binding targets to reduce energy use by 50% and increase the share of renewables to 45%. European energy and environment ministers will begin discussions on 20-21 March, and the EU is expected to agree the 2030 climate and energy targets by the end of this year. The EU’s 2030 climate and energy plans will set the tone for negotiations (Paris COP summit) on global efforts to rein in carbon emissions next year, and hence the direction of future climate impacts. Tell the EU to set an equitable and science-based carbon emissions reduction target of 80% by 2030. Anything less will leave future generations a legacy of “devastating impacts”. Sources: Letter to President Barroso on 2030 Decarbonisation targets from Dr Kevin Anderson, Professor of Energy and Climate Change, Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change, University of Manchester: http://kevinanderson.info/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Letter-pdf-to-President-Barroso-on-2030-decarbonisation-Dec-2013.pdf Anderson K, Bow A (2010) Beyond ‘dangerous’ climate change: emission scenarios for a new world. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 2011 369, doi: 10.1098/rsta.2010.0290 Hansen J, Kharecha P, Sato M, Masson-Delmotte V, Ackerman F, et al. (2013) Assessing ‘‘Dangerous Climate Change’’: Required Reduction of Carbon Emissions to Protect Young People, Future Generations and Nature. PLoS ONE 8(12): e81648. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0081648 Betts R, Collins M, Hemming D.L., Jones C.D., Lowe J. A, and Sanderson M.G. When could global warming reach 4°C? Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A (2011) 369, 67–84 doi:10.1098/rsta.2010.0292 IPCC, 2013: Summary for Policymakers. In: Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Stocker, T.F., D. Qin, G.-K. Plattner, M. Tignor, S. K. Allen, J. Boschung, A. Nauels, Y. Xia, V. Bex and P.M. Midgley (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA. According to 2012 research by Fraunhofer ISI for the German Environment Ministry, the EU could reduce its energy consumption by 50% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels. Concrete Paths of the European Union to the 2°C Scenario: Achieving the Climate Protection Targets of the EU by 2050 through Structural Change, Energy Savings and Energy Efficiency Technologies.
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  • Sustainable CWU
    In order for Central Washington University to become more sustainable, there needs to be a program for sustainable energy on campus. This program will allow for students to get involved with future plans of sustainability for Central. They will be allowed to reveal their personal innovations and inputs about sustainability plans. It will be a democratic process in which everyone’s voices will be allowed to be heard. There are many colleges in Washington that already have this system in place. Western Washington University has a sustainability program that will be a great example for the future program here at Central Washington. One aspect of the sustainably plan would be to strive for climate neutrality. Western has a campus-wide climate action plan to set net zero carbon emissions. Western also joined the American College and University President Climate Commitment which supports their goal of climate neutrality. This membership is nation-wide, and if Central were to become a member then it would be taking the right steps forward to becoming a sustainable campus. The RCW 70.235.050 is a state regulation for all state agencies to adopt a strategy for reducing carbon emissions. Central has only comprised of a recycling program in every building on campus. This plan is headed in the right direction; however, there needs to be a more direct and aggressive plan set in action for Central to truly be sustainable. Western’s sustainable program also encompasses a zero waste program which helps reduce Western’s waste. Campus currently diverts 72% of all containers, paper, and cardboard from the landfill through the AS Recycle Center (Pierce & Smith, 2010). That’s a large amount of recycling. Here at Central is it said that 10% of the students actually do recycle (Pappas, 2013). Last year, housing recycled 35,000 pounds of cardboard, 10,000 pounds of aluminum, 25,000 pounds of paper, 14,000 pounds of plastic, and 46,000 pounds of glass. Johnson also said housing contributes about 433 tons of garbage to the landfill per year (Pappas 2013).With these numbers, it is quite obvious that Central needs to have a well-planned out program for recycling, and the future sustainability program will be able to put that program into place properly. Another aspect to Western’s sustainability program is the 20% Real Food. This program encourages campus to have 20% of its food either locally produced, organically grown, fairly traded, and human raised (Pierce & Smith, 2010). Campus acquires this food from several companies, for example; Growing Washington is a farmer cooperative ad Charlie’s Produce is a produce supplier based in Seattle, Washington (Pierce & Smith, 2010). With Central Washington being located on the eastern side of the state, there are many opportunities for campus to acquire real food. As a part of the Climate Action Plan Western has made, there is a program call 10x12 which builds infrastructure to create a system of decentralized, building-based coordinators within Western Washington University eventually, realizing energy savings and other resource conservation benefits (Pierce & Smith, 2010). If the pilot year prove successful, consider expanding the program each year until the whole campus is operating with ongoing conservation measures in every building and increasing efficiency over time, leveraging utility savings to increase participation and expansion to other buildings (Pierce & Smith, 2010). With this plan, Western will be able to cut their CO2 emissions while potentially saving money in the long run. Using a pilot year will be a good start for Central because campus will be able test out what works and what does not work.
