Petition: Climate Reality Project

The climate crisis won’t wait for the pandemic to end. Neither can we.

Not when the Arctic hits 100 degrees. Not when nearly every wildfire season is a record-breaker. Not when those who suffer the most in a warmer world are the same poor families and communities of color hit hardest by COVID-19 and legacies of discrimination and racism.

We know it’s time to act. We need leaders who do too.

Stand with The Climate Reality Project and the climate majority by demanding bold action on climate change from our elected leaders.

It’s time for our leaders to rise to the moment. To leave fossil fuels behind and halt rising temperatures while we have time. To build a just clean energy economy that works for families and workers instead of just the wealthy. To confront the racism and inequity at the heart of our system head-on.

Because the only way we can solve these challenges and build the world we want is together.

We get it. You get it. It’s time for leaders who get it too.

Fight for a better future with the climate majority: Sign our petition demanding elected leaders act now.

Our future is on the line. The world we give our children is on the line. But the solutions are in our hands and a better future is possible. Join us.

– Your friends at The Climate Reality Project

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Petition: stop plastic in the oceans

Oceana, Protecting the World's Oceans

According to news reports, Amazon shipped approximately 7 billion packages last year – that’s nearly one package for every person in the world. These packages are often packaged with plastic bags, pillows, bubble wrap and more. Plastic that can end up in the oceans and devastate marine life.

17.6 billion pounds of plastic waste enters our oceans every year, about a garbage truck’s worth every minute. The impacts can’t be ignored: Sea turtles choke to death trying to eat plastic bags, wraps and coverings, mistaking such pollution for jellyfish. Whales wash ashore dead, their bellies full of plastic.

Amazon can help protect our oceans and marine life and to address the plastic pollution crisis by listening to their customers and others. Recent surveys, commissioned by Oceana, show that around the world people like you overwhelmingly care about our oceans and want Amazon to offer a plastic-free choice, especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic when more people are dependent on online shopping than ever before!

Right now, when an Amazon customer goes to checkout they have no way to avoid plastic packaging, no choice.

More than 450,000 people have already signed the petition on asking Amazon to provide them with plastic-free choices and we desperately need you to add your name to make it clear to Amazon that this is what people want and need. This is a company that says it truly listens to its customers. So, let’s show them how much people care and get Amazon to take real steps to reduce plastic.

Tell Amazon to give customers a plastic-free choice at checkout to help fight the ocean plastic pollution crisis >>

Tell Amazon you want plastic-free choices

Recycling and hollow commitments won’t save our oceans: Only 9% of all plastic ever produced has been recycled. Much of plastic packaging is made of plastic film or mixes of different plastics which have very low recycling rates and often end up in landfills. Many local recycling centers won’t even accept these kinds of plastics. And, articles just last year detailed how many plastic mailers used by Amazon are not easily recycled and have jammed up machines at recycling centers.

More and more people are shopping online due to the COVID-19 crisis, which means more and more plastic packaging that could go on to pollute our oceans. The results of a YouGov poll, commissioned by Oceana, clearly show that Amazon customers want plastic-free choices:

  • 85% of Amazon customers surveyed in the United States are concerned about plastic pollution and its impact on the oceans and the environment.
  • 92% of those surveyed are upset, disappointed, angry, and or surprised that only 9% of plastic ever produced has been recycled.
  • 73% of Amazon Prime members would use a plastic-free choice of packaging at checkout if offered.

Amazon can make this impactful change for our oceans. The company’s packaging and materials lab has created lightweight plastic-free packaging, including a new mailer that the company reports have been used 100 million times. The company is known for its innovation in delivery technology and has made commitments to protect the environment, including a pledge to be zero carbon by 2040 and recently announced it eliminated non-recyclable plastic in packaging across its Fulfilment Centers in India.

But despite statements from CEO Jeff Bezos that Amazon is “obsessed” with meeting the needs and wants of its customers, the company has made no public commitment to offer its customers what they want – the ability to avoid plastic packaging.

That’s why I’m asking you to speak up today. Amazon and Bezos will no longer be able to ignore their impact on our oceans if our wave of voices continues to build.

Add your name today: Tell Amazon to help stem the tide of plastic pollution flooding into our oceans by giving customers a plastic-free packaging choice at checkout >>

With your support, we can get Amazon to take this step and start to reduce plastic.

