MITIGATION means acting to counteract the negative impacts of the global warming trend of climate change. Mitigation has a cost, but not mitigating climate change has a bigger cost. Think of mitigation as insurance within a risk management context. For example, house insurance costs something, but insurance payments are much less onerous than rebuilding your house if it burns down. For climate it is now clear that "Business as Usual" without mitigation will lead to disastrous impacts.
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 section emphasizes WHAT YOU CAN DO to help.
To learn, the most complete reference is the IPCC 2007 Mitigation Report, a compendium of mitigation research, which has an excellent readable summary. In 2014 the next version of this report will appear.
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.
CB Nex is a platform designed to connect people and organisations to climate change and biodiversity resources, projects and activities.
The CB Nex mission is to harness and catalyse the power of collective action, through state-of-the-art web 2.0 technologies and social networking, to successfully fight against the effects of climate change and biodiversity loss worldwide. We believe that with global co-operation, open innovation and effective knowledge transfer, climate change can be successfully addressed.
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Department of Defense Acknowledges Risks of Climate ChangeLast Updated on 2014-03-07 05:44:41IS CLIMATE CHANGE A NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT?
THE U.S. MILITARY AND MILITARY EXPERTS SAY YES!
2014 Quadrennial Defense Review
Video on the military aspects of climate change - Watch it!
The Waxman-Whitehouse letter on National security and climate change
Climate Risks Relevant to Speech by John Kerry (by Climate Nexus)
2010 Quadrennial Defense Review
2014 QUADRENNIAL DEFENSE REVIEW
Full text is HERE. Quotes from the review are below:
"The impacts of climate change may increase the frequency, scale, and complexity of future missions, including defense support to civil authorities, while at the same time undermining the capacity of our domestic installations to support training activities."
"Climate change poses another significant challenge for the United States and the world at large. As greenhouse gas emissions increase, sea... More »
Warsaw Blog for 2013 Climate ConferenceLast Updated on 2014-02-24 05:32:08This blog accompanies the coverage of the Warsaw 2013 UNFCCC Climate Conference.
Dr. Jan Dash commentary on Warsaw for the NGO Committee for Sustainable Development
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On-the-spot commentary by Elena Rahona, Program Manager of Mount Sinai Global Health, NY.
Warsaw Blog Elena Rahona
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Presentation by Dr. Jan Dash on background for the Warsaw Climate Conference, given at the November meeting of the UN-NGO Committee on Sustainable Development (CSD, CoNGO), NY.
HERE is the video.
Warsaw CSD Presentation (November 2013) DASH
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"Bottom Line from Warsaw" (CLICK HERE)
An interview of two climate scientists who are calling for what some may view as a shocking solution to the climate crisis: a rethinking of the economic order in the United States and other industrialized nations. Their names are... More »
The Contrarians? Full article with referencesLast Updated on 2014-02-19 06:25:25
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? No.
The Tobacco Analogy
What do contrarians misunderstand about climate Risk Management?
What are some Disturbing Elements regarding contrarians?
What about... More »
Quick one-liner rebuttals to contrarian claimsLast Updated on 2014-02-15 19:58:49
Here is a list of quick one-line rebuttals to over 100 fallacious claims by contrarians/skeptics on the popular Skeptical Science website. They rebuttals are not intended to be complete, but simply to enable the respondent to "bat the ball back over the net" in an informal encounter with someone quoting a contrarian claim. As described HERE, most of these one-liners were written by Dr. Jan Dash, Chair of the UU-UNO Climate Initiative, with some editing by John Cook, author of Skeptical Science. Details on the science at Skeptical Science are obtained by clicking on the one-line responses.
In THIS document of some historical interest (online HERE), the first line in a response labeled JWD is the one-liner summarizing the science by Jan Dash. The next lines labeled JC are the summary responses by John Cook, which he... More »
Global Warming has NOT stoppedLast Updated on 2014-02-03 10:33:46GLOBAL WARMING HAS NOT STOPPED!
The fallacy "global warming has stopped" starts with a cherry-picked unusually high surface atmosphere temperature point in 1998 that resulted from a huge "El Niño", which basically transferred a lot of heat out of the ocean to the atmosphere. Following 1998, La Niña dominated, which transferred heat from the atmosphere into the ocean (and lately into the deep ocean). Looking only at the atmosphere and neglecting the heat transfer in and out of the ocean leads to the fallacy. The total warming of the planet (ocean + atmosphere) has been trending upwards. If the El Niño/La Niña noise is subtracted out, or if the Arctic region is included, the global warming trend in the surface atmosphere is clear (as shown below). The scientific consensus is that with careful analysis there has been no pause in global... More »
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