On May 9th, 2013 teams from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography simultaneously recorded the single day’s CO2 average at 400.03 ppm. The world has established this to be significant not only because the ice sheets in Greenland, the West Antarctic and the Arctic will further melt but because of how fast we are reaching these levels.
Fossil Fuel Divestment has been the phrase on everyone's lips, sweeping across the nation these past few months.
Our campaign is focused on taking our money out of the dirty fossil fuel industry, thereby removing their social licence to operate. Students across the country are demanding that their universities’ administrations take action to mititgate the social and political impacts of their investments in climate change.
Our movement is forcing universities to take unprecedented action. But there's still something missing.
On April 22, 1970 The United States of America celebrated its first Earth Day. Today Earth Day has expanded to Earth week and sometimes Earth Month or even Earth YEAR! If you live in the Washington, DC Metro area there are a number of upcoming events and community service opportunities in celebration of our dearly beloved Pachamama. Check out the list below:
When signs aren't allowed, demonstrations need permits, and your legislators aren't hearing what you have to say, sometimes the only thing you can do is dance. And that's what dozens of students did in Richmond today, as they stormed the State Capitol with a flash mob.
Every year, the Virginia General Assembly convenes in January to debate and vote on a multitude of issues, ranging from transportation to social issues. But this year, students came together to make sure that their issue was put first and their message clear: We want real steps toward wind and solar, and we want it now.
On Thursday, January 10th, over a dozen students took a trip to the General Assembly in Richmond to sit in on the first meeting of the Commerce & Labor committee. They bore large, bright green stickers asking their representatives to "Fix the RPS: Wind & Solar!"
Like many, I like many breathed a sigh of relief and at the end of Election Day when the results were in, and finally relaxed after a tense night. It was a good outcome from the elections. What scares me though is knowing how many people will be happy with the outcome and become complacent, then complain in 4 years when the progress they wanted did not happen. The last thing we need to do is become complacent and do nothing. Just because the politicians we favor won means the maximum potential for change will occur.
I launched RexxonMobil.com to hold fossil fuel executive Rex Tillerson accountable for his actions in an entertaining and sharable way that drives attention to the serious issue of global climate disruption. This summer, Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson said "we can adapt," to global climate disruption, so I think he should telecommute from places being ravaged by drought, wildfires and floods.
I traveled up and down the Gulf Coast this summer visiting my family in Louisiana. I have seen the impacts of extreme weather fueled by climate change and fossil fuels. Mr. Tillerson and his colleagues in the fossil fuel industry have no regard for the damage their companies are causing.
Fossil fuel interests (Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS, the Koch brothers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) are planning to spend a whopping $1 billion to swing the 2012 elections. Now is more important than ever to show that ordinary people support clean energy standards like the one in Michigan. On the ballot this fall, there's a chance to increase Michigan's clean energy standard to 25% clean energy by 2025.