Tonight the Santa Fe City Council passed a resolution respectfully requesting that President Obama deny the permit application by TransCanada to construct the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The resolution introduced on October 30, 2013 by Mayor David Coss and co-sponsored by Councilors Chris Calvert, Patti Bushee, Peter Ives, and Mayor pro tem Rebecca Wurzburger went to a vote this evening and passed. The Santa Fe City Council strongly supports public expression of resistance to approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline, up to and including peaceful, nonviolent and dignified expressions of civil disobedience. “Climate change is happening, we see it with drought and forest fires,” said Mayor David Coss. “Santa Fe needs to be part of the solution and not part of the problem on climate change.”
The following were the words spoken by Reverend Billy (in the video above) that might have gotten him up to a year in jail time, if we do not act. We are in the midst of a mass extinction at this time. I ask you to think of your own children. I am the father of a three year old and I’m worried about the kind of world that my daughter will inherit. Please protect life, protect the earth. Take your money out of J.P. Morgan Chase or work inside the bank to change the values system of this bank. It is the largest bank in the United States by assets, but it is also the top bank in the world for financing industrial projects which poison the atmosphere with co2 emissions. Who caused Hurricane Sandy? Chase bank did, if anybody did. Rise up against the corporations that are poisoning the atmosphere. It’s up to you and to me, only we can do it.
Hang on. Get Ready. Those are at least two of the takeaways from a new report released by scientists in the National Academy of Sciences on Tuesday which says the sudden impacts of climate change this century and beyond are inevitable but warn that far too little has been done to prepare for them. “If you think about gradual change, you can see where the road is and where you’re going. With abrupt changes and effects, the road suddenly drops out from under you.” –Prof. Tony Barnosky The report, Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change, looks at the issue of abrupt changes in climate, weather patterns, and the impacts that can occur in a matter of years or decades, not the lengthier scenarios that climate scientists sometimes focus on.
Q: Can you explain to the readers what the protests in Pungesti are about and why it is important to Romania and the World in general? Brianna: They are against fracking. First of all, no one was consulted regarding fracking operations being done in their area. And in the Pungesti area only, it seems Chevron leased or bought about 24.000 acres. Now correct information about the dangers of Hidraulic Fracking is well known, and yet our government just singlehandedly deceided to welcome Chevron (and a few others, including Russian Gazprom) with open arms. Against people’s will. To the rest of Romania it’s a signal that together we can fight back, and make our opinion be heard. We CAN fight the system, and we are ! Today 70 percent of Romania’s territory is being “okayed” for fracking. Are they insane? To the rest of the world : look, we are a small East European country. Communist dictatorship until 1989. Corrupt governments since. And yet we do rise, and persevere !
Natural disasters, a warming climate, and human activities are rapidly altering the face of our planet. NASA’s Images of Change app lets you take a close-up view of many of these changes in an exciting and hands-on format. The app presents a curated collection of the best image pairs from NASA’s Global Climate Change website. These image pairs show areas that have been subject to natural disasters or seen significant change over time. Compare Alaska’s Muir Glacier in 1941 to the glacier as it looked in 2004. In this article the images change so you can see them before and after climate change impacted them. The differences are pretty dramatic. If seeing is believing this should help make some deniers into believers. You may want to share this link with people in your circle who still doubt that climate change is not occurring.
Stratfor warning to industry: Letting the movement grow unopposed may bring about “the most significant environmental campaign of the decade.” “This worst-case scenario is exactly what has happened,” partly because opposition to tar sands development has expanded beyond nonprofit groups to include individual activists concerned about climate change, said Mark Floegel, a senior investigator for Greenpeace. “The more people in America see Superstorm Sandys or tornadoes in Chicago, the more they are waking up and joining the fight.” For many, the leaked presentation provided proof that their work was having an impact, boosting their confidence to keep protesting. “Knowing that groups like Stratfor are targeting us, surveying us, and also analyzing us shows how powerful these movements have become,” said Parkin of the Rainforest Action Network and Rising Tide North America. “Obviously this wasn’t meant for public consumption, but this doesn’t intimidate us. If anything, it emboldens us. It encourages us to push harder.”
“You might be interested to know the TPP looks terrible for environmental protection too, due to a proposed mechanism called ‘investor-state arbitration’. Basically this’d allow investors to sue countries for passing legislation detrimental to the financial interests of those investors. Yep, think environmental protections, workers’ rights laws and any other kind of public protection that might reduce a profit margin. The international climate change group 350.org is starting a new campaign against the TPP on these grounds; there’s a petition and links to further information at the link. The more fronts we expose and fight this thing on the better: the TPP will reduce the power of civil society in all kinds of ways and we shouldn’t let it happen.
