Archive - 2008

December 4th

Bill McKibben: it's time to freak out--and get to work

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Dec

1Sky board member Bill McKibben has a must-read article in this month's Mother Jones called "The Most Important Number on Earth" that delivers a simple but strong message: it's time to freak out--and get to work.

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December 3rd

Join a Greenpeace climate rally this Saturday, Dec. 6

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Dec

As you read in Vivian's blog yesterday, the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP 14) is underway in Poznan, Poland. There's cautios optimism surrounding the conference, thanks in part to President-elect Obama's statement during the Global Climate Summit last month in which he expressed enthusiasm for the conference in Poland and promised his administration would mark a "new chapter in American leadership on climate change."

It's great that participants of the Poznan conference heard such encouraging words from Obama before heading to Poland, but they still need to hear from you. They need to know that we're ready for bold solutions to the climate challenge, for green-collar jobs and clean economy.

That's why this Saturday, December 6th, we'll be supporting Greenpeace members and others in holding rallies and taking photos at iconic locations in over 30 cities across the country to send the President-elect and everyone in Poznan a message: The American people are behind his efforts to rejoin the international community in solving global warming.

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December 2nd

In Poznan

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Dec

Day 1 of the much anticipated international climate talks in Poznan, Poland has come and gone. The official opening of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 14) featured the election of Mr. Maciej Nowicki, the Polish Minister of the Environment, as president of the global gathering.

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November 25th

New video: November 18 day of action

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Nov

Here's our brand-new video about the November 18 day of action--enjoy!

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A Time to Give Thanks

25
Nov

As the days continue to shorten and snow flakes replace the falling leaves, don’t forget to take some time to give thanks for all the good in the world and keep the hope alive! I know we’ve all heard it a million times but it’s important to take successes wherever we can find them.

Now I’m not trying to be too optimistic or too corny. In fact, this will be a challenge for me. You see, I have the cunning ability to see flaws in EVERYTHING! But I’m up for the challenge and grateful and hopeful for the future of our country.

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Hope

25
Nov

The very talented Joelle Robinson, 1Sky Field Director for Washingon State and Oregon, was kind enough to share with us this poem she wrote, called simply, "hope." It should inspire all of us as we look forward to the big changes we want to make a reality next year.

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Coal River Mountain still in danger

25
Nov

Coal River Mountain, one of the last mountains left intact in the Coal River Valley of West Virginia, is once again in danger (h/t to It's Getting Hot in Here):

This just in from the Coal River Mountain Wind Project – the thousands of emails and calls you sent in September temporarily saved Coal River Mountain from Massey’s explosives for almost two months, but today the outlook just started to look a lot worse. We need you to call Governor Manchin at 1-888-438-2731 and remind him that thousands of people across America are watching West Virginia–and waiting for Governor Manchin to choose long term prosperity and clean energy over mountaintop removal and Massey Energy’s profits.

Coal River Wind and Appalachian voices produced this great video showing what's at stake for this region of West Virginia:

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November 21st

Climate Blogs Exposed: The Greening of America--11/21

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Nov

Green is the new trendy color in Congress ! This week Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) took over John Dingell's (D-Mich) chairmanship and will take control of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in January. With the ban on coal plants last week and now with Waxman in control, we can only hope that 2009 will be a year full of bold climate action. Climate Progress reports:

With Waxman’s victory, many expect the Beverly Hills Democrat to bring a liberal voice to the podium as he crafts energy and environmental legislation for the incoming Obama administration.

Waxman has not given many details of his proposed agenda, but a clear look at his record suggests he will pursue aggressive pollution cleanup for all industrial sectors, as well as some of the most aggressive limits for U.S. business as it embarks on a first-ever mandatory program to curb heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions.

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Good news week continues: a new pro-climate business coalition

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Nov
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Looks like it's Good News Week for the climate movement!

On Tuesday, President-elect Obama delivered a remarkable statement by video to the Governors' Global Climate Summit in Los Angeles (read Gillian's take on it here). We also had a wildly successful national day of action on Tuesday, about which you can read more -- and share your own stories -- on this roundup thread.

Then yesterday, we learned of Henry Waxman's successful bid to become Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, ousting long-time chair John Dingell. For the proverbial cherry on top, Senator Barbara Boxer (Chair of the Committee on Environment and Public Works) announced she'll introduce two major pieces of climate legislation next year. This is all on top of the de-facto moratorium on new coal power plants handed down by an EPA board last week. All in all, a pretty good week-plus.

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November 20th

Blow, winds of change, blow!

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Nov
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It’s not just the cold November air that’s taking our breath away these days. It’s the brisk winds of change heralding the dawn of a new administration and a new national commitment to address global warming, and to do so in a way that promises to stimulate a much needed economic recovery.

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