Daily Archives: December 17, 2015

Climate Change and the Road Through Paris | Democracy Now!

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

On Dec. 12, nearly 200 nations approved the “Paris Agreement.” The 32-page document spells out humanity’s new, official plan to confront the crisis of climate change. The accord was negotiated in a secure facility in the Paris suburb of Le Bourget. Public demonstrations across France were banned under the “state of emergency” imposed after the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people. Activists defied the ban, saying that same phrase, “state of emergency,” describes the planet’s climate. Protests, at times violently repressed by police, occurred throughout the two-week United Nations summit, as people from around the world demanded a fair, ambitious and binding climate treaty to avert the worst consequences of global warming.

“What I see is an agreement with no timetables, no targets, with vague, wild aspirations,” British journalist George Monbiot told me two days after the talks ended. “I see a lot of back-slapping, a lot of self-congratulation, and I see very little in terms of the actual substance that is required to avert climate breakdown.”

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Carbon Levy Project – Joint Declaration to Springboard from Paris – Climate Justice Programme

Declaration
The Paris climate summit was an opportunity for countries to acknowledge the seriousness of climate change and the need to urgently decarbonise our economies. However the Paris agreement will not be enough to stop climate change impacting the most vulnerable communities. Its impact is already being felt in all corners of the globe. Vulnerable communities on the frontline of climate change are already suffering worse droughts, more intense storms, and their homes are already being encroached upon by rising sea levels. They are already suffering loss and damage from climate change.

Leaving Paris we will push for more ambitious climate action, and to ensure that the most vulnerable are supported in facing the worst impacts of climate change – a problem they had no part in creating.

The industry that is most responsible for climate change is the fossil fuel industry – responsible for roughly 70% of greenhouse gas emissions. The fossil fuel industry is responsible not only for the majority of carbon emissions but also for the delay in dealing with the problem. They have known about climate change for decades, yet have funded climate denialists and have subverted political processes aimed at fighting the problem. International law – and basic fairness – say that the fossil fuel industry should pay for the loss and damage that their product is causing.

We will therefore work to introduce a global fossil fuel extraction levy (the Carbon Levy) to ensure that the people facing the worst impacts of climate change are compensated by those that caused the problem.

We support work by allies on legal strategies to bring the fossil fuel industry to account for the damage their product is causing. And it is crucial to ensure that fossil fuels are phased out and replaced by renewable energy by mid century.

We encourage you to join us.

Ronny Jumeau, Ambassador for Climate Change and Small Island Developing State Issues, Seychelles
Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything, United States
Bill McKibben, Founder, 350.org, United States
Jagoda Munic, President, Friends of the Earth International, Croatia
Mithika Mwenda, Secretary General, Pan African Climate Justice Alliance, Kenya
Wael Hmaidan, Director, CAN International, Lebanon
Antonio Hill, Director, Global Call for Climate Action, Columbia
Samantha Smith, Leader WWF Global Climate & Energy Initiative, WWF International
Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director, Greenpeace International, South Africa
Dr Saleemul Huq, Director of the International Centre for Climate Change & Development (ICCCAD), Bangladesh
Tony Oposa, The Philippines
Yeb Sano, the Philippines
Monica Araya, Founder & Executive Director, Nivela, Costa Rica
Nnimmo Bassey, Right Livelihood Award Winner, Nigeria
Dr Naomi Oreskes, Professor of History and Science Study, Harvard University and author of Merchants of Doubt, United States
Richard Heede, Director of Climate Accountability Institute, United States
Stephen Leonard, President, Climate Justice Programme, Australia
Barbara Unmüßig, President, Heinrich Boell Foundation, Germany
Stephen Kretzmann, Executive Director, Oil Change International, United States
Patti Lynn, Executive Director, Corporate Accountability International
Pat Mooney, Executive Director, ETC Group, Canada
Johanna Nyman, President, European Youth Forum, European Region
Kiki Wood, National Director, Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, Canada
Adam Hasz, Executive Coordinator, SustainUS: U.S. Youth for Justice & Sustainability
Professor Paul R. Ehrlich, President, Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University, United States
Jenny Goldie, President, Climate Action Monaro, Australia
Tom Athanasiou, Director, EcoEquity, United States
Vanda Altarelli, Founder and President, SONIA for a Just New World, Italy
Jessica Clogg, Executive Director & Senior Counsel, West Coast Environmental Law Association, Canada
Mark Wakeham, CEO, Environment Victoria, Australia
Mark Mulholland, Chair, P3 Foundation, New Zealand
David Tong, Co-Chair, Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Lawyers Association, New Zealand
Rehana Dada, South Africa
Arnaud Zacharie, Director, CNCD-11.11.11, Belgium
Catherine Gauthier, Présidente, ENvironnement JEUnesse, Canada
Natalie Eggermont, President, Climate Express, Belgium
Diane Beckett, Interim Executive Director, Sierra Club Canada Foundation, Canada
Sanjeev Kumar, CEO & Founding Director, Change Partnership, International
John E Bonine, Board Chair, Environment-People-Law, Ukraine
Brian Bond cfc, Executive Director, Edmund Rice International
Catherine McCahill sgs, Sisters of the Good Samaritan
Father Claude Mostowik msc, President, Pax Christi Australia and Director, Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, Justice and Peace Centre (Australian Province)
Jan Barnett rsj, Josephite Justice Co-ordinator, Sisters of St Joseph of the
Sacred Heart
Dr. Monica Verbeek, Executive Director, Seas at Risk, Belgium
Jill Finnane, Coordinator, Pacific Calling Partnership, Australia
Phil Glendenning, Director, Edmund Rice Centre, Australia
Mary Walsh, Advocacy Officer, Society Presentation Sisters, Australia

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Time To Switch The Channel: Corporate Media Is Useless


The Ring of Fire

Published on Dec 17, 2015

The corporate media is absolutely useless these days, and their coverage of this presidential election proves it. The best thing that the American public can do right now is to turn off the corporate media.

Ring of Fire’s Mike Papantonio and Farron Cousins discuss this.

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When the Water Took the Land


Al Jazeera America

Published on Dec 17, 2015

As rising temperatures fuel erosion of people’s lands and lives, Fault Lines travels to Alaska to examine climate change.

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War on Whistleblowers Free Press and the National Security State Trailer


Cinedigm

Published on Dec 17, 2015

War on Whistleblowers – Free Press and the National Security State highlights four cases where whistleblowers noticed government wrong-doing and took to the media to expose the fraud and abuse.

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Build Resilient Communities: Highlight from Climate Change and Health


Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Published on Dec 17, 2015

Some cities and states are being proactive about climate change’s effects. But others are not. How do you build resilient communities? This clip featuring Harvard Chan’s Jack Spengler is from from Climate Change: Health and Disease Threats, a collaboration of The Forum at the Harvard Chan School and The GroundTruth Project, on December 16, 2015.

Watch the entire series from The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health at www.ForumHSPH.org.

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Will New Climate Agreement Get Things Done? Highlight from Climate Change and Health


Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Published on Dec 17, 2015

An historic climate agreement was reached at COP21 in Paris. But what will it take to keep the momentum going? The GroundTruth Project’s Charlie Sennott and Harvard Chan’s Aaron Bernstein, who also is a hospitalist at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, discuss what’s at stake. This clip is from from Climate Change: Health and Disease Threats, a collaboration of The Forum at the Harvard Chan School and The GroundTruth Project, on December 16, 2015.

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