In the midst of talking points and legislation analysis, it's important to remember that even national-level activism can be very local and personal. We'll see plenty of examples of this during the 350 International Day of Climate Action, but such actions are happening every day. 1Sky ally Mothers Acting Up, took such an action recently in Boulder, Colorado. Watch the video:
Coal and oil companies, manufacturers, and their allies at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have spent many millions of dollars to oppose climate legislation in Congress. The Chamber – which has lost crucial members, including several big utility companies, over its opposition to mandatory climate regulation — spent $26 million on lobbying Congress in the first half of 2009, double the total of second-biggest lobbying firm ExxonMobil. (You can monitor lobbyist spending at OpenSecrets.org.) The opponents peddle bogus economic analyses and misinform the public into thinking that Congress wants to bankrupt the American family. That's why it’s time for clean energy advocates to recruit some unlikely allies in the fight to deal with the climate crisis – small businesses.
We already covered what Blog Action Day is. It's a day where the blogosphere comes together to speak out about one cause--in this case, climate change. Now what? On Thursday we'll sit down to our respective computers, open our browsers to our blogs, open up a new post, and then write about... what exactly?
The thought of writing about a BIG concept like climate change may seem daunting, but there are actually lots of smaller pieces of the fight for climate action that you could write about. For example:
This was an interesting week for the climate change movement. The Maldives government announced a plan to go under the sea before the sea goes over them, responsible American businesses kept pushing the Obama administration to act, and the president came out with how the federal government will do its part. The week certainly ended with a bang as President Obama was announced as the 2009 Nobel Peace Laureate. For that see our earlier post, for the rest keep on reading.
"No Impact Man" Colin Beavan ended up making a huge impact last night on The Colbert Report. Stephen is a tough interviewer and tried his best to nail Colin, but he more than held his own and got across his message of sustainable living and the need to confront the climate crisis effectivel. Not to mention that he looked pretty sharp wearing his 1Sky t-shirt!
At 5 a.m. eastern standard time Friday morning, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded President Obama the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Committee's chairman, Thorbjoern Jagland was quoted in this morning's Washington Post with their reasoning:
Jagland specifically cited Obama's speech about Islam in Cairo last spring, as well as efforts to address nuclear proliferation and climate change and use established international bodies such as the United Nations to pursue his goals. The committee -- made up of luminaries selected by the Norwegian government -- noted a profound shift in U.S. policy and said Obama had "created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play." (emphasis added)
Accepting the award earlier today, the President referred to it as "a call to action" and specifically singled out climate change as one of the challenges that all nations must meet in the 21st century:
We cannot accept the growing threat posed by climate change, which could forever damage the world that we pass on to our children -- sowing conflict and famine; destroying coastlines and emptying cities. And that's why all nations must now accept their share of responsibility for transforming the way that we use energy.
While some have expressed surprise about this award less than a year into Obama's first term, the Nobel Prize was clearly awarded partly on the promise of his work on major international issues as well as his demonstrated commitment to good-faith international partnerships. It is essential that President Obama fulfills that promise by working to pass strong climate change legislation in the Senate and personally going to December's UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Let's send the President a message urging him to fulfill that promise.
Important TV/DVR alert: Blogger, author and long-time 1Sky supporter Colin Beavan will appear tonight on The Colbert Report to promote his new documentary, No Impact Man.
We're hoping that Colin will experience "the Colbert Bump," defined by Wikiality: The Truthiness Encyclopedia as "[T]he surge of enthusiasm The American Public has for a politician, candidate for office, author or other personality after they appear on The Colbert Report." We're also hoping that Colin will make a small dent on Stephen's truthiness-tinged views on climate change, but I wouldn't hold my breath.
Colin will be on The Colbert Report tonight on Comedy Central at 11:30 pm ET/10:30 pm CT, and you can watch a replay tomorrow at 2:00 am or online at the Colbert Nation website. For a sample of what Colin will be up against, check out Bill McKibben's appearance earlier this year:
Thus ends a huge week for the climate movement. We saw the release of the Kerry-Boxer clean energy and climate bill, more major corporations distancing themselves from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's outdated views on climate change, an awesome rallying song from TckTckTck and more. If you were looking for news to charge you up for the fight against global warming, you just got it.