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Citizens Climate Lobby

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. We train and support volunteers to reclaim their democracy and engage elected officials and the media to generate the political will for solutions that will stabilize the Earth’s climate.

“If the political will of the people is asleep at the wheel, then the political will of government is likely to be asleep at the wheel.”Sam Daley-Harris Founder, President RESULTS

How does CCL Work?
  • CCL uses a mix of group empowerment and support which includes monthly national conference calls with a guest speaker.
  • CCL trains volunteers to speak powerfully to their elected officials, the media and their local communities in order to inspire members of Congress to be leaders and spokespersons for a sustainable climate.
  • CCL volunteers meet with their members of Congress, launch letter-writing campaigns, write letters to the editor and op-ed pieces, and generate editorials to promote a sustainable climate.
Methods of CCL
  1. Organize groups of citizens by Congressional District, of at least 5 volunteers per group.
  2. Listen to a National Conference call monthly to learn about legislation; share triumphs and difficulties; and learn and practice a laser talk.
  3. Build helpful, friendly relationships with elected representatives and with members of the press by providing timely, reliable information.
  4. Organize Education and Action meetings where CCL members educate friends and family and offer action to be taken.
  5. CCL is nonpartisan
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Southern Oregon Climate Action Now

SOCAN is a grassroots organization of area residents
who care about climate change and have combined forces
to take bold action against it.

Our Mission:

  • To recognize the urgency for bold action against climate change
  • To promote awareness and understanding about the causes and consequences of climate change
  • To develop solutions and motivate concerned citizens to take action

Regardless of location, everyone living on our planet needs to be acutely aware of the cause and consequences of climate change. We educate by providing meaningful and engaging content, based on evidence accepted by the scientific community.

We must develop solutions to reduce the cause of climate change, and prepare to withstand its inevitable consequences in our region, and the world. We nurture ideas that contribute to solving these problems.

We urge friends, neighbors, co-workers, and classmates, as well as our elected officials, to take bold action addressing climate change. We organize events and activities to stimulate their involvement.

The SOCAN Mission is threefold: To educate, nurture, and organize.

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ECO’s Climate Summit expectations

As the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit approaches, we are sure Parties, investors and businesses are wondering how to pack their bags and appropriately prepare for New York this September.

ECO would like to help. We know that Parties sometimes struggle with long lists of things they need to prepare. There is a regrettable tendency for some Parties to forget what they have already packed interventions in their bags already, or to wear old items of clothing in the hope that we don’t notice that it’s just the same old thing refashioned.

However, without any kind of a list to work from, ECO is concerned that Parties will arrive in New York completely not dressed appropriately for the occasion. Hot air and vague promises are not going to provide the cover needed at the summit. So here is what ECO recommends that Parties should pack for the Climate Summit:

1) New measures to scale up investment in, and deployment of, renewable energy and energy efficiency. This will to help fill the pre-2020 mitigation gap, but will also help you to pledge your support for a just transition to a fossil-free and 100% renewable future by 2050.

2) Then, if you are committed to a just transition, you will want to come to New York with substantial pledges for the Green Climate Fund and a commitment to increase the overall scale of climate finance.

3) And obviously, becoming fossil free means sending a strong signal that the age of coal is over. That means announcements from the US and China (inter alia) on domestic limits to coal use (going beyond current plans), the phase out of export credit and development bank finance for coal infrastructure from OECD countries, and coal divestment announcements by private sector actors.

If you arrive at the Summit with all of this in your suitcase, then you will be the talk of the town as all your clothing choices will make a climate fashion statement that the world will applaud about your determination to achieve a strong climate agreement in Paris and stop climate change.

Thanks in advance from ECO. We can’t wait!

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US power plant rules: a second look

After celebrating the good news out of the US on new EPA regulations to cut carbon pollution from power plants, ECO has taken the time to take a second look at the proposed plan.

The good news is that the plan looks like the real deal - it will lower emissions and put the US on the right path. The puzzler is why the administration is leaving the low-hanging fruit on the tree. Analyses suggest there are far more gains to be achieved - in both emissions reductions and cost savings - by fully harnessing energy efficiency measures and renewable energy resources. The U.S. power sector is already well on its way to meeting the EPA’s draft 2030 target. ECO thinks the US should aim much higher, introducing other regulations to further reduce emissions. . 

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Domestic preparations for dirty oil prevention

Domestic preparations for intended nationally determined contributions may, at first glance, seem an unpromising subject for an article. The issue couldn’t be more important, though. The contributions that countries plan to submit, ahead of Paris, and the terms by which they’ll do so, remains firmly at the forefront of ECO’s mind. We’re quite sure that the same is true for many negotiators.

