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Moms Clean Air Force

Politicians in Congress, encouraged by irresponsible corporations and lobbyists for polluters, are trying to gut the Clean Air Act and dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency.

They’re fighting for the right to pollute our air.

Lined up against them to strengthen clean air regulations are some of the most respected medical organizations in the world: the American Lung Association; the American Medical Association; the American Heart Association; the American Academy of Pediatricians; the American Nurses Association.

Now there’s another powerful group supporting our right to clean air: Moms Clean Air Force.

Moms have passion and power — an unbeatable combination. We are harnessing the strength of mother love to fight back against polluters.

Moms are uniting to come out in strength for our kids’ right to clean air — just as our parents fought for us, forty years ago, to get the Clean Air Act signed into law by President Richard Nixon. Moms Clean Air Force is nonpartisan–because clean air should be more important than politics.

On our website, we post everything for parents to understand what is at stake: nothing less than the health of our children, as well as future generations.

Air pollution isn’t just dirty. It is toxic. We show you how pollution connects to disease.

Moms will do everything they can to keep their children safe and sound. We look for the healthiest foods we can afford; we avoid toxic chemicals in our products.

But there are some things we simply can’t buy. Clean air is one. We need job-creating regulations to assure that our children have clean air right now, and for their future.

At Moms Clean Air Force, we believe in Naptime Activism. With our online action center, we make it easy and fast for busy parents to make their voices heard—while baby naps.

Sometimes, being a good mom means being an active citizen.

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Latinos Go Green

Together with our partners the Southeast Climate and Energy Network (SCEN) and the Florida Conservation Alliance Institute (FCAI), Latinos Go Green pursues the following short-term strategies:

Focus on Latino organizations and stakeholders in the southeastern United States to educate and engage them about environmental issues and spark action by replicating the SCEN outreach model and USCAN’s established infrastructure;

Identify emerging leaders in these Latino communities and create an infrastructure for Hispanic environmental leaders to train said emerging leaders; and

Organize the newly established network of Latino organizations, leaders, and stakeholders to engage in issue relevant events and civic engagement actions.

We achieve the aforementioned strategies by pursuing the following tactics:

  1. Build a network of Hispanic organizations in our targeted areas of focus to collaborate in program building
  2. Create a Latino environmental fellowship program to train new leadership in environmental stewardship and community-building
  3. Develop local environmental solutions-based programs with local ntwork organizations
  4. Engage Latinos to participate in civic engagement with an environmental twist
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Illinois Environmental Council

The Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund engages in education and outreach and provides a forum for environmentalists. The Illinois Environmental Council serves as the environmental community’s eyes, ears and voice in Springfield. The two organizations – collectively known as IEC – work together to ensure a more healthful environment for Illinois residents.

IEC promotes sound environmental laws and policies. We encourage decision makers in the private sector to go beyond minimum standards to establish new environmental best practices. We credit those who lead, innovate, and inspire others to follow their example.

Since its founding in 1975 by a group of dedicated grassroots environmentalists, IEC has sponsored issue advocacy campaigns and projects. This has allowed environmental organizations to pool their resources to create a higher profile for our issues in Springfield and Washington D.C. About 50 environmental and community organizations and 100 individuals from around the state are members of IEC today.

IEC has supported environmental activists across the state and is building programs to cultivate the next generation of environmental leadership. IEC is working to establish stronger relationships among leaders in communities of color who are committed to environmental stewardship and sustainability. This approach reflects our values and will help the environmental community realize its goals.

IEC publishes annually a legislative briefing book that defines an environmental agenda reflecting our community’s core concerns. At the same time, we are making the case for spurring economic development and job creation through investments in clean energy and energy efficiency and the protection of open spaces. An environmental scorecard helps the public assess how legislators respond to IEC’s recommendations.

The first major issue-based campaign IEC led was the Common Group, which brought farm interests, sportsmen and conservationists together in 1982 to present a soil conservation agenda to the Governor and General Assembly.

One of IEC’s biggest success stories is the formation in 1994 of the Safer Pest Control Project, which continues to reduce the health risks and environmental impacts of pesticides and promote safer alternatives.

IEC helped rally a coalition of groups in 2002 to restore funding for open space acquisition. A little over a year later, IEC organized the Partners for Parks and Wildlife coalition to secure open space acquisition funding in the face of more proposed cuts under former Governor Rod Blagojevich.

IEC launched Mercury Free Illinois in 2005. Because of this campaign and efforts leading up to it, Illinois has cracked down on the sale and use of mercury in commercial, medical and school environments.

The Illinois Climate Action Network, established in 2008, is a coalition committed to helping end global climate change through legislative measures and citizen involvement throughout the state.

