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Which Canada will you celebrate on Canada Day? 1.7.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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The Pope vs. the Koch Bros 1.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On June 15, environmental activists gathered at the Smithsonian Castle for the institution's Board of Regents meeting, and marched to the National Museum of Natural History to protest climate-denier-oil-baron David Koch being on the museum's advisory board. The campaign to oust Koch from the board is being led by The Natural History Museum , a mobile museum bus that seeks "to include and highlight the socio-political influences that shape nature." The campaign is part of a larger effort aimed at natural history museums by scientists and climate activists, to demand that scientific institutions cut ties with climate-science denying fossil fuel funders. On June 18, Pope Francis released his climate change encyclical, Laudato Si, putting the heat on religious conservative politicians here in the U.S. At the Road to Majority conference hosted by the Faith and Freedom Coalition in DC, this reporter asked Sen. Ron Johnson and Governor John Kasich whether they agreed with the Pope that climate change is a moral ...
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Following Dutch Footsteps, Activists to Sue Aussie Government on Climate 30.6.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Time to Act on Climate, Ministers Told at UN Climate Assembly 30.6.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Robert Redford sees 'last chance' to fix climate 30.6.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
Robert Redford told the United Nations on Monday that negotiations on a global deal to tackle climate change could be the world's "last chance" to save the planet. World governments will try to forge a new global accord to address climate change at a UN climate conference in Paris in December, with both developed and developing countries committing to cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The landmark agreement would limit global warming to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (two degrees Celsius) from pre-industrial revolution levels as of ...
Robert Redford Calls for Climate Action in United Nations Address 29.6.2015 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
NEW YORK (June 29, 2015) – Robert Redford, the noted artist and activist, called for urgent action on climate change in an address to climate ministers at the United Nations today.  The event, which included delegates from over 193 member countries, was a key gathering in the lead up to the international climate negotiations taking place in Paris, France this ...
Beyond teamsters and turtles: Jobs, justice, climate 29.6.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Jobs, Justice, Climate is the slogan of what we hope will be a massive march in Toronto on July 5 and Vancouver on July 4. To my knowledge it's the first action in Canada that has linked jobs with the battle for climate change in a context of social justice.  While turtles and teamsters have marched together in the past, it has usually been with a focus on social justice, against corporate globalization and trade deals.  This is not only the first time climate change is a focus in a march co-sponsored by the labour movement, it's the first time that the links are being made to the struggles of Indigenous peoples, immigrants, and people of colour and the first time our cross-sector movement is not just saying what we are against but what we are ...
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Rome March Celebrate Pope's Call for Urgent Climate Action 28.6.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Energy and climate in the Harper decade 25.6.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
The costs of climate change are piling up, and can no longer be ignored. The year 2015 is poised to be a landmark year, with a new global treaty on climate to be signed in Paris. In contrast, the Harper decade succeeded in stalling any meaningful climate action. The PM's record is not just of neglect, but of moving the yardsticks backwards in both the international arena and within Canada. Climate change is primarily caused by human use of fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas) for energy, whereas extraction and export of those fossil fuels is central to the Harper government's economic strategy. With political roots in Alberta and the oil patch, it is no surprise that the Harper government champions the oil ...
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"An Age of the Statistically Unlikely": Green Party Candidate Jill Stein Announces Presidential Run 25.6.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Jill Stein speaks at the Occupy Wall Street demonstration in Bowling Green, New York, September 17, 2012. (Photo: Paul Stein ) Green Party candidate Jill Stein officially announced she is running in the 2016 presidential race Monday, June 22. Truthout sat down with Stein at the University of North Texas when she passed through for an environmental justice conference earlier this year. Jill Stein speaks at the Occupy Wall Street demonstration in Bowling Green, New York, September 17, 2012. (Photo: Paul Stein ) Help Truthout keep publishing stories like this: They can't be found in corporate media! Make a tax-deductible donation today. Green Party candidate Jill Stein officially announced she is running in the 2016 presidential race on June 22, during an interview on Democracy Now! . She held a campaign kickoff event the following day at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, where antiwar activist Medea Benjamin and racial justice activist Marsha Coleman-Adebayo introduced and endorsed her ...
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Climate Activists Sued Their Country to Force It to Pollute Less. They Just Won. 24.6.2015 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A court in The Hague has ordered the Dutch government to cut its emissions by at least 25 percent within five years, in a landmark ruling expected to cause ripples around the world. To cheers and hoots from climate campaigners in court, three judges ruled that government plans to cut emissions by just 14 to 17 percent compared to 1990 levels by 2020 were unlawful, given the scale of the threat posed by climate change. Jubilant campaigners said that governments preparing for the Paris climate summit later this year would now need to look over their shoulders for civil rights era-style legal challenges where emissions-cutting pledges are inadequate. "Before this judgment, the only legal obligations on states were those they agreed among themselves in international treaties," said Dennis van Berkel, legal counsel for Urgenda, the group that brought the suit. "This is the first time a court ...
