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Very soon the Trump Administration will propose large budget cuts to the EPA, NASA and NOAA including cutting climate science and climate action. This threatens our grandchildren. Please call your representative/senator (links for phone #s on climate.uu-uno.org) to support these agency climate action and climate science programs. We only have a short time to stop Trump from shooting the climate science messenger and shutting down federal climate action. Please post widely.
This is the annual paper from the NGOCSD-NY, entitled "Climate Change: Summary and Recommendations to Governments, 2016". The main point is: Start vigorous implementation of the Paris COP21 Climate Agreement at the Marrakech COP22 meeting. Read the paper on the Marrakech blog on the Climate Portal here:
Climate Action is necessary for the achievement of Social Justice long-term. The Sustainable Development Goals are the incarnation of social justice, and Climate Action is Goal #13. Here is the presentation I gave for the October 2016 Climate Action Teams/C2R Meeting: "The Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement ".
I am far more interested Climate Change(CC) action than Climate Justice(CJ) action. Yes, CJ is good, but CC action can greatly lessen the cause and scope for CJ. We have failed to take urgent CC action now for several decades which makes CJ useful, but again it is CC that must be addressed and controlled now or CJ action will be less than effective. If humanity wishes to survive as a species, we must take a serious view for united action against those forces of government, corporations, capitalism, denialists, etc. The greatest injustice is that our planet is being self-destroyed by our insular lives of extreme separation beliefs and behaviors. All of humanity is in need of CJ, and the solution to that is to get moving on CC action. We have received nature's Gift of Life and Earth's stewardship of vast life-forms and material endowments for which we have grand moral responsibilities to protect and preserve for present and future generations. We need a new perspective such as developing a form of Planetary Patriotism vs national patriotism at this time. We are one with nature and not separate from nature which latter view has forced cultures and nations into unsustainable hate and waring factions. We need Planetary Justice(PJ) wherein rests all our unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. We need to get support for a strong measure of allegiance for the collective power of being conscious of the oneness of a Planetary mind. Our greatest injustice is to our collective selves in failing to, in gratitude, addressing our moral responsibilities for the protection and preservation of Nature's Gifts and resource endowments. My suggestion is for Planetary Justice to lead the way for Justice to reign supreme in all areas of concern. If we can save the planet, much of climate justice will disappear. Paul Taylor
At its April meeting, the Board of Trustees of the UU Fellowship of Corvallis, Oregon, made two important decisions that please me very much as chair of our Climate Justice Committee. First, the Board approved a revolving loan fund policy that will allow members to give money to the Fellowship to be loaned to local nonprofits doing work that conforms to our UU values, in this immediate case, Seeds for the Sol, a local nonprofit that helps homeowners install solar power at their residences. Loans will be repaid through the homeowners' tax credits for solar installation and loaned out again and again. I'll add the draft policy to "Files." Second, the Board approved an amendment to our investment policy that will allow our investment committee to invest a portion of our endowment locally, in Seeds for the Sol, for example, or other local businesses or nonprofits, with conformance to our UU values a slightly higher priority than financial gain. We've worked on these two items for months, and I am very pleased with our success! Susan Christie Chair, Climate Justice Committee UU Fellowship of Corvallis, Oregon
The Climate Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis has prepared a booklet of readings and activities for Climate Justice Month. We are happy to share it with other congregations. Follow this link: http://uucorvallis.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/CJM_Booklet_2016_final.pdf
Host a screening in your community of the eye opening documentary that's changing perspective! http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/ https://www.tugg.com/titles/cowspiracy
masterfully crafted by UUCWI's Dave Caufman and Larry Daloz of the Whidbey Institute; featuring the music of Chopin, Satie, Peter Mayer's "Blue Boat Home" and following Mary Oliver's "The Poet with His hands in His Face" la bella voce of a Hermit thrush. As we enter this age of consequences we confront our grief but must not let despair hold sway. Active Hope as Joanna Macy says is independent of the projected outcome. "There are no passengers on spaceship Earth. We are all crew." said Marshall McLuan We must all shoulder our respective responsibilities with love as our guide
Here is the presentation I gave at the NGOCSD meeting in NY on COP21: http://climate.uu-uno.org/topics/view/5650b4dc0cf2c2f3bc830ffd/#TALK
Agreement!!! Notes taken live on the Paris Agreement by various countries are on the Climate Portal here: http://climate.uu-uno.org/topics/view/5650b4dc0cf2c2f3bc830ffd/#AGREEMENT NOW THE HARD WORK BEGINS to implement the agreement. The climate deniers will attack.
The (long) history of how the UUA/UU-UNO obtained accreditation for having observers to COP21 is on the Climate Portal: http://climate.uu-uno.org/topics/view/5650b4dc0cf2c2f3bc830ffd/#history . Jan
Go to http://climate.uu-uno.org/topics/view/5650b4dc0cf2c2f3bc830ffd/#agree-announcement to read my notes on the live broadcast for the Climate Agreement Announcement on 12/12/15 at noon Paris time, 6am NJ time.
