Climate Justice is the issue that, while the poor have done the least to cause the climate crisis (because they burn only small amounts of fossil fuel), they suffer the most from climate impacts (because they are vulnerable and have few resources for adaptation). Intergenerational Equity is the issue of our descendants, who have done nothing to cause climate change, but who will suffer from the increasingly severe climate impacts that will occur if we do not act robustly on climate mitigation soon. Climate Justice and Intergenerational Equity are Climate Survival issues. People of faith and ethical leaders worldwide are standing up for Climate Change Action. Scientists are standing up against right-wing attacks on science.
The Interfaith Climate Change Statement to World Leaders (2016) outlines the positive support, by religious leaders and faith communities, of the adopted Paris Agreement. It also urges prompt signature and ratification of the Agreement by governments so that it can come into force as soon as possible. It also insists that there should be a significant increase in the current levels of ambition relating to emission reductions, financial flows, adaptation, loss and damage and a swift phase out of fossil fuel subsidies - so as to keep temperatures within reach of 1.5C.
The Statement renews the strong commitment of the faith community to remain active in defining the moral responsibility to care for the Earth, and it also encourages its own communities to reduce emissions and to divest and reinvest in renewables. There are Six Key Points:
Urge governments to rapidly sign, ratify and implement the Paris Agreement, and to increase pledges to reduce emissions in line with keeping the global temperature rise to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels;
Insist on rapid emissions reduction and peaking by 2020, in order to keep the 1.5C goal within reach;
Strongly advocate for greater flows of finance, especially for adaptation and loss and damage;
Urge the swift phase out of all fossil fuel subsidies and a transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050;
Encourage faith communities to reduce emissions in their homes, workplaces and centres of worship and to support and stand in solidarity with communities already impacted by climate change; and
Call for fossil fuel divestment and reinvestment in renewables and low carbon solutions, including within our own communities, and/or by engaging companies on climate change.
The Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), officially known as Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a set of seventeen aspirational "global Goals" [Wikipedia]. These are world wide goals, starting with "No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health..." Climate Action is #13, and is connected to all the other SDGs - there can be no long term solution to the other SDGs without robust action on climate.
Intergenerational equity in economic, psychological, and sociological contexts, is the concept or idea of fairness orjustice in relationships between children, youth, adults and seniors, particularly in terms of treatment and interactions. It has been studied in environmental and sociological settings. [Wikipedia]
For climate policy, intergenerational equity means action now to avoid impacting our descendants, who did nothing to cause the climate problems.
Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
EPA has this goal for all communities and persons across this nation. It will be achieved when everyone enjoys:
the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards, and
equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.
Federal agencies must consider environmental justice in their activities under NEPA... to determine whether low-income, minority or tribal populations are present and whether there may be disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects on these populations.
The provisions of Clean Air Act Section 309 require the Administrator of EPA to comment in writing upon the environmental impacts associated with certain proposed actions of other federal agencies, including actions subject to NEPA's EIS requirement. The comments must be made available to the public.
AAAS Statement Deplores Attacks on Climate Scientists 2011
The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia ULast Updated on 2017-01-29 10:05:32
The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
The Sabin Center develops legal techniques to fight climate change, trains students and lawyers in their use, and provides up-to-date resources on key topics in climate change law and regulation.
Here are the Sabin Center key activities in 2016
Here is the Climate Deregulation Tracker
Here is the extensive document of CLIMATE CHANGE LITIGATION IN THE U.S.
Clean Air Act
Clean Power Plan
Clean Water Act
Cap & Trade
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The Contrarians? Full article with referencesLast Updated on 2017-01-16 08:14:16
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?
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Standing Rock Victory against PipelineLast Updated on 2016-12-05 10:47:05Standing Rock Dakota Access Pipeline - Headline
Army will not grant easement for Dakota Access Pipeline crossing
The Department of the Army will not approve an easement that would allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, the Army's Assistant Secretary for Civil Works announced today.
Jo-Ellen Darcy said she based her decision on a need to explore alternate routes for the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing. Her office had announced on November 14, 2016 that it was delaying the decision on the easement to allow for discussions with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose reservation lies 0.5 miles south of the proposed crossing. Tribal officials have expressed repeated concerns over the risk that a pipeline rupture or spill could pose to its water supply and treaty rights.
Source: U. S. Army
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What's the picture? Children in this photograph from a Nigerian orphanage show symptoms of malnutrition, with four illustrating the gray-blond hair symptomatic of kwashiorkor.
If a serious program of climate mitigation is not followed, rampant global warming and climate change will occur with likely severe drops in crop yields, including in the U.S. Food shortages worldwide will become far... More »
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