Archive - 2009

March 23rd

Climate news this week--3/23

23
Mar

Although here at 1Sky we’ve known it for a long time, this week’s news commentary told us it’s official -- stopping climate change is good for the economy.

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March 20th

New Mexico goes for green jobs

20
Mar
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Great news from the Land of Enchantment!

A green jobs bill passed the New Mexico state legislature last Tuesday and now heads to Governor Richardson’s desk for signing. Senate Bill 318 is designed to help small environmentally friendly businesses by giving them incentives through the Job Training Investment Fund (JTIP). The Green Jobs bill is designed to build the infrastructure necessary to meet federal requirements for the 2009 stimulus package. By passing this bill, members of the New Mexico legislature have taken an important step to help bring federal dollars to the state and develop a sustainable workforce.

A coalition of activists including 1Sky, New Mexico Youth Organized, Green For All, Conservation Voters NM, New Energy Economy, the Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy, and Natural Resources Defense Council have been working to bring clean, sustainable energy to New Mexico.

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The Obamas' new garden

20
Mar

Remember this video from the Climate Matters contest we launched with Brighter Planet last year? It was submitted by Roger Dorion in support of the Eat the View campaign, a citizen-powered effort to petition the President to show leadership on climate and food security by planting a "victory garden" on the White House lawn.

Today we hear that Roger's vision is about to come true:

On Friday, Michelle Obama will begin digging up a patch of White House lawn to plant a vegetable garden, the first since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden in World War II. There will be no beets (the president doesn’t like them) but arugula will make the cut.

While the organic garden will provide food for the first family’s meals and formal dinners, its most important role, Mrs. Obama said, will be to educate children about healthful, locally grown fruit and vegetables at time when obesity has become a national concern.

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Whether there would be a White House garden has been more than a matter of landscaping. It’s taken on political and environmental symbolism as the Obamas have been lobbied for months by advocates who believe that growing more food locally could lead to healthier eating and lessen reliance on huge industrial farms that use more oil for transportation and chemicals for fertilizer.
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March 18th

Turn out the lights on March 28

18
Mar
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Ten days from now, communities all across the world will cast their vote for action on climate change by participating in Earth Hour 2009.

On Saturday, March 28 at 8:30 PM local time, over 1,600 cities and towns in 80 countries across the globe will switch off their lights to demonstrate their commitment to preventing the worst effects of global climate change.

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Help fund bold climate action in 30 seconds--vote for 1Sky today!

18
Mar
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Here's an update on the Changing Climate Change Challenge. As Bob blogged a couple of weeks ago, Green Mountain Coffee has joined with JustMeans.com to make four separate grants of $200,000 to support work on reducing climate change--and we still need your help to win one of the grants!

As of now, the 1Sky idea is making a strong showing, but we need lots more votes to stay competitive. If you're willing to take 30 seconds to help fund this campaign, please vote for our idea right now.You can vote more than once but only once a day.

Once you've voted for us, please spread the word to your friends, family and networks. It's easy: you can just click on the Facebook and MySpace icons on the page. And if you use Twitter, here's a short link you can use: http://tinyurl.com/cczg8g.

The Green Mountain Coffee climate contest ends Friday, March 20 at midnight, so please vote now. Thanks for your help!

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Meet with your members of Congress in April

18
Mar
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The April congressional recess is coming up soon, and there's no better time to lobby your members of Congress for a strong climate bill this year. Please sign up today to organize a meeting with your members of Congress in April.

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March 14th

1Sky's Gillian Caldwell at Power Shift '09

14
Mar

It's been almost two weeks, but better late than never: Check out 1Sky Campaign Director Gillian Caldwell giving one of the keynote speeches at Power Shift '09:

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March 12th

Pro-carbon cap businesses flex their muscles

12
Mar
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1Sky works closely with businesses that want serious climate legislation completed this year. Today, Gap Inc., eBay Inc. and Symantec Corp. joined the coalition of business leaders that want a cap on pollution now:

Gap Inc., eBay Inc. and Symantec Corp. said today that they are joining BICEP, a corporate coalition that is lobbying Congress to pass by year's end a mandatory, economy-wide cap-and-trade program to slash U.S. greenhouse gas emissions to 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.

The Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy group is also urging Congress to adopt a national renewable portfolio standard, or RPS, requiring that 20 percent of U.S. electricity be generated from wind, solar and other renewable resources by 2020.

BICEP's renewable portfolio target would increase to 30 percent by 2030, representatives from the companies explained today in Washington, D.C. The coalition would reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases by 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, a target consistent with the Obama administration's plan.

`We have a president, Barack Obama, who believes we do not need to choose between a green economy and a green environment," U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said at the BICEP event, which was coordinated by the investor advocacy group Ceres.

Read the whole story here.

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Climate news this week: 3/12

12
Mar

The discussion about climate change is sure heating up in Washington!

The Department of the Interior weighed on climate-related topics this week. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar strongly expressed his support for renewable energy in an interview with AP.

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March 10th

Help Obama strengthen his 2020 emissions reduction targets

10
Mar
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Last week we asked you help President Obama strengthen his 2020 CO2 pollution reduction targets--and your response has been amazing. Over 9,500 of you sent messages to the White House pledging grassroots support for stronger 2020 targets. Help us get to 10,000 messages--send your own letter to Obama today!

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