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We have a moral, ethical, and survival imperative to learn about climate change / global warming, and to act appropriately and decisively. This imperative derives from people living today and all those who will follow us. We must not have future generations say, of us: "They refused to learn" or "they knew but did not act."

What's the Climate Problem? What can We Do?

Global warming, the upward climate change trend of average global temperatures notably since 1975 exists, is due to us humans, and in the absence of substantial action will increase. Climate change / global warming impacts are seen now, and will be increasingly harmful to lives, peace, and justice, worldwide - if we do not act sufficiently. Without action there will be no safe haven, not even for the U.S. The preservation of a livable world for all, justice (the poor and vulnerable will get hit hardest), and intergenerational equity (our grandchildren will suffer) are at stake. Lasting solutions to issues of great concern, from food to water to immigration to women's rights to national security to species extinctions all require climate action, because climate is interconnected with all these issues.

It is not too late to mitigate global warming/climate change. The worst climate impacts can be avoided if we act now, responsibly and vigorously. It is cheaper and more humane to act now, relieving fellow citizens of the earth now and our descendants later by reducing destructive climate impacts. There are many positive opportunities. We can move into a new era transitioning to non-fossil energies, stimulating economies and creating jobs with better technology, reducing harmful climate impacts due to burning fossil fuels. Some adaptation will also be necessary. The framework being increasingly adopted is Climate Risk Management. Success means implementing a portfolio of actions. There is no silver bullet. 

Many people of conscience are indeed standing up for climate action.

Unfortunately, "contrarians/deniers/faux-skeptics" are attacking climate science and climate risk management, and spreading disinformation with the goal of stopping climate action. Denier pseudo-science fallacies are loudly broadcast by right-wing media, using earlier tobacco industry tactics to sow doubt. Many climate science deniers and climate risk deniers are funded by libertarian political groups and by fossil fuel interests afraid of losing wealth due to stranded carbon assets. Climate scientists are courageously fighting back and responsible climate risk management advocates are speaking out. 

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CLIMATE CHANGE AND PRES. OBAMA'S ACTION PLAN

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Pope Francis's Encyclical Laudato Si in English: HERE

See Sections 23-26 in Chapter 1: Climate as a Common Good.

VIDEO Vatican Encyclical Presentation (in Italian and English)

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NGO-CSD Paper for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference

NGOCSD Climate Change Paper Paris 2015

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 NEGOTIATING TEXT FOR CLIMATE AGREEMENT IN PARIS, DECEMBER 2015

Geneva UNFCCC Climate Negotiating Text 12022015

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 ASK PHILANTHROPISTS: Climate Breakthrough Now!

Association for the Tree of Life

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MORAL MARCH FOR CLIMATE ACTION SEPTEMBER 20, WASH. DC 

Moral March on Climate Activities-save the Date-september 20th-24th 2015.v.3

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CLIMATE CHANGE RISK MANAGEMENT - VIDEOS

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CLIMATE REPORTS

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CLIMATE INTERVIEWS

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How about if we SING FOR THE CLIMATE

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SCIENCE CORNER: CO2 NOW HIGHEST IN 800,000 YEARS

None of our ancestors had to live with this

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Contrarian Corner: What about a Price on Climate Denial?

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CLIMATE PORTAL: VISION, MISSION, HISTORY, FUTURE

The VISION of the Climate Portal is a world with mitigated climate change viable for us and future generations. The MISSION is to provide motivation for climate action.

HISTORY: This site is now the Climate Portal. The Climate Portal started in 2009 as the UU-UNO Climate Portal to bring you soup-to-nuts climate information and updates, with professional presentation of material from reliable sources. Thanks to Trunity for providing the software platform and thanks to our readers for continuing to check out climate information and issues.

FUTURE: On or before 12/1/15 the Climate Portal will have the new URL climateportal.org

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