• Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki Moon: We demand the restoration and protection of forests worldwide.
    With the recent drought in Sao Paolo that brought its population to its knees, ice caps melting even faster, another mega sized hurricane (this time hitting the Philippines, again), disappearing coastlines, forest fires in rain forests, sea level rising, climate patterns in turmoil and another worldwide warmest year on record, the destruction of our rain forests around the world is insane! The world had 6 billion acres of tropical rainforests. Today we have less than 1.5 billion acres left, and we are clearing this remaining rainforest at the rate of 30 to 50 million acres per year and experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years! Rain forest destruction is a major factor in climate change that must be addressed and acted upon. Forests play a crucial role in the health of our planet in combatting climate change: • Sequestering CO2 • Cooling the planet • Normalising climatic patterns Time is critical but there is still a window of opportunity to turn this mess around and keep global temperatures below the 2˚ rise that so threatens life on our planet. Fighting climate change must include the restoration and protection of rain forests around the world for now and future generations. All life, including the lives of our children and grandchildren deserve a living, breathing, and healthy planet! Your support is needed! Sign the petition today and pass it on to family, friends and colleagues. Thank you, Leora Rosner (Dir.) Growing Air Foundation
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  • Western Massachusetts State Park Revitalization
    Parks are a part of local recreation, income, and tourism. For 7 years these, especially western MA, have been closed and are in a state of severe neglect. The trees in some of these parks are old growth pine and spruce, which carry a high price in the lumber market
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  • Say No to Dirty Coal Bailouts in Ohio!
    Coal generates 70 percent of electricity in Ohio -- while polluting the air, harming human health, and contributing to climate change. It's time to phase out dirty, outdated power plants that run on coal. But Ohio’s largest electric utilities — AEP, Duke, and FirstEnergy — want to lock in this dirty source of energy for years to come. In pending cases before the Public Utilities Commission, they’re trying raise customers’ electric bills to pay for coal plants that are no longer competitive in today’s market. Earlier this year, AEP alone requested to charge Ohio citizens $117 million to keep two coal plants built in the early fifties up and running. Now, AEP has upped its request to cover six coal plants. Duke Energy is asking for a similar amount, but for an even longer period of time. Meanwhile, FirstEnergy is trying to force customers to pay for all generation and maintenance costs of its 55-year old Sammis coal-burning power plant and the Davis-Besse nuclear plant (guilty of numerous accidents and violations over its 35-year lifespan), just to name a couple. The proposal covers 15 years. At the same time, FirstEnergy is also cutting its customer energy efficiency programs. It’s wrong to ask people in Ohio to pay more for dirty energy they don’t want, especially when it harms public health and the climate. If the Public Utilities Commission approves these requests, it would block progress on clean, renewable energy sources by forcing them to compete in a market skewed toward propping up outdated, dirty energy. It would lock in dirty coal in Ohio for years to come, when the state should be transitioning to clean, renewable sources of energy. Now is an especially important time to speak up, because some of these decisions are expected by the end of 2014. If you live in Ohio, sign this petition to urge state leaders to stand strong against dirty coal and defend our rights to a clean, safe, and livable future.
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  • Stop the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline
    We are seeing more and more the devastating effects of climate change and fossil fuel exploration over the years. The BP oil spill was a wake up call to many, but not enough unfortunately. It showed the devastating events that occur when companies are not held to high standards and allowed to regulate themselves. It also shows how our dependence on oil can damage our planet in direct ways and also ways we will not even understand for years to come. The allowance of the construction of this pipeline is a way of saying, we don't want to think of the future health of our planet and people. To not allow this company to move forward with this will be a move forward for progression. Progression towards a planet that cares about our environment. Progression towards a nation that can lead the way in renewable energy if it wants to. Progression towards a future that is cleaner, healthier and more sustainable. If we do not act now on these events, we are only hurting ourselves more in the future. Change can be hard, but it is up to us as concerned citizens to speak up when we can see what is happening around us. It is then our responsibility and the people we chose to represent us to act. Please stand wit us and help us fight this fight.
