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The Nuclear Freeze Campaign Prevented an Apocalypse, So Can the Climate Movement 27.5.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Elders Take Action on Climate Change 22.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Kathleen Schomaker of Gray is Green at the People's Climate March in New York City in September 2014: "Elders need to see ourselves as ancestors with a call to action on behalf of the future." Elders around the world may be our best hope for solving the "super wicked" problem of climate change. Short-term thinking created our current climate predicament. Despite warnings and predictions from the scientific community, the developed world spewed greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Given that problems, solutions, costs, and benefits play out over time frames spanning generations, the situation calls for intergenerational climate-change activism. Why would seniors enlist in the crusade? They have a long view due to the number of years they have already lived, during which many have witnessed changes in the climate. Many also have passion to protect their children and grandchildren. Halfdan Wiik of Norwegian Grandparents Climate Campaign says, "For me, it's all about love and optimism. Elders of today have ...
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#YouShellNotPass Blockades Shut Down Terminal 5 18.5.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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'Paddle in Seattle' Protesters Welcome Shell Drilling Rig with Two Words: Go Away 15.5.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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"Irresponsible & Reckless": Environmentalists Decry Obama's Approval for Shell Drilling in Arctic 14.5.2015 Democracy Now!
The Obama administration has tentatively approved Shell's plans to begin oil extraction off the Alaskan coast this summer. Federal scientists estimate the Arctic region contains up to 15 billion barrels of oil, and Shell has long fought to drill in the icy waters of the Chukchi Sea. Environmentalists warn Arctic drilling will pose a risk to local wildlife and exacerbate climate change. They fear that a drilling accident in the icy Arctic Ocean waters could prove far more devastating than the deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill since any rescue operations could be delayed for months by harsh weather conditions. We speak to Subhankar Banerjee. He is a renowned photographer, writer and activist who has spent the past 15 years working for the conservation of the Arctic and raising awareness about indigenous human rights and climate change. He is editor of the anthology, "Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point."
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'Climate Denial, Plain and Simple': Feds Approve Shell's Arctic Drilling Plan 12.5.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Is Elizabeth Warren Really a Leader on Global Warming? 12.5.2015 Mother Jones
Is Elizabeth Warren Really a Leader on Global Warming? Warren rose to fame, and a Massachusetts Senate seat, on an unusual basis: her expertise as a professor of bankruptcy law. But what Warren demonstrated was an ability to explain complex financial regulations in a comprehensible way, and to put a commonsensical spin on economic populism. Last month, the people behind Ready for Warren launched Environmental Activists for Warren, arguing that she is an environmentalist's best possible candidate. But is she? In fact, her Senate record includes no notable acts of leadership on climate change. Her voting record is strong, but she hasn't introduced climate legislation or been among the most outspoken on the issue. The one thing she has done, which her supporters eagerly point to, is come out against the Keystone XL pipeline. This does put her to the left of Hillary Clinton on the issue, but not Bernie Sanders, the presidential candidate and senator from Vermont, who not only opposes Keystone but has a long ...
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Jerry Brown's strategy on green energy and fracking 10.5.2015 LA Times: Top News
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10 Leaders Who Are Reshaping The Environmental Movement 8.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Environmentalism has changed quite a bit in the last 10 years. From the emergence of climate change as the catalyzing issue of the 21st century to fights over the Keystone XL pipeline to the growing diversity of green groups, the environmental movement of today hardly looks like the one of yesterday. Here are 10 leaders who are reshaping our ideas about what it means to fight for the environment today, and who are worth watching in the future: May Boeve, executive director of 350.org If you've heard about the Keystone XL pipeline, it's probably because of May Boeve and 350.org. The group started when Boeve and her co-founders were still undergraduates at Middlebury College in Vermont, and has matured into a formidable force in the environmental movement. They've led a worldwide day of action around climate change, jumpstarted the campus fossil fuel divestment movement and organized protests outside the White House to put pressure on the Obama administration to veto the Keystone XL pipeline. Now 31, Boeve ...
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In Seattle, 'kayaktivists' take on Arctic oil drilling 7.5.2015 Yahoo: US National
SEATTLE (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell wants to park two massive Arctic oil drilling rigs in Seattle's waterfront — but the petroleum giant will have to get around protesters in kayaks and a mayor determined to take on climate ...
Mayor: Port needs new permit to host Shell oil-drilling fleet 4.5.2015 Seattle Times: Politics
The rigs and support vessels headed to Seattle for moorage and maintenance do not fit under the current permit for Terminal 5, Ed Murray said Monday morning.
