Climate Change: On the road to reality, action & COP21 in Paris

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In climate circles, where folks regularly work, talk and take action on climate change, “one person can do so much” is becoming a mantra… and it’s something that all of us, outside those climate circles, need to clue into as well.

I talked about this road we’re on in this Green Divas myEARTH360 Report. Listen up, then read on for more about COP21 and upcoming global climate action events that you can participate in virtually or in real life…

What’s COP21?

From November 30th until December 11th, government representatives from more than 190 countries will come together in Paris to discuss a new global agreement on climate change. Dubbed COP21, or the 21st Conference of the Parties, the goal of this gathering will be to collectively and individually (by country) reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, and hopefully stave off the worst impacts of climate change.

Each country has developed it’s own Intended Nationally Determined Contribution, INDC (a very long winded way to say their own plan to cut greenhouse gases). Some countries have reached far on these, but too many have not. We know that we’re running out of time to curb emissions and that scientists are telling us the world is poised to pass through thresholds for which there will be no turning back.

We know the planet will be here, but there is broad consensus amongst scientists studying climate change that the existence of many of earth’s living creatures, we humans included, is at stake. It is that dire and that critical. But, even knowing this, politics get in the way and a clear commitment by our governmental leaders isn’t clearly going to happen.

climate-mama-adThat’s where we come in.

Yes, each of us can and must be part of the solution, and each of us can and will make a difference. At ClimateMama. we believe that “in our bones!” and it truly gives us climate hope. We see groups coming together that have never before worked together; climate justice, labour unions, The Green Tea Party, Black Lives Matter, faith and religious organizations of all stripes.

The people of the world really seem to be waking up, even if our elected officials aren’t. We need to remind them that if they hope to stay elected, that“we are watching” and that we want real action, not just more talk on climate change.

So, on this Road to Paris and COP21, here’s a partial list of the many events planned over the coming months.

A few of these very near and dear to us at ClimateMama. They are events we have helped plan or will play a direct part. We’ve also included events and actions by friends, colleagues and other notables; ones we can all support, get behind, and get involved with. Pick one, share one, and let us know what’s happening in your community so we can add it to the list.

August 31-September 3rd— President Obama visits Alaska and the Arctic circle to talk climate solutions.

“Without more aggressive action, we will condemn our children to a planet beyond their capacity to repair. ~ Obama, 9/1/15

September 2rd— Twitter chat, 2pm ET, Find us #CRinFlorida. Hosted by Climate Reality. Panelists: Climate Mama (@climatemama), Earth Guardians (@EarthGuardianz), Vanessa Hauc (@VanessaHauc), Sergio Carlo (@SergioCarlo) and Sam Champion (@SamChampion)

September 3rd — Green Gotham TV, interview with ClimateMama Gotham TV, Vimeo and Youtube

September 9th & 10th — Grandparents Climate Action Day, Washington DC

September 20th — “OFF the Rails, Rivers & Pipelines…ON with Renewable Energy” Teneck New Jersey

September 21st — Anniversary of New York City Peoples Climate March

September 21-25th — Moral Action on Climate , Washington DC, events all week long.

September 24th — Pope to address Joint Session of Congress, Rally on the Mall, Washington DC

September 25th — Pope to address United Nations and also travel through Central Park.

September 29th — Global Women’s Climate Justice Day of Action, hub event NYC, Women Speak, Climate Justice on the Road to Paris and Beyondglobal-womens-day-of-justice October 14th — National Day of Climate Action

October 15th — Forum 2015: Today’s Fossil Fuels and the Future of our Children’s Health, Stony Brook University, The Mothers Project, Center for Environmental Health

November 13-14th — Live Earth, The Road to Paris and 24 Hours of Reality, The World is Watching, from Paris and around the world..Online, Paris and around the world.

November 28-29th — the global days of action on the eve of the Paris Climate Talks Huge march in Paris on November 29th, with solidarity marches in other major cities around the world.

November 30-December 11th — COP21, Conference of the Parties

December 12 — Massive people mobilization in Paris

Remember our Mantra:

Tell the truth, actions speak louder than words, and don’t be afraid. Click To Tweet

We are all in this together and we can and will make difference.

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Adapted from ClimateMama  

Bonus:

Listen to this GD myEARTH360 episode featuring filmmaker Mark Terry, who is working on the Youth Climate Report film, which will be featured at COP21 to help ratify universal climate agreement:

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About the author / 

Green Diva Harriet

Harriet Shugarman is the Executive Director and Founder of Climate Mama and a long time Climate Leader and Mentor with The Climate Reality Project. Speaker, writer, presenter and "mom-activist," Harriet travels the country educating, informing and rallying audiences around the realities of climate change and how people can feel empowered to take individual and collective action - in their homes, businesses and in their communities. Harriet has worn many hats over the course of her life: ski instructor, orchard worker and even one time skydiver! Harriet spent most of her professional life working as an economist and policy analyst, including 13 years as a representative for the International Monetary Fund at the United Nations. Harriet sits on several boards and chairs numerous regional and local environmental committees, including her New Jersey town's Environmental Commission and works regularly with national, state and local organizations to lobby for legislative change on climate and environmental issues. She is the mother of two teens who are her inspiration and motivation for everything that she does!

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