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  • Ask President Obama to Evaluate a "Solar" Pipeline Alternative to the Keystone XL Project
    See all the reasons at the web link below. To help in the fight to mitigate Climate Change the President needs to understand that the Keystone XL Project can not be approved. We should use the 1,200 miles of land earmarked for the pipeline to build a "solar" pipeline that will deliver the same amount of energy with essentially 0 carbon emissions. We should ask the President through this petition to support a clean energy project alternative to the proposed leak-prone oil pipeline. As an alternative to a crude oil pipeline running through the heartland of this country, the property earmarked for the pipeline should be used to construct a “solar pipeline” because the miles of property needed to run an oil pipe line is long enough to build a solar panel network that will generate approximately the same amount of energy every day that the crude oil would produce when combusted in power plants to generate electricity. Sure, the investment cost, estimated to be approximately 45 billion dollars would be significantly more than the 5 to 10 billion price tag for the oil pipeline but instead of generating a product that will have a direct cost to American consumers of more than 30 billion dollars a year (303,000,000 barrels/year x 100 dollars/barrel) and have a social cost of approximately 6 billion dollars a year in environmental and public health damage, the “solar pipeline” will generate essentially 0 tons a year of carbon dioxide, generate electricity at little or no cost, and avoid approximately 6 billion dollars a year in environmental and public health damage. So in essence, when the direct cost to consumers (30 billion dollars) and cost to the environment and public health (6 billion dollars) are considered against the investment cost of 45 billion dollars, the return on investment of the solar pipeline is approximately 1.5 years. This petition will also show that individuals can make a difference by aligning and taking steps together to mitigate climate change--for more on the Power of Many go to www.facebook.com/Earthbook and find out how to take "Two Steps With Me" to Fight Climate Change The technical basis follows: The “solar pipeline” would be the same length of the oil pipeline (6,230,400 ft.) and only slightly wider (~ 786 ft.) and cover 112,422 acres of land. Each acre would produce 2.76 million BTUs/hr./day and with an average 5 hours of sunlight a day, generate approximately 1,500, 000 million BTU a day of essentially carbon free energy. The 830,000 barrels of oil produce 1,600,000 million BTU a day of carbon intensive energy. (830,000 barrels/day x 42 gallons/barrel x 140,000 BTU/gallon)/ (1,000,000 BTU) x.33 efficiency= 1,600,000 million BTU a day). Approximate cost –809,000 watts per acre, cost of thin film PV projected to be .50 dollar per watt by 2015, so ~ $400k per acre. $400,000 x 112,422 acres= 45 billion dollars.
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  • Encourage sustainable development and promote zero-carbon housing
    There doesn’t seem to be a week go by now where there is not another significant weather or climate event. Whether its severe flooding, the warmest month or year on record, severe storms, or droughts. There is little doubt that this is caused by climate change. And, there is little doubt that increased CO2 emissions play a significant role. In the UK, buildings account for around 43% of the national carbon emissions. The urgency of addressing climate change, and general lack of awareness is staggering. UK houses are some of the worst in the developed world. It is dreadful to watch the heat (and CO2) haemorrhaging through doors, windows, walls and roofs. And power stations chocking the atmosphere trying to keep up. It is shocking that the technology exists to almost eliminate this waste, but the UK is decades behind much of the world in using this technology. From personal experience, we know that it is difficult to gain support for building sustainable buildings (despite central government intentions). Please see www.dsewell.co.uk for our personal challenge on making a difference. There is still time. But the next few years are critical. Awareness needs to increase and policies need to be enforced. If we miss our chance the future could be very grim indeed. It feels deeply unethical to do nothing!
