People's Climate March on the 21st and now what?

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People's Climate March on the 21st and now what?

Post by arkmundi » Aug 19 2014 6:28pm

Sunday September 21st
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Post by arkmundi » Aug 20 2014 12:00pm

Here's a portion of the letter today to the UN:
Juwang Zhu
Chief, Small Island Developing States, Oceans and Climate Branch
Division for Sustainable Development
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs

We seek significant recognition of Light Electric Vehicles, including electric bikes, as a sustainable transportation pathway, especially for the poorer regions of the planet and for those likely to be most affected by ongoing climate change.

I seek some initial dialog & clarification of our potential role in the process. I will be traveling from central New England to New York by eBike in solidarity.
Juwang Zhu heads up the Transportation Action Area for the Climate Summit. He's a member of the United Nations from Samoa, an small state and island, having special status in these UN proceedings.

The grand vision is a caravan of eBikers and plain ol' bikers converging from various directions into New York and meeting up for the People's March on September 21st. The minuscule vision is I'm going it alone and meeting up with nobody in particular. Either way, its going to be fun! :mrgreen:



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Great write up.... http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/2 ... -Your-Bees
Atmosphere <==> Biosphere
Owls, hawks, warblers, waders- check the maps- range changes are all the rage. They are rampant. All birds, of course, follow the food supply. If insects are available for food longer in the year; if small mammals are taking longer to go to ground to hibernate, if the harshness of winters are trending towards moderation, birds move into new territories. They reproduce, because the climate allows that, and because the environment provides energy, through food.

Who knew that one of the foremost authorities on the impact of climate change would end up being Roger Tory filling the back of his field guides.

Unconvinced? Let me tell you about the bees. They are having a helluva time with climate change as well. Warmer seasons may be disconnecting the bees from the very flowers they pollinate- the bees are emerging earlier in spring these days, before the flowers are ready for their duet. If this is happening, and there are indications it has begun, the outcome is predictable. The bees will starve, and fail to reproduce, and the flowers, when they emerge, lack their natural pollinators. And if that flower happens to be on a peach tree or an apple tree, it won't only be the bees going to bed without dinner.

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Post by arkmundi » Aug 31 2014 5:25pm

http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/219040.pdf
John Kerry wrote:The IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report is another wakeup call. It marshals unassailable evidence of the perils of inaction: Summertime Arctic sea ice volume has shrunk by 70 percent since 1978, 12 of the hottest 13 years on record have occurred since 2000, and the oceans are 30 percent more acidic than they were a century ago. Bottom line: Climate change is real, it's happening now, and human beings are the cause.

In the face of these risks and these warnings, it is time for all of us to do what the science tells us we must, to do what our faiths require of us, and to do what our fragile planet demands of us: It's time to take strong action to combat a truly life-and-death challenge.

Today, people all over the world are demanding action on climate change, and those of us in positions of authority globally have a responsibility to lead the way toward progress. The United States is committed to doing its part.

That's why I am pleased to present this 2014 Climate Action Report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This report contains our nation's communication - a quadrennial report detailing actions the United States is taking at home and internationally to mitigate, adapt to, and assist others in addressing climate change as part of our commitments under the UNFCCC.

....Since 2005, our emissions have fallen 6.5 percent, even as our economy continues to grow... President Obama's Climate Action Plan will keep the United States on track to reach our goal of reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in the range of 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020.... today we must be the indispensable stewards of our shared planet.
I'm no apologist and remain mostly skeptical of such national statistics, but appreciate that we have a Secretary of State in office at this time, and from our great home state of Massachusetts. I take credit for helping nudge Kerry in the right direction during his tenure as our Senator, and now feel the herculean effort and countless hours as citizen lobbyist are worth it!

The 2014 Climate Action Report link.

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I'll be riding my eBike this Sunday in NYC for the ...
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Livestream on Democracy Now with Amy Goodman starting at 10:30am-est
http://www.democracynow.org/live/peoples_climate_march

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Is Lord Monckton going to be there?
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wineboyrider wrote:Is Lord Monckton going to be there?
No comment. :(

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Re: People's Climate March on the 21st and now what?

Post by Fastest1 » Nov 28 2014 8:46pm

Save the oxygen and stay home.

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Post by arkmundi » Jan 01 2015 1:53pm

First the President and now the Pope! It almost give me a sense of hope that we're turning it around for real!
Pope Francis Calls for Action on Climate Change & Capitalism on a Planet "Exploited by Human Greed"
AMY GOODMAN: Well, for more on Pope Francis, we go to Oxford, England, where we’re joined by his biographer, Austen Ivereigh, a British commentator, writer, co-founder of Catholic Voices. He’s the author of a new biography called The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope.

Austen Ivereigh, welcome to Democracy Now! Let’s begin with this encyclical that he’s putting out on climate change. How rare and how important is this?

AUSTEN IVEREIGH: Well, first of all, it’s an encyclical, which is the highest form of papal teaching. What that means is it’s a letter that’s sent to the bishops and clergy and indirectly to all the Catholics of the world. And it’s saying this is authoritative church teaching, this needs to be taken very seriously by Catholics. So that, in itself, is a major event.

The fact that it’s also on ecology, on climate change, is also deeply significant, because there has never been a major document on this subject from the church. So, there is a lot of anticipation about it. He’s about to go to Sri Lanka and the Philippines. That’s in mid-January. And then he’ll be issuing this encyclical, we think, in March or possibly April. And it’s going to take a position on the science of climate change. So, this is a case of the church, as it were, wading into a scientific matter and taking a position. As I understand, the document will take a position in favor, if you like, of the scientific consensus that climate change is real.