Examination of how nations have and should consider equity and justice in setting INDCs. This event will examine how nations have and should set INDCs on the basis of justice, the role of contrarian obstruction, and recommend a mechanism needed to assure that nations set INDCs on the basis of their fair share of safe global emissions. Peter Adriance, U.S. Baha'i Office of Public Affairs, Peggy Clarke, UU Association, Dr. Jan Dash, Association, Donald Brown, PERC, John Dernbach, Widener Law School, Hugh Brakey, Griffith University, Prue Taylor, Univ of Auckland, Peter Burdon, Univ of Adelaide, Maria Silvia Muylaert, Brazil
Unitarian Universalists have been established at COP21 as responsible, caring, serious climate activists. Rev. Peggy Clarke and Jan Dash participated in a side event panel today (ethical aspects of INDC commitments). UUs attended two State Department hearings. UUs discussed climate change with leaders of other faiths. UUs attended many side events and identified ourselves as UUs. We also networked with many people. At COP21, there were many events by the world poor on the dangers of climate change and their special vulnerability. This is the connection of climate justice with the most vulnerable to climate change. Climate change cuts across all issues of social justice with which UUs are generally concerned. It was good that UU observers were able to attend COP21 under the aegis of the UUA, thanks to the active participation of UU-UNO climate interns under Director Bruce Knotts, to whom we offer thanks. In 2009 at Copenhagen, we attended without official designation as UUs. We wish the UUs coming in the second week an enlightening and inspiring experience. We thank the UU climate activists back home. What we need to do is to replace the "road to Paris" with the "superhighway from Paris" to implement the Paris agreement on climate that will be established at the end of next week. Our work is has only begun. Lynn and Jan Dash
Africa is already suffering from the worst effects of climate change. People are displaced by flooding now, for example. Effects of extreme effects now combine with longer term impacts through warmer temperatures and changes in water that can lead to changes in infectious diseases, shifts in malaria regions and malnutrition. The photo on the left is from Niger, Africa Pavillon COP21. Lynn
We UU observers participated in an off-the-record meeting with other religious organizations at the State Dept. office on Loss and Damage today. Many talks and networking, meeting people. We UUs are making our presence felt here. We are learning a lot to bring back home to fellow UUs.
Lynn and I are here and got our credentials at the COP21 registration desk. People of many faiths who have been working on climate for years will be at the Conference, among the estimated 40,000 participants. We and others will be blogging here and also on the Climate Portal: http://climate.uu-uno.org/topics/view/5650b4dc0cf2c2f3bc830ffd/ plus blogging on the UUs in Paris Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/uusinparis/ . Rev. Peggy Clarke and Jan will be on a panel side event on Sat. Dec. 5 called "Examination of how nations have and should consider equity and justice in setting INDCs" An INDC is the commitment made by a country for emissions reductions/control. We are looking forward to seeing other UUs. Here is a photo Lynn took at the site:
Paris Conference, November 30 to December 12
1. What is the Paris Conference on climate change? It is a Conference of Parties (COP) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), an international agreement signed in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and ratified by over 192 countries including the U.S. This is the 21st COP so it is known as COP21. The UNFCCC is not designed to specify limits on the greenhouse gases that cause climate change. It is a “framework” agreement that requires specific “protocols” to designate limits on greenhouse gas emissions. The first protocol under UNFCCC was the Kyoto Protocol, which included only about 40 countries. Major emitters such as the U.S. and China did not ratify the Kyoto Protocol so another agreement is needed.
2. What will the Paris Conference accomplish? The Paris agreement will set voluntary limits on emissions, unlike the Kyoto Protocol that had mandatory limits with an enforcement mechanism. Because limits are voluntary, individual countries will not need to ratify the Paris agreement. The U.S. has made this a central part of its strategy, contending that the original 1992 UNFCCC agreement authorizes countries to set limits and that any agreement in Paris will not be subject to ratification in the U.S. Senate, where it would surely fail to get enough votes. Other countries have reluctantly accepted this strategy, recognizing that they must accommodate the elephant in the room.
3. What are the voluntary limits and how will they affect climate change? The limits are called Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), which shows their nature. They are determined by each nation separately, and they are projected into the future (after 2020) as “intentions.” So far, 150 nations with about 90% of the world’s emissions have submitted their INDCs, including all the large ones such as the U.S., Europe, China, Japan, India, Brazil, South Africa and Russia. According to analysis by research organizations, the INDCs announced so far would not meet the target of limiting warming to 2 degrees Celsius, but would raise world temperatures at least 3 degrees C. One area of negotiation that remains open is imposing a five-year review on INDCs to determine if they could keep temperatures below 2C. One research organization listed the benefits of 2C: “…compared to unchecked global warming, keeping the temperature rise below 2C would reduce heatwaves by 89%, flooding by 76%, cropland decline by 41% and water stress by 26%.”
4. What are the areas of disagreement that could threaten success in Paris? The 2C figure is still disputed by some, including low-lying island states, who prefer 1.5 degrees C. Another area is finance: developed country negotiators in Copenhagen in 2009 pledged $100 billion a year in climate aid, and developing countries want that built into the agreement. Another area is “loss and damage,” a concept that high emitters have legal responsibility for climate problems suffered by the low-emitter societies, who are mostly developing countries. This could become an issue in international law.
5. What are the chances for success in Paris? Chances are good, given that some parties (such as the EU) have reluctantly accepted the INDC approach and the U.S. has made pledges that seem both realistic and significant. While world leaders may well sign the document and celebrate the success of the meeting, the real questions will arise as it goes into effect. With U.S. EPA rules on power plants, for example, it would be likely that the U.S. could meet its commitment to a 26-28% reduction in emissions by 2025. Whether we will meet this commitment depends on the next president and Congress.