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  • posted about Home on Facebook 2017-01-10 17:44:48 -0800
    We need an emergency, WW2-style climate mobilization to phase out fossil fuels now!


    Time is running out to protect our miraculous planet. With the Paris Climate Change Agreement, the world's leaders started to awaken to the enormous risks we face. Yet nations’ intentions—with reductions postponed and huge fossil fuel incentives still in place—mean a rise of 3.5°C this century, vastly inconsistent with Paris's 1.5-2°C goal. A central assumption for meeting the target involves the massive deployment of undemonstrated, negative emission technologies. To actually deliver on Paris, an immediate, dramatic fossil fuel phase out is needed—there’s simply no remaining carbon budget.

    The case is overwhelming for an Emergency Climate Mobilization as an overriding national priority. The aim is zero emissions within ten years in the US, feasible with an emergency restructuring of our economy at rapid speed. The US must also provide low-carbon assistance for the developing world. Climate change is an immense crisis, but it is also an immense opportunity to build a just world that works for all.

    We must quickly drive an open, truthful national conversation, to achieve a US consensus on this climate mobilization within two years. Public engagement must be galvanized through an extensive warning initiative, thus a Climate Emergency Campaign will offer personal, face-to-face dialogue in thousands of faith and civic spaces across the nation to awaken citizens to the need for mobilization. A Climate Emergency Coalition creates a pathway for existing organizations to shift their missions to mobilization; additionally, it furthers the public conversation and opens the space for the mobilization to take root.

    In spite of what is needed, the Trump Administration has launched a concerted campaign to unleash the fossil fuel industry and end all climate protection, essentially putting the US and world on the road to climate catastrophe. The Trump agenda must be stopped. Importantly, realize that it only takes 3-4% of engaged, impassioned citizens—those most concerned—to transform the situation.

    Now is our moment. This is our call to greatness.
    Join us in protecting our future.

  • posted about Individual Sign-On on Facebook 2016-08-02 18:46:34 -0700
    I just joined the Climate Emergency Coalition. Join me!

    Climate Emergency Coalition Sign-On
    For Individuals


    The world is in a state of Climate Emergency, and we must slash fossil fuel use now. Climate stabilization, consistent with international goals (1.5-2°C) means a fossil fuel phase-out in about a decade for the US and fifteen years worldwide. Otherwise, the risks of going past 2°C and crossing catastrophic tipping points are unacceptably high. 

    In that light, we need a Declaration of Global Warming State of Emergency so that the people of the United States will demand immediate action. In that way, we meet the most critical moral issue of our time. 

    Therefore, I support a Declaration of Climate Emergency.

    Moreover, I support the responses required to address the emergency. The United States must mobilize to leave fossil fuels. This means we will:

    • Eliminate fossil fuels:
      • Price carbon and remove subsidies. Make fossil fuels account for their true costs.
      • Keep fossil fuels in the ground. Oppose their exploration, development, export, and new infrastructure through collective action.
    • Phase-in renewable energy:
      • Incentivize clean energy development, production, and roll-out as quickly as possible.
      • Assist developing nations with renewable energy so they bypass fossil fuel development.  




  • signed Letter to MacArthur 2016-08-02 18:45:00 -0700

    Letter to MacArthur Foundation

    73 signatures

    To send your own letter to the MacArthur Foundation, write to:

    Ms. Julia Stasch, President
    John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
    140 S. Dearborn Street
    Chicago, IL 60603-5285

    Dear President Stasch and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation,

    It is with great hope and expectation that I noted that you have moved the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in the direction of tackling big problems and working to have a transformative impact on the biggest ones we all face.  While you mention climate change in your announcements of 100&Change, I would like to ask you personally to fund solutions to the climate crisis.  The reasons are many.

    First, we exist in a global warming emergency now, and we are doing far too little to stabilize climate in the US or world-wide. 

    Next, if we do not stabilize climate then all of the other crises we face are made much worse.  One of our best known climate scientists, Katharine Hayhoe said it best: “We can pour all of our money, all of our effort and everything we have into a bucket of humanitarian efforts, but it will not be enough.  Because the bucket has a hole in it.  That hole is climate change.  And it is getting bigger.”  See the three-minute film here.

    Third, climate change threatens us all with extinction, and extinction of our living systems upon which we depend utterly.  Civilization is at stake “right now” as are many of the other creatures that share our beautiful home with us. 

    Finally, climate must be stabilized within a context of justice, equity, and fairness for all of us and for the rest of life.  And justice, equity, and fairness have no future, indeed no hope without a stable climate and a sustainable humanity.

    There has never been a crisis like this climate crisis.  Everything is at stake because of it.  The climate crisis needs the focus of 100&Change and all of the resources that can be brought to bear from other Philanthropies that will partner with you.

    Please help us all, and help us all now.

