Following Google's Lead, Facebook Plans to Cut Ties to ALEC

Posted by Brad Johnson Wed, 24 Sep 2014 04:36:00 GMT

Bill Weihl
Facebook green czar Bill Weihl discusses his company at a Greenpeace event
A day after Google CEO Eric Schmidt announced his company had dropped the “liars” at the American Legislative Exchange Council, it appears social media juggernaut Facebook is next. The San Francisco Chronicle received an email from an unnamed representative announcing Facebook’s unhappiness with ALEC on “some key issues.”
We re-evaluate our memberships on an annual basis and are in that process now. While we have tried to work within ALEC to bring that organization closer to our view on some key issues, it seems unlikely that we will make sufficient progress so we are not likely to renew our membership in 2015.

The representative seems to have been referring a key incident at ALEC’s annual meeting in Dallas this July. Michael Terrell, Google’s senior policy counsel for energy and sustainability, made a presentation on behalf of then-members Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and eBay promoting clean energy development. The tech companies are major electricity consumers, because of their need for massive data farms, and have worked to power their installations with renewable energy. Chris Taylor, a state lawmaker attending the presentation, wrote that the lobbyists for Peabody Energy, Edison Electric, and the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity in attendance were unswayed.

Google and Facebook are both participants in Greenpeace’s Cool IT effort to decarbonize the data farms. When I pressed the companies’ green energy executives at a Greenpeace event in November of last year as the manager of the #DontFundEvil campaign why they had ALEC membership, they were unable to provide an answer.

The experience of the tech giants is a replay of what happened when renewable trade associations were part of the fossil-driven lobby group in 2012. The American Wind Energy Association and Solar Energy Industries Association were outvoted in a series of decisions that led to ALEC pushing anti-renewable legislation. Chastened by the result, AWEA and SEIA left ALEC when their one-year membership came up for renewal.

It seems that none of these companies bothered to look who is on ALEC’s corporate board — lobbyists for fossil-fuel companies Koch Industries, Exxon Mobil, Peabody Energy, and Future Energy Holdings. One would think they could have Googled it.

Kochs Respond: President Obama's 'Radical International Energy Agenda' Is 'Harmful,' 'Destructive', 'Needless'

Posted by Brad Johnson Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:20:00 GMT

Koch at the Met
David Koch at the Met’s Koch Plaza
The political arm of the Koch brothers’ petrochemical empire excoriated President Barack Obama’s address at the UN climate summit today, challenging the science of climate change and the economics of climate policy as “radical,” “ideological,” “destructive,” and “needless.” David Koch, one of the two brothers who run Koch Industries, is the richest man in New York City, with his home and offices a few blocks from the United Nations headquarters.

In an email to supporters, Tim Phillips, the president of the Koch political advocacy organization Americans for Prosperity, decried the president’s “radical international energy agenda for “what used to be called global warming, then climate change, then extreme weather, and now finally climate disruption.” (The idea that the left changes the name of global warming as a propagandistic fiction is a conservative meme.) Phillips then blamed the Republican filibuster of climate legislation on Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.):
The worst part is, President Obama knows that his energy agenda is harmful and will not help our country get back on the path to prosperity. In fact the President’s proposal is so unpopular and destructive, even Harry Reid’s Senate wouldn’t dream of passing it, which is why he has bypassed Congress and taken his short-sighted, destructive energy policies to an international body.

In an accompanying video entitled “Obama’s UN Speech Promises to Kill Jobs and Raise Energy Prices,” Phillips rejects the science of man-made climate change, and falsely claims that reductions in carbon pollution would be economically harmful and environmentally meaningless.

“If all the numbers, facts, and figures that the left claims are true, their own numbers say this will make really no difference in saving the planet. We think they’re wrong on the merits, but even if you accept their numbers, this will be nothing but a lose-lose situation for the American public.”

The email links to a letter campaign in opposition to “the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulations calling for a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030,” calling on U.S. Senators to “stop the EPA from forcing more burdensome regulations on our families.”

