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GRETA THUNBERG, Speech at Brilliant Minds conference in Stockholm

Fossil fuel companies have been aware of their impact on the planet since at least the 1950s

The Guardian—OCTOBER 9, 2019 For more than 50 years, the petroleum industry and politicians have been warned about the climate risks of burning fossil fuels. Yet the top 20 fossil fuel firms have continued to expand and have been behind a third of all carbon emissions since 1965. This timeline shows who knew what and when, and how they communicated or obscured the threat to the public.
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Young climate activists around the world are calling for system change in a world beset by climate change and widening inequality. Image: Roy/Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0

Eco-Business—AUGUST 6, 2019 The world is reaching the 2020 climate deadline. To protect future generations from the social and environmental ills we have sown, we must transform economic systems around the world focussing on new ethics of production and consumption that promote local business, not-for-profit endeavors and the re-orientation of work toward sustainable livelihoods that ensure decent standards of living. READ MORE

A coal-fired power plant. While coal is in decline globally, Asia is driving new plant development. Rennett StoweCC BY 2.0 via Flickr

Eco-Business—JULY 30, 2019 Decisions the world’s politicians make about carbon emissions over the next 18 months are critical for the survival of life on earth, climate scientists say—and Asia could be where the climate fight is won or lost. At the current emissions trajectory—which saw a new record for carbon-dioxide discharge 2018—global temperatures will increase 3 degrees Celsius by 2100 causing a catastrophic increase in sea level, extreme weather, floods, drought, and crop failure, with Southeast Asia expected to be the hardest hit. READ MORE

The filibuster started as an accident. Today it lets the losers rule Congress and prevents meaningful change from taking place. How can we fix our broken government and rebuild our democracy? Several of the Democratic Presidential Candidates are calling for an end to the filibuster.

This short video shows how our government is broken and why we need to fix it fast. RepresentUs is bringing together conservatives, progressives, and everyone in between to pass powerful anti-corruption laws that stop political bribery, end secret money, and fix our broken elections. “We The People” currently have no influence over our own government. We must fix this broken system now to combat the climate crisis and other social problems!

EcoWatch—JULY 3, 2019 When it comes to creating waste, no one tops the U.S. And when it comes to recycling waste, well, the U.S. is one of the worst, according to a new analysis by the English risk management firm Verisk Maplecroft. Read how single-use plastic production and consumption are contributing to the climate crisis here

From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. 

Why cap & trade won't save us

Host Annie Leonard introduces the energy traders and Wall Street financiers at the heart of this scheme and reveals the “devils in the details” in current cap and trade proposals: free permits to big polluters, fake offsets and distraction from whats really required to tackle the climate crisis. If you’ve heard about Cap & Trade, but aren’t sure how it works (or who benefits), this is the movie is for you.

California’s cap-and-trade system was designed to please Big Oil. That may be all it does.

Vox.com—DECEMBER 13, 2018 California has approved some of the world’s most ambitious carbon-reduction targets. But now it must design and implement a system of emission reductions that can meet its aggressive 2030 target. If it designs a system that fails, California will go from an inspiration to a cautionary tale. READ MORE

Consuming Kids throws desperately needed light on the practices of a relentless multi-billion dollar marketing machine that sells kids and their parents everything from junk food to the family car. This short documentary raises urgent questions about the ethics of children’s marketing, its impact on the health and well-being of kids, and dangerous flaws in our “American Dream” mindset that play a major role in our current environmental breakdown.

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