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  • Establish Carbon Tax and Dividend in the UK
    Clearly moving from a fossil fuel to a low carbon economy is not happening with the necessary urgency for tackling climate change. Politicians are not honest with us about the damaging and widespread impacts of failing to put this central stage of Government policy and are frightened to impose further taxation on their electorate, knowing that many people would also oppose a carbon tax. A revenue neutral tax would change this. A Carbon Fee (Tax) and Dividend would place a steadily-rising fee on the CO2 content of carbon-based fuels at the source (well, mine, port of entry). All revenue from the fee would be returned equitably to all households to shield families from rising energy costs. Carbon tax border adjustments would protect exports and encourage importing countries to follow suit. According to a study from Regional Economic Models, Inc., if the US placed a steadily-rising fee on the CO2 content of fuels, and if the revenue is given back to households in equal shares: • In 20 years, CO2 emissions would be reduced 50% below 1990 levels • Because of the economic stimulus of recycling carbon fee revenue back to households, in 20 years, 2.8 million jobs would be added to the American economy. http://citizensclimatelobby.org/remi-report There is every reason to think that similar advantages would apply to the UK if it put in place a revenue-neutral carbon tax. This is not within a debate vacuum about carbon tax or pricing: "The most powerful move that a government can make in the fight against climate change is to put a price on carbon," Vice-President of Sustainability for the World Bank. And from the Wall Street Journal - October 2014 - “It’s Time to pass a Carbon Tax. It would encourage more private capital investment in low-carbon energy resources. It would provide more policy certainty for financiers, regulated utilities, and energy entrepreneurs.”
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  • Sen. Nelson must vote NO on Keystone Pipeline
    Let us outline seven reasons that make this pipeline so dangerous to global climate generally and to our treasured Florida specifically: 1) Ultra Toxic, Ultra-Crude Tar Sands “Oil” 2) Atmospheric CO2 is Already Unsustainably High 3) The Athabasca Tar Sands are a Carbon Bomb – Not Business as Usual 4) The Jobs Mirage 5) Losing Summer Arctic Sea Ice 6) Miami as World’s Most Vulnerable 7) Sea Level Rise Threatens Florida 1) Ultra Toxic, Ultra-Crude Tar Sands “Oil” This stuff is heavier than water and sinks into the water table when spilled, so the oil companies have no method to clean it up. This ultra-crude is loaded with a secret cocktail of chemicals to make tar flow, similar to those used in fracking, which have been kept secret from public view. 2) Atmospheric CO2 is Already Unsustainably High The last time we had the current level of 400 ppm (parts per million) of CO2 in our global atmosphere was millions of years ago, before the recent rhythm of the last 40 ice age cycles began. There were crocodiles swimming in the Arctic Ocean and global sea levels were about 71 feet higher than they are today. Most of Florida was underwater in this ancient hothouse world. This fate is the new equilibrium that our planetary spaceship is destined to achieve with the CO2 levels already emitted by our ancestors and us. This procrastination has already proven to be extremely expensive. How much did the New Orleans levee rebuild programs by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cost? Miami Beach has a $20 million seawall and pump project to buy another 20 years of tourist income. Mayor Bloomberg has proposed $50 billion dollars to storm-hardened New York City, with a $10 billion down payment from the Sandy relief funds. 3) The Athabasca Tar Sands are a Carbon Bomb – Not Business as Usual They have been safely sequestered under a beautiful Canadian boreal forest area the size of the entire state of Florida for tens of millions of years. This area has been populated by first nation Athabasca Indians over the last 8,000 years, since they walked over from Siberia. This single deposit contains 400 gigatons of carbon that would, if totally consumed, increase global CO2 levels by an additional staggering 200 ppm. It has a carbon footprint half again larger than conventional crude oil. 4) The Jobs Mirage According to President Obama, there will be 50 permanent jobs with good pay to operate the completed pipeline and at most a few hundred short-term jobs – mostly in India making the pipe and a few U.S. construction workers driving highly mechanized installation machinery. 5) Losing Summer Arctic Sea Ice There is half the volume of summer sea ice that there was 3 years ago, according to Prof. Peter Wadhams of Cambridge University. He believes that late summer sea ice will disappear entirely in the next few years for the first time in millions of years. This is a tipping point! Unfortunately, the global models of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have given false hope when compared to current observations. Glacial ice in Greenland and Antarctica are observed to be melting far faster than IPCC models, which will transform the rate of sea level rise from an inch per decade into a foot per decade by century’s end – unless we rapidly transform our carbon economy to a renewable energy economy. 