Text of supporter email:

Subject: Our response to Pres. Obama:
From: Tim Phillips

The President really wants you to believe that his environmental agenda will help the country’s, and the world’s, most vulnerable. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Today President Obama delivered a speech at the United Nations in New York City to promote his ideologically-driven, destructive energy agenda to combat what used to be called global warming, then climate change, then extreme weather, and now finally climate disruption. The President insists that an international climate agreement is in the best interests of the American people. He claims that the United States must act on climate change now to protect future generations and the future of our country from changes in the weather.

What President Obama DIDN’T you (sic) during his speech is the truth about his radical international energy agenda—that it will severely damage the US economy, and that America’s poorest and most vulnerable will end up paying the price. More needless regulations on the energy industry mean costlier electric bills and a higher overall cost of living for everyone.

If President Obama is truly committed to helping those in need, he should seriously rethink his energy agenda. Affordable energy is essential to human well-being and prosperity not just in the United States, but around the world. But if President Obama has his way, the cost of electricity will only continue to rise.

With every policy decision, it becomes more and more clear that President Obama is only concerned with his own legacy—not about the quality of life of the American people and future generations.

The worst part is, President Obama knows that his energy agenda is harmful and will not help our country get back on the path to prosperity. In fact the President’s proposal is so unpopular and destructive, even Harry Reid’s Senate wouldn’t dream of passing it, which is why he has bypassed Congress and taken his short-sighted, destructive energy policies to an international body.

Text of suggested email to senators:
Subject: Please oppose the EPA’s new proposed regulations

Dear Senator,

I urge you to oppose the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulations calling for a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030.

If these regulations pass, hardworking Americans and their families will end up paying the price. The Chamber of Commerce estimates that the proposed regulations will increase electricity costs by $289 billion and lower families’ disposable incomes by $586 billion through 2030, based its assumptions on a similar proposal by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Household budgets are already stretched thin – now is not the time to raise energy bills on American energy consumers.

A new report from the US Chamber of Commerce found that the proposed regulations will cost billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs, based on its assumptions on a similar proposal by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The report found that carbon regulations will lower US gross domestic product by $1 billion and lead to a loss of 224,000 US jobs on average every year through 2030.

Please stand with American taxpayers and stop the EPA from forcing more burdensome regulations on our families. Thank you.

People's Climate Justice Summit

Posted by Brad Johnson Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:00:00 GMT

The Climate Justice Alliance, together with our friends and allies, is hosting the People’s Climate Justice Summit, featuring the voices, strategies, and solutions of climate-affected communities around the world.

On September 23, political and corporate leaders will meet at the United Nations in New York City for Climate Summit 2014. This summit represents yet another step towards the corporate takeover of the UN climate negotiations and the privatization of land, water, and air resources under the guise of a global climate compact. The climate crisis is a symptom of a deeper problem: an economy based on extraction and exploitation of resources and people. This economy benefits a few at the expense of communities and the planet.

While heads of state meet at the UN, communities across the country are united for a just transition away from an economy based on fossil fuel extraction and other dirty industries, and towards clean community energy, zero waste, public transit, local food systems and housing for all.

Schedule:

Church Center for the United Nations, 777 1st Ave at E. 44th St

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

PEOPLES TRIBUNAL
  • Dr. Robert Bullard, Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University
  • Lisa Garcia, Friends of the Earth
  • Jeremy Brecher, Labor Network for Sustainability
  • Rex Varona, Global Coalition on Migration
  • Rosa Guillen, World March of Women
  • Julia Olson, Our Children’s Trust

Hear hard-hitting testimonies from affected peoples around the globe as we indict political leaders and corporate polluters for their failure to protect our health, communities and planet. We will hear from those living with the real and immediate impacts of climate change and people living on the frontlines of extractive industries that are contributing to climate change.

