Climate Emergency Movement
To date the global population living in jurisdictions that have declared a Climate Emergency is 831,690,444 people. In the U.S. that number is 35,372,017 people, or 10.77% of the country’s population. The most recent declaration of Climate Emergency in the United States came from Mendocino County, California on July 21st, 2020.
Facing the Climate Emergency
In honour of Baby Beluga turning 40, legendary childrens’ entertainer Raffi is supporting climate action to protect our children’s future. He’ll be giving away 10 copies of his favorite new climate book, Facing the Climate Emergency by psychologist and TCM founder Margaret Klein Salamon, plus a special opportunity for you and your family to meet Raffi! via Zoom! You can enter the contest from now until August 5th.
Margaret recently appeared on The Rich Roll Podcast to talk about solving the Climate Emergency, growing the movement, and the book! (All proceeds from Facing the Climate Emergency directly benefit Climate Mobilization Project)
Time is running short. This summer is already providing terrible and stunning evidence of accelerating climate breakdown.
The number of fires burning in the Amazon rainforest have increased 28% above last July, worrying experts after a record setting fire season there last year and posing dire risks for the people and wildlife of the most biodiverse region on Earth, and our planet’s overall climate stability.
Record-shattering high temperatures in the Arctic are continuing this summer, with large parts of Siberia currently on fire. For some perspective on the cascading changes in the Arctic, watch this stunning time lapse showing 35 years of climate impact in 125 seconds.
The Apple Fire in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties in California has grown to over 20,000 acres, and was only 7% contained as of Monday evening.
The impact of these disasters is exacerbated by the pandemic and its economic fallout, underscoring the devastating human toll of the Climate Emergency across the world. We must mobilize all of our resources to transition away from dangerous fossil fuels toward a just, sustainable economy at emergency speed.
The oil and gas sector has given Trump $935,000 in campaign donations as of July 21, more than three times what they have given Democratic candidate Joe Biden, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. These reported donations do not include contributions to political action committees nor other hidden mechanisms for injecting oil money into the U.S. political process. Recent examples of unlawful bribery and influence by utility companies and their lackeys in Illinois and Ohio demonstrate the pervasive nature of the influence of big energy over decisions that directly impact our future.
A landmark case in Ireland brought by environmental group Friends of the Irish Environment has led to the ruling stating that the Irish Government has a legal obligation to protect its citizens from the worst impacts of climate change. The law draws on previous acts passed by the legislature that have not been carried out and holds the Irish government accountable. Though the legal implications are unclear, organizers hope that this step increases pressure on lawmakers to take decisive action.
Movement and Organizing
Last week, nine native Alaska tribes filed a petition calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to halt the removal of protections for the Tongass National Forest, the country’s largest reserve of public woodlands, which the tribes say is vital to their livelihoods. The Trump Administration is seeking to open the old-growth forest for logging and has requested that the U.S. Forest Service, part of the USDA, lift the rule from the Tongass, a process that is in its final stages. A decision is expected later this summer.
A new Gallup poll found that nearly two-thirds of Americans support the Black Lives Matter protests. Movement for Black Lives is rolling out Freedom Summer 2020 organizing campaign, an echo of the 1964 Freedom Summer voting rights drive that precipitated the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Learn about Freedom Summer organizing and support local mutual aid here.