REASONS FOR HOPE

REALITY + ACTION = HOPE

The tides of change are growing. Around the world, activists of all ages are pushing for game-changing systemic transformations—from regenerative agriculture and aquaculture to gender equity, and more. Together we can envision and help to launch a global recovery campaign to secure a stable climate, healthy oceans, and a livable atmosphere for future generations. 

A CALL FOR MORAL ACTION ON THE CLIMATE CRISIS

On March 14th, 2019, 2000+ people gathered in Atlanta for an interfaith mass meeting on the climate crisis. In the tradition of the mass meetings of the Civil Rights Movement, Former Vice President Al Gore and Bishop William J. Barber II joined other faith leaders to bear witness to the injustice of the climate crisis and rededicate our communities to bold and transformative action.

Teen eco-activist Greta Thunberg sets sail for UN conference on zero-carbon boat

USA Today—August 14, 2019 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who has inspired youth protests around the world, left Wednesday afternoon from Plymouth in the United Kingdom. She’s making her two week voyage across the Atlantic in a zero-emissions racing yacht, emphasizing the need to reduce carbon emissions worldwide. READ MORE & TRACK GRETA’S VOYAGE

Skyline of Boston. Picture was taken from a whale watching ferry that left from the aquarium dock. It is the Eastern side of the Boston peninsula. Nelson48 at English Wikipedia

Tired of waiting for national push, a buzzing hive of climate resilience innovators is at work in Boston

Boston Globe—August 8, 2019 The stretch of East Boston and Revere, dotted by marshland, inlets, and creeks, will get blasted with a projected 40 inches of sea level rise. An existing floodgate and pump station won’t stand a chance. However, small armies of designers, engineers, philanthropists, private developers, and municipal leaders, are working quietly to plan and implement innovative approaches to both keep the water out and let it in to be absorbed by natural systems. READ MORE

Greta Thunberg to Attend New York Climate Talks. She’ll Take a Sailboat.

The New York Times—July 29, 2019 Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, will cross the Atlantic Ocean in mid-August on an open-cockpit racing yacht to attend the September 23rd United Nations summit meeting on global warming. Ms. Thunberg has called this meeting along with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change talks, to be held in December in Santiago, Chile,  “pretty much where our future will be decided.”  READ MORE

MSNBC & CNN To Host Climate Town Halls for Candidates

The Real News Network—July 26, 2019 (VIDEO HERE)
Grist—July 25, 2019
In a series of tweets, the Sunrise Movement cheered the fact that CNN and MSNBC have agreed to host forums, but said: “We know that only a DNC-sponsored debate — with all the candidates on the same stage, at the same time — will put the eyes of the nation on this crisis at the scale it demands.” READ MORE

European Investment Bank Will Stop Funding Fossil Fuel Projects by the End of 2020

EcoWatch—July 29, 2019 The EU’s lending arm has decided to use its money to help stop the climate crisis by no longer funding fossil fuel projects and to ramp up its investments in clean energy, according to Bloomberg. READ MORE

Insurers lead response to climate change disasters

Law Times News—JULY 26, 2019 The impact of climate change on the insurance industry has made it a vocal supporter of remedial measures. Earlier this month, the Insurance Bureau of Canada called on the private sector and all levels of government to deliver a National Action Plan on Flooding. As flood insurance becomes more limited, mortgage defaults could increase. READ MORE

These Amazon Employees Are Fighting Their Company's Secret Carbon Footprint

The Years Project: We Can Solve This—JULY 15, 2019 The race toward ever-faster shipping is driving companies like Amazon, UPS and FedEx to inflate their carbon footprint and that directly impacts the climate crisis. Amazon Employees for Climate Justice are fighting to “green” to help their employer care about the future. READ MORE

7,000 colleges & universities unite with a plan to fight the climate crisis

EciWatch—JULY 11, 2019 The three-point plan adopted by more than 7000 higher learning institutions includes:

  1. Committing to going carbon neutral by 2030 or 2050 at the very latest;
  2. Mobilizing more resources for action-oriented climate change research and skills creation; and
  3. Increasing the delivery of environmental and sustainability education across curricula, campus, and community outreach programs.