Victoria Zelvin
For the oceans,
Victoria Zelvin
Senior Digital Campaigner

Sign your support for the Green New Deal!

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for Congress

Progressive policies are popular.

The corporate media and naysayers might try to convince us that we should compromise our values, but the facts just don’t lie.

In Iowa, 92% of caucus-goers said that they support the Green New Deal — our plan to transform our energy infrastructure, reach net-zero emissions, and create millions of union-wage jobs for communities that have been left behind.

But as we speak, many in the Democratic Party still refuse to believe it’s possible to rise to the occasion of the climate crisis. Will you sign your name to become a citizen co-sponsor of the Green New Deal?

Sponsor the GND »

The Green New Deal was introduced just over one year ago. In that time, with the help of organizations like the Sunrise Movement, we’ve built an incredible consensus in the Democratic Party.

But the Green New Deal isn’t just popular with Democrats. Huge margins of independents and even Republicans support it, because Americans from all walks of life understand the necessity of saving our planet.

We can’t let fear goad us into inaction. Sign your name to become a citizen co-sponsor of the Green New Deal and demand that our leaders rise to meet this crisis.

Sponsor the GND »

Passing a Green New Deal is not just a plan to save our planet — but a chance for us to come together, to improve the lives of millions, and to ensure a better quality of life for our children. Let’s get to work.

In solidarity,

Team AOC

Join World War Zero to fight for a net zero emissions economy

This is a war for our future.

Pollution kills millions every year. There’s a war on facts, science, and common sense that’s prevented us from doing what we all know we must do.

We have started World War Zero because we have no choice but to wage and win the war to realize a net zero emissions economy and end the climate crisis.

We will bring together an unlikely group of allies, with diverse backgrounds and beliefs, united by a common mission. Together, we’ll make World War Zero unlike anything we’ve seen before. And that’s important because the war ahead will only be won with bold tactics and fresh perspectives. Now, I’m asking you to take the next big step to support our mission.

This is a battle for our future, our very lives — a struggle against denial, distraction, and delay.

To win this war, World War Zero will forge new alliances. Included in our ranks are Democrats and Republicans and Independents, artists and diplomats, retired military leaders and young climate activists, business leaders and consumer advocates — and you.

Together, we will cut through the noise. We will deliver the message that the climate crisis is a threat to more than just the environment. It’s a threat to our jobs, our health, and our security. This message will resonate in all quarters, change minds, and turn the tide.

Winning this war demands bold proposals. Winning requires beating back efforts to delay progress, distort the truth, and deny reality. Winning depends on new strategies, new tactics, and new alliances. It’s time to win this war, and we need your help.

Join the World War Zero army today: Add your name to join the fight to end the climate crisis.


John Kerry
World War Zero

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Daily Kos, PO Box 70036, Oakland, CA, 94612.

Hundreds of Elephants Die as Drought Grips Southern Africa

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Wildlife has been affected, too. Tinaapi Madiri, Zimbabwe’s national elephant manager, said more than 200 elephants have died of dehydration and starvation in recent weeks.

Tinaapi Madiri: “Going into the future with the increased droughts due to climate change and other phenomenon, we are likely to experience more and more of this drought, which could possibly impact significantly on our elephant population.”

“A Worldwide Revolution Is Underway.”

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By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

Puerto Rico. Hong Kong. Ecuador. Haiti. Lebanon. Iraq. And now, Chile. People are rising up around the world against austerity and corruption, defying police forces unleashed to suppress them. Many of these mass movements share a fierce critique of capitalism. In Santiago, Chile, more than 1 million people flooded the streets last weekend, and mass protests continue. There, the brutal Pinochet dictatorship from 1973-1990, during which thousands of progressive activists and leaders were tortured, disappeared and murdered, was followed by decades of neoliberal policies, with rampant privatization, union busting, stagnant wages and increased costs for education, health care, transportation and other services. Chile, among the richest countries in South America, is also one of the most unequal. At least 20 people have been killed during recent protests there, further angering and emboldening the crowds.