Opening
  • Julia Beatty, Center for Social Inclusion

10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Climate Change: Place-based Experiences, Impacts/Adaptation/Migration

  • Laquan Thomas/Andres Felipe Hernandez, Ironbound Community Corporation (United States)
  • Cynthia Moices, UPROSE (United States)
  • Beryl Thurman, North Shore Waterfront Conservancy – Staten Island (United States)
  • Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Earth Guardians (United States)
  • Mamadou Goita, Institute for Research and the Promotion of Alternatives in Development, (Mali)
  • Antolin Huáscar Flores, Confederación Nacional Agraria (Peru)
  • Representative, Black Urban Growers (United States)

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Corporate Root Causes to Climate Change

  • Patricia Gualinga Montalvo, Kichwa leader, Sarayaku, Ecuadorian Amazon (Ecuador)
  • Jihan Gearon, Black Mesa Water Coalition (United States)
  • Kelsey Julian, Our Children’s Trust (United States)
  • Katherine Eglund, NAACP Gulf Port Chapter (United States)
  • Venancia Cruz Jimenez, Movimiento Indígena Santiago de Anaya (México)
  • Alex Cardoso, Movement of Recyclers/Catadores – MNCR (Brazil)

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The People Face the Tribunal- Statements and Decision by Judges
  • Damaris Reyes, Good Old Lower East Side (United States)
  • Miriam Miranda, Organizacion Fraternal Negra Hondurena – OFRANEH (Honduras)
  • Stanley Sturgill, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (United States)
  • Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Cree, Greenpeace (Canada)
  • Mithika Mwende, Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance, Kenya (Nigeria)

New School, Alvin Johnson / J.M. Kaplan Hall Auditorium, 66 West 12th St

9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

TOWARDS LIVING ECONOMIES 1: SYSTEMS ALTERNATIVES

Speakers:
  • Casey Camp, Ponca Tribe (United States)
  • Michael Leon Guerrero, Climate Justice Alliance Our Power Campaign (United States)
  • Lidy Nacpil, Jubilee South Asia Pacific on Debt and Development (Philippines)
  • Sandra Van Niekerk, Public Services International (South Africa)

Moderator:

Juliet Rousseau, Bizi, Alternatibas Process (France).

In the face of climate change, communities everywhere are experimenting with new and time-tested approaches to energy, waste, transit, and the provision of peoples’ needs that protect people and the planet. But to counter the systemic causes of the climate crisis and meet the scale of the problem, movement forces are also developing bold proposals for systemic alternatives. Join us for an exploration of new economic, organizing and worker-centered models that could help us all weather the storm as we build the next economy together.

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

TOWARDS LIVING ECONOMIES 2: JUST TRANSITION STRATEGIES

Speakers:
  • Al Weinrub, Local Clean Energy Alliance (United States)
  • Monica Wilson, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (United States)
  • Juan Camilo Osorio, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (United States),
  • Beth Grimsberg (Brazil)
  • Rosa Miranda, Bus Riders Union (United States)

Confronting the climate crisis effectively – and building a climate movement strong enough to do so – will require us to take on the social, economic, and political inequities that have allowed the dirty energy economy to persist. And we must address these issues with a particular lens focused on how these systems have led to communities of color and low-income communities bearing the brunt of climate impacts. While we fight against the old energy economy rooted in inequity, we must continue to build a better and stronger vision that can both can work for all of us and is led by communities most marginalized and impacted by climate change. This requires a just transition from the old to the new. A transition into a new economy rooted in the foundation of racial and social justice, invested in people and the planet, and on that is regenerative and life giving. To do so, we must begin to think intersectionally and build cross-sectoral alliances for making change.

From transit to energy, in this panel and conversation, participants will learn from people who are envisioning a just transition and building towards a more sustainable and just future.

Google Drops American Legislative Exchange Council Over Climate Denial: 'They're Literally Lying'

Posted by Brad Johnson Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:24:00 GMT

On Monday, Google chairman Eric Schmidt announced that his company has ended its support for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) because of its persistent climate-change denial. The decision came after a Schmidt made the announcement in response to a listener question on the Diane Rehm radio show.

“I think the consensus within the company was that that was some sort of mistake,” Schmidt said of Google’s support for ALEC, “and so we’re trying to not do that in the future.”

Pressed to explain further, Schmidt harshly described the conservative lobbying organization’s opposition to climate action as “really hurting our children” and “making the world a much worse place” by “literally lying.”

