All posts tagged: climate

Feb 26 – Monthly Meeting – Political Climate – Doug Applegate on Taking the Hill, Carl Yaeckel from Citizens Climate Lobby

Control of the House in 2018 will be decided by a handful of Swing Districts, places where the last election was decided by a thin margin. In 2016, we lost the 49th by a slim margin of just 1,621 votes with over 310,000 cast.  Come to learn, and challenge, how we can work with Doug’s campaign to take back the Hill. I believe Congress is a function of the people, by the people, and for the people. For too long, we have sent politicians to Washington D.C. who play into the corruption of special interests over the needs of Americans and the nation. We need problem solvers in our government. We need new, positive leadership committed to integrity, accountability and transparency in a Congress that is willing to take big-money’s influence out of our Government.  As your elected delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, I will reject political brinkmanship and focus on bipartisan measures that advance our economy bringing jobs back to the United States, help our troops and veterans, preserve our environment including our coastal …

Postponed! – Redevelopment Forum to be Rescheduled

We regret to inform you that Saturday’s “Redevelopment Forum” has been postponed and will not take place as planned on December 15, 2012. On Tuesday afternoon, Senator Steinberg notified us that he would be unable to keep his commitment to participate in our Redevelopment Forum due to a family emergency. We have, therefore, reluctantly decided to postpone the event until a date when both Senator Steinberg and Assembly member Atkins could be available. Thank you for your commitment and desire to take part in the dialogue. Please look for a notice on a rescheduled date in early 2013. Social Equity Sustainability Community Revitalization Panel 1: Darrell Steinberg, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, Assembly Member Panel 2: B.H. Kim, Vice President/Executive Director, Center for Civic Engagement Susan Tinsky, Executive Director, San Diego Housing Federation Andrew Poat, Economic Development and Public Policy Consultant Moderator: Michael D. Jenkins (Esq.), Mediator, National Conflict Resolution Center Sponsored by six community groups. Citizens Coordinate for Century 3 Common Cause San Diego League of Women Voters – LWVSD Partners for Livable …

Sing for the Climate

Sing for the Climate is a big singing manifestation that first took place on September 22 and 23 2012 in Belgium. More than 80.000 people in more than 180 Belgian cities and communities sang the song “Do it Now”, urging politicians to take more ambitious climate measures both on local, national and international level. This video is a synthesis of recordings that were made in all locations. The success of ‘Sing for the Climate’ proves that a mass mobilization around climate change is still possible even after the COP15 in Copenhagen. But Belgium is a small country and climate change is global problem, which needs to be tackled on an international level. Therefore we appeal to local groups and organizations worldwide to organize their own version of Sing for the Climate. More information, tools and support for your local action can be found on Sing for the Climate is the culmination of three years campaigning for ‘The Big Ask’. Learn all about this story in this video.

Man-made Climate Change and American Exceptionalism

This week PBS premiered the latest Ken Burns documentary. Over four hours the two-part film details the causes behind some of the large scale destructive power of climate change and the resulting human misery. Burns also shows the leadership and vision of the President and the work of government scientists to address the problems during a time of great economic uncertainty. Although the film is concerned with the events of the 1930s the parallels to the droughts, storms and needed economic solutions of today are clear.

Prominent Meteorologist Warns Hurricane Sandy was an Outgrowth of Global Warming’s Extreme Weather

Forecasters say Hurricane Sandy is a rare hybrid superstorm created by an Arctic jet stream from the north wrapping itself around a tropical storm from the south. Jeff Masters, director of meteorology at the Weather Underground, warns that such a “Frankenstorm,” as it is called, is an outgrowth of the extreme weather changes caused by global warming. “When you do heat the oceans up more, you extend the length of hurricane season,” Masters says. “There’s been ample evidence over the last decade or so that hurricane season is getting longer — starts earlier, ends later. You’re more likely to get these sort of late October storms now, and you’re more likely to have this sort of situation where a late October storm meets up with a regular winter low-pressure system and gives us this ridiculous combination of a nor’easter and a hurricane that comes ashore, bringing all kinds of destructive effects.” Jeff Masters, director of meteorology at the Weather Underground. Greg Jones, climate scientist and professor of environmental studies at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. …

BBC News – Why Bloomberg’s Endorsement Matters – It’s the Environment, Stupid

Mark Mardell writing for the BBC reports that Michael Bloomberg has come out for Barack Obama and why the backing of the mayor of New York City is important for the president. It’s the Environment, Stupid “While the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it might be – given this week’s devastation – should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action.” Mr Bloomberg says the president has taken “major steps” to reduce the US carbon consumption, including new fuel-efficiency standards for vehicles. And he says Mitt Romney has abandoned his previous beliefs on climate change. “This issue is too important. We need determined leadership at the national level to move the nation and the world forward.” Read the full article here BBC News – Why Bloomberg’s endorsement matters and if you haven’t already mailed in your ballot, check out our Voter Guide, make a plan for Election Day, and follow through on your plan.