Daily Archives: August 29, 2014

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Green 2.0: Accelerating Diversity in the Mainstream Environmental Movement

Green 2.0 and its working group push for data transparency, accountability and increased resources to ensure that the mainstream environmental organizations, government agencies, and foundations increase their diversity.

Green 2.0

Green 2.0 is an initiative dedicated to increasing racial diversity across mainstream environmental NGOs, foundations and government agencies. The Green 2.0 working group advocates for data transparency, accountability and increased resources to ensure that these organizations increase their diversity.

The Goal

The most influential environmental NGOs and their funders will commit to and implement measures to scale up diversity, especially at the senior executive and board levels

Green 2.0 leaders are motivated by both:

  • A desire for a more diverse, environmental movement with less discrimination on its merits.
  • A movement that integrates equity into the work
  • The belief that these changes will better position organizations to win environmental battles and produce fairer environmental outcomes for those most impacted (people of color).

This effort is the result of a year of painstaking effort and is here to stay. Green 2.0 will push for increased accountability and work to ensure more diverse candidates are considered and represented at the highest in the mainstream environmental movement.

Green 2.0 will be a sustained drumbeat to move the environmental movement toward increased opportunities for people of color and a climate where talented people of color can thrive.

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See: Study: Environmental Movement Lacks Diversity


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Study: Environmental Movement Lacks Diversity

Researcher Dorceta Taylor says the Student Conservation Association is a good example of an environmental organization that encourages diversity from the top leadership to kids like these. Photo: Courtesy Student Conservation Association.

August 29, 2014

How diverse is the green movement? Not very. That’s according to a study published this summer by the University of Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental School’s Dorceta Taylor.

The study entitled “The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations” and prepared for Green 2.0, an advocacy group pushing for diversity among environmental NGOs, government, and foundations, found that while 40 percent of Americans are minorities, they make up less than 16 percent of employees at environmental institutions. Paid staffers at the nation’s largest environmental green groups are 88 percent white, while the boards that govern these groups, including the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council, are 95 percent white. The report describes an “unconscious bias” existing within the liberal, progressive culture of these organizations.

“Unconscious bias comes in for instances, in terms of how one identifies new workers or staff, how one might go about recruiting them,” Taylor says. “It could also be long-term practices, for instance, of hiring only people from particular organizations, or from within certain networks.”

Taylor, who grew up in Jamaica, is the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

“I grew up basically not realizing that black people weren’t supposed to be interested in environment,” Taylor says. “Coming out of the British education system where I was specializing in botany and zoology, I loved flowers and just ran around always being engaged in environmental things and just being super turned on by it.”

But Taylor describes a different story when she arrived in the U.S. for her undergraduate degree. She walked into an environmental science class of about 60 students, only to find that she was the only non-white participant.

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see:   Diverse Green | Green Leadership


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James Hansen: The energy to fight injustice

As I peer into Beijing’s impenetrable smog, I feel nauseous.

Air pollution from burning coal kills over 1 million people per year in China. And those living suffer its ill effects.1 One scientist told me that he was using his savings to send his child out of the country, to grow for a while in clean air.

I have long been troubled by the injustice that climate changes we have brought about will be inherited by our children. China’s air is another tragic consequence of our choices.

Prevention is better
What makes me sick is that these tragedies were preventable. Scientists informed political leaders decades ago that carbon-free energies must be phased in to replace fossil fuels. However, we failed to communicate the implications.

Scientists should have made it clearer that there is a limited ‘carbon budget’ for the world – a limit on the amount of fossil fuels that can be burned without disastrous consequences. We should have made it clear that removing carbon from our energy supplies – particularly for developing countries such as China and India – requires a suite of carbon-free technologies: hydro, solar, wind and nuclear power.

This last is a key part of the solution, and one we unfortunately abandoned. Years ago, the US, as the leader in nuclear R&D, had an opportunity to help find a carbon-free path for the world. In 1976, nuclear scientists were ready to build a demonstration ‘fast’ nuclear power plant. Today’s ‘slow’ reactors use less than 1% of the nuclear fuel. A ‘fast’ reactor can utilise more than 99% of the nuclear fuel and can ‘burn’ nuclear waste, which will be needed in the future as easily available uranium is used up.

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James Hansen: The People’s March: Climate March in New York City on 21 September.

The People’s March
(29 August 2014)
James Hansen


I wish to persuade you (if you live close enough to make it reasonable) that you should take the trouble to join us in the great People’s Climate March in New York City on 21 September. The March web page is at http://peoplesclimate.org/. However, before plainly stating why the March is important, let me address several issues.

Multipath Strategy. One can readily argue that any specific action, such as the People’s March, will not slow the fossil fuel juggernaut. Indeed, by itself it would have little effect, and our media has shown themselves to be quite capable of ignoring even large demonstrations.
However the March is not occurring in a vacuum. Success requires actions on many fronts, notably in the courts, on the streets, and within the political system. That’s why I support Our Children’s Trust, 350.org, and Citizens Climate Lobby. And that is not enough.

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See also: August 20, 2014: The Energy to Fight Injustice: Opinion piece published in Chemistry World and further information from James Hansen.

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Arrival of the Post-Petroleum Human: Michael Ruppert


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Peak Moment 196: “Petroleum Man is dead. Infinite Growth Man is dead. Post Petroleum Human is alive,” announced Michael C. Ruppert on May 22, 2011. Members of this emerging “species” know they must live in balance with the Earth, while remembering the lessons of industrial civilization. The star and subject of the documentary “Collapse”, Mike founded CollapseNet.com in 2010 to empower people to connect and relocalize.

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Local Communities Dismantling Corporate Rule


Published on Feb 12, 2014

Community Rights educator Paul Cienfuegos explains how “We The People” are exercising the authority to govern ourselves and dismantle corporate rule. When small farmers in rural Pennsylvania wanted to say “no” to a corporate factory farm coming into their community, they learned they couldn’t, because it would violate the corporation’s “rights” and state pre-emption laws. So they did something technically illegal – their town passed an innovative ordinance banning corporate factory farming. It worked! The corporation left town. Pittsburgh upshifted the approach: Rather than define what we don’t want, define what we DO want. Their “Right to Water” stopped natural gas fracking in the city. Ordinances like this have been passed in over 150 communities in 9 states. Tune in to learn how this works. Episode 258. [ http://paulcienfuegos.com, http://celdf.org  YouTube
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