Well, the company has a very strong view that we should make decisions in politics based on facts — what a shock. And the facts of climate change are not in question anymore. Everyone understands climate change is occurring and the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place. And so we should not be aligned with such people — they’re just, they’re just literally lying.
Listen here:

ALEC president Lisa B. Nelson issued an angry press release following Schmidt’s announcement, blaming the decision on “public pressure from left-leaning individuals and organizations who intentionally confuse free market policy perspectives for climate change denial.”

Disclosure: As the campaign manager for Forecast the Facts, I founded the “Don’t Fund Evil” campaign in June 2013 challenging Google to stop funding climate-denial groups such as the Competitive Enterprise Institute and ALEC, and climate-denial politicians such as Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

For over a year, Google representatives stonewalled over the company’s conflicting stand on climate change and its political support for climate deniers. Google’s clean-energy lead Gray Demasi had no answer for why his company supported ALEC, when I asked him at a November 2013 Greenpeace green tech event.

Now, Schmidt’s words echo an opinion piece I wrote in December 2013 on the eve of ALEC’s annual DC conference, which featured a keynote by Cruz:
Unlike ALEC and Cruz, Google employees support scientific facts. Unlike ALEC and Cruz, Google employees are investing in a future powered by 100 percent renewable energy.

The “Don’t Fund Evil” call to drop ALEC was joined in December 2013 by the Sierra Club, SumOfUs, RootsAction and the Center for Media and Democracy. The coalition of climate, corporate, and good-government organizations mobilized over 230,000 citizens to petition the search giant. In addition, Google was the target of a shareholder resolution brought by Walden Asset Management challenging Google’s support for the anti-climate group.

Added pressure came in August when Google competitor Microsoft left ALEC. At the beginning of September, over 50 organizations, including several labor unions, environmental organizations, racial justice groups, and other progressive organizations signed on to a public letter asking Google to follow suit.

Google’s decision to drop ALEC is an important first step in restoring the integrity of its ‘don’t be evil’ motto. Unfortunately, the company is still financing extremist groups like the ‘CO2 Is Life’ Competitive Enterprise Institute and dozens of denier politicians. If Eric Schmidt wants to be taken seriously, he has to do a lot more cleaning up. It’s time for Susan Molinari, who pushed Google into this situation, to go.

Forecast the Facts and SumOfUs have since expanded the Don’t Fund Evil campaign into the Disrupt Denial campaign, which calls on all corporations to stop financing climate-denial politicians.

Transcript of the Diane Rehm Show:

Diane Rehm: Ok, and I think we have time for one last caller. Let’s go to Kristin in Syracuse, NY. Quick question, Kristin.

Kristin: Hi, yes, thank you so much for taking my call, Diane.

D: Sure.

K: Um, I’m curious to know if Google is still supporting ALEC which is that fund, they’re, um, lobbyists in DC that are funding climate change deniers.

Eric Schmidt: Um, we funded them as part of a political campaign of something unrelated. I think the consensus within the company was that that was some sort of mistake and so we’re trying to not do that in the future.

D: And how did you get involved with them in the first place and were you, then, disappointed in what you saw?

E: Well, the company has a very strong view that we should make decisions in politics based on facts — what a shock. And the facts of climate change are not in question anymore. Everyone understands climate change is occurring and the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place. And so we should not be aligned with such people — they’re just, they’re just literally lying.

Transcript of ALEC press release:
“It is unfortunate to learn Google has ended its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council as a result of public pressure from left-leaning individuals and organizations who intentionally confuse free market policy perspectives for climate change denial.

“At our recent Annual Meeting in Dallas, we were pleased to host a roundtable conversation between a variety of companies—including Google—regarding renewable energy deployment and climate change. The conversations held in Dallas were intended to build understanding and pioneer future policy approaches where organizations could find common ground on issues of climate change, energy generation and government mandates. And, I personally intend to continue this work.

“In the case of energy generation, ALEC believes renewable energy should expand based on consumer demand, not as a result of a government mandate. Many misunderstand the American Legislative Exchange Council and its legislator-led, free market priorities. ALEC members believe the Federal Government exerts too much control on state and local decision-making. Google’s renewable energy commitment—as well as those found throughout private industry—is completely consistent with ALEC policy because the companies in question chose renewables absent a mandate.

