The VISION of the UU-UNO Climate Change Initiative is a world with mitigated climate change viable for us and future generations. The MISSION is to provide motivation for climate action. The GOALS and ACTIVITIES of the mission to achieve the vision are in the Overview and Strategic Plan below. The Climate Change Initiative is carried out by the Climate Change Task Force with advice from its Climate Advisory Group. The Climate Portal you are reading is the main vehicle for communication.
The UU-UNO acts in conjunction with organizations at the UN, in particular, the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development, CoNGO NY. This committee produced the document "Climate Change: A Discussion Paper" which was hand-delivered to leaders at the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Conference, presented at the Klimaforum, and supported by over 100 NGOs. The statement was updated for the subsequent Cancun, Durban, Doha, and Warsaw Climate Conferences and distributed.
A major part of the Climate Initiative has been the construction of this UU-UNO Climate Portal, with extensive information on a wide range of climate topics collected from reliable sources.
The UU-UNO has a goal to get climate "back on the front page" with the specific goal of UUs implementing the UUA 2006 Statement of Conscience: "Threat of Global Warming/Climate Change". The UU-UNO participates in collaborative efforts with other UU environmental groups. Members of the UU-UNO Climate Initiative give climate talks at UU congregations and at UU-UNO climate program events. The UU-UNO has made suggestions for unified action on climate change by UUs.
The UU-UNO Climate Change Task Force carrying out the UU-UNO Climate Initiative is comprised of former UU-UNO Board members Dr. Jan Dash (Chair), Pamela V'Combe, Kent Price (former Board VP), Larry Danos, and Steve Wade in addition to UU-UNO Director Bruce Knotts. The wider UU-UNO Climate Advisory Group or CAG also includes Prof. Tony Broccoli (Rutgers University, our scientific advisor) and Dr. Paul Dash (our climate/health advisor), Guy Quinlan, Doug Stewart, Joel DeWitt, Natalie Shuttleworth, Rev. Earl Koteen, and Mark Swirsky. Our Youth Co-ordinator is Ryan Dash.
The UU-UNO has a program for climate interns who are adjunct members of the CAG. Our current intern is Caroline Achstatter. Previous interns included Maria Dahlmann, Molly Perchlik and Andrea Parente.
Access to nutritious food is a human right. However, there is a serious discrepancy in the world between access and availability of food. In addition, climate change is endangering food security and has many negative implications for agricultural production due to increased environmental stress including drought, heat, and shifts in water availability, with areas currently suffering from food insecurity most at risk. Extreme events are already more frequent and severe and will continue to increase.
Join us in an interactive discussion with our expert panelists on what we can do to reduce amount of required production of food globally, meet food production needs of a growing and changing population, and minimize the effect of food production on climate in order to ensure the livelihood of us and future generations.
This event highlighted climate change and small island states:
Another climate event organized by UU-UNO Climate Intern Maria Dahlmann was part of her NYU/UU-UNO "climate think tank" project. Speakers were:
Jeffrey Waheed, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Maldives to the UN
Esperanza Garcia, MS Candidate, Earth Institute, Columbia U.
Dr. Jan Dash, UU-UNO Climate Initiative Chair (talk below)
John Cook, author of the effective anti-climate-misinformation website SkepticalScience.com has won the 2011 Eureka Prize for advancement of Climate...
Climate Action Team BlogLast Updated on 2013-11-10 13:12:33
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From Doug Stewart, UU-UNO Climate Advisory Group, here is a great outline on advice for CATs to be successful:
Climate Action Team skills Doug Stewart .pdf
The Contrarians? Full article with referencesLast Updated on 2013-11-09 08:52:31
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?
The Tobacco Analogy
What do contrarians misunderstand about climate Risk Management?
What are some Disturbing Elements regarding contrarians?
What about the IPCC?
What about the hacked Emails and "Climategate"?
What did Kerry Emanuel say about "Climategate"?
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Skeptical Science's John Cook wins AwardLast Updated on 2011-09-11 00:00:00
John Cook, author of the effective anti-climate-misinformation website SkepticalScience.com has won the 2011 Eureka Prize for advancement of Climate Change Knowledge
Mission of the SkepticalScience website
Books written by John Cook
The iPhone app and Twitter
The One-Liner responses to climate misinformation
Text of the Award
The Eureka Prizes, presented annually since 1990 by the Australian Museum, have been described as Australia’s “Oscars of Science”. The prizes recognise and reward excellence in the fields of scientific research & innovation, science leadership, school science and science journalism & communication.
The site explains it's mission:
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