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The Incredible Lightness of Being Arrested 25.11.2014 187 Main Street
I’ve been sleeping well lately. For the last two nights, that is. Ever since I was taken to jail for an act of civil disobedience against climate change. As I write, more than seventy activists have been arrested in Burnaby, British Columbia, which is part of the conurbation centered on Vancouver, Canada’s third largest city. Within days, that number is likely to climb to over one hundred arrests, and maybe many more. According to the energy company Kinder Morgan, the fight here is about two six-inch holes in the ground that they’re drilling to take core samples in preparation for a second oil pipeline through the area. But the view from the protest camp on Burnaby Mountain is different. From there, the pipeline looks like one more front in a relentless, eyes-closed-ears-plugged drive to deepen North America’s dependence on the fossil-fuel economy of the past, all without a roadmap, without even the beginnings of a roadmap, for how to deal with the most urgent issue of our time: climate change. It’s ...
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Keystone, Climate Change and the Cold 21.11.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Harvard Students File Lawsuit To Push University To Divest From Fossil Fuels 20.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
BOSTON (AP) — Seven Harvard University students have filed a lawsuit asking a judge to force the university's governing body to divest from fossil fuel companies. The lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges investment in those companies violates the university's duties as a public charity. The complaint asks the court to compel the Harvard Corporation, the governing body, to stop investing any of its $36.4 billion endowment in gas, coal and oil companies. Harvard students have pressed the university to divest from fossil fuels as a way to slow climate change. "Climate change is now causing harm through mortality, economic damage and political instability," said Benjamin Franta, one of the students who filed the lawsuit. "The Harvard Corporation has a moral and legal duty to avoid investing in activities that cause such grave harms to its students and the public." Spokesman Jeff Neal said university leaders agree that climate change must be confronted but "differ on the means" to do that. Neal says Harvard ...
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Senate Narrowly Rejects Keystone XL Amidst Protests by Climate Activists 20.11.2014 Truthout - All Articles
The Keystone XL pipeline is a political football in Washington, but activists say it would make a devastating contribution to climate change. Environmental activists protest against Keystone XL pipeline legislation outside the home of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) in Washington, Nov. 17, 2014. The Senate will vote on the Keystone bill this week, after the House passed it last Friday. Landrieu has said that she has nailed down 59 votes in favor of the bill — just one shy of a filibuster-proof majority. (Jabin Botsford/The New York Times) This story wasn’t published because of advertisers or corporate sponsors, but through support from Truthout readers. Click here to join the community that keeps us going! The Senate rejected a bill that would have forced a fast-tracked approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline by a narrow vote Tuesday evening. The vote was a huge victory for environmentalists, who see blocking the pipeline as both a practical and politically significant effort in their battle to ...
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A People’s Climate Production (HOME): Healing Our Mother Earth “To Tha Beat” 19.11.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Tiffany Traynum, Program Assistant, San Francisco: Music is a force, and Hip Hop is like ‘The Little Engine that Could’; a monumental movement in itself. Why? Because Hip Hop has never been scared, nor swayed by the naysayers. It started with nothing, only to become a...
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EU, U.S. Force Inclusion Of Climate Change On G20 Agenda Despite Australia's Protests 16.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Lincoln Feast and Jane Wardell BRISBANE, Australia, Nov 16 (Reuters) - The G20 communique will include a significant passage on climate change, EU officials said on Sunday, as the United States and other heavyweight nations override host Australia's attempts to keep the issue off the formal agenda. Much of the meeting of world leaders in Australia has been overshadowed by the crisis in Ukraine, with Western leaders warning Russian President Vladimir Putin that he risked more economic sanctions if he failed to end Russian backing for separatist rebels. On Sunday, momentum swung back to other major concerns for the Group of 20 leading economies, including climate change. That is something of an embarrassment for Australia, which had argued it was not a clear economic issue and so should not be discussed at the G20. Indeed, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has questioned the science behind climate change. "The most difficult discussion was on climate change," an EU official told reporters on ...
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WorldViews: You can protest the G-20 Summit, but leave your reptile at home 14.11.2014 Washington Post: World
The Group of 20 summits — along with those of the Group of Eight, the World Economic Forum and a host of other conclaves attended by statesmen, jet-setters and the well-heeled — always attract ...