“ALEC believes in freedom of speech and opinion. Google is an important voice on these and many other issues, and we will miss their perspective in our discussions. However, ALEC and its members will continue to advance limited government, free markets and federalism through dialogue, debate and model policy formulation.”

#FloodWallStreet

Posted by Brad Johnson Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:00:00 GMT

#FloodWallStreet

Wear Blue.

As world leaders meet in New York for a historic summit on climate change, communities across the globe will flood financial centers to confront the corporate and economic systems that are causing the climate crisis.

Join a united global movement to attack the root causes of the climate crisis and build an economy based on justice and sustainability. We need climate justice. Take action in solidarity with communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis for a day of:

Massive Coordinated Direct Actions Against Climate Profiteers.

9:00am – Gather at Battery Park for Breakfast and Music from Rude Mechanical Orchestra

9:30am – Speakers including frontline community leaders of the Climate Justice Alliance, Naomi Klein, Rebecca Solnit, and Chris Hedges

11:00am – Non-violent Direct Action Training and March

12:00pm – Flood Wall Street and Mass Sit-in at the New York Stock Exchange

People's Climate Justice Summit

Posted by Brad Johnson Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:00:00 GMT

The Climate Justice Alliance, together with our friends and allies, is hosting the People’s Climate Justice Summit, featuring the voices, strategies, and solutions of climate-affected communities around the world.

On September 23, political and corporate leaders will meet at the United Nations in New York City for Climate Summit 2014. This summit represents yet another step towards the corporate takeover of the UN climate negotiations and the privatization of land, water, and air resources under the guise of a global climate compact. The climate crisis is a symptom of a deeper problem: an economy based on extraction and exploitation of resources and people. This economy benefits a few at the expense of communities and the planet.

While heads of state meet at the UN, communities across the country are united for a just transition away from an economy based on fossil fuel extraction and other dirty industries, and towards clean community energy, zero waste, public transit, local food systems and housing for all.

Schedule:

Church Center for the United Nations, 777 1st Ave at E. 44th St

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

OPENINGFALSE PROMISES: CARBON TRADING

Speakers:
  • Elizabeth Yeampierre, UPROSE (United States)
  • Alberto Saldamando, Human/Indigenous Rights Attorney (United States)
  • Berenice Sanchez, Frente de Pueblos Indigenas en Defensa de la Madre Tierra (México)

Moderator: Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network (United States)

Environmental justice and indigenous leaders will kick off two days of events at the United Nations Church Center. Day One of the Peoples Climate Justice Summit will focus on the false promises promoted by corporations and industrialized nations. This panel will focus on efforts that commodify nature and systems of carbon trading.

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

FALSE PROMISES 3: BUSINESS AS USUALTHE EXTRACTIVE ECONOMY CONTINUES AND EXPANDS

Speakers:
  • Bryan Parras, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services – TEJAS (United States)
  • John Fenton, Rancher Pavilion Wyoming (United States)
  • Rachel Smolker, BioFuel Watch (United States), Desmond D’sa, South Durban Community Environmental Alliance – SDCEA (South Africa)
  • Robin Lebeau, Cheyenne River Sioux, Mnicoujou Band (United States)

Moderator: Wes Gilllingham, Catskill Mountainkeeper (United States)

As the world scrambles to deal with the impacts of climate change the dirty Industries responsible for the bulk sources of greenhouse gases scramble to keep us addicted to these polluting energy sources.

This panel looks at some of the dirty energy practices that feed climate change, destroy ecosystems, and devastate communities. We’ll hear reports from people on the frontlines of fracking, pipelines, refineries, and tar sands and find out what they’re doing to fight back.

New School, Alvin Johnson / J.M. Kaplan Hall Auditorium, 66 West 12th St

9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

OPENINGINTERPRETING THE INSIDE

Speakers: Meena Rahman, Third World Network (India), Maxine Combes, ATTAC (France), Maureen Santos, Heinrich Böll Foundation (Brazil), Moderator: Janet Redman, Institute for Policy Studies (United States) An international panel will offer insight into the conversations that will take place at the UN Climate Summit, and discuss social movement strategies as we head to the next round of climate negotiations in Lima (December 2014) and Paris (December 2015).

