What Works for Climate Action: Churches Divest, and More!

WHAT WORKS

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New UN Report Outlines ‘Pathways’ to Cut CO2 Emissions of Major Emitters reports Brian Kahn at Climate Central. Switching from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy and upping energy efficiency runs through all the various national plans, and assumes solar and wind power coupled with storage will be able to feed the grid even when production is low.

This global roadmap aims to keep warming below 2 degrees C (3.6 F) and points out that reducing emissions and economic growth can occur together.

While technologically feasible, the plan’s real hurdle is electing the political leadership needed to act on it. Think about it the next time you and your friends vote…. you do vote, don’t you?

Good Ideas:

OO China Makes New Electric Cars Tax-Free

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OO India: PM Modi Accelerates India Solar Revolution, Doubles Tax On Coal

OO Equity Firm Restores Louisiana Marshland, Earning Green Credits To Sell Even as Louisiana waits for restoration funding from BP and the federal government.

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Group Representing Half A Billion Christians Divests from Fossil Fuelsreports Emily Atkin at Climate Progress, and urged its members to do the same. The World Council of Churches represents 345 churches, including the Church of England.

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The announcement was welcomed as a “major victory” by climate campaigners; studies indicate that this divestment campaign is progressing faster than previous divestment campaigns, including tobacco and apartheid. This follows other religious groups who are divesting from fossil fuels.

OO Parents Blast Climate Denial In Schools: ‘You Have To Teach Real Science’

OO Call Climate Change What It Is: Violence – social unrest and famine, superstorms and droughts. Places, species and human beings – none will be spared. Welcome to Occupy Earth.

OO Green Groups Protest Transatlantic Trade Deal – as bad for addressing climate change.

OO DC Protest Rally Calls for a Halt of Fracked Gas Exports

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OO Outrage Sparked As Lego Collaborates to Greenwash Shell Oil – which is planning to drill in the Arctic; Greenpeace is fighting back, with a satire of the recent Lego movie.

OO French Foreign Minister Launches Attack Against Fossil Fuels

OO Incoming EU President Juncker Says He Opposes Fracking

Good Incentives:

OO Singapore Outlines Plans To Fine Foreign Air Polluters

OO Finland: Making Car Ownership Pointless

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here. This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is this year!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.

For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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