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The future is not ours to see -- but it is ours to shape 29.6.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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Exxon-Mobil is abusing the first amendment 25.6.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
The oil giant is brazenly invoking the First Amendment to block a subpoena by state attorneys general into the company’s global warming research.
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'Break Free from Fossil Fuel' 21.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The extraction, refining and distribution of fossil fuels is an enormous industry representing the engine for global economic production and growth. Five of the top six companies in the Fortune Global 500 including BP, ExxonMobil and Shell are in the petroleum refining industry. As a July 2015 Report by the Union of Concerned Scientists points out, the fossil fuel industry's concentration is as remarkable as its size. Almost two thirds of the world's industrial carbon emissions over the past two and a half centuries is attributable to just 90 coal, oil, and natural gas companies which have produced and marketed fossil fuels and cement (which has very high carbon intensity). Almost 30 % of all industrial emissions since 1850 is traced to just 20 investor and state owned companies. Even more significantly, the Report by the Union of Concerned Scientists points out that "...more than half of all industrial carbon emissions have been released into the atmosphere since 1988, after major fossil fuel companies ...
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After Paris summit, climate change denial is alive and well 20.6.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and the premiers have appointed several task forces to propose ways in which Canada can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This action follows last December’s Paris climate conference, where leaders of 195 nations reached an accord committing them to lowering those although they did not say by exactly how ...
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Amid Phoenix Heat Wave, DNC Committee Hears Anti-Fracking Arguments 17.6.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

As "rare, dangerous, and deadly" heat moves into Arizona this weekend, environmentalists are calling for the Democratic Party to take a firm stance against fossil fuel extraction in its 2016 platform—starting with a national ban on fracking.

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Fighting Climate Change From Inside The World's 'Air Conditioner' 17.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Sheila Watt-Cloutier is one of the toughest, most influential Inuit activists in Canada. Her perspective on the effects of toxic chemicals and climate change on the Arctic have transformed the issues of science, politics and economics into those of human rights. OTTAWA, CANADA: Speaking at WWF-Canada’s Ocean Summit held in Ottawa last week, longtime Inuit activist and former president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council Sheila Watt-Cloutier argued that the fate of the Arctic transcends the political, economic and scientific spheres, and should be fought at the legal level, with the language of human rights. “Knowing that the Arctic is the air conditioner of our planet, and that it is breaking down at an unprecedented speed, it seems to me that it would be the business of the world to keep us alive,” said Sheila Watt-Cloutier, whose active involvement as a voice of the Inuit people led her to receive multiple honorary degrees, awards and a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 2007. An Inuk from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, ...
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Experiencing the Thrill of Democracy 17.6.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Frances Moore Lappé, Adam Eichen

Demanding that Congress remove big money’s stranglehold on our democracy and protect voting rights, we walked more than 100 miles from Philadelphia to Washington, DC this spring with Democracy Spring.

The experience changed us. Our energy has never been higher. So what do we do now?

Whatever the answer is, we are determined to build on our final minutes of the march. As the Capitol dome came into view, we found ourselves among hundreds, all chanting at full throat, “Whose democracy? Our democracy!” We felt a thrill of recognition:

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Urban Salvation 16.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A collection of cities around the world are filling the leadership void in combating climate change. It is a void created by the painfully slow pace of heads of state, even after the recent "successful" Paris climate change summit. The dithering of a majority of our Congress has also contributed to the vacuum. In a sense, it is only fitting that cities lead the way. They collectively have 3.9 billion people within their borders, more than half of the world's population. That has caused them to be responsible for 70 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions linked to earth's rising average temperatures. Furthermore, there should be no surprise at these cities' early activist role. Many of them are already experiencing the direct negative effects of a planet in climate flux. The effects include rising sea levels, elevated smog conditions, unprecedented flooding, protracted drought, and record-breaking heat waves. Mayors of these jurisdictions don't have the luxury of deferring corrective action to ...
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Land Grabs Soar, Worsening Land Conflicts and Climate Change 16.6.2016 Truthout.com
A woman farms with her cow in rural Bangladesh on May 13, 2007. (Photo: Jankie ) Industrial agriculture and financial sectors are hand-in-hand worsening climate change and then profiting from it, with an unprecedented number of land grabs over the last eight years, according to a report released Tuesday. The campaign group GRAIN explained that land grabs are heightening food insecurity, entrenching corporate agriculture schemes, and increasing and intensifying land conflicts. The wave of global land grabs borne out of the 2008 food and financial crises has now reached tsunami proportions, as GRAIN's research shows that the number of land grab initiatives has ballooned from 100 in 2008 to 491 in 2016, spanning 78 countries across the globe with large concentrations in Africa, and to a lesser extent in Latin America, East Asia and the Pacific. And climate change is compounding the situation. "We now have even more evidence that climate change is caused not just by burning coal and oil for transport and ...
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Betty Barkha Takes Climate Change Personally. Very Personally. 14.6.2016 NPR News
The young eco-activist is from Fiji, where rising sea levels and record cyclones are rattling the populace.
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The psychological cost of climate change 11.6.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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We can build a climate plan that works for workers 9.6.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
We can build a climate plan that works for workers
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Tens of Thousands Demand DNC Add National Fracking Ban to Party Platform 8.6.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Climate activists on Wednesday delivered more than 90,000 petitions to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) demanding that the party's 2016 platform include a nationwide ban on fracking.

