Posts Tagged ‘climate crisis’

The Earth needs us

We cannot despair. The fate of humanity rests on what we do over the next four years. David Leonhardt says it best: This morning, many Americans feel sick. The country they thought they knew doesn’t seem to exist. Many of them are worried in a way they never have been before. I share a lot…

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CalSTRS moves $2.5 billion into low-carbon fund

On July 14, the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) voted unanimously to move $2.5 billion in assets to a low-carbon index fund. This laudable decision is another indicator of CalSTRS’ focus on the financial consequences of climate change — complementing the board’s recent vote to divest from coal companies, in compliance with the mandates of SB 185, This low-carbon…

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Thinking about "climate change"

This post is by Russell Kilday-Hicks, Fossil Free California activist and member of the CSU Employees Union. It is a talk he delivered at the December “Suds, Snacks & Socialism” community forum, held monthly at the Starry Plough in Berkeley. He began with two strong quotations. Our moral obligation to fight climate change is to build a collective…

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Preparing to march for the climate

Climate activists are focused on the upcoming United Nations Conference on Climate Change, planning for marches and rallies in Paris, Washington, Tokyo, Oakland, and dozens of other cities around the world. Political leaders are meeting for two weeks to discuss a potential new global agreement on climate change. The conference begins in Paris on November 30, in what…

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Paris commitments not enough (6.3°F)

Leading up to the Paris climate talks in December, India has now submitted to the UN its plan for curbing carbon emissions. As of this week, almost every nation has announced what it’s prepared to do to keep the rise in global warming 2 degrees Celsius below pre-industrial levels. Unfortunately, it’s not enough. Why is…

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Hiroshima in slow motion

Seventy years after Hiroshima was obliterated by the bomb nicknamed Little Boy, human civilization is still threatened by the specter of nuclear war. But we are now faced with a more insidious danger, with equally grave consequences: climate change. A global catastrophe that unfolds over decades is no less dangerous than a one-day exchange of megaton missiles.…

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Make carbon polluters pay

The real cost of carbon pollution is paid by everyone. It should be paid by those who sell and burn the carbon. If a factory leaves a toxic residue of chemicals on its abandoned site, the factory owner is liable for cleanup. If someone dumps an old car in the river, he will be charged…

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CalSTRS: Divest from fossil fuels!

This post is by Vivian Stanton, a retired elementary school teacher with the Santa Barbara School District. She is a member of CalSTRS and of 350 Santa Barbara. As a member of the largest public teacher retirement fund in the United States, I am very concerned. The retirement fund which I currently rely on, the…

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California emissions are down, but not enough

California is reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Existing laws and regulations have put the state on track to meet our aggresive climate goals for 2020 and 2030. That’s the good news. But we need to do a lot more to avoid catastrophic warming in the longer term. That’s the difficult news. The good news and the difficult news both…

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