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

FALSE PROMISES 2: DAMS/WASTE TO ENERGY/FEDERAL POLICY

Speakers:
  • Jorge Tadeo Vargas, Revuelta Verde (México)
  • Elise Estronioli, Movement of People Affected by Dams (Brazil)
  • Christophe Aguiton ATTAC (France)
  • Moderator: Ananda Lee Tan, Global Network for Incinerator Alternatives (Canada)

Not long ago, political leaders and corporations were saying climate change wasn’t a problem. Now, that the science on global warming is accepted as real and its impacts are being felt, some governments and corporations are scrambling to claim leadership on the issue. Desperate to avoid regulation and commitments to cut emissions at source (and in many cases, attempting to cash in on the crisis), they’re presenting a dizzying array of “false promises” and quick fixes that perpetuate inequalities, ecological destruction, and extreme energy development. At home in the U.S., and globally at the U.N. climate negotiations, governments are formulating policies that threaten to enshrine these false solutions. Join us for a critical conversation of some of the worst of the worst, including testimony from the front line of destructive dams, extreme energy development, carbon markets, and the’ financialization’ of nature. Participants will also consider whether emerging US climate rules like the Clean Power Plan and negotiations for a 2015 global climate treaty in the UNFCCC are steering us toward real solutions or dangerous distractions, and how to bring the power of social movements to keep real solutions on track.

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

FALSE PROMISES TO LIVING ECONOMIES: CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE VS. FOOD SOVEREIGNTY

Speakers:
  • Antolin Huáscar Flores, Confederación Nacional Agraria (Peru),
  • Dena Hoff, La Via Campesina North America (United States)

Moderator: Mamadou Goita, IRPAD Africa (Mali)

This panel will debunk the myth of Climate Smart Agriculture as a solution, and explain how and why the movement for Food Sovereignty is a true solution to climate change. Local, national and international panelists will describe current struggles for Food Sovereignty, activities and strategies leading to the upcoming UN Climate Summits in Peru and Paris.

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Special Evening Event Hosted by the New School

CO2LONIALISM, AN INDIGENOUS WORLD VIEW

Moderator: Tom BK Goldtooth (Dine’/Dakota), Indigenous Environmental Network/PCJS National Coordination Team of the Climate Justice Alliance, Minnesota, USA.

Followed by Indigenous Women Defenders of Mother Earth – of the Western Hemisphere:
  • Jeanne Shenandoah (Onondaga Nation), member of the Eel Clan, organizer with Onondaga Nation and Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and affiliated with the Traditional Chiefs and Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force, New York;
  • Patricia Gualinga Montalvo (Kichwa) indigenous leader from the Sarayaku village in the Amazon, Ecuador;
  • Kandi Mossett (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara Nation), IEN Indigenous Energy & Climate Campaign, Montana/North Dakota, USA;
  • Crystal Lameman (Beaver Lake Cree Nation-Treaty 6), Climate & Energy Campaigner, Prairie Chapter, Sierra Club, Alberta, Canada;
  • Casey Horinek-Camp (Ponca), traditional Drumkeeper for the Ponca Pa-tha-ta, Woman’s Scalp Dance Society and spokesperson of the Indigenous Environmental Network, White Eagle, Oklahoma, USA;
  • Gloria Hilda Ushigua Santi (Sápara), indigenous leader from the remote village of Sápara people of Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest, Ecuador;
  • Josephine Mandamin (Anishinaabe), Wikwemikong Elder, founder of the Mother Earth Water Walk and member of the Three Fires Lodge of the Midewiwin Society, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

Indigenous peoples have consistently reaffirmed their responsibility to speak for the well-being of Mother Earth, nature and future generations of all Life. There is a direct relationship between the expansion of fossil-fuels and extreme energy development within the homelands of Indigenous peoples in the global South and in the North, and the link to climate change. These Indigenous women speakers, as defenders of the sacredness of Mother Earth, come from indigenous communities that have borne the brunt of destructive energy and disproportionate social, cultural, spiritual, environmental and climate impacts. Indigenous peoples have the solutions to the climate crisis through their Indigenous ingenuity – Indigenuity – inspired by their ancient inter-generational knowledge and wisdom.