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Earth Day and the vegan challenge: Are you a climate vegan? 29.4.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Earth Day happened this week. It seemed like it was going to be ignored, especially by our elected representatives, so a group of climate activists got together outside Toronto City Hall. They wanted to introduce the new kid in town – the Climate Vegan Campaign. “Climate Vegan” is a term recently coined by a group of Toronto activists whose aim is to join the dots of forest destruction, water usage, pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions to the cow in the china shop – animal agriculture. ...
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Environmental activist Ann Cavlovic talks 'non-preachy' climate activism 27.4.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Last Wednesday was Earth Day, one of the few days left that we actually think about the environment and how we affect it. Although we live upon its surface and exploit its resources 365 days a year (and that extra day every four years), it's not often that the average person thinks about the environment. Is that because we don't care or think about it? Or is it the fact that environmental activism can sometimes come across as preachy or holier-than-thou to the average carbon sucking vampires of our world? It's a toss up. However, there are some writers who are driving a stake in the heart of common conceptions around environmental ...
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The Transformative Power of Climate Truth 27.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Our Power: Battling Austerity with a Bold Green Vision 26.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Earth Day 2015: Regenerating the Soil and Reversing Global Warming 23.4.2015 Truthout.com
"The elimination of fossil fuels for all but the most limited and essential purposes is necessary but not sufficient to allow our descendants a fair chance for a healthy and prosperous future. Enhancing carbon biosequestration in terrestrial ecosystems is also essential."  - Wayne A. White, Biosequestration and Ecological Diversity p.118 (CRC Press 2013) The standard gloom and doom discourse surrounding global warming and climate change has infected the body politic with a severe case of depression and disempowerment. So starting April 22, embracing what the United Nations has designated as the "Year of the Soil," let's look at our planetary crisis from an entirely different, and more hopeful perspective. The good news is that the global grassroots, farmers and consumers united, can reverse our suicidal "business as usual" food, farming, energy, and land use practices. Harnessing the awesome power of Regenerative Organic Agriculture and reforestation, we can literally suck down enough excess (50-100 ppm ...
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8 Badass Environmentalists You Should Know 23.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day, we're celebrating eight extraordinary women who have continuously advocated and rallied for our earth. These women work endlessly to implement policies and enact change to preserve and protect our environment -- from waterways, forests, access to clean air, oceans and mountains to the precious wildlife that reside within these ecosystems. The challenges we face today, especially with the onset of climate change, have opened new opportunities in the environmental sector that has long been filled by men. The progress that has been made by these remarkable women is illustrative of just how dynamic the feminine power really is. 1. Dr. Jane Goodall Dr. Goodall is considered one the world's foremost experts on chimpanzees and ecology. It is hard to overstate the degree to which she has changed and enriched the field of primatology. During her 55-year research study, she defied scientific convention by giving the Gombe chimps names instead of numbers, and insisted on the ...
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Climate change concerns bring activist heat at top universities 23.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Alice Cherry, a second-year law student, stands outside Harvard University's Massachusetts Hall to hand out pins and brochures about the campaign to push Harvard to divest from fossil fuels. By J. Zach Hollo CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- On one side of this academic mecca, renowned climatologist James Hansen explained some of the incoming perils of climate change at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology last week. On the other side of town, students and faculty at Harvard University continued a " Heat Week " sit-in outside the campus's main administrative building, calling for the university to divest its endowment from corporations associated with fossil fuels. Earlier this year, Harvard increased its investment in fossil fuels from $11.8 million to about $79.5 million. A large chunk of this, $57.4 million, was invested in Anadarko Petroleum, one of the companies involved in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Several other companies Harvard invests in are involved in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Harvard's ...
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The Not-So-Glacial Pace of Virginia's Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement 23.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Jacob Eisenberg, Program Assistant, Lands, Wildlife, and Federal Communications, Washington, D.C.: Today is Earth Day and climate change, precipitated by the carbon emissions released from burning fossil fuels, is the greatest anthropogenic threat our planet has faced. A week ago, two students and one member of the local community were arrested...
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Top Ten Reasons We Don't Talk About Climate Change 21.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Most people know that the earth is warming, and as the dominant creatures on the planet, humans are at fault. Two out of three people believe climate change is happening , and 89 percent are "somewhat worried" or "very worried." After all, 14 of the 15 warmest years on record in all of history have occurred since 2000. Wildfires in the West burned out of control last summer, and they are expected to be just as serious this summer. The snowpack in California is about 6 percent of normal, and so the state is putting mandatory curbs on water use, for the first time in history. The effects of global warming are not predictions for the future, they are fast becoming the realities of our daily lives. So why all the silence about climate change? Why isn't this topic filling our conversations, the way a tsunami would, or a major earthquake? Count me in with the "very worried" group -- actually, count me in with those who are feeling filled with fear, steeped in grief. Some of the smartest people I know think we ...
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