Daily Archives: April 24, 2019

16-Year-Old Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Meets U.K. Lawmakers

Apr 24, 2019

And in Britain, 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg called out U.K. lawmakers Tuesday for failing to act in time to avert catastrophic climate change. Thunberg was speaking to a group of MPs from Britain’s House of Commons; Prime Minister Theresa May was invited but declined to attend.

Greta Thunberg: “Now we probably don’t even have a future anymore, because that future was sold so that a small number of people could make unimaginable amounts of money. And it was stolen from us every time you said that the sky was the limit and that you only live once.”

Greta Thunberg’s appearance at the House of Commons came as climate activists with Extinction Rebellion continued a nonviolent civil disobedience campaign. This is Zuhura Plummer, a climate activist who locked herself to a truck at London’s Marble Arch landmark, with one hand bound inside a tube labeled “Greta.”

Zuhura Plummer: “Our tube is called Greta. And this is the very truck that she spoke from yesterday. And I’m doing this because I believe I have literally no other choice. I have worked on climate change for 15 years, and it felt urgent 15 years ago, my first job. And I will sit here until I am arrested, because I don’t think we have any other way of making our point. And I see myself in the long line of amazing, amazing people who have gone before us, from the suffragettes to Gandhi to the civil rights movement, and many, many, many other people around the world who are putting their bodies and their minds and their hearts on the line.”

London police have arrested over 1,000 people since Extinction Rebellion protests broke out in mid-April.

Melting Arctic Permafrost Set to Cost the World $70 Trillion

Apr 24, 2019

In climate news, an alarming new report published in the journal Nature Communications finds that without immediate action to curb greenhouse gas emissions, melting Arctic permafrost could add as much as $70 trillion to the overall economic impact of climate change. Meanwhile, a draft United Nations report obtained by Agence France-Presse Tuesday reveals up to 1 million species are at imminent risk of extinction due to human behavior. The report, which is set to be released on May 6, warns the accelerating loss of clean air, drinkable water and biodiversity poses a threat no less severe than climate change.

Floods and Mudslides Kill At Least 33 in South Africa

Apr 24, 2019

In South Africa, at least 33 people are dead in the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal after floods and mudslides crushed homes around the city of Durban. Some parts of South Africa have received over nine inches of rain since Monday—more than three times the average monthly total for all of April.

Watchdog Launches Ethics Probe into Top Interior Department Officials

Apr 24, 2019

The Interior Department’s watchdog has launched a major ethics investigation into six top officials, including former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and the agency’s current head, David Bernhardt. The probe by Interior’s inspector general follows an ethics complaint filed in February alleging the officials routinely disregarded rules requiring they recuse themselves from official meetings with former employers or lobbying clients. Secretary Bernhardt is a former oil lobbyist who’s been accused of making at least 15 policy decisions that directly benefited former clients since he joined the agency in 2017. His predecessor, Ryan Zinke, resigned in December as he faced at least 17 federal investigations into his suspected ethics violations and corruption, including a criminal probe into whether he lied to Interior Department investigators.

Help Wanted: More climate storytellers » Yale Climate Connections

Jeff Biggers performs Climate Narrative Project ‘Ecopolis’ show with Dave Hart jazz band at Harker School, San Jose, CA. (Photo credit: Harker School)

Dramatic, funny, and original storytelling can astonish us, challenge us, and push us to think anew about addressing climate challenges.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

About five years ago, a prominent author and activist writing extensively about environmental and climate issues had launched a creative multimedia climate storytelling project. His efforts emphasized citizen action on climate issues through creative writing, film, theatre, dance, radio, and the visual arts.

Yale Climate Connections profiled the efforts of author and long-time activist Jeff Biggers in launching the Climate Narrative in Iowa City, the nation’s first UNESCO City of Literature. At that time writer in residence at the University of Iowa office of sustainability, Biggers set out to train a new generation of “climate storytellers.”

Biggers since then has taken his Climate Narrative Project and “Ecopolis” theatre shows across the country, from Appalachia to Silicon Valley. He works with students, teachers, community groups, and urban planners to invest more in the media arts as a way of galvanizing action and advancing sustainable solutions.

YCC: More and more authoritative public opinion surveys are finding Americans increasingly expressing substantial concern about climate change and its impacts. Have you seen a shift in attitudes, especially among young people, over the last years of your work?

Biggers: I think there has been a watershed shift in interest. Now, we need to follow up with creative ways for action.

As you know, the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication* released a survey in 2018 finding that most Americans recognize climate change, but few actually discuss it in the course of their regular routines.

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16-year-old Greta Thurnberg talks to MPs about climate ptrotests

Daily Mail

Published on Apr 23, 2019

Britain’s most high-profile politicians rushed back from their holidays today to be photographed alongside a 16-year-old environmental activist who took the House of Commons by storm (pictured main). MPs including John Bercow, Jeremy Corbyn and Ed Miliband welcomed Greta Thunberg to Parliament, where she made a speech about climate change and got a rapturous round of applause. Miss Thunberg is the schoolgirl whose refusal to go to school because of global warming led to children around the world skipping classes in protest. She came to Britain on Sunday and spoke to protesters camping out in Marble Arch and causing chaos to London’s transport networks. Today, she met political leaders at Westminster, including Mr Corbyn (inset left), John Bercow (inset right) and Green Party MP Caroline Lucas at Parliament.

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Indigenous Issues Forum – Press Conference (22 April 2019)

United Nations

Published on Apr 24, 2019

Press conference on the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, with speakers including Ms. Anne Nuorgam, Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues; Dr. Cristiana Pasca-Palmer, UN Assistant Secretary General/Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity, and Henrietta Marrie, Associate Professor, Office of Indigenous Engagement, CQUniversity Cairns, Australia.

Moderator: Nanette Braun, Chief, Communications Campaigns Service, UN Department of Global Communications