And then the document will also link the deforestation, the destruction of the natural environment, to the particular economic model of which Pope Francis has been a very stern critic ever since he became pope, and indeed beforehand, a system which creates too much inequality, which regards the unemployed and the elderly as, as it were, to be dispensed with, as leftovers, as he calls them—so, in other words, an economic system which is dysfunctional in its impact on the world’s population. But he’ll also show that excessive consumerism and indeed the pattern of that global economic model is—as it were, the price is being paid by the environment. So it’s going to be a clarion call, as I understand it, for the church to work for changing the system which produces deforestation and climate devastation.

It will also be laying out the basis for the Catholic Church’s thinking on this, prior to what I understand will be a meeting with other world religious leaders and, indeed, civic leaders. In other words, Pope Francis wants to build a global consensus to force—to bring about—help to bring about action later this year, prior to that very important summit, U.N. summit, in Paris on climate change. So it’s about building the momentum to bring about real, effective change in this area...

... So he’s identifying himself with a figure who is really the icon, in the Catholic tradition, of poverty, of humility, of identification with the poor, but also of course a man who was famous for his love of creation, his love of the natural world, where he saw mankind—as it were, man fits into, human beings fit into God’s creation, and God’s creation is much more than just us. We are stewards of the planet. We have been entrusted with the responsibility for the planet, and we must not damage it. We must care for it. We must embrace it. We must support it. So, absolutely, by taking the name of Francis of Assisi, he was signaling from the very beginning that he was going to be doing this. And I understand that this ecology encyclical has been under preparation almost ever since, really, he was elected..

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Re: People's Climate March on the 21st and now what?

Post by neptronix » Jan 01 2015 3:48pm

Fastest1 wrote:Save the oxygen and stay home.
Sad but true. How many more decades will people beg the world's leaders to force citizens and companies to do the right thing?

It is up to us to make the change. We are the consumers of gasoline, natural gas, coal, etc. We enjoy all these comforts and high quality of life as a result.

If you do not have an alternative in mind, you are asking people to give up a lot of comforts that modern living provides.

The answer is the alternative.
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Post by arkmundi » Jan 01 2015 5:09pm

neptronix wrote:It is up to us to make the change. We are the consumers of gasoline, natural gas, coal, etc. We enjoy all these comforts and high quality of life as a result.

If you do not have an alternative in mind, you are asking people to give up a lot of comforts that modern living provides.

The answer is the alternative.
Well yes & no. Its up to government to force companies to pay the true cost of what they do. Its called externalization, the placing of the burden of cost elsewhere than on the company itself. Its how they profit in a capitalist world. In this case, carbon pollution, the greenhouse gases. If consumers were forced to pay for that cost, because the companies were forced to internalize the true cost, then there would be a mass shift from coal-fired generation of electricity, the fracking of natural gas and the entire edifice of fossil-fuel dependency, including the murderous ICE'rs that populate OUR (citizen paid-for) roadways.

But yea, its up to EVERYONE to do their part. That includes becoming as close to net-zero carbon as possible AND forcing our politicians to place the burden of cost on the companies that pollute. I'm net-zero, actually negative, because I have more carbon sinks in my portfolio than the vast majority of people.

To get there, I applaud Pope Francis and the religious leadership adding in a much more serious ethical dimension. there are more than a billion Roman Catholics around the world - that's 1/7 of the world population. I can't even imagine what the potential ramifications are of what the Pope is attempting. This is really huge. I'm going to be on hand in my local Catholic Church when the Priests pass out the encyclical to their parishioners. More, I'm going to offer my services to help the Parish achieve net-zero, collectively.

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Post by neptronix » Jan 01 2015 6:07pm

You can't have your cake and eat it too. Higher costs to a company get passed onto the consumer because the company is always trying to make the same profit margin. ( especially right now, where oil profits are razor thin due to a glut ). If you have ever owned a company or worked closely with one, you'd know that this is how their behavior goes.

Who would win in that situation? government. Who would lose? you and me. As usual.

Another easy solution would be for government to stop subsidizing oil by taxing you and then handing the cash to big oil, and another form of subsidization is simply turning the other way when a company has a major spill or explosion, and then put the taxpayer on the hook for the bill.

But they have done exactly the opposite of what you want for decades. The easier solution is a voluntary cut in consumption, no?
I mean, you can beg the government to force you to cut your consumption or just do it voluntarily yourself.

People will only do it voluntarily if there is an alternative though, because they don't want to give up their goodies. I think that voluntary bit will happen more and more as things such as solar panels and electric cars continue to fall in price while simultaneously improving technologically :)
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Post by arkmundi » Jan 01 2015 6:34pm

I'm all for stopping the corporate welfare, the subsidy system. The way it works is really humongous companies, like Exxon-Mobil make tons of money, which they use in part to keep a small army of lobbyists in Washington, that bribe and coerce politicians for the set of tax breaks, subsidies, corporate benefits and anti-environmental law-making in place, so that they can continue to rake in more tons of monies, and so forth. The corruption is now so entrenched, its going to take a major shake-up. The Pope and world religious leadership creating a mandate, the instilling of a new ecological ethics into the body politic, huge numbers of people protesting the corporate atrocities, and a revolt, of pulling away from the use of fossil-fuels. And no, it does not take some odious sacrifice. My life is in fact far more enjoyable now after having made the Great Transition. Less of it all means less cost, so more leisure, used doing things I really enjoy doing.

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