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9 reasons Rise for Climate will be amazing

350.org - September 5, 2018 - 6:56am

1. Coconut-leaf windmills dotting the Pacific

Photo: Pacific Climate Warriors from Vanuatu get ready to Rise.

At 19 events across 15 nations, people from Pacific island states will be featuring Kikonang. Made from coconut leaves, they’re intended to symbolize the immediate need for a just transition to renewable energy. Despite contributing the least to the causes of climate change, whilst enduring some of its worst effects, Pacific people are showing real climate leadership. They’ll be handing in petitions calling on local institutions, leaders and governments to pledge by 2020 that they will commit to 100% renewable energy (Tokelau is already there!)

2. Huge numbers in Paris, France

The Facebook event for the Paris march, featuring this image, is approaching 100,000 people interested.

Paris is set to have record-breaking numbers at its Saturday march. Last week, France’s famed Environment minister Nicolas Hulot suddenly resigned over an inability to get meaningful work done for the climate. Following the announcement, organizers have seen a major spike in attendance, and more than 60 events are planned in France. 

3. Women-led action against coal in Asia

The 2018 Women’s Day march in Manila.

In the Philippines and Thailand, women are leading marches against coal. In Quezon City (Philippines), a women’s march in front of the Department of Environment will push for the end of coal development in the region. They’ll be acting in solidarity with women marching against coal and rallying in front of the UN Climate change meeting in Bangkok. Some of the projects they’re combating include the Thepa Coal Plant in Pattani (Thailand) and projects in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao (in the Philippines).

4. The world’s largest street mural in San Francisco 

At a recent Rise for Climate press conference introducing the mural in San Francisco

At the flagship location in San Francisco, tens of thousands will march in the biggest climate mobilization the west coast of the U.S. has ever seen. So to do it justice, people will be painting the biggest street mural the world has ever seen, to permanently lay down the message: we must stop all fossil fuels and accelerate to 100% renewable energy that works for everyone.Painting is already underway – read more here.

5. A callout from Turkey to California

In August, this hot air balloon flew over Capadoccia, in the heart of Anatolia, Turkey to spread the word about #RiseforClimate around Turkey and the world. Photo: 350 Turkiye

Kadıköy, a municipality in Istanbul, is expecting a big turnout over the weekend for a festival featuring movie projections and public forums. The Kadıköy Climate Ambassadors and members of the local community have been key organizers, and are campaigning for the municipality to commit to 100% renewable energy. The mayor will be in attendance – and along with citizens, they’ll call on other local leaders gathering in San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit the following week to commit their municipalities to action.

6. A big moment for a just transition in Portugal

A march to keep it in the ground and stop oil development from 2016 in Lisbon. Photo: Salvar O Clima, Parar O Petróleo

The movement to go Fossil Free has been building up in Portugal, and now we’re seeing some important forces join. People mobilizing to halt oil development – most recently offshore drilling of the southwestern coast near Aljezur – will march alongside the country’s biggest trade union, and more than 40 other groups. They’re joining together to demand a fair and rapid transition to renewable energy, and an end to all new fossil fuel projects in Portugal. That means a concrete plan for an energy transition towards renewables. Lisbon will host the biggest march, but others are planned in the cities of Porto and Faro.

7. A #RiseforClimate Ship sailing into Sydney Harbor

Photo: Sydney’s famed opera house sits on the harbor. Here, an action from 2009.

That’s right – in addition to the 40 events planned across the country-continent, a ship with sails featuring images from Rise will sail across the iconic harbor. They’re also publishing a report with the most inspiring renewable projects and actors from across the nation, and a big anti-fracking rally will take place in the remote Northern Territory.

8. Multi-day action in Nigeria to go renewable

David Michael on television September 4, 2018 to lay out #RiseforClimate plans for Abuja, Nigeria.

In Nigeria’s capital, the Abuja Climate Summit will kick off on Thursday to push for real commitments to go Fossil Free in a country dominated by oil development. Politicians and religious leaders will gather to share ambition and commitments they’re making for a Fossil Free world. Then, a public, art-infused march, led by youth, will showcase this action on the 8th. It’s an impressive application of the theory of change behind Rise: getting actionable local commitments to go Fossil Free.

