Thirty years from now, the only thing that will appear important about this historical moment will be the question of whether or not we did something meaningful to stop confront climate change. The reason is simple: We are drastically altering the very life support system upon which we depend, and we have only a very narrow window of opportunity to avert catastrophic impacts to society. The time for action is now; each year we delay the required emission cuts become steeper.
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 global 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 multi-faceted 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.
A campaign to mobilize Americans:
Media: An extensive media outreach warns the public and calls for action.
Education: Engaging classes with personal instruction and discussion informs the public about climate specifics.
Grassroots: Public outreach and direct action further motivates and mobilizes citizens.
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 Arrogance of PowerLast Updated on 2014-02-04 19:48:35The closer renewables get to becoming the first choice for energy, the more our opponents come out into the open and show themselves as the intransigent incumbency they are at heart.
Just as BP and Shell chose a time of plunging PV prices to exit solar completely and dig in for unconventional gas and oil, so now most utilities are giving up their pretences about renewables. In September, nine utility bosses went so far as to tell the European Parliament that renewables are threatening the continent’s energy security.
Speaking for the nine, the chief executive of GDF Suez, Gérard Mestralle, said: “We have to reduce the speed at which Europe is building new wind farms and solar panels. At the moment, it is not sustainable.”
What is truly not sustainable, of course, are the business models of these giants. The march of renewables, energy efficiency and community... More »
Symphony of ShameLast Updated on 2014-02-04 19:47:54Five thousand delegates from more than 100 countries file into a cavernous convention centre in Daegu, South Korea, for the World Energy Congress 2013.
A huge screen above them in the foyer is filled with a spinning globe, that blue pearl in space that we call planet Earth, along with some writing: “Nature has provided our energy needs for thousands of years. As we make the choices to meet our future energy needs” — the camera dives in to pan across sweeping rainforests — “nature is relying on us.”
Readers of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report by hundreds of the world’s best climate scientists would know for sure what nature is relying on us to do. Cut out the burning of fossil fuels, all the way to zero, by 2050 at the latest, beginning well within this decade. Otherwise we risk destabilising the climate, ending access to... More »
Finding Our Moral Consensus: Questions for Secretary MonizLast Updated on 2014-02-04 19:47:14A Different Future?
October 28, 2013
The following letter campaign is directed to Dr. Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy. Below this piece 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 something a bit different than a typical appeal to the public... More »
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