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  • signed Emergency Petition 2016-08-02 18:36:11 -0700


    See the petition and notable signers below


    268 signatures

    We, the citizens of our nation and of our Earth, are endowed with certain rights, powers, and obligations, which demand we act both individually and collectively to protect and preserve the ongoing evolution of life on Earth, including our future generations.

    Based upon a preponderance of scientific evidence we recognize our global climate is rapidly warming and becoming increasingly unstable due to human-caused carbon pollution from the burning of fossil fuels. If we do not change course before global warming tipping points are crossed, this destabilization of our climate will continue to cause ever-increasing suffering and potentially irreversible devastation for both current and future generations. If left unresolved, it could cause the extinction, or near extinction, of the human species.

    We further recognize that rapidly escalating global warming and its consequent climate destabilization is the greatest currently active threat to the security of all nations, comparable in scope of impact to global nuclear war. Escalating average global temperature rises will lead to destabilization affecting first millions, then billions of people forced to deal with ongoing climate catastrophes, food and other resource depletion, and mass migrations.

    Nearly all of the major problems our world faces today worsen and multiply due to escalating global warming. All of the ecological, economic and political problems listed below will cross-intensify and therefore worsen as average global temperatures rises.

    • Food and resource depletion
    • Severe droughts, floods, and wildfires
    • Rising sea levels
    • Water pollution and water table loss
    • Desertification and deforestation
    • Ocean fish stock depletions
    • Growing economic inequity, poverty, and instability
    • Political instability and injustice
    • War and regional conflicts
    • Increasing potential of pandemics and other health crises

    Despite 30 years of education, study, and discussion about the possible irreversible effects of human-caused carbon and methane pollution of our atmosphere, global warming temperatures have escalated to levels that may have already passed or be close to passing global warming tipping points with impacts that are irreversible. We must immediately reverse the continued rise of average global temperature by decreasing human-caused production of greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels.

    Failure to resolve global warming for ourselves and future generations is simply not a survivable option.

    As global citizens of every nation on Earth, we ask you, our national leaders, to initiate the necessary steps to formally declare a national and international global warming State of Emergency, calling for the immediate allocation of the needed research, resources, personnel, and interventions to quickly resolve this State of Emergency and sustainably protect, preserve, and advance the continued evolution of humanity and life on Earth.  

    By signing this petition, I pledge to act together with others as one human family to acknowledge and resolve the escalating global warming-caused climate destabilization crisis.

    When we reach the required number of petition signatures for each area, we will submit the petition with all signatures to: (1) the incoming President and the members of both houses of US Congress, and (2) governing bodies of other nations (if you provide your nationality).




    Vinit Allen, Founder & Executive Director, Sustainable World Coalition

    Steve Bhaerman, Co-author of "Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From Here" and political satirist

    Philip  Bogdonoff,  Director, Washington DC Chapter of Biodiversity for a Livable Climate

    Russell Brockhurst, Project Team Leader, Caterpillar of Australia, Ltd

    Karen Cisler, Secretary-Treasurer, PSR-TN [TN Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility];  member, Air Quality Board, State of TN Department of Environmental Conservation

    Cliff Cockerham, PhD, Chair, TN Chapter of the Sierra Club;  President, PSR-TN; Climate Mobilization Volunteer International Organizer in the Americas

    Siobhan Colombo, Faculty of Science & Engineering,  Queensland University of Technology, Australia

    John Cooksey, Writer/Director/Producer, "How to Boil a Frog"

    Raymond Cummings, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Villanova University

    Kathy Dervin, Senior Consultant, Center for Climate Change & Health

    Rev. Michael Dowd, Pro-Future Evangelist

    Hans Ehrbar, PhD, Professor of Economics - retired, University of Utah

    Duane Elgin, Author of "Voluntary Simplicity"

    Dave Ewoldt, Co-founder & Senior Analyst, Coalitions for Mutual Endeavor

    Peter Fiekowsky, Founder, The Healthy Climate Project; Lead Volunteer & Founder, CCL's 100-Year Planning Group

    Len Finegold, PhD, Professor of Biophysics - retired, Drexel University

    Dr.  Katherine Forrest, MD, MPH, Co-Founder & former President, The Commonweal Institute;  Board Member of The Peninsular Democratic Coalition [PDC] and founding member of PDC's Climate Action Group 

    Len Frenkel, Author, "Will We Survive Climate Change?: One Last Chance"

    Valerie Gardner, Founder & Executive Director, Climate Coalition     

    Russell Greene, President, PDA-People Demanding Action & is the leading climate activist of Progressive Democrats of America who is credited with securing the Climate Mobilization plank in the 2016 Democratic Presidential platform, saying: "There is no time left for gradualism. That window has passed. This is a climate emergency — the moment to make a stand for the future. For each other. For our children."