9. One of the world’s first “Virtual Hologram Marches” in Manila

A pixelstick can be used to project images in public spaces, like this group did in Manila in 2017. Photo: 350 Pilipinas

What to do when policing makes it hard to hold a march? Get creative! Organizers in the Philippines are using technology to enable participation from home. People are sending in images of themselves to be projected in iconic locations around the city, where a “normal” rally might never reach.

And that’s a wrap – with 748 events now in 89 countries (and rising daily!) you can be sure that September the 8th is going to be both amazing and incredibly inspiring.

Wherever you are in the world, there’s bound to be a #RiseforClimate action happening near you. You can still join an event near you, and follow all the live coverage over the weekend:

See all the actions

 

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Why Rise now?

350.org - September 4, 2018 - 11:41am


To create real momentum, we need everyone. Watch and share this video and make sure your friends know about 8th September. Here it is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

As we get closer and closer the Rise for Climate global day of action on September 8th, 350.org’s Thanu Yakupitiyage spells out for us one more time why it’s so important to get out there and demand real climate action from our local leaders.

“National governments are still falling short on their commitments on climate action — they’re still investing in fossil fuels.

That’s why we’re intensifying our calls for elected officials to act.

We need bold climate action now.”

If you haven’t joined the Rise for Climate movement yet, find or start a local action near you:

Join Rise for Climate

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UN Official: We’re Not on Track to Meet Paris Climate Goals

Inside Climate News - September 4, 2018 - 10:50am
Reuters

Patricia Espinosa, head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, says governments are not making adequate progress toward the goal of keeping global temperatures from rising 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times. In an interview ahead of climate talks now underway in Bangkok, she said the private and public sectors need to act with urgency.

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Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings to Focus on 6 Hot-Button Issues

Inside Climate News - September 4, 2018 - 10:48am
NPR

Hearings start today for President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. Here are six issues likely to come up, including his views on whether agencies can regulate areas not specifically authorized by Congress. Read more from ICN on what Kavanaugh could mean for climate regulations.

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Trump’s Rollback of Pollution Rules to Hit Coal Country Hard

Inside Climate News - September 4, 2018 - 10:45am
Associated Press

The EPA's own analysis says President Trump's plan for replacing the Clean Power Plan's pollution controls will lead to more premature deaths and illnesses. The Associated Press found the highest risk in the heart of Appalachian coal country.

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A Year After Hurricane Harvey, Houston’s Poorest Neighborhoods Are Slowest to Recover

Inside Climate News - September 4, 2018 - 10:05am
The New York Times

Houston and other Texas cities hit hard by Harvey a year ago have made progress recuperating from the worst rainstorm in U.S. history, but many low-income communities are having a much harder time than others with the recovery. 

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Researchers Say They Felt Pressed to Bury Risk to Endangered Beetle

Inside Climate News - September 4, 2018 - 9:50am
Washington Post

Two scientists say U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials pressured them to downplay the risk of farming on an endangered beetle and asked them to rush their work in a way that was at odds with good scientific practice. They ended their work with the government, worried that their research would be used to downplay the threats.

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An Ocean ‘Heat Wave’ Just Drove Temps off Maine to Near-Record Highs

Inside Climate News - September 4, 2018 - 9:45am
Washington Post

Sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Maine hit a near-record high of 68.93 degrees Fahrenheit, part of what scientists called a month-long "marine heat wave" in the normally chilly waters. In some areas, surface temperatures were nearly 11 degrees warmer than normal.

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UK’s Environment Watchdog Will Be Powerless Over Climate Efforts Post-Brexit, Minister Warns

Inside Climate News - September 4, 2018 - 9:30am
The Guardian

The UK government is "deliberately weakening" the environmental watchdog meant to hold the government to account after Brexit — particularly when it comes to climate policy, a Labour minister says.