The paper obtained ALEC’s 2013 Annual Meeting Policy Report, which revealed that ALEC — dubbed a “corporate bill mill” for the statehouses by the Center for Media and Democracy — plans more attacks on clean energy laws, an onslaught of regulations pertaining to hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and waging war against Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) greenhouse gas regulations. “Over the coming year, [ALEC] will promote legislation with goals ranging from penalising individual homeowners and weakening state clean energy regulations, to blocking the Environmental Protection Agency, which is Barack Obama’s main channel for climate action,” explained The Guardian. “Details of ALEC’s strategy to block clean energy development at every stage, from the individual rooftop to the White House, are revealed as the group gathers for its policy summit in Washington this week.”
As Idle No More organizers prepare for a Dec 8th #INM1yr Webinar and a Dec 10th action in Ottawa against the FNEA, Indigenous land defenders are standing strong from Elsipogtog, to Barriere Lake, to Lubicon Lake. Read and watch these powerful messages and updates from Land Defenders, and keep a look-out for the launch of an Idle No More CrowdFunding Campaign and a series of actions throughout December. Hear from 3 members of Elsipogtog First Nation and read about the efforts to protect Barriere Lake, the lockdown on Line #9, the blockade in the Lubicon Nation and more.
Filipino women activists took off their formal wear on Wednesday (Manila time), revealing shirts with anti-World Trade Organization (WTO) slogans to express opposition to international agreements being forged at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center in Indonesia. The flashmob was led by Jean Enriquez, National Coordinator of the World March of Women (WMW). Enriquez came to Bali from a series of relief missions in Central Philippines that was flattened by typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan). “The [Philippine] government could not even coordinate its disaster response, it ought to focus on the recovery of our country instead of committing further to WTO,” she said. In the middle of the song, the women leaders took off their formal wear and revealed shirts with slogans “Climate Justice Now! End WTO.”
A group of UChicago students affiliated with the UChicago Climate Action Network (UCAN) and the Southside Solidarity Network (SSN) attended a public hearing last Tuesday as a part of a citywide campaign to block a set of proposed fracking regulations for the state of Illinois. The state senate passed a bill in June allowing fracking companies to drill in Illinois for the first time. After the bill was passed, Governor Pat Quinn and some large environmental nonprofits, like the Sierra Club, outlined a bill to regulate fracking. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) was charged with drafting the actual bill and filling in the details, which still needs to be approved by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR), part of the Illinois State Senate.
On Monday up to 300 riot police were in Pungesti, 340 km (210 miles) northeast of capital Bucharest, blocking a road and barring residents from the Chevron site, a spokeswoman told local television stations. Villagers have been taking turns guarding the site since October, sleeping in tents. They oppose the project and say they do not want what they say are the environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking – the process of injecting water and chemicals at high pressure into shale formations to release the gas. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that Romania could potentially recover 51 trillion cubic feet of shale gas, which would cover domestic demand for more than a century.
The Lubicon Lake Nation people have been driven to enforce their Law against PENN WEST PETROLEUM LTD. (TSX: PWT); (NYSE: PWE) today on an oil lease site located in their Territory by peacefully occupying a nearby access road. The oil and gas giant. Penn West has indicated they intend to drill and use hydraulic fracturing at the location. The site is at the headwaters of a nearby lake, bordered by the traditional Lubicon community of Kinosew Sakahikan referred to provincially as Haig Lake. Long-time Chief Bernard Ominayak said this evening: We have never signed treaty, ceded our land, nor sold it to anybody. It’s high time that all resource companies operating on Lubicon Lake Nation lands, including Penn West, as well as the Provincial and Canadian governments respect that and stop destroying Lubicon land and stealing Lubicon resources.
December 10 is the Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Here is an update from the United Workers Free Your Voice human rights committee: The United Worker’s Free Your Voice human rights committee has been working to stop the nation’s largest trash burning incinerator from being built less than a mile from their school and an elementary. Last year, a group of students at Benjamin Franklin High School, who are members of the United Workers human rights committee, learned about a plan to build the nations’ largest trash burning incinerator less than a mile from their school. The students were alarmed and decided to take on the issue as the focus of their group.