The World Economic Forum Global Risks 2013 Report says (p17): "The logic of risk management prescribes that countries should invest today to safeguard critical infrastructure and centres of economic activity against future climate-related losses that could be of much greater magnitude."
This topic emphasizes WHAT YOU CAN DO to help from many sources.
The most authoritative and complete reference is the new IPCC 2014 Mitigation Report, a compendium of mitigation research, which has an excellent readable summary.
Affirming that we are of this earth and that humankind has brought about global warming/climate change, we, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, pledge to ground our missions and ministries in reverence for this earth and responsibility to it as we undertake these personal practices, congregational actions, and advocacy goals.
Reduce our use of energy and our consumption of manufactured goods that become waste;
Use alternative sources of energy to reduce global warming/climate change and to encourage the development of such sources;
Choose the most energy-efficient transportation means that meet our needs and abilities (e.g., walk, bike, carpool, use mass transit and communication technologies, and limit travel);
Determine our personal energy consumption and pledge to reduce our use of energy and carbon emissions by at least 20 percent by 2010 or sooner and into the future;
Reuse, recycle, and reduce waste;
Plant and preserve trees and native plants and choose sustainably harvested wood and wood products;
Eat and serve energy-efficient food that is locally produced and low on the food chain;
Use financial resources to encourage corporate social responsibility with reference to global warming/climate change;
Model these practices by committing to a life of simplicity and Earth stewardship;
Consume less, choose appliances that are rated energy-efficient (e.g., by the EPA Energy Star Program), and choose products and materials that are made from renewable resources and can be recycled at the end of their usefulness; and
Commit to continue to learn about the science, impact, and mitigation of global warming/climate change and communicate this knowledge by teaching about and discussing the problems and dangers of, and actions to address, climate change.
Full compliance with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, with the understanding that because human activity is affecting global climate change, it follows that the greater our total population the greater the impact;
Ratification of and compliance with the Kyoto Protocol;
Funding for research and development of renewable energy resources and energy-efficient technologies that includes a shift of federal subsidies from fossil fuel industries to renewable energy technologies and improved energy efficiency;
Funding of regional, national, and international programs to assist in mitigating the effects of global warming/climate change;
Safe and responsible development of power sources with low greenhouse gas emissions;
Policies and practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase forestation and other forms of carbon dioxide sequestration;
Funding for development of energy-efficient mass transit and encouragement of its widespread use;
Global warming/climate change impact studies (including physical, social, and economic effects) to be conducted by local and regional governments, with the findings to be incorporated into local government processes;
Urban and regional planning designed to reduce energy consumption;
Access to family planning services in the United States and around the world;
Significantly strengthened Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency (CAFE) standards for automobiles and light trucks;
National greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets of 10 percent below current levels by 2015, 20 percent by 2020, and 60 percent by 2030;
United States policy that takes a leadership role in future global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the negative impacts of global warming/climate change;
Monitor, propose, and support legislation at the local and state level related to global warming/climate change and opportunities to reduce emissions; and
Provide information on legislative advocacy opportunities to members of the congregation.
Given our human capacity to reflect and act upon our own lives as well as the condition of the world, we accept with humility and determination our responsibility to remedy and mitigate global warming/climate change through innovation, cooperation, and self-discipline. We undertake this work for the preservation of life on Earth.
The next time you buy a car, choose one that is highly fuel efficient. Your choice of vehicle is probably your single most important environmental decision: for every single gallon of gasoline burned, 20 pounds of carbon dioxide go into the atmosphere.
Instead of driving alone in your car, join a carpool, take mass transit, walk, or ride a bike -- anything that reduces the amount of gasoline you burn.
The next time you buy an appliance, purchase a highly efficient model. You can tell by looking for the Energy Star, awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Ask your local electric or gas utility to perform an energy audit of your house or apartment. Then put the recommendations into practice.
Develop a plan to reduce daily electricity use around your home. Ask each member of your household to take responsibility for a different electricity-saving action.
The United States needs to play a leadership role in addressing global warming, and you can help make this happen.
Write to your local newspaper about the significance of the global warming threat and the need for U.S. leadership.
Monitor your newspaper's coverage of this issue and write in response to any stories or letters that dismiss global warming.
