• Georgia TRS Divest
    The Teachers Retirement System (TRS) of Georgia has significant investments in fossil fuel corporations, including Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Peabody Energy, BP, China Coal Energy, Conoco Phillips, and Royal Dutch Shell. We believe that investing in fossil fuel companies hastens climate change by providing those companies incentives to continue extracting and exploring for dirty forms of energy. Divestment would encourage energy companies to shift their resources toward renewable energy sources. The recent oil spill in Santa Barbara is just one of the many negative consequences of our reliance on fossil fuels. Besides rising carbon dioxide levels, other problems associated with our dependence on fossil fuels include the numerous wars fought for access to oil, the damage to the environment from fracking, tanker and pipeline spills, and air and water pollution.
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  • No public money for the Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline
    Last week, as the European Games begin in Baku, I was detained in Azerbaijan for speaking out against the fossil fuel funded Azeri regime. I was lucky, I was released. There are over 100 people facing years in Azeri jails - activists, journalists, filmmakers, academics and lawyers - anyone who criticises the regime. People like Rasul Jafarov. Rasul is a young, charismatic activist who founded the Sport for Rights campaign. He planned highlight the number of political prisoners in Azerbaijan during the Games, however a few weeks after starting the campaign Rasul himself became a political prisoner. The Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline will keep the repressive Aliyev regime in power by ensuring that fossil fuel revenues keep flowing to the country's ruling elite. The EBRD's loan to Lukoil will further entrench the Aliyev regime, buying them influence and money and making it making it even harder for those organising for democracy in Azerbaijan. The Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline is also a disaster for the climate. It will lock Europe into fossil fuels for the next fifty years and pump over 2 billion tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. If Europe is to avert the worst impacts of climate change, both at home and elsewhere, we must stop this pipeline. On 22 July the EBRD needs to say no to funding the Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline and send a signal to the growing resistance along the route of the pipeline that the era of fossil fuels is coming to an end.
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  • Green Day
    Green Day is important to the students of Prior Lake High School because we are concerned about the environment. This will help the students learn more about the environment. By turning all of the lights off we will limit the output of carbon dioxide. We need to use less energy and cut down the amount of carbon dioxide we release into the atmosphere. While this is one small step on the global scale, it is a large step for our community. This will help set the pace for our future of environmental care.
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  • Refuse Bjørn Lomborg's Anti-climate Science Institute Funding
    Lomborg is the author of the bestselling book "The Skeptical Environmentalist". As a controversial writer, he has made many claims time and again that climate change is not the biggest problem facing humanity. He has made controversial statements saying that it is an issue we should develop our way out of instead of reducing fossil-fuel usage and calling for everyone to live "sustainable lives". Furthermore, he has hinted that energy shortage can be solved using coals, and that governments should not prioritize climate change enough to take action on pressing issues. In short, he views climate change as a "passing fad". And now we are appalled to see this climate contrarian has recently been given $4 million and the green light to set up and oversee the Australia Consensus Centre. As a former student at UWA, I am severely upset that my alma mater would behave in an unethical manner and go so far as to host and fund an individual who is a threat to climate change. Accepting the appointment of this author/climate contrarian would undermine UWA's credibility. Therefore, I urgently implore you to reconsider your decision, and do the climate change activists a favor by refusing the appointment of Bjørn Lomborg The undersigned, Marie Hayward - Social Activist at Blog Topics Inc
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  • Keep fossil fuels in the ground in conservation priority areas
    Without such a mechanism there will be no way to ensure countries do not go ahead with fossil fuel exploration and exploitation in conservation priority areas, specially if the reserves are low development cost. This effect will be even stronger in a world of restricted fossil fuel extraction due to unburnable fuel policies and will put even more pressure on low to average cost reserves, including those under World Heritage Sites, protected areas or otherwise known to be of priority for conservation, and on which many local and indigenous people depend for their livelihood. Without this fund, it is not realistic to assume that poor and developing countries, affected by scarce resources, acute poverty and social development problems, may accept leaving fossil fuel reserves unexploited and forego the income they can thus obtain to help solve these problems.
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  • Stop the PennEast Pipeline, Save the Environment!
    The truth is that PennEast is a private business that will force people off their land, will create only short term jobs, and would only be a way for a private company to transport their gas from Pennsylvania through our backyard to somewhere else. They will likely export much of what they produce, as their gas could fetch as much as four times the price it could here overseas. Crossing 88 waterways, 44 wetlands, and 30 parks, this pipeline also risks the area's natural beauty and the habitats of endangered species including the Bald Eagle, Ospreys and wood turtles among others. I implore the people and government agencies involved with the PennEast Pipeline to rethink this move and at least, postpone the pipeline until further public discussion can be had.
