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Peoples Climate March

In Paris, the ISIS Bombings Backfired

Lyn Davis Lear | Posted 01.21.2016 | Impact
Lyn Davis Lear

In terms of COP21, the ISIS bombings backfired and there was a boomerang effect. The sympathetic eyes of the entire world were on Paris, which gave an enormous and unprecedented media boost to the climate conference and treaty talks.

We Need More Green-Collar Jobs

George Gresham | Posted 12.12.2015 | Green
George Gresham

We must also ensure that there are low-cost training and continuing education opportunities for workers to transition from the fossil fuel industry into good, green-collar union jobs. We need a just and fair transition so that working people, their families and communities are protected and supported as we move toward a clean energy economy.

Tech Companies: Listen Up, and Speak out on Climate Change

Vrinda Manglik | Posted 10.14.2015 | Green
Vrinda Manglik

Environmental degradation is a root cause of migration to California from Central America. And immigrant communities are not protected from socioeconomic vulnerability or the impacts of climate change in the U.S.

Ripple Effect: The People's Climate March One Year Later

Jamie Henn | Posted 09.21.2015 | Green
Jamie Henn

We're not organizing another march in New York City this year. Setting aside Star Wars and the Godfather, sequels are rarely better, and successful social movements rarely use the same tactic over and over again. Instead, we're mobilizing this year in Paris and around the world.

Climate Change -- Do We Really Mean Business?

Paul Polman | Posted 06.05.2016 | Business
Paul Polman

The burning of fossil fuels has not only changed the way we live and work, it has also changed our planet, so we must now change once again the way we do business. The cost of not doing so is too high -- if we go on as we are, we jeopardize national and global security and economic prosperity.

The Next Decade Will Decide What the World Looks Like for Thousands of Decades to Come

Bill McKibben | Posted 05.06.2016 | Green
Bill McKibben

The next decade is decisive because trajectory counts for so much; if we bend it now, we may slide the car to a halt with just the front tires hanging off the cliff. But if we sail on for a few more years, it's pretty clear we're fast and furiously going airborne -- that's what happens when, say, Arctic permafrost starts to melt in earnest, releasing clouds of methane.

Why the Planet Is Happy That Bernie Sanders Is Running for President

Bill McKibben | Posted 06.30.2015 | Green
Bill McKibben

He doesn't go on and on about the woods and the rivers -- he goes on and on about working class Vermonters who can't afford health care and heating oil. His issue is inequality and unfairness, and it has been from the start. And for those of us who do work mostly on the environment, that's just the kind of ally we need.

Winston Churchill: "He Who Controls Oil"

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 05.16.2015 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

Five months ago, the stars were looking aligned for this year's climate summit in Paris. The US and China, the world's largest carbon polluters, had just signed a historic action plan to curb their emissions.

Six Lessons Learned From the Front Lines of the Climate Fight

Frances Beinecke | Posted 02.17.2015 | Green
Frances Beinecke

As I prepare to retire from NRDC and hand the reins over to our incoming president Rhea Suh, I have been reflecting on how the climate movement can secure the solutions we need to protect future generations from harm. In my view, here are issues we need to keep in mind.

Local Activism Pays Off

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 02.17.2015 | New York
Marcia G. Yerman

The exciting news just announced that Governor Cuomo will ban fracking in New York State is proof positive that galvanizing the public about the health dangers inherent in the fracking process can move the needle and influence public leaders.

People's Climate March in Lima Unites Citizen Voices of the Americas

Keith Peterman | Posted 02.10.2015 | Green
Keith Peterman

Governments and their negotiators gathered in Lima for the UN climate conference (COP 20) must produce a meaningful agreement that will save our planet from the devastating effects of climate disruption.

The Climate Talks Find an Enemy at COP20: The Fossil Fuel Industry

Jamie Henn | Posted 02.10.2015 | Green
Jamie Henn

One theme is emerging loud and clear: if the world is serious about addressing the climate crisis, we must get off fossil fuels--completely. This is a new frame for the climate negotiations and it's revolutionary in its implications.

Super Pollutants to Face Bipartisan Battle in Congress

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

We already have many of the technologies needed to fight super pollutants. Given how harmful these super pollutants are on our environment, it only makes sense to use these existing technologies to reduce our emissions and slow climate change before it is too late.

Bhopal Anniversary: Redefining "Natural"

The Yes Men | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
The Yes Men

Emissions of a toxic sort, the quick-acting kind like at Bhopal, or the slow-acting kind the whole world is starting to reel from today: to stop them isn't a technical issue. It's a matter of redefining what we want natural to really mean.

A Line in the Tar Sands: Naomi Klein on the Climate

Dave Pruett | Posted 01.26.2015 | Green
Dave Pruett

I was to have been one of 400,000 protestors gathered for the People's Climate March in New York on Sept. 21. Alas, a knee injury sidelined me. As a consolation prize, a friend bought me Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. So wowed am I by Klein's singular accomplishment that I dedicate this post to an unsolicited review.

Post Election: The Good, The Bad and the Future

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 01.11.2015 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

The President has a vision of what he wants the world to look like for his daughters and their children -- and it isn't B-Roll from Interstellar. Oh, and just in case he falters, there are those at the grassroots level who will remain vigilant... because they don't want future generations to be living in a science fiction movie.

Interview with Bill McKibben: 'When the History of This Time Is Written'

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 01.10.2015 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

Having penned one of the first books about climate change some 25 years ago, McKibben presumed that "reason" would ultimately prevail. And, named by Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 thinkers of our time, he ought to have been right.

2014: Marching Forward

John Friedman | Posted 01.10.2015 | Business
John Friedman

For me the most important accomplishment of the peoples' climate marches around the world was the large number of business leaders (along with usual and predictable politicians and celebrities) who were out embracing the cause.

What the Midterms Mean for Keystone XL

Jamie Henn | Posted 01.04.2015 | Green
Jamie Henn

When it comes to the pipeline, these midterms have been rather like Macbeth's dour take on life, "a tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

After the Flood: Reflections on Climate and Corporate Control

Rachel Smolker | Posted 12.31.2014 | Green
Rachel Smolker

One had only to listen to the testimonies of peoples at the Climate Justice Summit and other events over the weekend to understand the extreme lengths that the profiteers are willing to go and why they must be targeted.

Found in the Flood

Michael Brune | Posted 12.28.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

Although we can't prevent more powerful storms, we are far from powerless. We still have time to take action to limit the climate disruption that makes storms more severe. But let's be clear: That time is limited.

Innovation Earth: The Next Green Tech Town

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 12.22.2014 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

More than 300,000 people may have marched in Manhattan last month for a worldwide climate call-to-arms, but evidently we can't even get it together at...

The Climate March: Beyond Asking Those Beholden to the Wrong People to Do the Right Thing, Part II

Michael Goldstein | Posted 12.13.2014 | Green
Michael Goldstein

Part II of II In Part I I asserted "two truths": that the People's Climate March was an amazing and valuable achievement, and that it was a powerf...

Let's Finish What We've Started

Cindy Shogan | Posted 12.10.2014 | Green
Cindy Shogan

The time has come to address climate change and one way to do this is to stop drilling in our special places.

Higher Learning

D. R. Tucker | Posted 12.07.2014 | Education
D. R. Tucker

Koch brainwashing is still continuing at too many universities across the United States, and UnKoch My Campus is pushing back against such perversity. They deserve support. The brutal billionaires who scorn science and disparage democracy don't.