Daily Archives: April 22, 2015

The Earth Statement

Earth-Statement

The Year of Opportunity for a Sustainable Future

2015 is a critical year for humanity. Our civilization has never faced such existential risks as those associated with global warming, biodiversity erosion and resource depletion. Our societies have never had such an opportunity to advance prosperity and eradicate poverty. We have the choice to either finally embark on the journey towards sustainability or to stick to our current destructive “business-as-usual” pathway. Three times this year, world leaders will meet to set the course for decades to come. In July 2015, heads of state meet to discuss Financing for Development. In September 2015, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be adopted. In December 2015, nations negotiate a new Global Climate Agreement. Decisions made in this single year will be the legacy of our generation. In particular, if we do not succeed in tackling climate change, the sustainable development goals, livelihoods in many parts of the world and the wellbeing of our close and distant kin will be threatened.

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Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice

Rising Tide NYC Holds 3 Days of Actions Against Climate Change


Democracy Now!

Published on Apr 22, 2015

http://democracynow.org – The group Rising Tide NYC has held three days of action on climate change. On Monday, the group marked the fifth anniversary of the BP oil disaster. The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig on April 20, 2010, killed 11 workers and sparked the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice

How Many More? 116 Environmental Defenders Were Murdered Last Year, Mostly in Latin America


Democracy Now!

Published on Apr 22, 2015

http://democracynow.org – As we continue to mark Earth Day, we look at a new report that finds killings of environmental activists on the rise, with indigenous communities hardest hit. According to Global Witness, at least 116 environmentalists were killed last year — more than two a week. Three-quarters of the deaths occurred in Central and South America. Just recently, three indigenous Tolupán leaders were gunned down during an anti-mining protest in northern Honduras, which has become the most dangerous country for environmental activists. We speak to Billy Kyte, campaigner for Global Witness and author of their new report, “How Many More?”

Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice

Earth Day Special: Goldman Prize Awarded to Burmese Photographer Who Fought Dam Project


Democracy Now!

Published on Apr 22, 2015

http://democracynow.org – The Asia 2015 Goldman Prize has been awarded to Myint Zaw, a Burmese journalist and activist who used photographs and art to organize protests against a dam on the Irrawaddy River that would have displaced 18,000 indigenous people and impacted millions more.

Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice

Kenyan Mother Wins Goldman Prize for Anti-Lead Protest After Her Own Breast Milk Made Baby Sick


Democracy Now!

Published on Apr 22, 2015

http://democracynow.org – As the world marks the 45th Earth Day, we speak to Kenyan activist Phyllis Omido, who was just awarded the Africa 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize, the world’s most prestigious environmental award. Omido organized protests to close a lead plant in Mombasa, Kenya, that was exposing the community to toxic chemicals. Her son was one of those affected. She is the founder of the Center for Justice Governance and Environmental Action.

Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice

“It Was Worth Risking My Life, My Freedom”: Campaign Reform Activist on Flying Gyrocopter to Capitol


Democracy Now!

Published on Apr 22, 2015

http://democracynow.org – Last week U.S. mailman Doug Hughes made national headlines when he flew a tiny personal aircraft known as a gyrocopter on to the lawn of the U.S. Capitol in an act of civil disobedience. Hughes was carrying letters to every member of Congress urging them to address corruption and to pass campaign finance reform. The letter began with a quote from John Kerry’s farewell speech to the Senate: “The unending chase for money I believe threatens to steal our democracy itself.” After landing on the Capitol Mall, Doug Hughes was arrested and could now face up to four years in prison on charges of violating national defense airspace and operating an unregistered aircraft. Despite being under house arrest and forced to wear a GPS monitoring device, Doug Hughes has decided to keep speaking out about the need for campaign finance reform.

Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice

Head to Head – Climate change: Fact or fiction?


Al Jazeera English

Published on Jul 17, 2013

Some scientists say the earth’s climate changes constantly and naturally, but the vast majority of them believe the current rise in global temperature is man-made, and could be catastrophic for the planet. But is all this but a case of extreme ‘climate alarmism’? Climate change sceptic Richard Lindzen is challenged on his view that concern about global warming is alarmist nonsense.

Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice