On Sunday afternoon, over 550 Georgians shut down Ralph McGill Boulevard in a climate march to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights (NCCHR). The march gathered activists to demand climate action from world leaders at the United Nations COP21 negotiations beginning in Paris Monday morning, aimed at capping average global warming at 2 degrees Celsius. The City of Atlanta, Turner Foundation, U.S. Climate Action Network, Sierra Club, Environment Georgia, Emory University and Georgia Interfaith Power & Light were among the sponsors of the march.
Today marked quite the introduction to my team’s two weeks ahead. No sooner had we arrived and unpacked our bags at our hotel in Saint-Denis that we were informed of protestor-police conflict in the Place de la Republique plaza. There was originally supposed to be a massive climate march in the neighborhood that was cancelled due to the recent terrorist attacks.
Congressional Republicans Ignore Science, Seek to Saddle Middle Class Families With Higher Energy Costs, Worse Pollution
As President Obama convenes world leaders to press for a landmark accord to combat climate change in Pairs at COP21, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter called-out congressional Republicans for moving in the opposite direction by putting forward yet more anti-environment giveaways to big polluters. House GOP leaders are preparing to consider three bills this week that would increase carbon pollution and fail to make investments in the clean energy of the future. As the Rules Committee convened a meeting to consider sending these three anti-environment bills to the House Floor, Rep. Slaughter issued the following statement:
President Obama, French President Hollande and other world leaders today launched Mission Innovation, a major R&D initiative in the global clean energy industry.
This announcement comes on the heels of the launch of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, a group of private investors spearheaded by Microsoft founder Bill Gates that will help early-stage companies quickly scale up the clean energy revolution already underway.
In Paris, Secretary Jewell Releases Report on Actions Underway to Combat Climate Change in National Parks
Case studies demonstrate how parks adapt to climate change to protect nation’s natural and cultural assets
The National Park Service (NPS) released a report detailing actions underway to address climate change threats to infrastructure, recreation, and natural and cultural resources. The report follows a recent study that revealed sea-level rise caused by climate change could pose a risk to more than $40 billion worth of national park assets and resources.
ITIF Welcomes ‘Mission Innovation’ Initiative as Important Step Forward, but Urges Further Clean Energy Investment Worldwide to Curb Climate Change
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) today welcomed a joint initiative by 20 of the world’s largest economies to scale up investments in clean energy research and development in an effort to curb global climate change. Commenting on this “Mission Innovation” initiative, ITIF released the following statement from its president and founder, Robert D. Atkinson: