• Get polluters out of politics : Jo Lindgren
    Despite 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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  • Get polluters out of politics : Jenny McAllister
    Despite 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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  • Americans should be able to buy the 7 seat Prius V available in the rest of the world
    Hi - 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.
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  • Reduction of Plastics in Panda Express
    Plastics that we use and fail to recycle end up in the landfills, and often times into our oceans where they congregate into gyres which the Gyre Cleanup Project describes as a “naturally occurring vortex of wind and currents that rotate in a clockwise direction in the northern hemisphere and [counterclockwise] in the southern hemisphere.” These gyres attract the plastics to the center of the gyre and, over the years, have created what we call the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Once reaching the center, and even before, the plastics begin to break down into microplastics that enter the ecosystems and end up concentrating in the top of the food chain through biomagnification this can cause the animals to starve or can kill them through lead poisoning. The best way to fix this problem is through preventing the plastics from ever reaching the oceans, and reducing our overall use of plastics. This is easiest in cases like Panda Express where their plastic products are easily replaced by less harmful alternatives, like cardboard boxes and reusable containers.
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  • ExxonMobil: Do the right thing! Act now to help achieve a climate treaty in Paris 2015!
    Achieving a climate treaty this December depends on whether enough assistance will be offered to the countries that will suffer most from the consequences of climate change. Developed countries pledged in 2009 to arrange financing of $100bn per year by 2020, but according to an analysis by the World Resources Institute published in October, 2015, $14 billion per year is now lacking. A recent study shows that 90 companies caused 63% of total industrial carbon dioxide and methane emissions since 1854 (half of which dates to 1986), and traces 18.7% of total emissions to seven companies including ExxonMobil (Climatic Change, January, 2014). Among these seven, ExxonMobil stands out because of its climate-change misinformation campaign and other efforts to impede establishment of emissions-reducing laws and policies. Former Exxon CEO Lee R. Raymond said in 1997 that "the most pressing environmental problems of the developing nations are related to poverty, not global climate change." The two problems are now closely related. As Oxfam states on its website, climate change hits poor communities hardest, despite the fact that "the carbon footprint of the world’s one billion poorest people represents just 3 percent of the global total." If current CEO Rex Tillerson agrees with Raymond about poverty or agrees with Ken Cohen, his company's spokesperson (who has more than once written on the company's website that "the risks of climate change are real and the risks warrant action"), then he should quickly do everything he can to ensure achievement of a climate treaty.
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  • Investigate Exxon over Climate Change misinformation campaign
    While we must focus on the here and now in our work to mitigate and solve the climate catastrophe, those responsible for creating and exacerbating the most dangerous circumstances ever faced by mankind, must be made to answer for any criminal actions that have taken place, and have a hand in bearing the financial burden of paying for the solutions to the crisis. Exxon had reports from their own internal scientists, in the late 1970's, that clearly showed the dangers that their product and activities were having on the planet. With this information in hand, the decision was made to bury the data and instead, for decades, fund purposefully erroneous reports to confuse the American public, and to form and finance propaganda organizations in order to give the appearance of a debate over the effects of their activities and the role carbon was playing in the climate change phenomenon.
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  • Reducing Global Warming through Tree plantation
    The rural villages of Madurai District, Tamil Nadu, India is very much deprived of development poverty and environmental degradation has put a drastic change in the life of the village community in all blocks . This leads to mass migration of community for searching livelihood, child labor, poor health and sanitation, indebtedness with money lenders etc. The target area is surrounded by the western ghats. Daily thousand trees are cut down by illegal persons. Bio fuel trees ( pongamia binnata, Jutropha curcas) is a source of renewable energy unlike fossil fuel. It is ecologically begin twice over in that, first, no carbon diozide is emitted into the atmosphere and, second, it also sequesters carbon from the atmosphere through tree leaves. Biofuel being an instrument of clean development mechanism, Neem is the multipurpose using trees and environmental regeneration. Under these desperate circumstances, change mitigation is an urgent priority. Emission of Co2 can be cut in following ways, • Bio fuel seed collection • Bio fuel Trees plantation • Neem trees plantation • Increasing Rural income through bio-fuel trees plantation in rural areas. So, this project will address the climate change issues through afforestation activities.