ECO could spend many pages outlining details of what countries should submit, but for a change of pace, let’s talk about something that one particular country shouldn’t submit.

That’s right, we’re talking about the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

As the US considers its plans to increase ambition, and as it moves (we hope) towards emissions reductions in line with the science, the only proper role for the Keystone XL pipeline is rejection.

But don’t just take ECO’s word for it. A new study by the financial analysts at the Carbon Tracker Initiative suggests that building the pipeline would incentivise growth in the Canadian tar sands production equivalent to the emissions from building some 46 new coal-fired power plants. Besides undermining American climate action, a presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline would also mean substantial emission increases in Canada, moving the Maple Leaf even further away from the targets committed in Copenhagen.

International luminaries such as Desmond Tutu recently signed a letter stating, “The verdict on whether to approve or reject the Keystone XL pipeline could, in just one stroke, confirm or condemn America’s prospects for climate leadership.”

As we walk the road towards Paris, it’s imperative that all Parties take steps to build trust and show commitment to achieving the most ambitious outcome possible. One key step on the road must certainly be the rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, don’t you think?

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CAN Statement On Allegations of Spying During Copenhagen Talks

CAN Statement On Allegations of Spying During Copenhagen Talks

The world's largest network of NGOs working on climate change, Climate Action Network (CAN), today called on the United States and other governments accused of spying on climate negotiators during the Copenhagen summit in 2009, to publicly renounce such underhanded tactics.

CAN condemns such actions. The work currently underway to secure a comprehensive, global plan to save the climate – which is supposed to be delivered in 2015 and include all countries - already suffers from a dearth of trust between nations. If we are to achieve this monumental deal for the planet, all countries must work on repairing these burnt bridges.

Governments of the world must acknowledge that climate change will only be solved when they all work together – openly and honestly – towards a common goal that reflects the planetary emergency facing us, rather than in the interests of fossil fuel corporations.

The IPCC's recent first installment of the fifth assessment report – released in September – said that in to have a good chance of avoiding the very worst impacts of climate change, carbon pollution would need to peak in the next few years, and that if we failed to reduce emissions, we were on track to use all of our remaining carbon budget in the next 30 years.

The countries who have been accused of spying – including the US, UK, Canada and Australia – are among those who have done the most to cause the climate crisis and can also be leaders in delivering solutions.

But we need a radical shift in ambition and trust to tackle the planetary emergency – and that starts with the attitudes of the governments to this problem over the next two crucial years for the climate.

The allegations come off the back of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address this week which failed to raise to bar on climate action. 

Civil society is watching and we expect these governments to close the gap between current levels of inaction and what climate science is saying needs to be done.

Please contact Ria Voorhaar for more information on rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org or  +49 157 317 355 68.

 
 
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Colossal Fossil for Australia’s New Government

This year’s Colossal Fossil goes to Australia. The new Australian Government has won its first major international award – the Colossal Fossil. The delegation came here with legislation in its back pocket to repeal the carbon price, failed to take independent advice to increase its carbon pollution reduction target and has been blocking progress in the loss and damage negotiations. Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi!

Canada is dishonored with a special Lifetime Unachievement Fossil Award for its long-standing efforts preventing this process from making a sufficient contribution to the fight against climate change. As long as Canada and the Harper Government puts their addiction to the tar sands first, Canada will continue to be a Fossil champion.

Canada’s record is in indeed unsurpassed – it is the only country in the world to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol. And it did not event meet its pitifully lowered emissions reduction target announced in the lead-up to the Copenhagen COP. Canada’s stance is also rubbing off on other countries at the negotiations. Following Canada’s Kyoto “lead,” Japan abandoned its own 2020 target, and when Australia proposed to cut its carbon price, Canada cheered instead of staging an intervention. Canada you truly are a climate laggard... again... and again.

Singapore slinks to first Fossil for stingy stance on 2015 deal

The first place Fossil of the Day goes to Singapore for strongly opposing the inclusion of the clear elements of a roadmap to the comprehensive global climate action planned that needs to be agreed in 2015. The island city-state is blocking the development of framework to fairly divide climate action between countries. Furthermore, Singapore is promoting weak language in the text on the post-2020 carbon pollution reduction commitments, preventing national actions being integrated in a rules-based multilateral system. Despite being a member of AOSIS, Singapore is blocking progress towards the 2015 deal because of their unwillingness accept they must contribute to the solution.

