Geoff Livingston's blog
The UN Climate Change Conference ended with a controversial deal and an unfunded commitment by wealthy countries to provide monies for developing countries that engage in green developments. The accord offered some progress. Yet critics have good cause to be angered. Nothing that the world's biggest carbon producing offenders -- the United States and China -- agreed to offers substantive change in their own actions.
The UN Copenhagen Conference to negotiate a new global environment treaty began today. And my mind wanders north and east across the entirety of the Atlantic Ocean. I imagine these political types gathering, making great statements and pronouncing real hope. However, as CNN reported this weekend, the gathering is unlikely to yield a new world pact.
While every person in attendance at Copenhagen will surely admit the severe nature of the environmental crisis, who will be empowered to act? Politically speaking, economic prosperity and “defense” still outweigh eco-initiatives in most every country. Individually, we must continue to put pressure on our governments to cause movement.
The Environmental Defense Fund launched its 10,000 Reasons Facebook Campaign to combat climate change. As the world's attention turns to the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference this December 7-18, EDF is collecting 10,000 or more reasons to support strong climate action from U.S. and world leaders. The reasons will be sent to key members of Congress and the White House.
This is an easy way for anyone to add their voice and make a difference in global movement to cut global warming pollution and unleash our clean energy future. People simply need to share their reason on the Discussion board of the EDF fan page.
While in Europe, I had the opportunity to catch up with Brother Phap Thanh (Bernard), the monastic in charge of the Deer Park Monastery solar project, which attracted significant attention in the San Diego region. Deer Park Monastery is part of the Plum Village Tradition of Bhuddhism run by Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh.
The Go Solar! project was an intentional effort to engage the problem of global warming. The photovoltaic solar panel system was permanently installed in 2008, and now the Monastery is completely run off of solar power.
In one of the most far reaching consequences of China's rapid economic acceleration and its somewhat related occupation of Tibet, the world's largest non-polar glacier reserve is endangered. Dubbed the Third Pole or the Roof of the World, this beautiful and remote resource is greatly endangered.
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.
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.
The following 10 resources are my favorites, please add yours, too!
With more than 600 photos submitted, the contributors to the #lovetheclimate Flickr Group have done more than send statements to their senators. They’ve created a beautiful permanent testimony to the awesome beauty of Mother Nature, reminding us of what we are seeking to protect. The group slideshow cannot help but leave you stunned by Mother Nature’s beauty.