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Here's What Green Activists Think About Hillary Clinton 16.4.2015 Mother Jones
Martin O'Malley Is A Longshot Presidential Candidate, and a Real Climate Hawk In a comment that cut to the heart of the contradiction embedded in Clinton's record— embracing both cuts to carbon emissions and increases in fossil fuel production—Duncan Meisel, an organizer with 350, said, "If you want to stop carbon pollution, keep carbon in the ground!" Reporters in attendance strained to hear the unamplified speakers over the steady hum of idling buses across the street. What the event lacked in grandeur, though, it made up for in topical importance. Clinton herself has called climate change "the most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face." And yet climate activists have good reason to be worried about Clinton's Keystone stance. In recent years, she has refused to take any position on the pipeline, but in 2010, when she was secretary of state, she said , "we are inclined to" approve it. Says Ben Schreiber, Friends of the Earth's climate and energy program director, "It was ...
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A view from Burnaby Mountain: Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything 14.4.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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Blockade Kicks Off 'Heat Week' as Divestment Call Escalates at Harvard 13.4.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Quebec City: Pressure building on climate and tar sands 13.4.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Monday, April 13, 2015 The climate movement met in Quebec City days before Canada's Premiers meet to talk about climate change. An estimated 25,000 people took to the streets on Saturday for the Act on Climate March. On Saturday April 11, 25,000 people took to the streets in Quebec City for a legal protest, the Act on Climate March . A number of conferences were held over the weekend, put on by student associations, unions and environmental NGOs. On April 13 and 14, Canada's Premiers will be meeting in Quebec City to discuss their approaches to climate change moving ...
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Biggest Climate March in Canadian History 13.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Thousands March in Canada to Demand Action on Climate Change 12.4.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Quebec City: Huge March Raises Temperature 12.4.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Quebec City: Huge March Raises Temperature
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Quebec City: biggest climate march in recent Canadian history 12.4.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
It was far and away the biggest march on climate in Canadian history.  Yesterday in a wide swath of red, thousands upon thousands of people hit the streets in quiet Quebec City with a cacophony of chants, drums and quiet conversations snaking through the tiny ancient streets of the old city emerging into a park. There organizers distributed large, square red construction paper.  As one, we raised our voices and our red squares forming a giant thermometer as seen from the sky.  A meme instantly appeared on social media under the thermometer: “We are reaching the boiling point, so has our planet.”  It was a combination of genius and good ...
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Students Push College Fossil Fuel Divestment To Stigmatize Industry 11.4.2015 NPR: Saturday
As a way to fight climate change, students at hundreds of campuses are pushing their colleges to divest from fossil fuels with sit-ins. But critics say divestment is the wrong tactic.
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Activists Slam West Virginia Board Of Education For Watering Down Climate Change Guidelines 11.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Science education advocates are once again railing against the West Virginia State Board of Education for approving amendments to proposed education standards that critics say treat climate change with unjustified skepticism. The State Board of Education voted 5-3 in favor of the amendments on Thursday. The proposed science education standards are based on guidelines from the Next Generation Science Standards, a set of science curriculum benchmarks that were developed jointly by a number of states, including West Virginia. The standards treat climate change as fact . The West Virginia SBOE's first change was to a passage in the state's standards that originally discussed asking students to “clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century,” according to the Charleston Gazette. The board of education voted to adjust the language to "change" in global temperatures, rather than "rise." The other amendment adds the phrase “natural forces” to a standard ...
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"Cowspiracy": As California Faces Drought, Film Links Meat Industry to Water Scarcity and Climate Change 8.4.2015 Truthout - All Articles
As California experiences a massive drought, we examine the overlooked link between water shortages, climate change and meat consumption. With some 98 percent of the state suffering from a water crisis, California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered residents and businesses to cut water use by 25 percent. It is the first mandatory statewide reduction in California’s history. One group not facing restrictions is big agriculture, which uses about 80 percent of California’s water. According to The Pacific Institute, 47 percent of a Californians’ water footprint is in meat and dairy products. We are joined by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn, directors of the documentary, Cowspiracy: the Sustainability Secret. The film contends livestock is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution despite many environmental organizations’ relative silence on the issue. TRANSCRIPT: AARON MATÉ: One of the worst droughts in decades continues to ravage California. Some 98 percent of the state is now suffering from a ...
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My Reasons for Climbing Up Shell’s 100-Meter High Oil Rig 8.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Billionaire activist Tom Steyer testifies for sweeping climate bill 8.4.2015 LA Times: Environment
A far-ranging climate change measure cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday, as billionaire environmental benefactor Tom Steyer appeared at the Capitol to trumpet the bill's economic benefits.