Second place Fossil goes to U.S.A. We have been hearing that the Americans came here with a mandate to play a constructive role in the negotiations, which is not currently being reflected. They are blocking progress on a Long Term Finance pathway as well as an agreement on the relationship between the COP and the Green Climate Fund (GCF), which are critical issues for developing countries. The U.S. is also being difficult around the establishment of an international mechanism on loss and damage, which was agreed at COP 18 last year. This is complete backtracking and a betrayal to the millions of poor and vulnerable people around the world.

Saudi Arabia wins the third place Fossil of the Day. Saudi Arabia wants to introduce the issue of “Response Measures” into the 2015 agreement. Response Measures is the about how countries like Saudi Arabia would be compensated for any loss in oil sales if the world decides to reduce the use of fossils fuels to solve climate change. It would be surprising to many to see Saudi Arabia asking governments for financial compensation when they have one the highest GDPs in the world for selling the substance that caused climate change in the first place. But Saudi Arabia is not interested in financial compensation. They just want to poison the negotiations. They are not fooling anybody.

Ray of the Day goes to Chile. The Alliance of Independent Latin American and Caribbean States (AILAC) has proven itself to be the gold standard in civil society engagement, moral integrity and simple logic by championing youth in the ADP and putting forward Intergenerational Equity. 

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What is the proper role for private finance?

You may have noticed the developed countries’ increasing  enthusiasm for having private finance substitute for their direct support as part of meeting the the promise of mobilizing US $100 billion per year by 2020.

This year, two US-hosted ministerial meetings and the pre-COP finance discussions focused almost exclusively on the role of private finance, whilst the glaring uncertainties around the provision of public finance were barely discussed. And the invitation letter from the COP presidency to today’s finance ministerial encourages civil society organisations to ‘present their own ideas on possible ways of mobilizing sources of finance in the private sector’ as if to silence calls on the urgent need to scale up public finance.

So you be the judge: are developed countries sliding back on their side of the bargain and using private finance to sidestep the need to increase public finance?  Today’s Finance Ministerial is an opportunity to highlight that whilst private finance has a role to play in the global climate transition, it is not a substitute for scaling up  crucially needed public support.

Public finance has a critical role to play in mitigation by helping to catalyse larger private investments,. The real need is estimated to exceed $1 trillion globally,  if we are to limit the temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius. Developed countries are kidding themselves if they think limiting the provision of public finance to a minor proportion of the $100 billion will leverage this scale of change.  If we are serious, it’s obvious that far more than $100 billion in public finance  is needed for mitigation alone. Now as for adaptation, the world’s poorest countries and communities will require public finance since private finance will favour mitigation. This will increase  the already neglected  adaptation gap in the world’s poorest countries.

Last month the US special climate envoy said, ‘No step change in overall levels of public funding from developed countries is likely to come anytime soon. The fiscal reality of the United States and other developed countries is not going to allow it’. 

But let us remind the developed country Parties of three other ‘fiscal realities’.  The first is the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan, which should serve as a wake-up call that scaled up public finance is vital to support resilience in the world's most vulnerable countries.

The second is that developed countries are subsidising fossil fuel energy with by at least $58 billion each year, which could instead be channelled for international climate finance.   The money is there, what’s lacking is the political will to drive  solutions forward.

Finally, developed countries urgently need to grasp the reality that their myopic focus on private finance will not help build trust and momentum. Instead, failure to scale up public finance is a source of considerable unease among developing countries, and risks derailing an effective 2015 outcome.

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Protect Our Winters

Protect Our Winters (POW) was started in 2007 by pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones who witnessed first-hand the impact of climate change on our mountains.

After having been turned away from areas that had once been ride-able and seeing resorts closed due to lack of snow, Jeremy saw a gap between the winter sports community and the action being taken by us all to address the problem.

Snow-based recreation in the United States is estimated to contribute $67 billion annually to the US economy and supports over 600,000 jobs.  So when we look at the cost of inaction, it’s serious business.

We represent the global snow sports community – there are 23 million of us in the US alone. Clearly, it’s time for us all to step up and take responsibility to save a season that fuels our passions but is also the foundation for our livelihoods, our jobs and the economic vitality of our mountain regions.

Protect Our Winters is the environmental center point of the global winter sports community, united towards a common goal of reducing climate change’s effects on our sports and local economies.

POW was founded on the idea that the collective power of the winter sports community is massive, and if we can all work together, the end result can be revolutionary. Together We Can Protect Our Winters.

- See more at: http://protectourwinters.org/about#sthash.1vjDMvNE.dpuf

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