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.


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

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM


  • 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


  • 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


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


  • 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


  • 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


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.



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 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.


People's Climate March Blocs

Posted by Brad Johnson Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:22:00 GMT

March lineup Below is a partial list of People’s Climate March blocs meeting before the march begins Sunday.

Indigenous People’s Gathering In Central Park next to Heckscher Playground, starting at 6:30 am

Labor Rally On Broadway, sound system at 57th Street Begins at 11 am.

Interfaith Religious Service On 58th Street, between 8th and 9th Ave. Begins at 11 am.

Food Justice On CPW at 71 St., north side of the intersection

Nuclear Free, Carbon Free On CPW at 73rd St., north side of the intersection

Sierra Club Solutions Rally On CPW at 75th St., north side of the intersection

Peace and Justice On CPW at 77 St., north side of the intersection

Anti-Fracking On CPW at 80th St., north side of the intersection

Science Stands At Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History (CPW & 81st)

Bike Bloc On CPW at 74th St, 10:30 am

For more information: (914) 719-6672

Pressed by Climate Activists, Microsoft Leaves American Legislative Exchange Council

Posted by Brad Johnson Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:06:00 GMT

Computing giant Microsoft has left the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative lobbying group that promotes climate change denial and opposes renewable energy, a coalition of climate-activist investors announced today. The Sustainability Group and Walden Asset Management released a press release announcing that Microsoft left ALEC in July 2014:

Last year, The Sustainability Group of Loring, Wolcott and Coolidge and Walden Asset Management engaged Microsoft over its affiliation with the controversial model legislation group American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. Microsoft is a leader on carbon issues – in 2012, it committed to becoming carbon neutral, and is one of the largest corporate purchasers of renewable energy. Thus, we believe that its affiliation with ALEC, which is actively fighting policies that promote renewable energy, was incongruous. In addition, there were numerous other ALEC actions that conflicted directly with Microsoft’s values.

We are pleased to report Microsoft is no longer a member of ALEC and is not financially supporting the organization in any way.

In emails dated June 30 and July 14 2014, Microsoft confirmed this decision:

“As we discussed, in 2014 Microsoft decided to no longer participate in the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Communications and Technology Task Force, which had been our only previous involvement with ALEC. With this decision, we no longer contribute any dues to ALEC.

“we are no longer members of ALEC and do not provide the organization with financial support of any kind.”

We commend Microsoft on its commitment to open dialogue with shareholders, and for making this important decision.

Microsoft’s chief environmental strategist, Rob Bernard, defended his company’s membership in ALEC less than a year ago.

Technology companies that are members of ALEC include Google, Yelp, Yahoo, Uber, AT&T, eBay, and Lyft.

Pittsburgh Public Hearing on Clean Power Plan

Posted by Brad Johnson Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:00:00 GMT

A public hearing on the EPA’s draft rule for greenhouse pollution from existing power plants will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the William S. Moorhead Federal Building, Room 1310, 1000 Liberty Avenue.

The hearing will convene at 9:00 a.m. and end at 8:00 p.m.

Please contact Ms. Pamela Garrett at 919-541-7966 or at to register to speak at one of the hearings. The last day to pre-register in advance to speak at the hearings will be Friday, July 25, 2014.

Denver Public Hearing on Clean Power Plan

Posted by Brad Johnson Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:00:00 GMT

A public hearing on the EPA’s draft rule for greenhouse pollution from existing power plants will be held in Denver, Colorado, in EPA’s Region 8 Building, 1595 Wynkoop Street.

The hearing will convene at 9:00 a.m. (local) and end at 8:00 p.m.

Please contact Ms. Pamela Garrett at 919-541-7966 or at to register to speak at one of the hearings. The last day to pre-register in advance to speak at the hearings will be Friday, July 25, 2014.

Draft EPA Rule Will Seek 17 Percent Cut In Carbon Pollution From Existing Power Plants By 2030

Posted by Brad Johnson Sun, 01 Jun 2014 20:43:00 GMT

The long-awaited Environmental Protection Agency rule for greenhouse pollution from existing power plants will seek a 30 percent reduction from the 2005 peak, the Wall Street Journal’s Amy Harder reports. Half of that reduction has already been achieved in the seven years between 2005 and 2012, where only carbon dioxide emissions are concerned. The draft rule is expected to be unveiled Monday, with a year delay before finalization in 2015. States will be expected to submit compliance plans in June 2016, the final year of the Obama administration.

Because coal-fired power plants emit three-quarters of the greenhouse pollution from electricity generation in the United States, the rule is expected to impact the aging coal-fired fleet of plants, which also cause the lion’s share of traditional air pollution from the country’s power plants.

Coral Davenport of the New York Times summarizes the draft rule:
Under the proposal to be unveiled on Monday, states will be given a wide menu of policy options to achieve the pollution cuts. Rather than immediately shutting down coal plants, states will be allowed to reduce emissions by making changes across their electricity systems – by installing new wind and solar generation, energy-efficiency technology and by starting or joining state and regional “cap-and-trade” programs, in which states agree to cap carbon pollution and buy and sell permits to pollute.

The proposed rule calls for most of the reduction to happen by 2020, with a 25 percent cut from 2005 levels (11 percent cut from 2012) by then.

Carbon-dioxide pollution from electricity generation is already down 15 percent from 2005. This reduction has come primarily from a switch to natural gas and renewables. Any reduction in overall greenhouse pollution from a switch from coal to natural gas requires low levels of methane leakage, a requirement that has not been clearly shown.

Interestingly, the reduction in greenhouse pollution from the proposed rule is about one-third greater than the footprint of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Electricity generation is responsible for one-third of U.S. domestic greenhouse pollution. The announced target represents a reduction of 340 million metric tons of CO2 from 2012 levels, five percent of the United States’ total greenhouse pollution that year. That cut is about double the annual 120-200 MMT/yr climate footprint of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The total pollution saved over 2016-2030 due to the rule would be thirty percent greater than the footprint of the tar-sands crude carried by the pipeline.

The international benchmark for greenhouse pollution is 1990 levels. Measured against 1990’s pollution levels, the proposed rule represents a one percent reduction in power plant emissions by 2020, and a 7 percent cut by 2030 (a two percent cut from total U.S. 1990 greenhouse pollution).

The process for establishing the rule was begun by the Obama administration in March 2011, years after the 2007 Massachusetts v. EPA decision by the Supreme Court overturning the EPA’s 2003 rejection of greenhouse regulation.

Update: The EPA has released what it’s calling the Clean Power Plan. The EPA estimates the rule will “cut particle pollution, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide by more than 25 percent as a co-benefit” and “shrink electricity bills roughly 8 percent by increasing energy efficiency and reducing demand in the electricity system.”

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