RENewsletter | November 15, 2015

 

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“Our Environment is changing: Keep up with the Change.”

 

*Note: Henceforth 'environment' means ‘our life support system.’

 

[11/08/2015 – 11/15/2015]

 

Adapting to and mitigating Climate Change in a way that sustains all life while striving to do so equitably is the defining issue of our time.  How we comport ourselves during this historic trial by fire will reveal our true nature. Frank J. Regan

 

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Opening Salvo: “Humanity must change in less than a month; Rochester can help

 

The negotiations to keep greenhouse gas emissions 2C above preindustrial levels, and do so fairly, begin in Paris on November 30th and continue through December 11th. Humanity, which has developed and thrived in the last two centuries on a fossil fuel energy base, must quickly divert to a renewable energy base for our collective survival. The heat caused by this sudden, manmade Climate Change is jeopardizing our environment, our public health, and our way of life. While much of the public, the fossil fuel companies, and many climate change deniers still (immorally) scoff at these dire predictions, 97% of climate scientists know this to be true. Even the fossil fuel industries know this, although they have been saying otherwise. In fact, many climate scientists believe that the politically-generated goal of 2C is too high and may be too dangerous. Many are hopeful that Paris will set a more realistic emissions threshold.

 

Success at Paris is far from a done deal. There isn’t enough money to compensate (as promised) the poor nations for Climate Change catastrophes and allow them to develop without more dangerous emissions. 

 

The rich nations don’t want to make the treaty binding, which is to say they want it to be toothless.

 

Paris climate talks not just hot air, France tells U.S.  Any global climate change agreement reached in Paris next month will be legally binding and have a concrete impact, France's president and foreign minister said on Thursday, reacting to U.S. comments that questioned the status of the accord. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was quoted as telling Wednesday's Financial Times that December's agreement was "definitively not going to be a treaty". Kerry's remarks drew a stern response from French President Francois Hollande, who was attending a European Union-African summit on migrants in Malta. (November 12, 2015) Reuters 

 

The rich nations, despite their encouraging rhetoric, are still subsidizing the fossil fuel industry (which have more money than since money was invented).

 

G20 fossil fuel subsidies four times higher than renewables support  Despite their repeated pledges to phase out fossil fuel subsidies, G20 countries – which produce about three-quarters of global emissions collectively – are still pouring nearly four times more support into coal, oil and gas than renewable energy gets globally, a new report shows. The G20 countries hand out $452 billion per year to fossil fuel companies for production alone, with renewables receiving just $121 billion, says the report, entitled ‘Empty promisesG20 subsidies to oil, gas and coal production’, from the Overseas Development Institute and Oil Change International. This continue support stands in stark contrast to their pledge, and come despite clear analysis warning that three quarters of current fossil fuel reserves have to be left in the ground if the world is to limit the worst impacts of climate change. It also stands in stark contrast to the economic analysis that point towards declining returns in coal and new hard-to-reach oil and gas reserves (November 12, 2015) tcktcktck

 

All of the above issues with the COP21 compels us to a worldwide Global Climate March to convince our leaders that COP21 Paris must be a binding legal treaty. Nothing else will bring the age of fossil fuels to an end—or it already would have.

In Rochester, find out about our “Rochester March for Global Climate Action” here. 

Ask not how the greenies are going to solve their little problem. Ask how you can help Rochester show up for our worldwide reality check. 

There are many ways to get involved: First, consider listening, calling in, and telling your friends and family about the Monday, November 23rd at 1PM Connections (1370 AM) program on “Rochester March for Global Climate Action” (1-844-295 8255, emailFacebook or Twitter).

 

Rochester is hosting a major march in downtown Rochester on November 29th to galvanize our leaders to make the COP21 Paris Climate Treaty a legally binding treaty—and meet its other crucial goals. Our march in Rochester will begin the day before the Paris Treaty and it will be a part of a worldwide march to make our voices heard. Connections, with Evan Dawson, will have several local leaders including Dr Sandra Steingraber (biologist, author, and activist) talk about the importance of the Paris treaty and why Rochester needs to chime in. Please help us make this march a success—we need thousands in the streets. 

 

Contact everyone in your social networks about this historical moment in our existence. Learn more about the march locally here: RochesterPeoplesClimateCoalition.org. Attend one of the 12 Days of Climate Action (to coincide with the 12 negotiation days of Paris). Share the march event Facebook page with everyone and get them to share this event. Attend ” YOUR FOSSIL FUEL DIVESTMENT YOUR MOST POWERFUL WEAPON AGAINST CARBON, MADE EASY" and learn how to divest from fossil fuels from a local businessman Wednesday, December 2, 7PM- 9PM, The Harley School (1981 Clover Street Rochester, NY  14618). Ask that your media highlight the march. Print and post our flyer wherever permissible—in your college, coffee shop, bar, restaurant, laundromat, wherever.  Print our business-card flyers and hand them to other people. Take a selfe with you and our flyer and post it march event Facebook page and all over your social media.

 

Don’t sit this one out. If you cannot march on November 29, assign a proxy to march for you. Paris needs Rochester. Paris may be our last chance to keep GHG emission below dangerous levels.

 

Time passes.   

 

FrankRegan@RochesterEnvironment.com  (Click on my email for feedback)

 

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The great conundrum of our times is that in a time of rapidly occurring Climate Change and a rapid disintegration of the environment that we need to thrive and survive, mainstream media still marginalizes environmental concerns. [Check often for this continually updated list on the possible consequences of Climate Change in our region--supported by facts.] If there isn’t a quick and substantial change in how environmental concerns are reported, edited, and chosen in mainstream media, the public will continue to believe that environmental concerns are merely special interest matters, issues they can avoid if they choose.  How can we inform the public and monitor our environment without abridging our Freedoms--in enough time to save ourselves?

 

“Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.” -- Carl Sagan

 

My companion book to RochesterEnvironment.com written in 2005 still holds true. Now, “We Don’t Get It!” is an E-Book on Amazon.com and Kindle Amazon.com: We Don't Get It! eBook: Frank Regan: Books

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NewsLinks Environmental NewsLinks – [Highlights of major environmental stories concerning our area from the past week]

 

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Updates Daily Updates – [Connecting the dots on Rochester’s environment. Find out what’s going on environmentally in our area—and why you should care? Clicking on -DISCUSSION – will take you to my blog “Environmental Thoughts, NY, where you can add your comments. Text in BOLD are my comments.]

 

 

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Events Rochester Environmental Events Calendar – [The most complete listing of all environmental events around the Rochester, New York area.]  If you don’t see your event, or know of a local environmental event, please send me the info: FrankRegan@RochesterEnvironment.com with (EV event) in the subject line. Also, be sure to check other calendars and environmental series for multi-day events.

 

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Action Take Action - Often, I receive request to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local developments, and environmental items needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world. I’ll keep Actions posted until their due date. 

 

 

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