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COP17 Youth Activist: Get It Done

There were many inspirational people speaking this week in Durban at the COP17. Most were the voices of activists- urging the delegates to put aside the politics and to respect the science by taking action that was fair, ambitious and binding. Here is a video and transcript broadcast today on Democracy Now of one such youth delegate Anjali Appadurai. She evokes the words of Nelson Mandela, "It always seems impossible, until it’s done." She then directs the negotiators to "Get It Done." AMY...

Alec Loorz: Climate Youth Activists Unite!

Last month, I streamed some of the live Bioneers 21 Conference. I wanted to see James Hansen, having recently finished his book, Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity.  After his presentation, Dr. Hansen introduced a face I hadn't seen before, Alec Loorz.  Sixteen-year-old, Alec leads a non-profit organization called Kids Vs Global Warming . In this inspiring video, Alec quotes Thomas Jefferson,"every generation needs a ne...

Global Warning, Our Oil Addiction and Living on a New Planet

Narrated by Leo DiCaprio, this clip is based on the book by Thom Hartmann, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: The Fate of the World and What We Can Do Before It's Too Late. "Picture this, a blue planet protected by a thin layer of atmosphere that keeps temperature, air and water in perfect balance to maintain life. In the cold depths of space, this planet is a virtual paradise, the only one know of its kind. And, it is our planet, Earth. But something is wrong...human civilization and our re...

Join a Hands Across the Sand Event on June 26

As the Gulf of Mexico continues to fill up with oil with no end in sight, the reports continue to bring us more distressing news. As of June 16, NOAA tells us that 1/3 of the Gulf is now closed to fishing. Methane (a very potent greenhouse gas) adds a new dimension to this ever-unfolding catastrophe.  The oil emanating from the seafloor contains about 40 percent methane, compared with about 5 percent found in typical oil deposits, said John Kessler, a Texas A&M University oceanographe...
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