Holding Governments and Corporations Legally Accountable for Climate Crisis 'Has Become a Global Phenomenon'

Common Dreams—JULY 4, 2019 A new study tracks 1,328 climate crisis-related legal actions filed between 1990 and May 2019. The lawsuits, from more than 24 countries, have been brought by citizens, non-governmental organizations, businesses, and local governments. READ MORE

Tree planting 'has mind-blowing potential' to tackle climate crisis

The Guardian—JULY 4, 2019 Planting billions of trees across the world is by far the biggest and cheapest way to tackle the climate crisis, according to scientists, who calculated that a trillion trees could be planted without encroaching on crop land or urban areas. New research estimates that a worldwide planting program could remove two-thirds of all the emissions that have been pumped into the atmosphere by human activities. READ MORE

Regenerative agriculture can fight the climate crisis while providing fresh, healthy food to the world

Climate Reality—JULY 2, 2019 In addition to a long list of incredible benefits for farmers and their crops, regenerative agriculture practices help us fight the climate crisis by pulling carbon from the atmosphere and sequestering it in the ground. READ MORE

Regenerative aquaculture farms help fight climate change

TED Ed—JUNE 13, 2019 Dive into the world of aquaculture and see how restorative ocean farming could play a vital role in helping our coastal communities, our oceans and our climate. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Ph.D. and Megan Davis share problems with most ocean farming practices and why restorative aquaculture is more climate-friendly. 

First 2020 Debates Spent 15 Minutes on Climate Change.

Donald Trump won in 2016 without facing a single question on the issue. Activists from the Sunrise Movement staged an all-night vigil on the steps of the DNC headquarters in Washington, D.C. demanding a climate debate asking candidates to outline solutions and discuss how the economy, national defense, immigration, health, and other issues will be impacted by the climate crisis. READ MORE 

The Guardian—JUNE 29, 2019 One is America’s youngest-ever congresswoman, the other a Swedish schoolgirl. Two of the most powerful voices on the climate crisis speak for the first time. Smart, bold young women are leading the way to a hopeful tomorrow. READ MORE

We all have the same rights to life, liberty, and property — but these rights depend on a safe climate. The 21 young plaintiffs are suing the U.S. Government to defend the rights of youth and future generations.

On Friday, May, 20, 2019,  the City Council of Eugene, Oregon passed Resolution 5265 supporting the right to trial of Juliana v. U.S. and the public trust doctrine behind the case. READ MORE & SHOW SUPPORT!

Yale Environment 360—APRIL 30, 2019 The world has done little to tackle global warming since Bill McKibben’s landmark book on the subject was published in 1989. In an e360 interview, McKibben talks about the critical time lost and what can be done now to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. READ MORE

A healthy economy should be designed to thrive, not grow

TED2018—APRIL 2018 What would a sustainable, universally beneficial economy look like? “Like a doughnut,” says Oxford economist Kate Raworth. In a stellar, eye-opening talk, she explains how we can move countries out of the hole — where people are falling short on life’s essentials — and create regenerative, distributive economies that work within the planet’s ecological limits.

Empowering women and girls can help stop global warming

TED Talks—FEBRUARY 15, 2019 In this informative, bold talk, Katharine Wilkinson, Vice President of Communication & Engagement for Drawdown: 100 Solutions to Reverse Global Warming,​ shares three key ways that equity for women and girls can help stop global warming. “Drawing down emissions depends on rising up,” Wilkinson says.​

Rolling Stone—Apr 29, 2019 A youth climate movement is growing around the world. On March 15, over one million students in 125 countries went on strike. Since then, young protesters across the United States have been participating in direct action. The Sunrise Movement and Alexandria Villaseñor offer a glimpse into the groundswell.

David Roberts, Vox—Jan 29, 2019 Limiting the damage requires rapid, radical change — and such changes have happened before.

We are rarely able to predict tipping points. Relying on them can seem like hoping for miracles. But our history is replete with miraculously rapid changes. They have happened; they can happen again. And the more we envision them, and work toward them, the more likely they become. What other choice is there? READ MORE

FishWise.org—October 25, 2018 Healthy oceans are vitally important as a source of food and livelihoods, and for the well-being of the planet as a whole. FishWise envisions a world with a plentiful seafood supply that makes a significant contribution to the food needs of a growing population while supporting biodiverse, productive, and resilient marine and freshwater ecosystems. READ MORE

How 'fast fashion' contributes to the climate crisis and solutions to help change this

The Years Project—DECEMBER 3, 2018 The fashion industry produces over 700 million tons of CO2 a year. 60% of all clothing is thrown out within a year of being manufactured, and that adds up to a lot of climate-changing pollution. Here’s a look at the fashion brands and clothing companies trying to change the industry.

The New Carbon Architecture: Building to Cool the Climate

Ecological Building Network Buildings can help slow global warming using new and old ways of coaxing carbon from the air. Embodied carbon of building materials matters a great deal more than anyone thought in the fight to halt and reverse climate change. Find out how. READ MORE

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