People's Climate March

Posted by Brad Johnson Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:30:00 GMT

The People’s Climate March is scheduled for Sunday, September 21, just two days before world leaders attend an important Climate Summit at the United Nations. President Obama and many of the world’s presidents and prime ministers are expected to attend.

The People’s Climate March will be the largest single march on climate change in world history and the first major street protest of Mayor DeBlasio’s administration.

More than, 1,100 organizations have endorsed the march, ranging from the NAACP to SEIU, the second largest labor union in the country and the largest in New York, to Hurricane Sandy survivors and Maine fisherman joining the march by boat.

The march will begin at Columbus Circle, proceed over on 59th Street to 6th Avenue, down 6th Avenue to 42nd Street, then right on 42nd Street to 11th Avenue. The route passes by some of New York City’s most famous landmarks, from Rockefeller Center to Times Square.

Simultaneous events are planned in dozens of countries around the world, with major marches in London, Berlin, Paris, Delhi and beyond.

March Route & Climate Alarm

11:30 am – March Begins

Location: Marchers will assemble on Central Park West, between 65th and 86th streets.

Description: See here for more on the march lineup

1:00 pm—Mass Alarm Action Coinciding with Church’s Ringing Bells

Location: Throughout the entire march

Description: After a moment of silence, the entire march will ring out with trumpets, bells, drums, whistles as more than 100,000 people sound an alarm for climate action.

2:00 pm—March End

Location: 11th Ave. in the streets between 34th Street and 38th Street

Description: The march will end with a block party. At the center of the close will be a massive tree installation created by Brooklyn-based artist Swoon. See more details here

Livestreams of the People's Climate March

Posted by Brad Johnson Sun, 21 Sep 2014 05:48:00 GMT

The following are the planned livestreams for viewing the People’s Climate March in New York City:

The march is scheduled to begin at 11:30 am. Pre-march rallies begin at 9 am.

Pre-March Rallies

9:00 am—Parents & Kids Rally

Location: 66th Street and Central Park West

Description: Bringing little kids? Here’s what to bring: Strollers if your kid needs one, water, snacks, layers of clothing.

10:00 am—Climate Convergence

Location: 79th St and Central Park West

Description: Climate rebels, peace and justice advocates, and proponents of deep System Change will rally with the Climate Convergence for People, Planet and Peace over Profit. Rally will feature speakers, hip hop artists, song, Indigenous dance, and chants.

10:00 am—ALBA Countries Against Climate Change

Location: 79th Street and Central Park West

Description: Please join to the ALBA countries Against Climate Change. We will be marching with Claudia Salerno, Venezuela. Rene Orellana, Bolivia, both of them Presidential Special Envoy for Climate Change of their respective countries. Jaime Hermidas, deputy ambassador and chief negotiator for climate change Nicaragua.

10:00 am—Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Rally

Location: Central Park West between 73rd and 74th Street; Stage set up at 73rd Street.

Description: Dr. Arjun Mahkijani (IEER and author of Carbon-Free, Nuclear-Free); Jessica Azulay (AGREE); Julia Walsh (Frack Action & New Yorkers Against Fracking); Tim Judson (NIRS); Leona Morgan (ENDAUM, Clean Up the Mines); Japanese activist Yuko Tonohira; Michael Mariotte, MC (NIRS). Perfomers include Raging Grannies, Joel Landy, Chiho Kaneko and more.

10:30 am—Scientist Rally outside Hayden Planetarium

Location: Central Park West between 81st and 82nd

Description: Scientists at the march will include Jim Powell, Executive Director of the National Physical Science Consortium; Klaus Jacob, a senior earth scientist at Columbia who also specializes in disaster risk management; Lucky Tran, the lead organizer of Science Stands; and more. They will gather to stand up against the attacks on climate science.

10:45 am—Labor Rally for Climate Justice

Location: On Broadway south of Columbus Circle, sound system at 57th Street.

Description: Thousands of union members and labor leaders will join the People’s Climate March labor rally.

