Paris

  • 07.14.17

    Tribes Commit to Uphold Paris Climate Agreement

    Though Indigenous communities have a small carbon footprint, they are often the most severely impacted by climate change. In the wake of President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, many Indigenous leaders publicly committed to uphold the accord in the West, where many tribal communities and reser...

    Though Indigenous communities have a small carbon footprint, they are often the most severely impacted by climate change. In the wake of President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, many Indigenous leaders publicly committed to uphold the accord in the West, where many tribal communities and reservations are on the frontlines of climate change, tribal leaders are determined to move forward on climate action as sovereign nations despite budget cuts, climate denial, and inaction.

  • 06.01.17

    So What Exactly Is the Paris Climate Accord?

    Recently, the Paris Climate Agreement as been in the news but what is the agreement and why does it matter? This article from NPR outlines some of the key goals included in the Paris Climate Agreement: 2 Degrees: "Holding the increase in global average temperature to well below 2 degrees C above pre-industrial lev...Read More

  • 04.20.17

    How Much Can This Planet Stand?

    In this article Bill McKibben talks about the potentially disastrous effects of a policy approach to carbon emissions that ignores the science of climate change. "What I mean is, we have only a short window to deal with the climate crisis or else we forever lose the chance to thwart truly catastrophic heating." M...

    In this article Bill McKibben talks about the potentially disastrous effects of a policy approach to carbon emissions that ignores the science of climate change.

    "What I mean is, we have only a short window to deal with the climate crisis or else we forever lose the chance to thwart truly catastrophic heating."

    McKibben states that many of the aspects of President Trump's approach to energy policy will have longer term effects: "The effects will be felt not immediately but over decades and centuries and millenniums. More ice will melt, and that will cut the planet’s reflectivity, amplifying the warming; more permafrost will thaw, and that will push more methane into the atmosphere, trapping yet more heat. The species that go extinct as a result of the warming won’t mostly die in the next four years, but they will die. The nations that will be submerged won’t sink beneath the waves on his watch, but they will sink. No president will be able to claw back this time — crucial time, since we’re right now breaking the back of the climate system."

  • 04.30.16

    Disobedience

    This 350.org video describes the political situation around climate change and how the Paris Agreement was not enough, specifically because it is not a legally binding contract. It calls on individuals and communities to step into this issue and fight to limit climate change where politics have fallen short. It u...

    This 350.org video describes the political situation around climate change and how the Paris Agreement was not enough, specifically because it is not a legally binding contract. 

    It calls on individuals and communities to step into this issue and fight to limit climate change where politics have fallen short. It uses  examples of communities that stood together and stood up to corporate interests to demonstrate that through organization, civil disobedience, and making others aware of the situation, strides can be made.

    These communities include an area in the Philippines where they were able to oust a dictatorship that had many dirty and harmful energy projects. A community in Canada that stopped a Shell project, a community in Turkey that was successful at preventing the construction of a plant, and a movement in Germany that stopped lignite machines in protest of the destruction of a town that produced 100% of its energy from renewables simply because it sat on fossil fuel deposits. 

    The video encourages the viewers to make their voices heard because it is important to grab public attention on this issue to galvanize support. 

    It ends with the call to action: “The limits of the impossible are meant to be moved. How many people are active and engaged on this issue? All we have is a choice whether to be one of those people”

  • 04.27.16

    New Politics For Clean Energy

    The Paris climate agreement was a large step for the world, but implementation of that agreement is going to be much more difficult. The U.S. government, and governments across the world will need "a new approach to an issue that is highly complex, long term, and global in scale." This sort of fast paced, wholist...

    The Paris climate agreement was a large step for the world, but implementation of that agreement is going to be much more difficult. 

    The U.S. government, and governments across the world will need "a new approach to an issue that is highly complex, long term, and global in scale." This sort of fast paced, wholistic transformation in industry is unprecedented.

    Sachs believes that "politics as usual" will not be sufficient to meet the need for this aggressive shift to reduce carbon emissions and that policies that look beyond the short-term political environment are needed to enact the necessary changes. Therefore, Sachs suggests removing the control of day to day planning and implementation of climate change regulation from "short term electoral politics" and creating "politically independent energy agencies with high technical experience."