Write or call President Obama to let him know that you expect him to be an international leader on this issue.
Contact your congressional representative and senators to encourage them to support actions to address the root causes of global warming: the emission of heat-trapping gases.
Ask your governors, state legislators, and public utility regulators to promote energy efficiency, nonpolluting transportation alternatives, and the development of clean, renewable sources of energy -- like solar and wind power.
Tell government officials that you want them to push industry to protect the future health of the environment by reducing carbon emissions.
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Stark Introduces Carbon Tax Bill to Reduce Emissions, Deficit
CBO Says Carbon Tax is Most Economically Efficient Way to Cut Carbon Emissions
WASHINGTON October 24, 2011 -...
The Contrarians? Full article with referencesLast Updated on 2014-06-15 07:53:39
AKA climate science deniers or climate "faux" skeptics spread disinformation about climate and try to prevent responsible climate risk management. Information for this rather comprehensive article is drawn from the many sources and links in the text.
Who are the contrarians?
What is the contrarian Agenda?
What do contrarians Say about global warming? [The "Four Fallacy Trenches"]
What about Real Scientific Skepticism and contrarians?
What are some Contrarian Tactics and Fallacies?
What about "fringe" contrarian ideas?
Aren't there some contrarians with credentials who disproved mainstream climate science?
ANSWER = NO
The Tobacco Analogy
What do contrarians misunderstand about climate Risk Management?
or WHY CONTRARIANS ARE CLIMATE RISK... More »
National UU Action Needed to Defend the EPALast Updated on 2014-04-27 05:24:31The attached statement, "National UU Action Needed to Defend the EPA", developed by the UU-UNO Climate Change Task Force and Climate Advisory Group, is below. It is critical that we support the Environmental Protection Agency in their actions to counter global warming / climate change risks. To send a message supporting the EPA to your Representatives and Senators, CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION.
EPA UU Alert Final click above link if streaming error occurs
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The Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia ULast Updated on 2014-04-27 05:19:55
The Center for Climate Change Law (CCCL)
The CCCL at Columbia Law School develops new legal techniques to fight climate change and trains people in their use. It does so in conjunction with the renowned scientists of Columbia University, and in close cooperation with the governmental and nongovernmental organizations that are grappling with the legal and policy issues raised by climate change.
Here is the CCCL blog.
HERE is the link to an extensive document detailing CLIMATE CHANGE LITIGATION IN THE U.S.
Climate Regulation Tracking Service
"Coal-Fired Powerplants Dominate Climate Change Litigation"
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From Columbia Law School’s Center for Climate Change Law:
Climate Blog items
Carbon Capture and Storage (Sequestration)Last Updated on 2014-04-26 18:04:44
Carbon capture and storage (sequestration) or CCS
Background on CCS
Will We Really Need Carbon Sequestration? Yes. Why?
BUT there is a Big Caveat - we can't use CCS as an excuse not to mitigate directly
What does Jim Hansen say?
More Information for point carbon capture and storage
Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR; Non-point capture)
Agriculture and Forestry Sequestration
What about Hemp for sequestration?
What about Biochar for sequestration?
Genetically engineered Bacteria and CCS
And What About China's Use of Coal without sequestration?
Other Examples of Carbon Sequestration
Videos on CCS and coal plants
References for Carbon Sequestration
Background on CCS
Carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and sequestration (CCS) is a set of technologies... More »
Carbon Tax Bill introduced by Rep. StarkLast Updated on 2014-04-11 21:04:00Stark Introduces Carbon Tax Bill to Reduce Emissions, Deficit
CBO Says Carbon Tax is Most Economically Efficient Way to Cut Carbon Emissions
WASHINGTON October 24, 2011 - Congressman Stark (D-CA) announced the introduction of the Save Our Climate Act, H.R. 3242. This legislation would levy a carbon tax on fossil fuels in order to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, spur development of alternative energy, protect consumers from rising energy costs, mitigate climate change, and reduce our deficit.
The Carbon Tax Center estimates that over 10 years, the Save our Climate Act would raise more than $2.6 trillion in revenue and reduce carbon emissions by 25 percent. Over several decades, the legislation will reduce the United States' carbon emissions to 80 percent below the country's emissions levels in 1990, which is the level scientists say must be achieved to stabilize our... More »
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