Climate Change

staff, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, June 5, 2017

While the accord was far from what the planet needs, Trump's reckless decision underscores a key overarching issue with the Paris Agreement in the first place.  When the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015, we put out this report entitled "We Are Mother Earth’s Red Line: Frontline Communities Lead the Climate Justice Fight Beyond the Paris Agreement."  We laid out 5 key concerns in t

Chris Mooney, Washington Post, June 4, 2017

President Trump’s decision Thursday to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement could make it difficult, if not impossible, for the world to stay on track to reach an internationally agreed-upon goal for limiting dangerous global warming, scientists said.

That goal, which sought to limit warming to “well below” a 2-degree Celsius (3.6-degree Fahrenheit) rise above preindustrial temperatures, was already a stretch before Trump announced the U.S. exit in a speech in the White House Rose Garden.

Ken Ward, The Hill, June 2, 2017

To the dismay of our allies, the White House could any day announce the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. But as a patriot and climate activist, I’m not dismayed. I actually want to pull out.

Mark Hertsgaard, The Nation, June 2, 2017

President Donald Trump confirmed his status as climate denier in chief today, guaranteeing his place in history as an enemy of both science and humanity. Trump’s withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Accord on climate change will not stop the rest of the world from continuing to advance toward a clean-energy future. Solar, wind, batteries, and other technologies are growing tremendously fast, rewarding investors and employing far more people than the heat-trapping fuels of the past.

EEB, European Environmental Bureau, June 2, 2017

The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) has strongly condemned the decision of US President Donald Trump to abandon the Paris Agreement and called for a robust response.

While the EEB welcomes the widespread condemnation of the decision by world leaders, business leaders and some US politicians, it believes that these words must now be followed by actions.

The EEB is the largest network of European environmental organisations with 141 members in over 30 countries.

EEB Secretary General Jeremy Wates said:

Brandon Wu,, June 2, 2017

1. The idea that somehow, before Trump, the US was a "climate leader" is completely revisionist. We've never been climate leaders. We are the largest historical greenhouse gas emitter by far and one of the wealthiest countries in the world, yet we consistently fail to commit to emissions reductions representing our fair share of the global effort (our Paris commitment under Obama needed to be 5-6 times stronger to actually represent our fair share). We made the world weaken the Kyoto Protocol, and then we refused to ratify it.

James P. Hare, Rosa Luxemburg NYC, June 2, 2017

With Trump’s decision to formally withdraw from the Paris Agreement, he has put an end to months of apparent indecision. This withdrawal does not dissolve the agreement, which still includes nearly every nation on the planet, but it is hard to imagine how an already weak agreement can be expected to slow—not to mention reverse—greenhouse gas emissions without the participation of the United States. Seeing this decision as anything other than a nail in the coffin of the global climate regime is nothing but wishful thinking.

Paul Hawken,, May 10, 2017

An impressively comprehensive list of "solutions" from the climate capitalism / natural capital people. Some useful information here, but keep in mind the ecosocialist critique of any solutions that ignore the underlying productive system of capitalism - and the need for "system change" (would also argue some of these solutions are absurd... making airplanes more fuel effcient???).

Amitav Ghosh & Srijit Mukherji, Klkata Literary Meet, May 11, 2017

Amitav Ghosh at the ICCR Auditorium, Kolkata, for the launch of his new book 'The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable', talking about our bizarre denial of the effects of global warming and climate change, and our complete unpreparedness for major natural disasters. In conversation with filmmaker Srijit Mukherji. Presented by Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet and Penguin India, on August 1, 2016, Kolkata.

Naomi Klein, Michelle Alexander, Haymarket Books and Lannan Foundation, May 12, 2017

Michelle Alexander and Naomi Klein in conversation with Keeana-Yamahtta Taylor from Chicago's auditorium Theatre. Sponsored by Haymarket Books and Lannan Foundation.


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