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  • Pacific Leaders need to lead Climate Fight for their People at COP21
    The Pacific remains a critical voice in international climate negotiations, not just as one of the regions most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, but also through increased advocacy initiatives to find solutions for the greatest phenomenon of our times. Pacific Leaders must continue to build on a strong and united Pacific voice on the fight against climate change internationally.
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  • Ask South Yorkshire Pension Authority to invest ethically and divest from fossil fuels
    Since its formation in 1988, South Yorkshire Pensions Authority has worked hard on behalf of its nearly 140,000 members to provide them with a safe and secure future in retirement. Yet while ever it invests in unethical companies or industries, including fossil fuels and tobacco, the Authority is putting these achievements at great risk, by undermining long-term commitments to maximise pension fund investments and to provide good service to fund members. (The over 300 employers contributing to the Authority's schemes are also at risk, as it is they who will ultimately meet any shortfall in the cost of providing scheme benefits to retired members.) The South Yorkshire Pensions Authority (SYPA) which manages the Local Government Pension Scheme has £259m invested in companies with fossil fuel and fracking connections such as Shell, BP and Glencore, 4.25% of its £6.1bn holdings (as at Mar 2016). It also holds investments in companies which fail to balance their focus on profit with the social and environmental responsibilities expected in the modern day. We believe it is morally indefensible to invest in companies that destroy our climate and so leave to our children a world where life as we know it is unsustainable. And that it is financially irresponsible to invest in such a high risk sector where the experts agree that the assets are currently wildly overstated and where share prices are certain to plummet.
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  • Give back the RANCHERIA RIVER to people
    In Colombian La Guajira, a region north of the country and home to one of the largest indigenous peoples of Colombia, the Wayuu, a silent extermination is going on. The Wayuu are dying of thirst and hunger because large landowners and mining companies have privatized and deviated the main river of the region, the Rancheria, and have left them without water. Cerrejón Coal Mine, the biggest coal open mine in the world, and other firms have also placed a dam on the Ranchería River and make extensive use of the underground water sources for their mining operation. La Guajira is currently suffering from one of the worst man caused droughts. The Wayuus claim that 14,000 (14 thousand) people have already died of starvation and thirst, especially children and the elderly. The Wayuu community has filed a complaint with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights -CIDH-, OAS, based in Washington, by the violation of their fundamental rights vital. Indigenous traditional authorities, through their legal representative Javier Rojas Uriana, requested the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to dictate urgent precautionary measures enabling them to regain use of the Rancheria River to stop the current mortality by starvation of children and older adults. The El Cercado dam gates that restrict the flow of water from the Rancheria River, should be opened immediately. El Cerrejón is also asked to suspend immediately underground water intakes for its operations. Wayuus communities point to Cerrejón as the main culprit of the drought of nearly nine wells, as dynamite explosions used in mining operations create cracks and dry wells, not to mention coal ash falling into the water. The unpublished documentary “The stolen river” by Colombian journalist Gonzalo Guillén, will be represented to the Inter-American Commission as evidence. See trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=stolen+river+Gonzalo+Guill%C3%A9n The Cerrejon mine claims that is acts under the United Nations Global Compact, Voluntary Principles, and the Global Reporting Initiative, among other guiding principles. Cerrejón create the Cerrejón Foundations System to work for the sustainability of the department of La Guajira. Cerrejon belongs to BHP Billington, Xtrata and Anglo American mining companies.
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  • Oppose The Energy East Pipeline in Renfrew County
    Pipeline ruptures, the likes of which occurred in Mayflower, Arkansas and the Kalamazoo River in Michigan, demonstrate the devastating effects a spill would have on our rivers and creeks, on our health and our local economies. Our Natural Gas supply, delivery and cost will also be negatively affected. This pipeline proposal is not compatible with a safe climate. Canada cannot meet any meaningful climate target if this project is approved. Ontario has made progress in reducing its emissions by shutting coal plants, but rising tar sands production risks wiping out those gains. Energy East carries many risks for Renfrew County, but few benefits.
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  • Let's make Puerto Rico 100% solar/wind-powered fast
    Hawaii plans to go 100% renewable, but Puerto Rico can beat them to it. Let the race begin!
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