We’ve all seen how deregulation has caused our economy to crumble but it’s also destroying the clean air we breathe, the fresh water we drink and the thriving American ecosystems. Todd Darling, a documentary filmmaker just completed a film about how deregulation and the environment called, “A Snow Mobile for George.” Check out his guest blog post on Think Progress’ Wonk Room.
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Although the economic crisis has taken center stage over the last two months, good news from the international front this week indicates that the
climate crisis will not be put on hold. Ahead of the international climate negotiations coming up in Poland this
December, UN officials and environmental ministers committed to not letting the
economic crisis get
in the way of global warming solutions:
“Officials from the U.S., China,
Canada, India, the European Union and more than 30 other countries met for two
days of informal talks in Warsaw ahead of a climate conference in December.
"There was a very strong
consensus that the current financial turmoil should not be an excuse to slow
down action on climate change," Yvo de Boer, executive secretary for the
U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, told The Associated Press after
"Many ministers said that
addressing climate change can deliver important economic benefits that are
important in the light of the current financial situation as well," de
Scientists say the emission of
carbon and other greenhouse gases, mostly from fossil fuels, must peak within
10 to 15 years and then drop sharply to avoid potentially catastrophic changes
in the climate.”
Next Tuesday, October 21, 1Sky and Brighter Planet will announce the winners of the Climate Matters video contest. So if you've been waiting anxiously for the outcome of the contest, don't worry—the wait is almost over! Just make sure to visit the Climate Matters channel on Vimeo next Tuesday to find out who won the top prizes. In the meantime, you can see a list of all the finalists (as well as some impressive honorable mentions) right now at the Vimeo channel.