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  • We the 99% of Humanity Demand Clean Water/Food and Safe Homes from Effects of Climate Change
    No more can we allow the profit margins of corporations to dictate the human and wildlife living conditions. We pledge that we will ADAPT to Climate Changes AND focus our global community on surviving as a population. See http://bit.ly/ClimateAdaptNow for educational materials about adaptation in cross cultural and 3rd generational reading in 70+ languages. We need these signatures to be presented at UN on 23 September 2014 in harmony with Climate Change event announced by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at Davos. Please sign and share and we ALL become more aware Released to world on 26 January 2014. 217 Days to Go for a Petition conducted via Public referendum about Climate Change. The Task is Great and the Need is Greater. ------------------------------------------------------- Translate this page http://bit.ly/addgoogletranslate Español - العربية - Indonesia - हिंदी - 中国(简体)- Esperanto Further down this page Español Después de Davos hizo el servicio de labios a los impactos comerciales del cambio climático, Nosotros, el pueblo de la demanda de la tierra del planeta que todas las empresas y los gobiernos damos cuenta de que el resultado final es agua limpia y un hogar seguro para la humanidad y la vida silvestre. No más podemos permitir que los márgenes de ganancia de las corporaciones dictan las condiciones humanas. Prometemos que vamos a adaptarse a los cambios climáticos y enfocar nuestra comunidad global en sobrevivir como una población. Ver http://bit.ly/AChangeIsComingCC para los materiales educativos en lectura cultural y generacional cruz en 70 + idiomas. Necesitamos estas firmas que se presentarán en la ONU el 23 de septiembre de 2014 en armonía con el Cambio Climático evento anunciado en Davos. العربية بعد فعل دافوس خدمة الشفاه لآثار الأعمال من تغير المناخ، ونحن شعب الطلب كوكب الأرض أن كل الشركات والحكومات تدرك أن بيت القصيد هو المياه النظيفة والمنازل آمنة للبشرية والحياة البرية. لا أكثر يمكن أن نسمح هوامش الربح للشركات لإملاء الشروط الإنسان. نتعهد بأننا سوف التكيف مع التغيرات المناخية والتركيز مجتمعنا العالمي على البقاء على قيد الحياة السكان. انظر http://bit.ly/AChangeIsComingCC للمواد التعليمية في القراءة الثقافية والأجيال عبر في 70 + لغات. نحن بحاجة الى هذه التوقيعات التي ستعرض في الأمم المتحدة يوم 23 سبتمبر عام 2014 في وئام مع تغير المناخ الحدث أعلن فيدافوس. Indonesia Setelah Davos melakukan pelayanan Lip dampak bisnis dari perubahan iklim, Kami rakyat permintaan Planet Earth bahwa semua bisnis dan pemerintah menyadari bahwa intinya adalah air bersih dan rumah aman bagi manusia dan satwa liar. Tidak ada lagi yang bisa kita membiarkan margin keuntungan perusahaan untuk menentukan kondisi manusia. Kami berjanji bahwa kami akan BERADAPTASI untuk Perubahan Iklim dan fokus komunitas global kami untuk bertahan hidup sebagai suatu populasi. Lihat http://bit.ly/AChangeIsComingCC untuk bahan pendidikan dalam membaca lintas budaya dan generasi dalam 70 + bahasa. Kita perlu tanda tangan ini yang akan disajikan di PBB pada 23 September 2014 selaras dengan Perubahan Iklim acara diumumkan di Davos. हिंदी दावोस जलवायु परिवर्तन का व्यापार प्रभावों के होंठ सेवा करने के बाद, हम इस ग्रह पृथ्वी मांग के लोगों के सभी व्यवसायों और सरकारों लब्बोलुआब यह है कि स्वच्छ पानी और मानवता और वन्य जीवन के लिए सुरक्षित घरों का एहसास है कि कि. अब हम निगमों के मुनाफे मानव शर्तों हुक्म दे सकते हैं. हम जलवायु परिवर्तन के लिए अनुकूल है और एक बड़ी आबादी के रूप में जीवित रहने पर हमारे वैश्विक समुदाय ध्यान दिया जाएगा कि प्रतिज्ञा. 70 भाषाओं में पार सांस्कृतिक और नई पीढ़ी पढ़ने में शैक्षिक सामग्री के लिए http://bit.ly/AChangeIsComingCC देखें. हम इन हस्ताक्षरों को दावोस में घोषणा की जलवायु परिवर्तन घटना के साथ सद्भाव में 23 सितंबर, 2014 को संयुक्त राष्ट्र में प्रस्तुत करने की आवश्यकता है. 中国(简体) 达沃斯之后做了嘴皮气候变化对业务的影响,我们的地球需要的人,所有的企业和政府认识到,底线是干净的水,安全的家园为人类和野生动物。没有更多的办法让企业的利润空间决定了人类的条件。我们承诺,我们将适应气候变化和集中我们的全球社区上尚存的人口。见http://bit.ly/AChangeIsComingCC的教材在跨文化和世代的阅读在70多种语言。 我们需要这些签名将在联合国与在达沃斯公布的气候变化事件的和谐提出了关于2014年9月23日。 Esperanto Post Davos faris Lipo servo por negoco trafoj de klimata ŝanĝiĝo, Ni la popolo de la Planedo Tero postulo, ke ĉiuj entreprenoj kaj registaroj rimarkos ke la funda linio estas pura akvo kaj sekuraj domoj por la homaro kaj naturo. Neniu pli povas permesi la utilo randoj de korporacioj dikti la homaj kondiĉoj. Ni promesas, ke ni devos adaptiĝi al Klimato Ŝanĝoj KAJ enfokusigi nian tutmondan komunumon en pluvivas kiel loĝantaro. Vidu http://bit.ly/AChangeIsComingCC por edukaj materialoj en interkultura kaj generacionales legado en 70 + lingvoj. Ni bezonas tiujn subskribojn por esti prezentita al UN la 23an de septembro 2014 en harmonio kun Klimata Ŝanĝo evento anoncita en Davoso. Translations coutesy of Google translate. Corrections welcome Please sign and share and we ALL become more aware
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  • Carbon Tax for a Healthy World and Green Economy