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  • TPP: Trans-Pacific Partnership
    The interests we support of democratically accountable governance, economic justice, public health, and environmental and global climate well being could be overridden by new international institutions where decisions could be made behind closed doors and without the participation of those who would live with the results. “Trade” pacts such as TPP, the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) impose expansive constraints on federal, state and local governments with respect to many non-trade policies, from food and product safety to financial regulation to local development and access to essential services to climate change and the environment and more. These pacts also establish new rights for foreign investors to operate under deregulated terms in financial services, natural resource extraction, and other sensitive sectors. Effectively, these "trade" agreements shift an ever-increasing number of issues away from local decision-making bodies and into inaccessible foreign venues where few citizens or elected officials can follow. TPP can and must be changed or replaced. It would impact an array of globalization issues, including implications for our jobs and wages; food, health and safety; environmental protection, economic justice, and democratic, accountable governance. It needs to be explained to the press, policymakers, and the public – building bottom-up pressure against its bad effects.
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  • A one percent Tobin tax to finance the fight against climatic instability
    Sahara is the largest arid desert in the world ; its recent progression, due to human action, is a blatant example of climatic change. Saharan climate engineering is a set of pragmatic projects intended to locally and durably improve the Saharan climate. These are only parts of the solutions for a geoclimatic, socioeconomic readjustment of sustainable development. To have this desert becoming green again, even partially, is only one of its goal ; it is a tangible hope. 1) Projects undertaken The Great Green Wall, 15 km wide and 7500 km long, is intended to stop the desertification of the Sahel. The project started in Senegal but is held up through lack of finance. Sahara forest project with The Peace Canal : Starting from Aqaba, will bring water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea with increasing salinity along the route : vegetable production thanks to desalination, hydro and solar power production, green jobs. Norway and Qatar ( with pilot experimentation more than successful ) supporting the project. The Toshka lakes, bypass from Lake Nasser and the New Valley Project will allow an increase of at least 10 % of the agricultural area of Egypt and will accommodate up to 3 millions persons. Desertec : Will produce solar and wind power and will supply DC power to the Maghreb and to Europe. Siemens is investing in the project. 2) Projects waiting for feasibility studies : Seawater Greenhouse, for arid coasts : desalination and market gardening... Flooding the depressions of Qattara (Egypt) with Mediterranean water brought by canals. Some 2000 km2 of evaporation zone could be obtained ( the evaporation of water absorbs some heat ) ; allowing condensation by a number of solar updraft tower with vortex on artificial lagoons. Thus quantity of steam would be sent high in the atmosphère and would condense due to the cold. This condensation could produce : dew clouds, resulting in less heat rainfalls, therefore vegetation Flooding of the Chotts, West of Gabes, in Tunisia and Algeria, thanks to canals and powerful pumps that could provide an enormous evaporation zone (9000 km2) with the same condensation effects thanks to a number of vortex towers. Hundreds of tousands of cubic meters of water from the Mediterranean Sea would be used a day and would thus act, even if in a limited way, against the rise of oceans. That would also be a stocking zone in saline ground for a number of pollutants from the Mediterranean Sea. SaharaCenterCity : a new town in the depth of Sahara fit for a number of institutions and international events, a pole of socioeconomic development. This implies a lasting stabilisation of Libya and the bordering countries, wich is not obvious nowadays. This is a visionary concept, an international Brasilia. If you agree with this Tobin tax being useful and with the developments it could finance, in particular in the Sahara, sign this petition and talk about it around you so as to launch a movement of opinion before the Conférence on the climate, COP 21 in Paris in December 2015. We do not claim to propose a solution to all the problems of the world, but the multifactorial elements of response strategy in the current situation and to come.
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  • Faça com que a exploração de Fracking seja banido do Brasil
    De onde vem e para onde vai a água utilizada na exploração do gás de xisto? Essas questões geram frequentes polêmicas e debates, uma vez que produtos químicos são utilizados nesse tipo de extração. De acordo com o conselheiro da Sociedade Brasileira para o Progresso da Ciência (SBPC), o pesquisador Jailson de Andrade, ainda faltam estudos criteriosos sobre o assunto. Andrade alerta, sobretudo, para a carência de informações que identifiquem onde as jazidas de gás natural estão localizadas e se estão perto de aquíferos importantes. “Os estudos realizados até agora são contestados. Não se sabe para onde vai a água contaminada por produtos químicos utilizados na exploração do gás. Ainda não há uma experiência no Brasil que possa se tomar como base. Falta informação”, diz. Apesar de os dados ainda serem imprecisos, existem companhias ansiosas por entrarem em processos licitatórios de exploração do gás de xisto no Brasil, e outras vislumbrando lucros para despoluir a água e as áreas porventura afetadas pela sua extração. O pesquisador observa, no entanto, que não há tecnologia para despoluir os aquíferos, caso eles sejam atingidos. Para Andrade, esse é um dos pontos cruciais a serem resolvidos. “A exploração do gás de xisto sem critério afetará a água sob nosso solo, já que a rocha a ser fraturada (o folhelho Irati) encontra-se a algumas centenas de metros abaixo do aquífero Guarani, na bacia geológica do Paraná”, detalhou. O