Fossil of the Day 09 December 2019

Submitted by Meva on December 10, 2019 – 1:18am

Today we have a special star for Fossil of the Day! The United States (US) managed to get its name on three fossil awards in one day! This country is really making its best effort to be the worst for future generations and vulnerable communities worldwide. 

The US is doing great at getting its name down in history as the frontrunner in destroying planet Earth. Is it possible that it is hiding a Planet B somewhere, or is it just enjoying leading the world peeps to mass suicide?!

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Today, we award the first fossil to the US for insisting on staying in the process just to block money, while refusing to pay its fair share for causing all the loss and damage so painfully felt by poor and vulnerable people worldwide through droughts, heatwaves, hurricanes, fires and other extreme weather events.

We’re here in the halls of power, and the table is set. Despite leaving the Paris Agreement, the US is inviting itself to have a seat at the table, while making it clear they have no intention of paying the bill. The US is trying to bully other countries into letting them stay on the board of the loss and damage Executive Committee, a core institution in the Paris Accord.

Meanwhile, Southern Africa faces its worst drought in 35 years. Eleven million people are facing climate induced starvation.

But what is the US even doing here at the table – it did boast about leaving the Paris Accord, didn’t it? They have been leading a pack of blockers, part of the “rich boys club.” If these countries follow the US example, they’ll be forcing those hardest impacted to foot the bill. To that we say: “If you are going to leave, then you get out of the way…”

Read More (including the two Canadian Fossil of the Day ‘awards’) … at ClimateNetwork.org

Climate crisis: 11,000 scientists warn of ‘untold suffering’

Statement sets out ‘vital signs’ as indicators of magnitude of the climate emergency.

Most countries’ climate plans ‘totally inadequate’ – experts

A man uses a garden hose to try to save his home from wildfire in Granada Hills, California, on 11 October 2019. Photograph: Michael Owen Baker/AP

The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists.

“We declare clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency,” it states. “To secure a sustainable future, we must change how we live. [This] entails major transformations in the ways our global society functions and interacts with natural ecosystems.”

There is no time to lose, the scientists say: “The climate crisis has arrived and is accelerating faster than most scientists expected. It is more severe than anticipated, threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity.”

Read more …

Damian Carrington Environment editor @dpcarrington
Tue 5 Nov 2019 15.00 GMT Last modified on Wed 6 Nov 2019 09.42 GMT

URGENT: INTERNATIONAL STRIKE THIS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13TH, IN RESPONSE TO COP25 EVENTS

Dec 12,2019: From main FridaysForFuture website

On Wednesday, December 11th, over 300 climate activists, including many young climate strikers from around the world, were kicked out of COP25 in Madrid after protesting for women’s and indigenous people’s rights and calling for ambitious actions from rich countries. The voices of millions of people are silenced at the climate change conference in Madrid. While civil society was kicked out from the COP25, fossil fuel lobbyists remained inside. This cannot be tolerated!

We cannot accept this injustice and violation of human rights. We have to stand up for our rights and our future! The climate strikers present in Madrid are calling out for an international strike and action day TOMORROW, Friday, December 13th. We need to call attention to the inaction at COP25 and the exclusion of civil society from COP25.

Please mobilize your local groups this Friday, and forward to all strikers around the world!

The outcomes of COP25 are insufficient, and a painful image of how little politicians care about the planet. We stand in solidarity with indigenous people, people from the Global South, and people that are already suffering from the climate crisis.

We will no longer accept empty words. We need leaders that listen to the people.

Reminder: Friday Nov 29th Worldwide Climate Strike

Friday Nov 29th, 2019, 11:00am-1:30pm — STRIKE DAY! Global Climate Strike. Waterloo Town Square.
The climate crisis is still accelerating, so young climate strikers are calling on everyone to step up for action once more this November 29th. Parents, workers and all concerned humans around the world … come join in solidarity during these wintry months for another beautiful climate strike! This is a family and kid-friendly event, following on the power of this community’s previous climate strike last September, and this time will include a speakers panel on Canada’s climate responsibilities indoors following a short rally.

We’re not stopping until Climate Crisis solution is in hand. Let’s keep up the pressure.

Petition: Green New Deal

(Note: Following is from an eMail from Jennifer Deol at 350.org. Image from straight.com)

Friends,

Yesterday, Justin Trudeau officially swore in his new cabinet.

This 43rd government and newly appointed cabinet have a tremendous responsibility to govern through 4 of the 11 critical years scientists have given us to transform our economy to tackle the climate crisis. 

We know corporate elites and Big Oil are gearing up to push their dirty agenda across our new government’s desk. That is why we need every single Member of Parliament to put partisan politics aside and accept their mandate to tackle the climate emergency and rising inequality at the scale necessary before Big Oil gets to them.