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Appalachian Voices

Appalachian Voices is an award-winning, environmental non-profit committed to protecting the land, air and water of the central and southern Appalachian region, focusing on reducing coal’s impact on the region and advancing our vision for a cleaner energy future.

Founded in 1997 (see our 15-year anniversary page), we are headquartered in Boone, N.C. with offices in Charlottesville, Va.; Nashville, Tn. and Washington, D.C. Since we believe working in concert with others produces maximum results, we are proud members of the Alliance for Appalachia, Blueprint North Carolina, Clean Water Network, North Carolina Conservation Network and the Wise Energy for Virginia Coalition.

We produce a bi-monthly environmental news publication, The Appalachian Voice, as well as the Advocate, our monthly e-newsletter.

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171 Grand Blvd
28607 Boone , NC
United States
North Carolina US
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Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE)

The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE) is a network of nurses from around the country (and world) who are acting on the notion that our environment and health are inextricably connected. We are a group of nurses from all walks of our profession – hospital-based, public health, school-based, academics, and advanced practice, to name a few.   

We are helping to integrate environmental health into nursing education, greening our many workplaces, incorporating environmental exposure questions into our patient histories, providing anticipatory guidance to pregnant women and parents about environmental risks to children, implementing research that addresses environmental health questions, and advocating for environmental health in our workplaces and governmental institutions.

We’re not all doing ALL of this. But all together we’re doing all of this.

We’ve divided our interest into 4 main Work Groups: EducationPracticeResearch, and Policy/Advocacy. Some are active in one main area and others are active in more than one. Each of the Work Groups meets via a free conference call once a month to partake in educational presentations, share progress, and strategize about collective efforts.   We are a WONDERFUL and WELCOMING group of nurses.   Your interest is the only pre-requisite for participation!!

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Mount Rainier , MD
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Alliance for Water Efficiency

The Alliance for Water Efficiency is a stakeholder-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the efficient and sustainable use of water.  Headquartered in Chicago, the Alliance serves as a North American advocate for water efficient products and programs, and provides information and assistance on water conservation efforts.  A diverse Board of Directors governs the organization and has adopted a set of guiding principles and strategic plan.

The Alliance has embarked on seven key tasks to support and enhance water conservation efforts, providing benefit to water utilities, water conservation professionals, planners, regulators, and consumers: 

Stand as a clear and authoritative national voice for water efficiency.

The Alliance for Water Efficiency is a forceful advocate for the sustainable use and stewardship of our precious water resources. 

Provide comprehensive information about water-efficient products, practices, and programs--what works and what doesn’t.

The Alliance for Water Efficiency has created a web-based water conservation resource library that offers product information, best practices specifications, research reports, training materials, program descriptions, codes and standards, program evaluation tools, drought planning and response, and professional expertise. 

Represent the interest of water efficiency in the development of codes and standards.

Codes and standards that mandate water efficiency have driven significant water-use savings. The Alliance for Water Efficiency provides knowledgeable representation in standards writing and advocacy. 

Transform the market for fixtures and appliances.

Consumers want to do the right thing, and water efficiency should be an easy choice. The Alliance for Water Efficiency will help ensure that efficient products are available, tested, and clearly labeled. 

Coordinate with green building initiatives to institutionalize water efficiency.

New green building programs are working to integrate water conservation into other efficiency practices. The Alliance for Water Efficiency coordinates these efforts to ensure that water savings are part of the overall effort. 

Train water conservation professionals.

Water efficiency is a diverse field drawing upon a broad range of disciplines. The Alliance for Water Efficiency will develop core curriculum and technical training materials, and it will work with colleges and universities, trade organizations, and other educational entities to support the development of a professional water conservation work force. 

Educate water users.

Good consumer education represents a key to the long-term success of water conservation efforts. The Alliance for Water Efficiency will provide up-to-date information on water efficient products, practices, and behaviors for the general public.  

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33 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2275
60602 Chicago , IL
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Illinois US
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HFCs: Finally Phasing Out One Man-Made Problem?

 

ECO was pleased to wake up Sunday to the news that Presidents Obama and Xi had agreed to work together to combat climate change by phasing down the super greenhouse gases, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), under the Montreal Protocol. An agreement under Montreal could prevent emissions of 100 billion tonnes CO2e by 2050. First that great party on Saturday, and then this?!

For a while now, the EU has been busy pushing a COP decision at Warsaw that will urge Parties to begin this exact same process under the Montreal Protocol, and they are clearly excited to have China and the US in agreement. As Connie Hedegaard tweeted Saturday, “Welcome on board!” All eyes are now on the next intersessional meeting of the Montreal Protocol happening in a few weeks, hoping it will turn this political arrangement into concrete, short-term action, which must not stop at phasing down, but start phasing out with appropriate finance and technology support to developing countries.