6) Miami as World’s Most Vulnerable A 2007 OECD report, Ranking of the World’s Cities Most Exposed to Coastal Flooding Today and in the Future, ranked Miami as #1 in the world, with the most exposed assets to flooding both today ($416 billion) and in 2070 ($3,513 billion). This ranking reflects the extremely low topography of Miami and the expected sea level rise plus increasing storm surge vulnerability. 7) Sea Level Rise Threatens Florida The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact published “A Unified Sea Level Rise Projection for Southeast Florida” in 2011. This group settled on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers forecast curves for guidance, which did not include the impact of Keystone tar sands. The relative sea level rise scenarios for South Florida show three curves. The lowest, Curve II, is an extrapolation of historical trends of last century, which includes none of the effects of global warming and which few climate scientist believe will hold in the future. Curve I assumes the world makes a maximum effort to reduce greenhouse emissions, which has not yet occurred but would be far cheaper than adaptation. Curve III is the curve for business as usual, showing a 2-foot rise in 50 years and a 6-foot rise in 100 years. That would reduce South Florida to an unlivable condition and cost over $3.5 trillion, according to the OECD. If the Keystone/Athabasca Tar Sands were consumed, we would need to calculate a new, 4th curve much higher and much worse than the 3rd curve that effectively drowns South Florida.
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  • Save Virunga National Park from SOCO International oil and gas exploration
    Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. International law clearly states that these sites are off limits to resource exploitation. Yet, SOCO International has continued its exploration and prospect of drilling the oil reserves thought to be stored under Lake Edward, at the center of the park, in spite of these laws. At present they have halted their activities in park but have yet to abandon them all together. Virunga National Park is the last natural habitat for mountain gorillas. The population has reached a dismal low of 800. Not only is the park home to gorillas, but a number of other endangered species, including lions and elephants. The current efforts to defend the park and protect the gorillas has fallen in the hands of brave park rangers who have said they will defend Virunga until their last dying breath. Unfortunately, political unrest and the proliferation of armed rebel groups continually threaten the work of the park rangers, and poaching persists. The work of SOCO directly undermines the security of Virunga and the Democratic Republic of Congo as a whole. There is substantial evidence that SOCO is funding these armed rebels in an effort to overthrow the protection of Virunga and, as a result, further destabilizing an already extremely unstable situation so they may drill for oil with the potential to gain billions of dollars. The people of the Congo, Virunga National Park, and the gorillas need our help. The operations of companies like SOCO have gotten rich by exploiting people and land, for far too long. We as a global community need to speak out against these atrocities. This story is far too familiar, and one that continues to play out again and again. In the name of social justice, environmental justice, and the environmental security for the planet, tell SOCO to STOP!
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  • Políticas ambientales en la UNALM
    El respaldo científico del cambio climático es innegable, como lo son también sus consecuencias y no sólo esta afectando a la economía, sino que también atenta contra nuestra supervivencia como especie humana. Como futuros profesionales, nos vemos vulnerados por las consecuencias del cambio climático en nuestro país y por las políticas nacionales ineficientes que no mitigan el cambio climático y le dan impunidad a las transnacionales afectando la seguridad alimentaria de las comunidades, atentando contra sus vidas y contaminado el ecosistema, es decir, estas no velan por nuestro bienestar colectivo. Es imperante que organicemos un frente a nuestro gobierno aportando soluciones al cambio climático desde el conocimiento especializado y respaldado por un presupuesto para la investigación. El campo laboral de nuestra generación nos depara grandes retos debido a la importancia de la sostenibilidad de las empresas que hoy en día están teniendo mayor importancia entre los ciudadanos alrededor de todo el mundo y sería beneficioso recibir esa formación desde la universidad.