Tell your elected Member of Parliament to listen to people, not Big Oil, and govern for a Green New Deal. We’ve set up a tool that makes it easy for you to send your message with just one click.

Thanks to people-powered pressure, a growing number of MPs across the country have accepted their letters and committed to put politics as usual aside to govern for a Green New Deal. 

The Green New Deal is the only real and ambitious plan currently on the table to tackle the climate emergency at the scale necessary. We need to keep the pressure up. Tell your MP to accept their mandate letter.

The 43rd parliament and cabinet may have been sworn in by Justin Trudeau, but it was the people that got them there. Our MPs have an obligation to listen to us and act on the urgent issues we are facing. Let’s remind them who voted for them. Our future depends on it.

Onwards,

Jennifer

PS – We made a timeline of the incredible moments that put climate and a Green New Deal front and center this federal election. Check it out here. 

Petition: STOP Free Trade deal between the EU and Mercosur

Please sign the petitions at Avaaz , WeMove.EU, Rainforest-Rescue, and SumOfUs.

(Note: Text below taken from the Avaaz site)

The Amazon is at greater risk than ever before and the European Union is about to make it worse!

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The European Commission has signed a Free Trade deal with Brazil and MERCOSUR on June 28, 2019, giving a green light to destruction and exploitation of the Amazon rainforest for the production of cheap meat and animal feed.
This agreement needs European Parliament approval to become law so now is our chance to prevent it!

The leaders of the member states of the EU must place their vote against this catastrophic deal.

WHAT IS MERCOSUR – EU TRADE DEAL AND WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO STOP IT

  • Mercosur is an economic and political union comprising Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
  • Free trade deal with the European Union and Mercosur means tax-free import of agricultural goods (cheap meat and soy used for animal feed) from South American countries to the European Union.
  • As breeding cows and growing cheap soy for animal feed contributes to 91% of the Amazon rainforest destruction, this means that the European Union is willing to pay Mercosur to exploit and destroy the biggest rainforest in the world
  • This will inflict irreparable damage to the ecosystem and greatly contribute to the climate crisis which will influence every human on the planet.

The EU Commission has already signed this agreement in June 2019, which led Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro celebrate it and increased destruction of the rainforests with the fires we all witnessed this summer. However, the deal is not enforced until European Parliament approves it.

According to IPCC reports, with today’s emission rates, CO2 budgets for a 1.5 degrees Celsius warming limit will be entirely gone in less than 8 and a half years. With rainforest destruction, there will be less time left before the carbon budget is gone.

Mercosur means a disaster for climate, nature, animals and the environment.

If the agreement gets its approval, we will witness a total destruction of the Amazon and we must prevent it by requesting EU member states to disapprove it and block the agreement.

Please sign the petitions at Avaaz , WeMove.EU, Rainforest-Rescue, and SumOfUs.

Read more at Wikipedia , The Guardian and NASA.

Italy introduces mandatory climate change lessons in schools

Italy is to become the first country to make climate change lessons compulsory in schools, Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti announced.

When children return to class in September 2020 after their summer holidays, their annual curriculum will also include 33 hours — approximately one per school week — dedicated to climate change and sustainable development.

“I want to make the Italian education system the first education system that puts the environment and society at the core of everything we learn in school,” Fioramonti explained to Reuters.

“The entire ministry is being changed to make sustainability and climate the centre of the education model,” he added.

Read more …

Reminder: Monday Nov 18th at 3pm — City of Waterloo’s Climate Emergency Declaration vote

Join us Monday Nov. 18th, 3pm at Waterloo City Hall for the Waterloo Climate Emergency Declaration

Monday Nov. 18th, 3pm (New time) — Waterloo’s Climate Emergency Declaration voteFill the Council Chambers! Waterloo’s motion is more ambitious than others that we’ve seen regionally so far, and with their leadership it would be so much more likely that the rest of the Region will follow! Waterloo City Hall, 100 Regina St S. (map, streetview). More information here. You can also register a delegation to speak at council: clerkinfo@waterloo.ca; 519-747-8549 Presentations must be submitted by 10am Monday. See CTV coverage of the introduction of the motion: City of Waterloo introduces motion to declare climate emergency. City of Waterloo Council Agenda.

“Declaring a climate emergency … is like putting on the brakes when you see a car crash ahead. At some point you are going to stop. The question is ‘Do you control the process?’ Do you put the brakes on or do you just plow into the car crash?”

Tenillie Bonogoure, Waterloo City Councillor

22 million trees planted in Scotland to help meet ‘global climate emergency’

More than 22 million trees were planted in Scotland last year in what has been described as a  “critical contribution to the global climate emergency”.

The new trees cover 11,200 hectares of countryside with more trees planted in Scotland than anywhere else in the UK.

Figures show that 84 per cent of all new planting took place north of the border. Of the new trees planted, around 40 per cent are broadleaves which support greater biodiversity than traditional plantations of conifers.

Read more …