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German Farmers Struck by Drought Fear Further Damage from Climate Change

Inside Climate News - September 4, 2018 - 9:20am
NPR

In Germany, record temperatures and no rainfall since early April have led to a drought, and thousands of farmers are facing bankruptcy because of crop failure. Many are starting to question whether they can cope with climate change.

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Rise For Climate: what’s happening where?

350.org - September 4, 2018 - 3:24am

On 8th September thousands of people around the world will be taking part in a creative and diverse global mobilisation called Rise for Climate.  This global day of action aims to demonstrate the urgency of the climate crisis by highlighting the increasing impacts being experienced by frontline communities while simultaneously showcasing innovative community-led solutions.

There will be hundreds of events showcasing 100% renewable energy champions, celebrities and local personalities. All over the world people will #RiseforClimate to challenge the decision-makers attending a Global Climate Summit in California on 12th September to make more ambitious commitments to end the age of fossil fuels and accelerate their climate action.

There are already more than 800 registered actions in over 90 countries around the world. Here are some highlights:

North America
  • In the United States hundreds of actions are planned under the banner Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice with large actions focussed in several states with pivotal midterm elections this November but the flagship march will be taking place in California. Tens of thousands of people will take to the streets in San Francisco in a highly visual event, including the world’s largest ever street mural, to represent diverse communities on the frontlines of climate change – people suffering escalating climate impacts like severe flooding and people suffering the ongoing impacts of fossil fuel extraction like water pollution.
  • In Canada more than 20 actions will take place to boost local opposition to the Kinder Morgan Pipeline that poses a direct threat to indigenous, farming and rural communities across the country.
Latin America
  • In Peru indigenous peoples, the Iquitos, will join in a public celebration of Mother Earth and reflect their stories of displacement and dispossession at the hands of the fossil fuel industry.
  • In Colombia cycling events will be followed by public festivals and public art displays to celebrate reforestation, oppose fracking, and promote renewable energy, while in Brazil activists will be working with the Mayor of Curitiba city to build on the city’s new fracking ban by committing to become Brazil’s first zero-carbon city.
Africa
  • Regional climate summits, accompanied by public artworks, will take place in countries regularly exposed to climate impacts: South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal. Local decision-makers will attend these events along with frontline communities in order to discuss plans for leading the way in the just transition to fair and equitable energy systems for all.
  • There will be many decentralised actions across the continent including events calling on churches to divest from fossil fuels and encouraging schools to lead on deploying distributed renewable energy.
Europe
  • In France actions will focus on putting pressure on town halls as communities in areas that are experiencing climate impacts like sea level rise and flooding will rally together against the fossil fuel industry and proposed dirty energy projects like the MidCat pipeline. In Turkey there is also going to be a focus on local governments as community members raise the pressure on three municipalities to commit to 100% renewable energy for all.
  • Distributed actions will take place across Germany in an effort to boost support for the national phase-out of coal with others demanding that the national pension fund and Archdiocese divest.
  • In BelgiumDenmark and Sweden, there will be large demonstrations and marches. In Portugal, a large march will take place to promote climate jobs and a just transition to 100% renewable as the country’s largest trade union continues to strengthen its relationship with the climate movement. And in Ukraine a large power-shift event, also supporting 100% renewable energy, will reflect the creative use of public spaces in the region by incorporating colourful street-paintings and murals.
Asia
  • Women will lead the way in Thailand and The Philippines with a series of marches taking aim at massive coal projects in the region, while in Manilla groups also standing up against destructive fossil fuels will deliver one of the world’s first virtual marches. People will have holograms of themselves projected in places that a regular march might never reach.
  • In Nepal communities living in the shadow of Mount Everest will take part in events to share their experiences of climate change melting glaciers and damaging the fragile ecosystems that they rely on to survive. While in Indonesia an interfaith dialogue will take place to call for 100% renewable energy.
  • In Thailand a march will take place in Bangkok, outside the venue as national government representatives meet at the UN Climate Change Conference, to bring the message from tens of thousands around the world taking part in Rise for Climate to the negotiators.
Australia and Pacific
  • Across the Pacific Island Nations where climate impacts threaten the existence of entire communities and cultures, people across 15 nations will be petitioning their places of worship and faith institutions to commit to 100% renewable energy and demonstrate climate leadership on the frontlines of the climate crisis.
  • In Australia images will be projected onto the sails of a ship crossing the iconic Sydney harbour to promote more than 40 Rise for Climate actions across the country targeting town halls, universities, and banks as well as a summit to promote non-federal government institutions divesting from fossil fuels.
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Dark Snow Project Brings Pacific Poetics to Greenland