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U.S.-China Climate Pact Could Boost Indian Efforts 14.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW DELHI (AP) — This week's China-U.S. climate agreement between the world's top two polluters puts pressure on India, No. 3 on the list, to become more energy efficient and should encourage investment in renewable energy. But the pact is also a relief for India because it acknowledges the long-held view among developing economies that industrialized nations have been emitting heat-trapping gases for many more decades and so should shoulder more of the burden for tackling climate change. Emerging economies argue they should have fewer constraints to pollute as they grow. By showing the world's two largest economies are working together toward a common goal with different efforts, the breakthrough agreement signals greater global cooperation over the contentious issue. That eases tension that could help future global climate talks while also raising expectations for India to step up its efforts, experts and environmental activists say. "The international community will now expect India to make some firm ...
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Environmentalists can claim victory even if they lose on Keystone 13.11.2014 Ezra Klein
For scholars of social movements, the conjoined environmental stories of this week -- the U.S. and China have struck a historic deal to limit greenhouse gas emissions, but Congress may vote to approve the Keystone XL pipeline -- perfectly fit one of their more influential theories. You see, what may happen here is that the more politically radical climate ...
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Australians bury heads in sand to mock government climate stance 13.11.2014 World
By Sue-Lin Wong SYDNEY (Reuters) - More than 400 protesters stuck their heads in the sand on Australia's Bondi Beach on Thursday, mocking the government's reluctance to put climate change on the agenda of a G20 summit this weekend. Prime Minister Tony Abbott's perceived failure to address climate change is all the more galling in the wake of an agreement between the United States and China on Wednesday to limit their carbon emissions, they said. "Obama's on board, Xi Jinping's on board, everyone's on board except one man," activist Pat Norman, 28, bellowed into a megaphone on the Sydney beach. ...
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A Conversation With Margaret Atwood On Climate Change, Social Media And World Of Warcraft 13.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Margaret Atwood is a speculative fiction writer, poet, literary critic and environmental activist. Best known for her Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning classic The Handmaid's Tale, her more recent work includes a trilogy centered on a climate change-induced dystopia, and a collection of fantastical short stories, Stone Mattress: Nine Tales . She spoke with The Huffington Post about her latest collection, the dark side of social media, and the difficulties of writing male characters: You're active on Twitter, but I've read that you’ve become disenchanted with social media. For me, the pluses outweigh the minuses. But we all know about the dark side. Everything has a dark side. Things can get going that aren’t true and unless they’re countered right away people believe them. We know about Internet bullying. So that’s the dark side. Usually when people invent something they don’t know what the dark side is. Typically with any new technology, there’s a lot of enthusiasm at first because people think of the ...
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Interview with Bill McKibben: 'When the History of This Time Is Written' 11.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
"When the history of this time is written, Shell will get more than a footnote," noted American author, turned climate activist Bill McKibben whilst speaking at the London School of Economics last week. Having just come from a climate conference sponsored by the Anglo Dutch oil giant, the irony of the juxtaposition certainly wasn't lost on him: They were the company that when it emerged that the Arctic had melted thanks to our efforts, they didn't say: "Perhaps, we should stop what we are doing." Instead it said: "Oh, this will make it easier to drill for more oil up in the Arctic." McKibben's disparaging remarks came two days after the United Nations issued it's "final warning" on the ever-alarming state of our climate. Six months after it revealed that the scathing impacts of global warming will leave "no one untouched", the Nobel Peace prize-winning body has now warned that its impacts will eventually become "severe, pervasive, and irreversible." Having penned one of the first books about climate ...
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Boston-Area College Faculty Backing Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement 10.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
BOSTON (AP) — The largely student-led movement at many Boston area colleges urging their schools to divest from fossil fuel companies is getting an important boost from faculty. Faculty members at Harvard University, Boston University, Boston College, Tufts University, and Brandeis University have written open letters, formed groups, or joined student movements to call on administrators at their respective institutions to divest from companies that produce coal, oil and gas, blamed for climate change. The professors are holding educational talks about climate change or participating in other events designed to raise awareness. Their involvement is seen as important to the credibility of the divestment movement. "It's one thing for these crazy kids to be calling for fossil fuel divestment, but it's another when you have some of the leading scientists and economists in the world standing behind us," Geoffrey Supran, a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of a group ...