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After Indiana: Will tech CEOs force action on climate too? 7.4.2015 TreeHugger
CEOs outcry over Indiana's "religious freedom" law was as loud as it was swift. What if these leaders did the same on climate?
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This Activist Went to Prison for the Climate. Now He Wants Churches to Take Moral Leadership 7.4.2015 Truthout - All Articles
There has not been nearly enough discussion about what it means to engage with this moral challenge. We have not yet answered how and where we should be taking our stand in response to climate change. I argue that when religious people answer the call of the climate crisis, we must bring real moral leadership to the climate justice movement. Because of its structural nature, the fossil fuel industry has killed for profit throughout its history. In West Virginia, which has been extracting fossil fuels longer than anywhere else in this country, coal has cost countless lives and has left the state as the least livable in the nation. (Image: Coal power via Shutterstock)Recently, there has been a growing discussion of climate change as a moral issue, both in academia and in religious communities. This past fall I spoke at three religion and climate change conferences in as many months, including a conference at Harvard Divinity School, “Spiritual and Sustainable: Religion Responds to Climate Change,” and in ...
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Learn An Entire Semester Of Campaign Finance Law In Less Than 4 Minutes 25.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
As American elections become even more outrageously expensive , the advocacy group Public Citizen argues voters deserve to know who is making a financial play for influence in Washington. The think tank is asking President Obama to sign an executive order requiring all federal contractors to disclose their contributions to political candidates and campaigns. Such an order would mean more transparency about how much money politicians get from companies in competition for lucrative government contracts -- a competition that may be decided by the very politicians those companies donate to. But how did campaign finance law become so shady? And what led to elections becoming a billion-dollar industry? It all goes back to Buckley V. Valeo , "the most important case in campaign finance law" in our nation's history, according to Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School. Watch the video above to see Levinson break down 30 hours' worth of her class to HuffPost Live's Josh Zepps in less than four ...
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70,000 March Today to Bardo Museum for Opening of World Social Forum 2015 24.3.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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This Major Newspaper Just Declared War on Fossil Fuels 20.3.2015 Mother Jones
After 20 years at the helm of one of the United Kingdom's most influential newspapers, Alan Rusbridger is about to step down as editor of the Guardian. He's not going quietly: In an op-ed a couple weeks ago, Rusbridger pledged to use his waning weeks to launch a full-out war on climate change: So, in the time left to me as editor, I thought I would try to harness the Guardian's best resources to describe what is happening…For the purposes of our coming coverage, we will assume that the scientific consensus about man-made climate change and its likely effects is overwhelming. We will leave the sceptics and deniers to waste their time challenging the science. The mainstream argument has moved on to the politics and economics… We will look at who is getting the subsidies and who is doing the lobbying. We will name the worst polluters and find out who still funds them. We will urge enlightened trusts, investment specialists, universities, pension funds and businesses to take their money away from the ...
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Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low Winter Maximum, Points To Evidence Of Long-Term Climate Change 19.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
OSLO, March 19 (Reuters) - Arctic sea ice has set a new winter record by freezing to the smallest maximum extent in satellite records dating back to 1979 in new evidence of long-term climate change, U.S. data showed on Thursday. The ice floating on the Arctic Ocean around the North Pole reached a maximum extent of 14.54 million square kms (5.61 million sq miles) on Feb. 25 - an area slightly bigger than Canada - and is now expected to shrink with the spring thaw. "This year's maximum ice extent was the lowest in the satellite record, with below-average ice conditions everywhere except in the Labrador Sea and Davis Strait," the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) said in a statement. It said that a late season surge in ice was still possible because of big natural variations. The previous lowest maximum was set in 2011. The ice usually reaches its annual maximum in March and, with the return of the sun to the Arctic after months of winter darkness, shrinks to its smallest in summertime ...
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A New World Needs a New Paradigm 18.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I'm tired of hearing activists say they aren't getting involved in the climate change movement because they're too busy with Black Lives Matter or immigration or reproductive justice, or whatever. And I'm tired of hearing climate change activists telling them that without air or water, nothing else matters, that this is the most important issue on the planet. Then there's the penis-measuring contest to decide which injustice is more important and we all go home annoyed. There's a key element in this conversation that's missing: These issues are all the same. There's one issue, or more specifically, one paradigm and that paradigm is killing us- humans and planet alike. We are suffering under a paradigm of hierarchy, a vision of the world that tells us that the dominant class is on top and everything else is in service to it. On top we'll find white, straight, wealthy, American men. Earth is on the bottom. Our planet is used for supply and sewage. We take what we want and dump our waste when we're done. ...
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