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Activists Deliver 90,000+ Petitions Calling on DNC to Add Fracking Ban to Party Platform 8.6.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Food & Water Watch A coalition of climate and environmental justice groups delivered over 90,000 petitions to the Democratic National Committee demanding that a ban on fracking be included in the party platform. The DNC platform committee is holding a public forum to receive input on this year’s platform today in Washington D.C. Petitions were collected and delivered by Food & Water Watch, Climate Hawks Vote, Environmental Action, Honor the Earth, MoveOn.org, and 350.org ...
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Activists Target DNC With Swell of Anti-Fracking Action 8.6.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Climate activists on Wednesday delivered more than 90,000 petitions to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) demanding that the party's 2016 platform include a nationwide ban on fracking.

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A More Relevant and Radical Democratic Platform? Bernie Sanders Brings Long-Time Activists to the Table 6.6.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Bernie Sanders may not become the Democratic Party's nominee for president, but his political voice will continue to shape the party for years to come. That's mostly due to his extraordinary campaign, of course, but the grassroots movement leaders he placed on this year's Democratic National Committee platform drafting committee will help too. Sanders was asked to select five of the 15 members of the committee responsible for producing the Democratic Party's national platform. With Sanders' selections, the platform drafting committee will include determined advocates for economic equality, campaign finance reform, and an aggressive response to climate change. It won't be the first time that people affiliated with social movements have served in this role. The 2008 committee included US Representative Rosa DeLauro, who once led campaigns to stop US military aid to Nicaraguan contras. But the 2016 committee will have members who are directly involved in grassroots movements today, from climate justice to ...
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The Consultation Tracker: For the months of June-July 2016 4.6.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. The current federal government loves to "consult." There is a site where the government publishes  all ongoing consultations  but the list is ...
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This Is What Insurgency Looks Like 4.6.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Jeremy Brecher

In a small church in the Albany, NY’s low-income, predominantly African-American South End, forty people were gathered for a community meeting. They were organizing a protest against trains carrying potentially explosive oil – dubbed by the residents “bomb trains” — that were running through their neighborhood. City Counselor Vivian Kornegay told the group that many municipalities had opposed the bomb trains and other dangerous fossil fuel infrastructure, but had little power to protect their residents; it was up to a “people’s movement” to do so.

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Doc enlists climate change activists and innovators to teach us 'How to Let Go' 3.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Spirited dancing opens and ends “Gasland” filmmaker Josh Fox’s new documentary,  “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change,” but in between is a lot of information more likely to chill your bones than wiggle your rump.

Widening his purview beyond the hazards of fracking,...

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A Small Step From Bernie to Cherney 3.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Darryl Cherney, filmmaker and activist who fought the destruction of the redwood forests, is running for POTUS as a Green Party candidate. He sat in the passenger side of a moving car when Judi Bari, his activist cohort, and he fell victim to an explosion by an as-yet-unknown bomber in 1990. JF: What is your background in politics? DC: I've engaged in traditional politics on various levels. I ran for Congress in 1988 in the Democratic Primary, I've held a hospital board position between 2006 and 2010, which is a public office. I've campaigned, I've managed campaigns. I've also done tree sits and bulldozer blockades. I've organized about 300 rallies, I've written at least as many press releases. I've done certainly well over 1,000 interviews with the media over the years and I'm in about three dozen books. JF: Why are you running for president? DC: The world is really coming to an end. The ice caps are just in a horrific state of disrepair and melting. We don't even talk about the ozone layer anymore. ...
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