Guarani é uma das maiores reservas subterrâneas de água doce do mundo. Tem a capacidade de abastecer, de forma sustentável, muitos milhões de habitantes, com trilhões de metros cúbicos de água doce por ano. No Brasil, está no subsolo dos estados de São Paulo, Goiás, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraná, Santa Catarina e Rio Grande do Sul. Na visão de parlamentares, estudiosos e pesquisadores, essa riqueza pode estar ameaçada por uma enorme pressão econômica, a exemplo do que já ocorre nos Estados Unidos. A exploração de xisto utiliza o método de fraturação hidráulica, chamado em inglês de “fracking”. Trata-se de injeção de toneladas de água, sob altíssima pressão, misturada com areia e produtos químicos, com o objetivo de quebrar a rocha e liberar o gás nela aprisionado. Nos EUA, 90% dos poços de gás de xisto são perfurados com a utilização dessa técnica. Esse tipo de extração utiliza vinte vezes mais recursos hídricos do que as técnicas convencionais. Com isso, as pequenas cidades norte-americanas nos arredores dos poços de gás de xisto enfrentaram problemas de falta d’água para consumo e agricultura, além da contaminação dos aquíferos subterrâneos e das reservas de água potável. Mas a falta de água não é o único problema. Destacam-se ainda, a excessiva circulação de caminhões, a injeção de fluidos que provocam pequenos abalos sísmicos, a ausência de regulamentação, a presença na água de pequenas quantidades de produtos químicos e metais pesados cancerígenos, bem como a acumulação de metano, que pode provocar explosões. “Há um estudo da National Academy of Science, nos Estados Unidos, que mostra que, em 141 poços de água potável na Pensilvânia, quanto mais próximo de áreas de exploração de gás não convencional, maior a quantidade de metano (tóxico e inflamável) na água”, informou Jailson. “A controvérsia na literatura é se isso já existia antes ou se é resultado da perfuração para obtenção de gás”, observou Andrade. Nomenclatura equivocada – Há uma longa e equivocada tradição brasileira de se chamar o folhelho (shale) de xisto (schist). Apesar disso, os especialistas esclarecem que é incorreto chamar o gás de folhelho de gás de xisto: “O xisto é uma rocha metamórfica que sofreu grandes transformações geológicas, não possibilitando a geração de gás; o folhelho, por sua vez, é uma rocha sedimentar com grande quantidade de matéria orgânica que dá origem ao gás”, explica Jailson Andrade. O gás de folhelho, encontrado em áreas de permeabilidade relativa e também chamado de “gás de xisto”, é um dos três tipos de gases não convencionais cuja ocorrência não está associada a bolsões de gás armazenados a partir das camadas de petróleo. Estas produzem o gás fóssil convencional, encontrado na plataforma continental e em outras regiões do Brasil. Os demais gases não convencionais são o confinado (tight gas), com ocorrência em rochas impermeáveis ou de baixa permeabilidade, e o metano associado a camadas de carvão. Camila Cotta, especial para o Jornal da Ciência/SBPC EcoDebate, 14/08/2014
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  • Support President Anote Tong of Kiribati for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize
    President Tong’s country, the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, is one of the first places to confront sea level rise and other devastating real-life consequences of climate change. President Tong is worthy of the Nobel Peace prize because he plays a significant and constructive role in meeting the challenges of climate change by taking every opportunity to help create a new understanding of global warming in industrialised nations. President Tong has joined with other leaders of Small Island States to lobby for the United Nations to address Climate Change as a threat to the security of the world’s people. He has shown himself a builder of peace and reconciliation by continually striving to strengthen co-operation between nations and encouraging dialogue at international forums. He promotes protection of the environment as a means of advancing peace and harmony among nations. From the assemblies of the United Nations to meetings of world leaders he has provided an inspirational example of principled non-violent leadership. After the failure of Copenhagen in 2009, President Tong organized the Tarawa Climate Change Conference which brought together small islands states and large polluting nations to find common agreement, now enshrined in the Ambo Declaration of 2010. In addition, under his leadership Kiribati has designated and is working towards the establishment of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA). It will be among the world’s largest environmentally protected areas. Both the Ambo Declaration and the PIPA demonstrate his leadership in showing that small nations can lead the world in taking effective action on climate change. More recently, President Tong’s leadership in setting up the Coalition of Atoll Nations, bringing the frontline most vulnerable states together, is evidence that President Tong is a catalyst the world needs now in the lead up to the climate conference in Paris in December 2015.
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  • OIL FREE SEAS Australia
    Those we have elected are failing the Australian people and they are failing the natural world. They are allowing the cruel and unnecessary slaughter of sea creatures and the ruin of undersea habitats. We demand our Governments manage natural resources and the global commons solely in the best interests of present and future citizens. Our oceans should not be exploited by individual nations or corporations but held in trust for the benefit of all and for future generations.
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  • Stop NH Pipeline
    Gas companies are currently exempt from the Safe Drinking Water Act and do not have to disclose the chemicals in the pipeline; a pipeline leak could contaminate water sources with undisclosed chemicals. When the pipeline is not within 220 yards of at least 10 homes, it is not inspected and incidents are not required to be reported. The Gas will not benefit our energy prices and the pipeline will cross SIX counties, the Souhegan River, numerous wetland and preservation areas and construction blast will impact school zones and private water wells. PF14-22
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