HFCs are human-manufactured chemicals, primarily used in refrigeration, air conditioning and foam blowing, which were commercialised to replace the high-Global Warming Potential, ozone depleting, human manufactured chemicals phased out by the Montreal Protocol over the past 25 years. Yet, HFCs are also extremely harmful to the climate, with global warming potentials much higher than carbon dioxide. Fortunately, commercially available, climate friendly natural alternatives exist for most of their uses, and developed countries should ensure that these are provided to developing countries at an affordable cost to enable them to take a faster phase in.

Under the Montreal Protocol, all 197 Parties have accepted firm reduction commitments. These commitments are based on the legal principle of common but differentiated responsibilities that incorporates a grace period for developing countries and financial and technology transfer support. This allows them to implement mandated phase-out schedules after developed countries, in recognition of developed countries’ larger historical contribution to ozone depletion and developing countries’ right to continued growth and development. In addition, the Montreal Protocol has financially supported the phase-out of ozone depleting substances in developing countries through developed country contributions administered by the Multilateral Fund (MLF).

On Monday, the EU held a side event to discuss how to deliver progress on HFCs in practical terms. A far cry from some of the more theoretical debates happening elsewhere, this took a packed room through a demonstration of what the Montreal Protocol has achieved in terms of climate mitigation and technology transfer. A whopping 220 Gt CO2e have been avoided since the early 1990s alone, with the $3 billion channelled through the MLF. The message came across loud and clear: if you’re looking for bang for your buck, look no further than the Montreal Protocol. This led more than one participant to ask why we’re not using the tried and tested mechanisms already in place to get rid of these super greenhouse gases.

ECO wonders the same thing, and hopes Parties will stop their politics and get to work. ECO also calls upon developed countries to ensure that support is provided to financial and technology transfer to ensure these technologies are available at affordable costs to developing countries, and encourages a faster phase out to better technologies.

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How Much Climate Finance Will Developed Countries Provide in 2013 and Beyond?

 

Based on pledges/statements made in UNFCCC…

Finland, France, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the UK were first off the blocks in making financial pledges in Doha.  This was welcome. But the adequacy and the clarity of these pledges vary significantly and need to be pinned down.

And then there’s the rest…

No developed country Party should be coming back to this process empty handed! ALL developed countries need to urgently commit to what climate finance they will provide in 2013 and beyond, in a way that is transparent, comparable and makes clear how finance is new and additional.

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Climate action takes on split personality ahead of first UN talks of 2013

With this year’s first session of the UN climate negotiations to open on Monday, international politics surrounding the planetary climate crisis were taking on a split personality, according to NGO experts speaking at a press briefing today by Climate Action Network-International and the Global Call for Climate Action. 

According to Alden Meyer, Union of Concerned Scientists' director of strategy and policy, on the one hand, there are some signs of progress on climate action.
 
More developing countries appear keen to adopt low carbon development plans, renewable energy costs continue to decline, and the US and China just launched a process to develop a set of joint actions that “set the kind of powerful example that can inspire the world."
 
In addition, several key high-profile political actors, such as IMF chief Christine Lagarde and World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, are calling for increased action on climate change.
 
But on the other hand, there are several signs that the world is not coming to grips with the severity of the situation, Meyer said, such as continuation of some US$1 trillion a year in fossil fuel subsidies, increasing efforts to develop unconventional oil reserves and expand coal exports, and the growing gap documented by UNEP between the reductions in emissions required by 2020 in order to keep global temperature increases below 2 degrees Centigrade, and the much higher level expected as a result of current national pledges of action. 
 
"To top it off, we aren’t seeing the bold leadership needed by our political leaders to deal with the climate crisis, particularly those from developed countries,” Meyer said.  “This must change – and soon – if we are to get the much more ambitious set of international and national actions that are required to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.” 
Hope in the face of the climate threat was coming increasingly from developing countries. 
 
Lina Li, climate policy researcher from the Greenovation Hub in Beijing, said after some positive domestic developments on the climate front, there was potential for China to do more on the international stage. 
 
"The North-South paradigm that underpinned the international development and environment agenda is posing more questions than answers. Conventional wisdoms are being challenged while new imaginations are yet to be articulated. China’s new role, with the ongoing geographic power shift, will be identified within this context. This is one of the key questions that need to be addressed if we are going to achieve a fair deal in 2015," Lina said. 
 
Meanwhile, this year's major climate negotiations will be held in Poland in November, a country renowned for blocking further climate action in the EU, according to Julia Michalak, climate policy officer for Climate Action Network, Europe. 
 
"It’s difficult for the country that keeps looking back-ward to move the international process forward. Poland keeps mentioning its past achievement and has no vision on how to design its own climate policy, so it’s difficult to imagine it can offer a lot to international process."
 
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