    Heidi Harmon,  Co-Organizer, "Up to Us Caravan" to the DNC

    Dr. Mary Headrick, MD, Board Member, PSR-TN

    Harold Hedelman, Director of Engagement - Business Climate Leaders at Citizens' Climate Lobby

    Bill Henderson, Freelance Climate Journalist

    Michael Hoexter, PhD, Research Scholar, Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and Campaign Volunteer for Bernie Sanders 2016

    Allen Johnson, PhD, Professor of Geology - retired, University of West Chester

    John Jorgensen, Biologist-turned Activist/Marcher, Great March for Climate Action

    George Paul Kemp, PhD, Associate Research Professor, Center for Coastal, Energy and Environmental Resources, Louisiana State University; Co-founder & former Executive Director, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

    Rev. Earl Koteen, Environmental Justice Minister and Board Member, Unitarian Universalist Earth Ministry

    Felix Kramer, Founder, Beyond Cassandra and the of Congressional Climate Project

    Cynthia Lukas, Producer, "Heaven on Earth Creations'" and upcoming film "Ghandi's Gift"

    Chloe Maxmin, Co-founder, Divest Harvard

    Bruce Melton, PE, Executive Director, Climate Change Now Initiative

    Debbie Mytels, Associate Director, Acterra: Action for a Sustainable Earth

    Jim Newell, PhD, lobbyist & government relations professional & CEO, ELS, Inc and CEC Lead Volunteer for Government Relations

    Terry Patten, Founder, Bay Area Integral

    Vanessa Rule, Co-founder, Mothers Out Front - Mobilizing for a Livable Climate

    Adam Sacks, Executive Director, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate

    Paul Severance, Chair, Elders Climate Action

    Ezra Silk, Co-Founder and Director of Policy and Strategy, The Climate Mobilization

    Mariana Garcia Solana, Executive Director, The Friends of the Maya Foundation and Climate Mobilization Volunteer Lead Organizer for Mexico

    Susan Soleil, Executive Director, Utah Interfaith Power & Light

    Kristina Turechek, Adjunct Faculty, SUNY College at Oneonta

    Brian von Herzen, PhD, Executive Director, The Climate Foundation 

    Cassandra Wardle, Conservation Researcher, School of the Environment, Griffith University, Australia

    Tom Weis, President, Climate Crisis Solutions


    "I heartily support the Climate Emergency Coalition and its work to shift philanthropy to organizations and initiatives fighting the threats to humanity brought by climate change."   

                                                                                                                                                                                    - Paul R. Ehrlich


    People who have worked with us on earlier breakthrough initiatives beginning in 2014:

    Turner Anderson, Project Engineer at Siemens Energy, Inc.**

    Duncan Callaway, PhD, Associate Professor of Energy & Resources, Division of Electrical Engineering/EECS, University of California - Berkeley**

    William Christopfel, PhD, Director of Scientific Affairs, Bell Pharmaceuticals**

    Simon Dalby, PhD, Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies and CIGI Chair in the Political Economy of Climate Change, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada**

    Robert Dello-Russo, PhD, Research Associate Professor of Anthropology & Director, Office of Contract Archaeology, University of New Mexico**

    William DeMott, PhD, Professor of Biology, Purdue University**

    Paul R. Ehrlich, PhD, Bing Professor of Population Studies and President, Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University

    Daniela Gioseffi, Editor & Publisher of &; American Book Award-winning author of 16 books of poetry and prose***  

    Sebastian Groh, PhD, CEO at ME SOLshare Ltd; Assistant Professor at North South University, Bangaldesh**

    John Harte, PhD, jointly appointed Professor in the Energy & Resources Group and the Ecosystem Sciences Division of the College of Natural Resources, University of California - Berkeley**

    Donald Hnatowich, PhD, Professor of Radiology - retired, University of Massachusetts Medical School; Presenter, Climate Reality**

    Andy Hoffmann, PhD, Office of Sustainability working group, University of Utah**

    Daniel Kammen, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Energy, Energy and Resources Group, University of California - Berkeley**

    Rik Leemans, PhD, Professor of Environmental Systems Analysis Wageningen University, The Netherlands**

    Michael Mann, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology & Director of the Earth System Science Center Penn State University**

    Trae Menard, Director of Forest Conservation, Hawaii Chapter - The Nature Conservancy**

    Sergio Pacca, PhD, Research Fellow, University of Michigan Center for Sustainable Systems; Associate Professor of Energy & Sustainability, Sao Paolo University, Brasil**

    Robert Strom, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Lunar and Planetary Lab. and Dept. of Planetary Science, University of Redlands**

    Anders Wijkman, PhD, elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for outstanding services to the environment; Co-President, Club of Rome**

    Cleo Woelfle-Erskine, PhD, Fellow, Energy and Resources Group, University of California - Berkeley; Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society, Austria**

    *   Institutional affiliation listed for identification purposes only
    ** Signers of preliminary sign on letters leading up to the emergency petition.
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