Daily Archives: December 20, 2019

UN climate summit ends in failure | China Dialogue


Joydeep Gupta 16.12.2019

The Madrid summit reached no consensus on carbon markets, paying for climate-related loss and damage or long-term finance for developing countries

Climate change hit the world with unprecedented ferocity in 2019 – through heat waves, storms, floods, droughts, wildfires and avalanches. At the end of the same year, all progress under the UN system on dealing with climate change was halted by governments that insisted on business as usual.

Earlier this year, climate activist Greta Thunberg had told governments “We’re watching you.” Towards the end of the plenary session of the annual UN climate summit, an indigenous rights activist from New Zealand demanded that governments “get out of the way” of climate action.

It was an inglorious end to a summit that had started with the hashtag “time for action” but failed to see any, despite closed door negotiations that delayed the final plenary session by 40 hours – another dubious record.

This 25th summit of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP25) had five major objectives: restarting the international carbon market; finding money to deal with the loss and damage being caused by climate change now; making a roadmap for long-term finance from developed to developing countries; holding developed countries to account for climate actions they are supposed to have taken before the Paris Agreement comes into force; and to integrate gender, human rights and indigenous rights components into all climate actions.

In the first four it failed totally. It did manage to approve a gender action plan but could not agree on human rights overall and the rights of indigenous peoples in particular.

COP25 had been shifted from Santiago to Madrid due to the unrest in Chile, but Carolina Schmidt, Chile’s environment minister, remained its president. Towards the end of the plenary session, even she was expressing her “deep disappointment”. Not since 2009 in Copenhagen has a UN climate summit ended in such failure.

What does it mean?

The 2015 Paris Agreement to control carbon emissions and adapt to climate impacts will come into force as scheduled on January 1, 2020. But it will be hobbled by lack of money. Pledges by most developing countries to the agreement depend on money from industrialised countries, which has not been arranged.

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11 Pro Impeachment Activists Arrested at Sen. Mitch McConnell’s Office

The Real News Network

Dec 20, 2019

Members of several organizing communities confronted Republican leaders in Washington, D.C. Director/Video Editor: Bababtunde Ogunfolaju Audio Engineer: Adam Coley Field Producer: Dwayne Gladden

The energy of New Year’s Eve

ExxonMobil   Dec 20, 2019

To celebrate another year of energy innovation, take a look at the iconic and high-energy celebration at Times Square.

Pipeline Construction


Dec 17, 2019

At ExxonMobil Pipeline Company, we focus on safety and quality at every step in the construction process – from manufacturing, transport, assembly and burial of pipe, to restoration of the right-of-way surface – and that commitment continues for the life of the pipeline.

AFA President Sara Nelson Message to PA AFL-CIO Convention 2018


May 9, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says It’s About The “Future Of Fossil Fuel Workers.” | All In | MSNBC

Mar 29, 2019

AOC and Chris Hayes talk about the political feasibility of the Green New Deal.

Sara Nelson and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talk GND

Tschäff Reisberg

Mar 30, 2019

AFA International President Sara Nelson and Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez discuss the Green New Deal on Chris Hayes town hall on MSNBC

AFA President Sara Nelson Testifies Before Congress on Shutdown Impact to Aviation


Feb 22, 2019

AFA International President Sara Nelson testifies before the House Transportation Aviation Subcommittee on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. The hearing was titled “Putting U.S. Aviation at Risk: The Impact of the Shutdown.”

Sara Nelson speaks at Chicago DSA

Midwest Socialist

May 14, 2019
The Keynote Address at the 61st Annual Eugene Debs – Lucy Gonzalez Parsons – A. Philip Randolph Dinner was given by Sara Nelson, International President of the AFA-CWA and “rising star of the labor movement” (New York Times).

Sara Nelson took office as the International President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO on June 1, 2014, and she is currently serving her second four-year term.

Sara became a United Airlines Flight Attendant in 1996 and has been a union activist since nearly the beginning of her career, including serving as strike chair and leading communications for nearly 10 years at AFA’s United chapter. Sara is passionate about AFA’s mis- sion to achieve fair compensation, job security, and improved quality of life for aviation’s first responders as well as a safe, healthy and secure cabin for passengers and crew alike. She believes Flight Attendants can play a pivotal role in strengthening the Labor Movement with more public contact than almost any other job and access to every corner of the earth.

Sara led AFA’s efforts to achieve eighteen legislative victories inthe FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, including achieving a two hour increase in minimum legal rest for Flight Attendants and other e orts to combat fatigue on the job. Before that, she led the 90-day campaign to reverse national security policy to keep knives and other weapons on planes. She also crafted the campaign for “100,00 Eyes in the Skies,” which successfully resulted in mandatory training for Flight Attendants to recognize and report human trafficking.

Sara has served as a leading voice on issues facing women in the workplace and across the country, encouraging women everywhere to “Join Unions, Run Unions.” Sara highlighted aviation safety and security risks during the longest government shutdown in U.S. history and called for a General Strike. In February, the New York Times called her “America’s Most Powerful Flight Attendant.”

Sara grew up in Corvallis, Oregon and earned a bachelor’s degree from Principia College with majors in English and Education. She resides in the DC area with her husband, David Borer and son Jack.

Recorded May 11, 2019

How a history of sexism in the airline industry echoes today

PBS NewsHour

Feb 11, 2018

Sara Nelson began her 22-year career as a United Airlines flight attendant before climbing the ranks as a union representative for the Association of Flight Attendants to her current role as president. She spoke to the NewsHour Weekend’s Megan Thompson about sexism in the airline industry.