Policy and Advocacy
More than 190 countries will gather at the UN Climate Change Conference this December 7-18 in Copenhagen to determine the environmental fate of our planet (see the Guardian's ongoing coverage for baseline facts). With less than 40 days remaining before the Copenhagen conference, a new effort -- Hopenhagen -- seeks to unite citizens across the world in political action.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced $3.4 billion in grants to help build a "smart" electric grid.
"At this moment, there's something big happening in America, when it comes to creating a clean-energy economy," President Obama said. “But getting there will take a few more days like this one, and more projects like this one."
On Saturday, people in 181 countries came together for the most widespread day of environmental action in the planet's history. At over 5,200 events around the world, people gathered to call for strong action and bold leadership on the climate crisis.
The global water crisis is affecting everyone all over the world in a major way. And it's about time it was brought to the mainstream attention of the world. Water seems like such an easy accessible, everyday resource – that people do not realize it is a luxury for millions around the world.
Twenty three percent. That's the percentage of global energy consumed by U.S. citizens, which only has 5% of the world's population (source: World Resource Institute). If the rest of the world consumed as Americans do, it would take 5.4 earths to meet our resource needs (source: Global Footprint Network). Better hope those moon and Mars programs get funding!
In all seriousness, we as Americans have become incredible consumers of the world's resources.
Blog Action Day 2009 on October 15 revolves around climate change. While many people may be concerned about the environment, they may need ideas to write about. So we figured a little Blog Action Day sharing was in order to get folks prepped for their posts.
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U.S. Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act on Capitol Hill today.
The legislation, which aims to cut carbon pollution and stimulate the economy by creating millions of jobs in the clean energy sector, is the Senate's version of the American Clean Energy and Security Act passed by the House of Representatives in June.
The Boxer-Kerry "Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act," is 821 pages, starting with a mandate by 2020 to curb the nation's greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent from 2005 levels. Many of the details will be left to negotiations with Democrats and Republican moderates on the senate floor.
It's Autumn in Washington, D.C. and following a UN Climate Summit, the G20, and Climate Week, key U.S. energy legislation could be introduced in the Senate as early as Wednesday of this week.
Sens. John Kerry (D-MA) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) plan to introduce a version of the energy and climate change bill into the Senate that will look very similar to the legislation passed by the House of Representatives in June.
Will the U.S. approve new energy and climate legislation in advance of the December conference of the United Nations Climate Change Committee in Copenhagen?
Jessica Biel has just announced that she will be joining Isabel Lucas and Lupe Fiasco in scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro this January to help raise awareness for clean water with Summit on the Summit. They have all signed on to climb Africa’s highest peak – Mt. Kilimanjaro, at more than 19,000 feet – to raise awareness about the need for clean water worldwide.