#ActOnClimate

Today at the LA State Historic Park #ActOnClimate hosted a beautiful rally and round-dance for Climate Justice.

The mission: “Together, we will rally for the steps we know are necessary to deliver on the goals of Paris: moving to 100% renewable energy, stopping new fossil fuel projects, divesting from coal, oil and gas companies, and more.”

Among the great speakers who came before the crowd included: Jack Eidt, Co-Founder of SoCal 350 Climate Action; Lydia Ponce, Co-Director of American Indian Movement Southern California; Paul Koretz, Council Member of City of Los Angeles; Martha Dina Arguello, Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility and Matt Pakucko, Co-Founder of Save Porter Ranch.

Check out 350 to get involved in events in your local community! (https://350.org)

 

Earth Hour: Turn Up the Dark

Earth Hour: Turn Up the Dark is this Saturday March 25th between 8:30-9:30PM local time!

Every year, hundreds of millions of people around the world switch off their lights for one designated hour to demonstrate a commitment to fighting climate change.

Turn off your lights this Saturday to join the world in a spectacular event.

Acceleration of Climate Change

Human activity is changing Earth’s climate 170 times faster than natural forces, according to scientists who claim they have devised an equation that shows people are behind global warming.

According to researchers, global temperatures decreased by 0.01C per century over the last 7,000 years—the “baseline” rate. But in the last 45 years it has increased by the equivalent of 1.7C per century, and the 12 warmest years on record have come since 1998, they said.

While “astronomical and geophysical” as well as biospheric forces have driven change in the “Earth system” over its four billion-year existence, human activity has “driven exceptionally rapid rates of change” that the authors of a new study have represented in an “Anthropocene equation”.

Anthropocene is the name given to a proposed new geological era in which the impact of human activity starts having a measurable impact on the environment.

Writing in New Scientist, the study’s co-author Owen Gaffney said: “The rate of carbon emissions to the atmosphere is arguably the highest in 66 million years, when the (non-avian) dinosaurs slipped off this mortal coil.

“The staggering loss of biodiversity in recent decades prompted researchers in 2015 to argue that the Anthropocene marks the third stage in the evolution of Earth’s biosphere, following on from the microbial stage 3.5 billion years ago and the Cambrian explosion 650 million years ago.

“In the equation, astronomical and geophysical forces tend to zero because of their slow nature or rarity, as do internal dynamics, for now. All these forces still exert pressure, but currently on orders of magnitude less than human impact.”

The risks of human impact on the biosphere includes polluted water and soils as well as a warmer climate, Mr Gaffney said.

He added: “While it would seem imprudent to ignore the huge body of evidence pointing to profound risks, it comes at a challenging time geopolitically, when both fact-based world views and even international cooperation are questioned. Nowhere has this been clearer than in the US in recent weeks.”

(Visit the source link from Independent here)

Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary

There is a recent movement going under the name of MAPS (Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary) and the hashtag #UNITEBYLIGHT which aspires to protect the Arctic and in turn the planet as a whole.

“We no longer live in an era with the luxury to consider one isolated region as separate from the whole. What happens in the arctic affects our entire world.” Parvati.org

MAPS is launching a 24-month long marketing plan to develop a narrative that will reach governments worldwide. Through the power of social media, supporters and increasing ecological awareness they aim to make the goal for MAPS a reality. Their first phase of business is the realization of MAPS which will be accomplished through publication of  compelling media narratives and high-quality artistic experiences that support a global shift to a sustainable future. Visit their website Parvati.org to show your support for this not-for-profit dedicated to a healthy world!

2016 United Nations Climate Change Conference

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In the 2016 United Nations Climate Change Conference (currently in session), the ways in which the Paris Agreement will be applied is the hot item on the agenda for COP22. The Paris Agreement (French: Accord de Paris) is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gases emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020.

Morocco intends to use COP22 as a means to showcase its commitment to fighting climate change. According to Hakima El Haite, the Moroccan Environment Minister, the conference will be “one of innovation with regard to adapting to and alleviating the effects of climate change,” as well as “an opportunity to develop functional tools as part of the Paris-Lima and Paris-Marrakesh Action Plans”. The financial responsibility for loss and damages, which was recognized under the Paris Agreement, will also be debated during COP22, as well as transparency rules regarding the information provided by countries pertaining to the steps they take to reduce their greenhouse-gas emissions.

Earth Guardians

earthguardians“We are the one’s we’ve been waiting for” – Xiuhtezcatl

What is more inspiring than seeing the next generation getting involved in the health and future of our planet?

Xiuhtezcatl (pronounced “shu-TEZ-cuht”) has been leading a youth movement to save the planet since he was ordering from the kids menu at the age of 6. He has assembled a global army of young people over the years with his organization Earth Guardians (which just keeps growing bigger!) to demand sustainable policy from world leaders. The Colorado-based organization has over 1,800 crews on six continents — and counting, partially thanks to social media.

In 2014, Xiuhtezcatl founded Rising Youth for Sustainable Environment (RYSE), a youth council that helps to plan, train, and execute an agenda to help combat climate change. Between the council’s role in this federal lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of them by Our Children’s Trust, and the lawsuits they have on the way in other sates, it’s clear they are onto something.

(Link to Upworthy article: http://www.upworthy.com/meet-the-teens-leading-an-unprecedented-lawsuit-against-the-us-government )

Soil C Quest – Climate Change Mitigation

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Major General Michael Jeffrey on Soil C Quest 2031:

I would like to offer my in-principle support for the ‘Soil C Quest 2031’ project focused on the development of a soil carbon fixing fungal inoculum package for broad acre cropping, nationally and internationally.

The project has as its core vision ‘to double soil organic carbon levels in Australian cropping soils by 2031’. Given the importance of increasing soil carbon toward ongoing farming viability, food security, landscape health and climate change mitigation, the importance of the Soil C Quest 2031 project is self evident. It should be supported by anyone who cares about our country’s soils, climate change and the legacy we will leave behind to future generations.

Link to his website: http://www.scq.net.au/index.aspx