Posts Tagged 'climate justice'

Is Environmental Injustice a Myth?

By Ariana de Leña

According to Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger’s newest book, it is. The book, entitled Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility is a take-off from Norhaus and Shellenberger’s 2004 essay which criticized environmentalists for offering solutions that were too narrow and disconnecting people from environmental issues. This time around, Norhaus and Shellenberger take aim at the Environmental Justice movement, arguing the EJ activists are seeing “conspiracies that don’t exist” [pg. 72]. The EJ movement, which they say is “complaint-based,” [pg. 68]  is also weak and disjointed, without a single “compelling agenda” [pg. 82].

Though Nordhaus and Shellenberger, who won Time’s Heroes of the Environment award in 2008, advocate for a greater government investment in renewable energy, it’s hard to overlook these critiques of a movement which they seem to know very little about.

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Everyone’s got one.

…an opinion on climate change, that is.

Well, here’s ours, but it’s bolstered with facts and substantial evidence that climate change exacerbates nearly all existing inequalities.

Find full report here. http://www.ejcc.org/climateofchange.pdf

Have you seen those bumper stickers that say “Erase Racism?” I just hope our plea to join forces and demand climate justice don’t amount to a new bumper sticker that says “Change Climate Change.” We have to actually do something, people. For example, demand that our government cut fossil fuel exploration and use, move to renewable energy immediately and not leave those already suffering from years of inaction behind.

Happy Birthday, Kyoto!

 

by Tony C. Anderson (from Bali)

 

 

Today, as a side event at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia (COP-13) Greenpeace’s Solar Generation with the assistance of the Japanese delegation took a brief moment to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the creation of the Kyoto Protocol. The multiple layered chocolate cake was a welcomed sidebar to the hectic and often frenzied workday of the giant climate conference.

Ten years ago today, 11 December 1997, the Kyoto Protocol, an international agreement to address climate disruption, was developed in Kyoto, Japan during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP-3) as the world’s first international agreement that set binding targets for the reduction of greenhouse- gas emissions by industrialized countries. After going into effect on 16 February 2005 approximately 141 countries ratified the treaty leaving Australia and the United States as the only developed nations not to join the world’s major climate mitigating scheme.

Most recently, the newly elected government of Australia ratified Kyoto, leaving America as the sole nation not to do so. According to the international treaty, the emissions reduction target for the U.S. was only a mere 7% below 1990 levels by 2012. Today, the COP-13 International Youth Delegation (a group of 200 or so young people from around the world here in Bail) supports reducing US emissions reduction by 80% by 2050. With less than 5% of the world’s population, the US produces approximately 25 % of the world’s global warming pollutants.

So the question remains, has the US grown ANY in the past 10 years? What, specifically, will the US do in the next 4 years and beyond to mitigate it’s share of contributions to global climate change? [The Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012.]

 

Will the moral imperative be made plain that we must do more? I guess we’ll just have to see…

 

(…and here’s the birthday video I just made- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsRJaNuiVBw )

 

 

[“mmmhh, cake and justice.”—editor’s note]