    This is the single most effective policy to lower emissions while enabling the economy to transition to a cleaner and greener energy future. It uses the market to reorganize human endeavor, to seriously lower greenhouse emissions, while creating opportunity for millions of people to do the important transition work! It strengthens the divestment work, by making divestment the best financial as well as moral choice. It strengthens renewable energy efforts, as well as making coal and fracked gas less viable. We need this as part of the solution! It is working in British Columbia and Ireland already, with proven track records! Let us do this right, for the Earth and for the humans! We need to be sure that: * the carbon tax is high enough to make a difference * the revenue goes to lower taxes on work, to create jobs * fracked gas is charged on leaked methane as well as carbon dioxide With these three basics, a carbon tax will help to transition our economy into a healthy future!
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  • A Call to Action on Climate Change
    The scientific consensus on climate change is clear, but the political consensus has lagged. Most of the population agree that climate change is a serious issue that must be addressed, but there has been a well-funded campaign of climate denial; an effort to spread doubt about the science of climate change and attach a political cost to agreeing with the scientific consensus. As a result, the small minority of the population that denies climate change is over represented in our elected officials. Most of our community leaders know that climate change is a very serious problem that needs to be addressed in the near term. Those community leaders need to counter-act the campaign of climate denial and let their voices be clearly heard.
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  • First Nations: We believe you, not Big Oil CEO's
    Neil Young continues to make national headlines with his cross-Canada concert tour this week, and Canadians are responding in droves, crowdfunding almost $60,000 for ACFN’s legal defence at www.HonourTheACFN.ca. Young’s response to the Prime Minister’s attacks was brilliant: “... to the thousands of hard-working Canadians… we have respect for all working people. The quandary we face is the job they are working on. They are digging a hole that our grandchildren will have great trouble digging their way out of. … There are better jobs to be developing, with clean energy industries to help make the world a safer place for our grandchildren.” Canada must clean up its act in the oil sands, and stop denying the significant downside to out of control resource exploitation that only benefits a few yet leaves such a great cost for the rest of us. Now is the time to push: thanks to Neil’s concerts this week, the media's attention is finally on the reality of tar sands impacts, and his message is reaching ordinary Canadians across the country. Let's show the Athabasca Chipewyan and other First Nations that Canadians acknowledge their reality and want solutions for the tar sands disaster, not more denial and empty talking points. Please sign and share. Let’s do this, Jason P.S. 100% of the funds from Neil’s tour are going to the legal defence fund of the ACFN, and over 1,000 generous supporters have donated to their crowdfunding website! They are ¾ of the way to their goal of $75,000. Can you chip in $10? www.HonourTheACFN.ca Sources: Neil Young Comments get massive support in Alberta: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/01/14/neil-young-oilsands-comments_n_4597793.html Neil Young Responds to PMO’s Defence of Oilsands: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/neil-young-responds-to-pmo-s-defence-of-oilsands-1.2494950
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  • Hang Your Pants, Stop the Plants
    A petition to President Obama, The First Family, and White House housekeeper According to the EIA six percent of residential electricity consumption is due to the tumble dryer, but this does not account for the 18% of people who dry with gas nor the huge number of people who go to laundromats or shared laundry areas (commercial) nor the millions of pounds of laundry done by hospitals, hotels, restaurants, and prisons (more commercial). President Obama, early in his first term, installed a kitchen garden on the White House lawn. Jimmy Carter installed solar panels and asked us to turn down the thermostat and wear a sweater. There is reason to believe that there is a clothesline at The White House already, but the First Family is not public about it. We are facing devastating climate change impacts, largely brought on by consumption habits in the developed world. This symbolic act by the Obamas--installing a clothesline--could provide an example to the world, especially dryer-using Americans, of a way that families can save energy and money. I am the "Laundry Guy" who started Project Laundry List when I heard a 1995 speech by Dr. Helen Caldicott, claiming that we could shutter our nuclear plants if we all hung out our clothes. I have dedicated my life to this work and hope that you will join the cause.
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