11:00am—Interfaith Religious Service

Location: 58th Street between 8th & 9th Avenues, entry on 9th Avenue

Description: Participating will be Members from over 34 different denominations. The service will reflect this diversity, and include several musicians including cellist, Michael Fitzpatrick and Peter Yarrow. The service is expected to take 90 minutes, 11:00 – 12:30. The expected “step-off” time into the march is between 12:30 & 1:30.

11:15 am—Clean Energy Solutions Rally

Location: Central Park West between 75th and 76th

Description: The rally will include Dave Scott, Sierra Club president; Rep. Keith Ellison (MN); Danny Kennedy, solar energy company Sungevity Senior Vice President; Paula Swearingen, Mountaintop Removal activist; Emma Ruby-Sachs, Avaaz Campaigns Manager; Mike Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director; Jeffrey Sachs, Director of Earth Institute at Columbia University. The rally will highlight overwhelming support for clean energy solutions, including a 2 million person global petition. It will last approximately 25 minutes.

Hillary Clinton's Schedule at the Clinton Global Initiative 2014

Posted by Brad Johnson Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:22:00 GMT

Hillary ClintonPresidential spouse and contender Hillary Clinton has a busy agenda at the Clinton Global Initiative this year. She will open the conference on Monday and close it on Wednesday, with several appearances in between. Below is her public agenda:

Sunday, September 21
  • 6-8 PM Clinton Global Citizen Awards
Monday, September 22
  • 12 PM Opening Plenary: opening conversation with Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group and Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO, IBM
Tuesday, September 23
  • 5 PM Plenary on job training: remarks on the commitment announcements
Wednesday, September 24
  • 8:45 AM Plenary on equality for girls on women: opening conversation with Bill Gates’ wife Melinda Gates
  • 1:30 PM Breakout session: Filmed conversation with Sanjay Gupta on “investing in babies’ minds” with John McCain’s wife Cindy McCain, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, Children Television Workshop’s Rosemarie T. Truglio, Harlem Children’s Zone’s Geoffrey Canada
  • 3:30 PM Closing Plenary: with Bill Clinton, astronauts Cady Coleman and Reid Wiseman, X PRIZE billionaire Peter H. Diamandis, Nelson Mandela widow Graça Machel

(President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver brief remarks at approximately 2 PM on Tuesday, the day of the UN Climate Summit.)

Protesters Prepare to 'Occupy The UN' During Climate Summit

Posted by Brad Johnson Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:21:00 GMT

UNOccupy Wall Street activists are planning to “occupy” the United Nations Climate Summit.

According to Popular Resistance, a website associated with some members of the Occupy Wall Street collective in New York City, activists meeting in Zucotti Park agreed to attempt an occupation of the Dag Hammerskold Plaza in front of UN headquarters.

The civil disobedience assembly is scheduled to begin during the People’s Climate March taking place several blocks west on Sunday, September 21, and continue until the conclusion of the UN Climate Summit on Wednesday.

The text of the press release is below:

The Ad Hoc Committee to Occupy the Climate Summit announced plans at Zuccotti Park on S17 to occupy the UN beginning on Sunday. People can arrive during or after the People’s Climate March and the hope is to have people there 24/7 until the end of the UN climate meetings.

OCCUPY THE U.N. CLIMATE SUMMIT

9.21.14

Join us at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza

Between 46th & 47th Sts and 1st and 2nd Aves, across from U.N.

The Climate March is only the prelude

Throughout the day people will be leaving the March to assemble in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza across the avenue from the U.N. While it is impossible to predict how events there will unfold, there will be a significant number who will attempt to occupy the plaza for the duration of the U.N. Climate Summit, which ends on Wednesday, September 24.

This action is not intended to compete with the messages of either the People’s Climate March on Sunday or the FLOOD WALL STREET action the following day, Monday.

Please feel free to join any two or all three. All three actions amplify a common message:

THE PEOPLE DEMAND ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS ROOT CAUSES

The UN represents the nations of the world.

Nations are not people. They are political constructs that reflect the interests of those who keep them in power. WE ARE PEOPLE.

We want our presence felt throughout the Summit. We want the world to see our resolve and understand our sense of urgency.

PLEASE JOIN US & PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD

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