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After Carrying Their Message Hundreds of Miles, Climate Walkers Reach Typhoon's 'Ground Zero' 9.11.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Protesters In Ferguson And D.C. Speak Out On Mike Brown, Environment 7.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- The Million Mask March, an Anonymous-affiliated group of protests, reached both the nation's capitol and Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday. In Washington, protesters who were organized outside of the Department of Justice building gave varied reasons for their demonstrations, from solidarity with Ferguson protesters to speaking out on climate change, while those in Ferguson stood outside the police department, marched down high-traffic streets, and allegedly planned to shutdown a major interstate. The events in Ferguson led to two arrests, and marked nearly 90 days of protests in the wake of the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was killed in the St. Louis Suburb in August. The St. Louis County Police Department said two protesters were arrested Wednesday night for "impeding the flow of traffic"; one of the two arrested was also charged with third-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and with resisting arrest. On Wednesday, police in Ferguson also took into custody ...
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Climate Change Activists Come Up Short In Midterm Elections 6.11.2014 NPR: All Things Considered
Tom Steyer, the hedge-fund billionaire, spent tens of millions of dollars in the midterms, mostly in seven senate and gubernatorial races. Most of his candidates lost, as will — presumably --one of his Steyer's key ambitions: major action on climate change.
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Social Movements Gain Momentum in the Fight for Climate Justice 5.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Upwards of 400,000 people taking to the streets of Manhattan this past September 21, combined with parallel protests around the world, was truly a spectacular scene. Even while energized by the People's Climate March and subsequent People's Climate Justice Summit and Tribunal , key organizers in the climate justice movement insist that the real task at hand began when the crowds filtered out in the critical weeks and months leading up to COP global treaty negotiations in Lima this December and in Paris in December 2015. On Sunday, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its Synthesis Report , warning of the "severe, pervasive and irreversible" nature of climate change. While welcoming this sense of urgency, tightly knit coalitions of activists stand firm in the belief that communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis hold the real solutions in turning the rising tides -- not the corporate-driven UN agenda. "The voices of affected communities are missing in conversations ...
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Completing 3000 Mile Trek, Activists Descend on White House Demanding 'Climate Action Now!' 1.11.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Here Are The Top Super PAC Mega-Donors In 2014 Elections 1.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- In Iowa, a television station recently created a new program so it could sell more advertising to political campaigns, party committees and independent groups bombarding voters in this year's battleground states. The advertising crush is being driven in large part by big-spending independent groups, including super PACs and nonprofits, which are on pace to set a record for independent spending in a midterm election cycle. The groups are set to spend more than $600 million -- double their expenses from the 2010 elections. Super PACs accounted for $332 million in spending through the end of October, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Massive contributions from the wealthiest Americans, large corporations, dark money nonprofits and labor unions are behind this super PAC spending binge. A review of Federal Election Commission records by The Huffington Post found that 140 donors who gave more than $500,000 each to super PACs accounted for $365.5 million in super PAC donations as of ...
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Beating Climate Change by Retooling the Economy: The Story Begins in Navajo Country 24.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Solar panels in the Nevada desert. (Photo: jsmoorman ) Do you want media that's accountable to YOU, not to advertisers or billionaire sponsors? Invest in independent media - donate to Truthout today! This story is part of the Climate in Our Hands collaboration between Truthout and YES! Magazine. “I grew up without running water,” Nichole Alex, a young woman from Dilkon, Ariz., says in a video released by the activist group Black Mesa Water Coalition . Alex grew up on the Navajo reservation in the rural Black Mesa region of Arizona, where for decades a controversial coal mine emptied the region’s aquifer, leaving local wells dry. “I grew up traveling 20 miles to gather water,” Alex continues. “That’s not fair, that my community is being sacrificed to power the valley here.” In 1970, the Peabody Coal Company began mining on the reservation. Although tribal members were initially enthusiastic about the jobs the mine would provide, over time the relationship grew rocky. The company built a coal slurry ...
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