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Day Five COP21

Rev. Lisa Garvin of Emory University and the Mississippi Annual Conference shares her thoughts on Day 5 in Paris at the UN climate negotiations.

The United Methodist General Board of Church and Society has sent an international delegation to the Climate Talks. Watch the team with delegates from Germany, the Philippines, Washington DC, Africa and Mississippi via Georgia. The delegation is led by the Director of Environmental Justice, John Hill.


New Research Tool Demonstrates How Climate Action Shapes Risk of Hunger – For Better or Worse


A powerful online research tool launched today at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21, offers a window on our global future to the 2080s. This research tool examines how over time climate change may increase hunger vulnerability across the globe. Depending on the outcome of the Paris negotiations, future generations will inherit a world with less vulnerability than today, or a world significantly more vulnerable to food insecurity.


As Paris climate talks begin, Georgians raise their voices downtown

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.  


COP21 Day 1: Fear, Flurry, and a little Fromage

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.


Rep. Slaughter Statement on GOP Bailout of Fossil Fuel Industry

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:


E2: Two Big Paris Clean Energy Announcements could be ‘Moonshot Program We’ve Long Needed’

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.



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