You don’t have to live in a beach community to love the ocean – or to grok how critical to our own survival healthy seas really are. No where else on our planet are the current impacts of global warming being felt more strongly.
That’s why I’m so happy to learn today that Oceana, the international ocean conservation group, is rolling out a new ad campaign tomorrow designed to influence policy makers arriving in Copenhagen for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 15), December 7 -18, 2009.
Their impossible to ignore ads spotlight the need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to 350 parts per million (ppm) to avert a mass extinction of corals and likely declines in the countless marine species that depend upon them, this century. If that’s too hard to understand, let me simplify it for you after the jump. Continue reading
Chevron Refinery, El Segundo, California
Here they are, folks, the very Hot List of Global Warming’s Worst Merchants of Death. The for-profit companies who put the money they rake in from burning fossil fuels ahead of the safety, welfare and well being of your kids, of your parents, of your grandparents and of everyone you hold near and dear.
They know exactly what lethal damage their products and their manufacture are responsible for, but the money always comes first for these contract killers – unless of course you’re asking them to pay the bill for that damage.
So let’s take a look, straight from our friends at the California Air Resources Board*, at the Top Emitters of Greenhouse Gases in California, for 2008. I’ve specially highlighted the three out of ten that are within just 10 miles of my home.
1. Chevron Refinery, Richmond: 4,792,052 metric tons
2. Shell Oil Refinery, Martinez: 4,570,475 metric tons
3. BP Refinery, Carson: 4,504,286 metric tons (9 miles from my house)
4. Chevron Refinery, El Segundo: 3,603,446 metric tons (8.4 miles from my house)
I voted for Barack Obama and I worked hard campaigning to get him elected. I would do it again and I’m proud of the small contribution I made to achieve change.
But I’m not happy with the President’s strategy or performance when it comes to our nation’s response to global warming. After the jump I’ll share what I said on Climate Progress about it yesterday, and you can read Bill McKibben’s comment there too.
But first, let’s listen to what McKibben told Grist TV yesterday about it:
Click on the breaking news above and you’ll finally get to see the greenhouse gas numbers on our two local climate changing refineries that I’ve been demanding for a year now. The CARB released them about an hour ago, too early for the morning papers, but not to early for your Creative Greenius.
I’ve been a little busy the past few months and I’ve fallen behind in covering some of the bigger environmental news stories locally here in my own backyard, but today we’re going to play catchup, big time – Continue reading
For months now I’ve tried to work with King George Topou V and the rest of the Royal Family of Tonga in an attempt to inform them about the risks their kingdom faces from climate change and to get them to act on behalf of their people. It’s been a frustrating, nonproductive process full of long delays and zero sense of urgency on the part of the King, the Queen and assorted princesses and wanna-be princesses.
Along the way, one thing has become blindingly obvious. Neither the King, or any other member of the royal family, gives a shit about what happens to their people – whether it’s from climate change, the sinking of unseaworthy ferry boats owned by the government, or from earthquakes or tsunamis.
If it sounds like I don’t have enough respect for the royal family of Tonga, then you’ve got that right. I started out with plenty of respect but then I couldn’t sustain it based on their actions. It wasn’t just that they didn’t want to work with me – they don’t want to work with anyone on this issue. Hell, they don’t even want to work at all.
With President Obama and the rest of the leaders of the world’s biggest polluting nations kicking the ball down the field on climate change and effectively pulling the rug out from under all of us who have been targeting the Copenhagen climate talks as the moment we must seize, our response must recognize the obvious.
Despite the historic gains we’ve made building the 350 movement across the planet in the past year, we have not captured the hearts and minds of the general public or the media.
We have the science and the scientists on our side, we have built a mighty coalition of activists, businesses, churches, schools and enlightened government representatives – but in the Age of Stupid, where cats who love cheeseburgers rule the Internet, and where polling both in the United States and in the United Kingdom show declining numbers of adults believe global warming is either man-made or a real threat, the sense of urgency is far greater for learning who the next winner of American Idol is than for switching to a new clean, green, carbon free economy. Go figure.
Creative Greenius, Joe Galliani, with his free LED lights from the South Bay Environmental Services Center Holiday Light Exchange
For the third consecutive year I was able to take advantage of the Holiday Light Exchange offered by my great friends at the South Bay Environmental Services Center. And they’ve still got plenty of these high quality GE mini white LEDs as well as the GE multi-colored LED sets available. But they always run out some time in November so you better move quick.
Here’s what was on my mind this morning at 11:30 am when I spoke with Tracy Young of CNN’s Headline News, Charter Local Edition.
This is the sneak preview of that interview. Photos and video clips from our historic October 24 Climate Action in Manhattan Beach will be added in post production. The interview will air multiple times starting on November 30 and running through December 6 – the day before the Copenhagen climate talks begin.