Effective climate action is the most urgent imperative facing humanity, and it overshadows all other national and global challenges. The International Energy Association warns that if we do not quickly reverse our carbon-burning trajectory, we will sacrifice forever the chance of holding global warming to safe levels.
Lake Mead water levels have dropped more than 100 feet since 2000, reflecting drought conditions in the Colorado River basin—one of the areas most vulnerable
to climate change in the US. / Kumar Appaiah
To preserve a livable climate, the US must enact a rising carbon price and take the international lead in embracing the 2°C (3.6°F) heat limit. We must phase out coal within two decades and assist the developing world with low-carbon energy. Sadly, our paralyzed political situation makes these achievements appear to be highly unlikely.
To achieve these objectives, the only plausible route is to mobilize a critical mass of Americans with a compelling grassroots campaign.The Association for the Tree of Life (ATL) has a comprehensive Save Ourselves NOW Campaign—to ignite the climate conversation across the culture, to mobilize a sizable sector of the public to action, and to overcome political paralysis.
Media: An extensive media outreach warns the public and calls for action.
Education: The public is informed about climate specifics through engaging classes with personal instruction and discussion.
Grassroots: A coalition of organizations further motivates and organizes people through public outreach and direct action.
The goal is to build a broad based movement in which the public understands the dangers, demands action from their elected representatives, and achieves a price on carbon through political advocacy. Philanthropy must now help in a coordinated partnership effort to catalyze effective action. It alone has the credibility, influence and resources to support the campaign. A consortium of funders will provide extraordinary financial support for the major parts of this Strategic Plan to succeed.
New Jersey coastline after Hurricane Sandy /
Master Sgt. Mark Olsen, US Air Force
Four essential principles for climate stabilization:
These principles are the foundation of the movement's policy goals, strategies, and tactics to adequately address the scope, scale, and urgency of the climate threat.
 The International Energy Association is an autonomous intergovernmental organization that serves as an information source about the international energy market.
Finding Our Moral Consensus: Questions for Secretary MonizLast Updated on 2013-11-03 09:25:41A Different Future?
Act 1 | Part 1: Finding Our Moral Consensus
October 28, 2013
The following letter campaign is directed to Dr. Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy. Below this Act 1, Part 1 are citizens' letters to Secretary Moniz. The DoE provides assurances that we can continue burning increasing amounts of carbon fuels without dire consequences. Yet almost all credible atmospheric, earth, and life scientists agree that if carbon emissions are not curtailed drastically, global temperatures will rise by over 2°C and increase the likelihood for planetary environmental catastrophe.
The Human Enterprise is accelerating rapidly toward a brick wall while driving in a plastic car. Without a course correction, complete catastrophe is certain. These conversations, divided into what will be called “Acts” feature... More »
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