Keep It In the Ground
“We feel that if we did not mount a serious journalistic response to the biggest issue of our age,
it would be a dereliction of editorial duty.”
“The usual rule of newspaper campaigns is that you don’t start one unless
you know you’re going to win it.
This one will almost certainly be won in time: the physics is unarguable.
But we are launching our campaign today in the firm belief that
it will force the issue now into the boardrooms and inboxes of
people who have billions of dollars at their disposal.”
Alan Rusbridger, Editor-in-chief, The Guardian
- We all need to get out of our day-to-day boxes and take a strong stand against climate change. Our only regret in the future will be that we didn’t follow our particular path sooner! What would your particular “dereliction of duty’ be?
Now the editor-in-chief, Alan Rusbridger, of The Guardian newspaper in England, has taken his action- to start a powerful campaign against fossil fuels. The Guardian has 6 to 7 million readers, so this hero’s path is clear. This vital Keep It In the Ground campaign started Monday and is evolving rapidly! Exciting! Take advantage and join in. – Editor
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– Here is your carbon-free flight to an exciting conversation in King’s Cross, London. Discussions with bright, aware people can lead to exciting actions! – Editor
Alan Rusbridger is looking for a new way to tell the story of climate change – but what does that actually mean? This week the team gathers to thrash out ideas. Some in the room believe a global problem needs a global political solution. But proposals of carbon budgets and auctions have proved hard to implement, summits fruitless and the fossil fuel companies are hugely powerful. Perhaps a people’s movement might work better. Would a divestment campaign have more success?
Climate change is the biggest story journalism has never successfully told. The Guardian’s editor-in-chief, Alan Rusbridger, has decided to change that. This podcast series follows Rusbridger and his team as they set out to find a new narrative on the greatest threat to humanity
“Even the term climate change- the language is stultifying, technocratic, and boring.
It also completely fails to capture what we are looking at.
It’s a bit like calling a bomb an unexpected delivery or an invading army an unwanted visitor.
We’re facing climate breakdown, catastrophic failure of the system that has permitted civilization to exist.”
George Monbiot, columnist
- Now send this petition to everyone you can! – Editor
Revealed: Gates Foundation’s $1.4bn in fossil fuel investments
Analysis of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s most recent tax filing reveals huge investments in the world’s biggest fossil fuel companies. The charity run by Bill and Melinda Gates, who say the threat of climate change is so serious that immediate action is needed, held at least $1.4bn (£1bn) of investments in the world’s biggest fossil fuel companies, according to a Guardian analysis of the charity’s most recent tax filing in 2013.
“We support divestment as it sends a signal to companies, especially coal companies, that
the age of ‘burn what you like, when you like’ cannot continue.
Everything we do is based on science and the science is pretty clear that
we need a world with a lot less fossil fuels.
We have lent our own moral authority as the UN to those groups or organisations who are divesting.”
Nick Nuttall, spokesman for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
UN backing fossil fuel divestment campaign
The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is backing the sweeping fossil fuel divestment from pension funds, universities, and cities campaign, lending its “moral authority” in the lead up to a major UN climate summit in Paris later this year.
Florida’s Republican governor Rick Scott had directed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to stop using terms like “climate change” and “global warming”. According to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), that gag order has now claimed its first victim.
Barton Bibler is a long-time DEP employee attended a Florida Coastal Managers Forum at which climate change and sea-level rise were discussed. Mr. Bibler’s official notes on this meeting reflected that discussion. He was directed to remove explicit references to climate change, and then was given a letter of reprimand for supposedly misrepresenting that the “official meeting agenda included climate change,” and told to not return to work for two days. Two days later he received a “Medical Release Form” requiring that his doctor supply the DEP with an evaluation of unspecified “medical condition and behavior” issues before being allowed to return to work.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making it tougher for governors to deny man-made climate change. Starting next year, the agency will approve disaster preparedness funds only for states whose governors approve hazard mitigation plans that address climate change. Over the past five years, the agency has awarded an average $1 billion a year in grants to states and territories for taking steps to mitigate the effects of disasters. Among those who could face a difficult decision are Republican Governors Rick Scott of Florida, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Chris Christie of New Jersey, Greg Abbott of Texas and Pat McCrory of North Carolina—all of whom have denied man-made climate change or refused to take action. The states they lead face immediate threats from climate change.
- People want to rely on reports, yet this is not the only case where “mistakes” in reports lead to the opposite conclusion, thus falsely influencing people and seriously misguiding decision-makers. Must be that dollar signs block 20-20 vision? In New Mexico, we have had a very important energy “report” that once clearly erroneous numbers were corrected, the opposite conclusion was reached! – Editor
Once errors corrected, Koch professor’s study shows economic benefits of renewable portfolio standards
Randy Simmons, the “Charles G. Koch” Professor at Utah State University and a major recipient of funding from the fossil fuel industry billionaires, released a study earlier this week attacking the jobs and consumer benefits of state renewable policies in Kansas and elsewhere. When major errors in the study’s methods are corrected, the study’s results actually confirm that state Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (RPS) like those in Kansas create hundreds of jobs and save consumers tens of millions of dollars. A recent analysis by AWEA found that wind is providing billions of dollars in gross savings for consumers in Kansas and neighboring states.
- The bounty of fabulous vegetables, fruits and nuts in our New Mexico grocery stores is in large part because of California, especially in the freezing winter. With over $2 billion dollars already lost by California farmers because of the drought, and the increased expenses when water has to be pumped from deeper and deeper into the ground, it is past time to get serious, really serious, about local food using high, safe production and low water methods providing a far higher percentage of our food! It takes years to develop effective food systems! Start yesterday! – Editor
California has about one year of water left. Will you ration now?
NASA data reveal that total water storage in California has been in steady decline since at least 2002, when satellite-based monitoring began, although groundwater depletion has been going on since the early 20th century. Right now the state has only about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs, and our strategic backup supply, groundwater, is rapidly disappearing. California has no contingency plan for a persistent drought like this one (let alone a 20-plus-year mega-drought), except, apparently, staying in emergency mode and praying for rain. In short, we have no paddle to navigate this crisis.
LA TIMES article
How CA drought will impact the entire US
and for a long list of California produce:
California: A Major Producer of Vegetables and Melons
– Trying to stuff the evils of fossil fuels into the back closet is not limited to the U.S.! – Editor
Over the course of a weekend in early March, more than 175 million people in China tuned into a highly personalized and unprecedentedly science-driven documentary about the country’s debilitating smog problem. “Under the Dome” caught the Chinese public at a moment of intense focus on the wide-ranging impacts of air pollution from coal-fired power plants and vehicle emissions. A few days later, the government ordered media outlets to “absolutely discontinue coverage of the documentary.” When foreigners express anger over the ban, Chinese figures of authority get upset over what they see as foreign meddling.