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Canada-EU trade deal would hinder policies to address climate change 24.6.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Canada-EU trade deal would hinder policies to address climate change
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Climate Change: Where Are The Artists? 24.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It should be easy (and very important) to mock the G-7 politicians who put off the conversion from fossil fuels to 2100, which would seem to be after the apocalypse. NGO's like Oxfam would counter the national leader's promise with the usual hopeful-but-scolding public statement. But it is the artists who needed to respond, especially comedians. Russell Brand must have said something, God bless him, but I missed it. What I noticed was a deafening silence. Extractive corporations everywhere let out a big sigh. The crucial mockery went missing because the cultural world is the most established and tragic climate denier. Why? Why would the arts be conservative on the climate? Think of all the performances that challenged entrenched power. Remember all those revolutions? ...the Dadaists and rock and roll, Charley Chaplin in The Great Dictator, the Ghost Dance at the end of the Indian Wars, Sam Cook's gift of "A Change Is Gonna Come" to Dr. King, the folk-singers and poets of the Peace Movement. At ...
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Dutch court orders carbon emissions cuts to protect citizens 24.6.2015 AP Business
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- In a sweeping victory for Dutch environmental activists that could have global repercussions, a court ordered the government Wednesday to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020....
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Dutch court orders carbon emissions cuts to protect citizens 24.6.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In a sweeping victory for Dutch environmental activists that could have global repercussions, a court ordered the government Wednesday to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 percent by ...
Millennial Faith Leaders Offer A Vision For The Future Of The Environmental Movement 23.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
To many religious climate activists, caring for the environment isn't just a good idea -- it's a moral responsibility. Pope Francis released an encyclical , or papal letter, on the environment last Thursday -- a move that has called attention to the role many faith leaders are playing in the battle against climate change. The pontiff has stood firm on ecological issues , calling the environment's decline "one of the greatest challenges of our time." He is in good company among people of faith. On Sept. 21, 2014, some 10,000 people joined the the interfaith contingent of the People's Climate March in New York City to demand that world leaders take action to protect the environment . The Huffington Post spoke with six millennials who are helping to usher in a generation of faith leaders deeply involved in environmental activism. In their emailed responses, these six young people offered their stories, prayers and visions of the movement's future. Nana Firman, Islam Firman initiated the Eco Fab Living ...
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Will the climate justice movement 'Seattle' the Paris talks? 22.6.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
While the New York Times editorial board says , "The Paris [climate summit] may well be the world's last, best chance to get a grip on a problem that, absent urgent action over the next decade, could spin out of control," most are already bracing for another massive failure by the political elite at what is being disparagingly described as the "Conference of ...
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‘The American Century’ Has Plunged the World Into Crisis. What Happens Now? 22.6.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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China's Communist-Capitalist Ecological Apocalypse 21.6.2015 Truthout - All Articles
331 394 *Projected Chinese consumption in 2035 is calculated assuming per-capita consumption will be equal to the current US level, based on projected GDP growth of 8 percent annually. Latest year figures for grain, oil, coal, fertilizer and paper are from 2008. Latest year figures for meat and steel are from 2010. Source: Earth Policy Institute, 2011 How can this happen? What would the rest of the world live on? Already, as resource analyst Michael Klare reviews in his latest book, The Race for What's Left (2012), around the world existing reserves of oil, minerals and other resources "are being depleted at a terrifying pace and will be largely exhausted in the not-too-distant future." B. Airpocalypse Now Decades of coal-powered industrialization combined with the government-promoted car craze since the 1990s have brought China the worst air pollution in the world. Scientists have compared north China's toxic smog to a "nuclear winter" and the smog is also sharply reducing crop yields. Lung cancer is ...
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Changing a Toxic Environment and Food System: Regeneration or Degeneration? 19.6.2015 Truthout - All Articles
We must all become evangelists of Regeneration in order to survive. (Photo: Seedlings via Shutterstock) "If governments won’t solve the climate, hunger, health, and democracy crises, then the people will." - Dr.Vandana Shiva, speaking at the founding meeting of Regeneration International, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica, June 8, 2015 When literally billions of people, the 99 percent, are hungry or struggling to survive with justice and dignity; when the majority of the global body politic are threatened and assaulted by a toxic environment and food system; when hundreds of millions are overwhelmed with chronic health problems; battered by floods, droughts, and weather extremes; when endless wars and land grabs for water, land and strategic resources spiral out of control; When indentured politicians, corporations and the mass media conspire to stamp out the last vestiges of democracy in order to force a “Business-as-Usual” paradigm down our throats, it’s time for a change, Big Change. It’s time to ...
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