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  • Demand NPR Restore Its Climate Reporting Team
    Here is an astonishing remark by a newly hired climate reporter for the New York Times: “Few topics fuel as much reader attention as climate change.” (Steering the Climate Change Coverage, October 27, 2014 New York Times) It’s astonishing given that the New York Time gutted its climate reporters a while ago and is now rehiring. But it’s also astonishing because National Public Radio has just gone ahead and gutted their climate reporter staff. From an October 24, 2014 article at Climate Progress, "NPR Guts Its Environment And Climate Reporting Team, Becomes ‘Part Of The Problem'": NPR has gutted its staff dedicated to covering environmental and climate issues. Given the nation’s and world’s renewed focus on the threat posed by unrestricted carbon pollution, this baffling move is already receiving widespread criticism from scientists and media watchers. It is “a sad commentary on the current state of our media,” as one top climatologist told me. Katherine Bagley broke the story for InsideClimate News. She reports that earlier in 2014, NPR “had three full-time reporters and one editor dedicated” to cover environmental and climate issues within NPR’s science desk. Now, shockingly, “One remains — and he is covering it only part-time." Read the full article here: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/10/24/3584246/npr-guts-climate-team/ The reasoning behind this unfortunate shift? Anne Gudenkauf, senior supervising editor of NPR’s science desk, says she doesn't "feel like [the environment] necessarily requires dedicated reporters" because so many other staffers cover the subject, along with their other beats. This response by our public radio would make sense if our collective understanding and acceptance of climate change had already reached such a level that climate change, the mother of all problems, were already understood and assumed by the public to be, indeed, the mother of all problems. For more information, go to my essay: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141101180917-87992245-demand-npr-restore-its-climate-reporting-team
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  • Plz joining the petition for making Climate Change Act of South Korea!
    The current law, Framework Act on Low Carbon Green Growth, is flawed as it misses or neglects a lot of important parts corresponding to climate change without giving a fixed reduction target . If our new bill is passed, we can 1. Change the dishonorable place of the world's seventh largest GHG emission country 2. Save peoples’ lives and health by crisis of agriculture, energy and water 3. Reduce the impact of ecosystem by climate change 4. Expand the way of using energy wisely in industry and lifestyle 5. Avoid making fossil fuel and nuclear power plants 6. Increase clean jobs related to renewable energy such as solar and wind energy 7. Prevent social conflicts and guard minority rights
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  • Reduce Stone Construction Landfill Pollution
    When stone waste ends up in our overcrowded landfills, it does not disintegrate and creates dead space which further pollutes our environment. To consider crushing stone waste into aggregate that ends up under our highways is irresponsible as stone is mined from the earth's crust and takes millions of years to form. Manufacturing stone waste into green building materials will create jobs for our most vulnerable citizens that need jobs - the inner city poor, formerly incarcerated, and jobless who are in desperate need of opportunities as most low skilled labor is off-shored to China. These jobs would help reduce crime, improve the city's ability to reduce debt, and stop slashing our education budgets.
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  • Support Mora County's Fracking Ban
    Mora County is the only county in the nation that has stood up to oil interests and banned fracking throughout the county. On October 15, 2014, the commissioners voted 2-1 to continue the ban that is in place. However, the commission and Mora County are under attack by lawsuits from oil companies who want to put their financial interests before those of the local residents and the environment. Commissioners are concerned that Mora County cannot afford the legal fees and feel the pressure to allow fracking to begin. We need to tell Mora County that we support their ban. Signing this petition is the first step. Making a contribution in whatever amount you can afford is the next step. Click on the link below to make a donation and to sign their local petition: http://www.moracountylegaldefensefund.org/ Thank you for your support!
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