Climate Crocks - August 31, 2018 - 5:20pm
We’ve completed a major portion of Dark Snow Project’s work in Greenland for 2018. In collaboration with 350.org, Dark Snow facilitated an unlikely collaboration between poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, of the Marshall Islands, and Greenlandic poet/activist Aka Morch Pederson. The basic idea was, indigenous people in the Pacific are watching vulnerable low lying atolls being eaten […]
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California's Car Emissions Rise as Trump's Auto Standards Plan Looms

Inside Climate News - August 31, 2018 - 10:45am
Bloomberg

California's greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles continues to rise as the Trump administration is poised to revoke the state's right to set stricter tailpipe standards. Low gas prices and a lack of affordable urban housing are part of the problem, a new report from Next 10 says. 

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Inspector General to Audit EPA's Adherence to Scientific Integrity Policy

Inside Climate News - August 31, 2018 - 10:40am
Bloomberg

The EPA's Office Inspector General says it will review the process for EPA employees who report violations of scientific integrity, focusing on barriers for whistleblowers and employee concerns. A recent external survey of federal workers found widespread concern about political influence over their work.

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Global Warming Means More Insects Threatening Food Crops — A Lot More, Study Warns

Inside Climate News - August 31, 2018 - 10:40am
InsideClimate News

Growing swarms of hungrier and hyperactive insects may wipe out big percentages of the world's three most important grain crops—wheat, corn and rice—even if the world manages to cap global warming at 2 degrees Celsius, scientists warn in a new study in the journal Science. The potential scale of the damage is so high, it could threaten global food security. 

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Alberta Says It's Pulling Out of Canada's Climate Plan Over Pipeline Ruling

Inside Climate News - August 31, 2018 - 9:49am
CBC

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she's pulling the province out of Canada's national climate change plan to protest a court ruling on a major pipeline expansion that was meant to carry tar sands to the Pacific coast for export. Notley says the ruling leaves Canada hostage to the whims of the U.S.

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While Trump Rolls Back U.S. Methane Rules, Colorado Says Its State Rules Work

Inside Climate News - August 31, 2018 - 9:40am
Associated Press

Colorado says its rules for finding and stopping methane leaks are working — and they have industry support. Energy companies have repaired about 73,000 methane leaks since 2015 under state-required oil field inspections. Read more from ICN on the industry's methane leak problem.

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Limited Pipeline Capacity Could Curtail $1.4B in Permian Project Completions

Inside Climate News - August 31, 2018 - 9:26am
Houston Chronicle

The completion of some $1.4 billion in oil and gas wells in West Texas' Permian Basin could be delayed through 2019 due to pipeline constraints, a new report says. According to federal estimates, the number of wells there that had been drilled but not yet fracked was 80% higher this summer than a year earlier.

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Climate Change Could Render Many Ecosystems Unrecognizable

Inside Climate News - August 31, 2018 - 9:25am
Washington Post

After the end of the last ice age, Earth's ecosystems were utterly transformed as sea levels and temperatures rose and glaciers receded. A sweeping survey of global fossil and temperature records from the past 20,000 years suggests terrestrial ecosystems are at risk of another, even faster transformation.

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From Rooftops to Algae Pools: Orlando’s Vision for Carbon-Free Electricity

Inside Climate News - August 31, 2018 - 9:00am
The New York Times

The city of Orlando has a goal of 100 percent clean and renewable electricity by 2050. The New York Times looks at the steps it's taking to get there, from solar-panel canopies over parking lots to net-zero-energy buildings. Read more from ICN about California's plan for 100 percent carbon-free electricity.

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