The Kids Will Be Alright

Schoolchildren across the world skipped classes Friday to protest the lack of global action against climate change.

Much of the inspiration for the worldwide “school strike” was drawn from internationally acclaimed climate activist Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old girl from Sweden who has been skipping school for months now to protest climate change on the steps of the Swedish parliament building.

Thunberg has recently been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in light of her direct action, including the speeches she’s given to the United Nations and in Davos.

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COP24 “Rulebook” Won’t Cut It Against Climate Change

World leaders finally agreed on how to measure countries’ climate commitments at the COP24 climate conference, but have no strategy to fight climate change itself.

As has happened so many times before, the desire for profit — however short-term it may be — has outweighed the truly existential threat of climate change.

World leaders in Katowice, Poland have decided on a system to measure individual countries’ progress toward their commitment made in the 2015 Paris Climate Accord but have not outlined a global economic strategy for combating climate change itself.

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Teen Activist Confronts U.N. on Climate

Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old Swedish activist, confronted the global members of the COP24 climate conference over their inaction on climate change.

Thunberg rose to fame after she stopped going to school so that she could sit on the steps of the Swedish parliament building to demand action on climate change. She says that she’ll return to school once her country begins reducing emissions by 15% a year.

Together, she and her father drove by electric car from Sweden to Poland for the COP24 conference on climate change so that she could address U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres last week.  Continue reading

Big Oil Helped Draft Paris Climate Accord

The Intercept is reporting that Shell Oil Chief Climate Change Adviser David Hone boasted about his company’s involvement in drafting the Paris agreement.

Hone apparently made the comments during the ongoing international climate change conference, COP 24, on Friday.

It appears that Shell Oil was able to influence the agreement via their relationship with the International Emissions Trading Association.

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CO2 Emissions Peaked in 2018

Rather than reducing our emissions in the face of catastrophic climate change, global CO2 emissions reached a record high this year.

The Global Carbon Project is warning that this year’s record-setting emissions have set the world on track to endure the most catastrophic effects of climate change.

The group found that global CO2 emissions are set to increase by 2.7% this year alone.

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OPINION: We Can’t Afford to Wait on Democrats

Democrats have just retaken the House, but life on earth can’t afford to wait for them to cut through the red tape of a corporate state.

Th oceans have absorbed 60% more heat than scientists predicted based on our carbon output, meaning that the oceans are warming at an exponential rate rather than an incremental rate.

Drastic declines in insect populations have signaled what the United Nations is calling inevitable ecosystem collapse — and they predict it will happen in the next two years.

Partisan squabbles are meaningless in the face of what is shaping up to be the potential extinction of the human race and life on earth as we know it.

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Two Years Until Ecosystem Collapse

The United Nations is warning that if humanity does not take drastic action to protect biodiversity, we will see entire ecosystems collapse in the next two years.

It is a terrifying reality we face.

A recent report from the journal Nature shows that humanity is responsible for the extinction of 60% of the globe’s animal species since the 1970s, and this most recent announcement suggests that the rate of extinction is only increasing.  Continue reading

Children of the World are Breathing Poison

The World Health Organization reports that 90 percent of children under 15 breathe toxic air ahead of a global conference in Geneva.

That percentage represents 1.8 billion children whose health and development are being negatively impacted every day.

The statistics are appalling, and the chances of turning them around under current global leadership are equally abysmal.

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Pipeline Protesters Acquitted

Three activists who manually shut down two pipelines in Minnesota were acquitted of felony charges yesterday.

Annette Klapstein and Emily Nesbitt Johnston turned key valves in the pipelines with the support of Benjamin Joldersma in order to shut down the flow of fossil fuels in 2016.

The trio pursued a “necessity defense,” claiming that the impending danger of climate change necessitated their direct action, but were acquitted based on the fact that they did no damage to the pipeline and never intended any damage.

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We Want to Live: An Open Letter to Climate Change Obstructionists

Scientists have just announced that humanity has just about a decade to get itself figured out before we have to face destruction.

My partner of six years and I got married at the beginning of September, and now, about a month later, we’re discovering that we probably only have the better part of a decade to look forward to together.

The state of the world and our environment has always been one of our top concerns, and it was something we discussed at length before getting married. Now it’s something we have to discuss even more seriously, especially considering that we had hoped to have a family.

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