These global protests also occur at a critical inflection point in history, with as few as 10 years remaining for humanity to transition from a fossil fuel economy to one powered by renewable energy. On Wednesday, Chile’s embattled, billionaire president, Sebastian Pinera, abruptly announced that his country was cancelling plans to host two major international summits, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in mid-November, and the United Nations climate summit, the 25th “Conference of the Parties,” or COP25, in the first two weeks of December.

Carolina Schmidt, Chile’s COP25 president-designate, said, “The citizens have expressed in a strong way their legitimate social demands that require the full attention and all efforts from the government.”

Chile’s cancellation of the COP could be a setback for global action on climate. But climate activists should take heart: This renewed spirit of rebellion around the world signifies a rejection of the status quo, and could portend accelerated, grassroots mobilization to avert irreversible, catastrophic climate change.

“Social injustice and the climate crisis have a common root cause,” the Climate Action Network said in a release not long after Chile’s COP cancellation. “Climate justice and solidarity is fundamentally about the protection of human rights and a better quality of life for all.”

The climate crisis touches everyone, first and most forcefully the world’s poor. The mass uprising in Puerto Rico that forced the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rossello was the culmination of decades of frustration with Puerto Rico’s colonial status and the more current exploitation by Wall Street vulture funds. But the discontent was fueled by the utter devastation of the back-to-back hurricanes Irma and Maria two years ago. “The austerity policies that have been implemented have put the people of Puerto Rico in a position of vulnerability. Social inequality has increased to levels that we have never seen here,” Manuel Natal, a member of Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives, said on the “Democracy Now!” news hour days before Rossello’s resignation. “We need more democracy, not less democracy. We are on the brink of a political revolution here.” Rossello’s ouster was the first time in U.S. history that a governor was forced from office by popular protest.

Indigenous people are also leading the way, often at the front lines, confronting resource extraction with disciplined, nonviolent resistance. Hundreds of indigenous and campesino social leaders in Colombia have been murdered in recent years, simply for standing up for justice and environmental protections.

The Paris climate agreement specifically notes the importance of climate justice, and pledges to work “in the context of sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty.” One of the enduring conflicts that has hampered international climate negotiations has been the refusal by wealthy nations, principally the United States, to accept the simple premise that “polluters pay.” The United States is the wealthiest nation in human history because, in part, it has polluted its way to the top, using cheap, dirty power: coal-fired power plants, diesel locomotives and now, so-called clean-burning fracked gas.

The Green Climate Fund was supposed to raise billions of dollars to finance renewable projects in poorer countries. The fund’s pledging conference last week fell short of its goal, primarily because the Trump administration reneged on the U.S.’s $2 billion commitment. Australia and Russia followed suit, refusing to make contributions.

A new study by Climate Central, a news and science organization, shows that climate-induced coastal flooding will likely be far worse than previously predicted, forcing between 200-600 million people, rich and poor, to flee their homes later in the century. Climate change-fueled wildfires are now raging across California, with hundreds of thousands of people evacuated from their homes and at least 1 million people without power.

Popular uprisings are also spreading like wildfire, though, against corrupt autocratic leaders, austerity and inequality. People are also flooding the streets, globally, linking the movements against inequality with the fight for a just, sustainable world powered by renewable energy.

Maine Local Weather Forecast: Cold rain and wet snow Tuesday!

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We’ll have more clouds than sun, with highs in the 50s today. It will be warmest in central and northern Maine, coolest in southern and coastal Maine, with a breeze coming in off the ocean.

Rain moves in tonight. It’ll be cold enough in the mountains of western Maine for wet snow to fall, and accumulate. 1 to 3 inches of snow is likely in the mountains. As heavier precipitation moves in Tuesday morning, it’s possible the cold rain flips to wet snow even closer to the coastline. Coatings are possible in spots. Tuesday will remain chilly with periods of rain and highs only in the low 40s.

Clouds linger Wednesday with a few showers. Highs in the upper 40s to low 50s.

We’ll see a return to some sun and highs around 60 Thursday.

Have a nice day.


Top climbers Jess Roskelley, Hansjörg Auer and David Lama die in Canadian avalanche

Jess Roskelley, Hansjörg Auer and David Lama on what is believed to be the summit of Howse Peak on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, a day before they were reported missingFrom left: Jess Roskelley, Hansjörg Auer and David Lama on what is believed to be the summit of Howse Peak last Tuesday a day before they were reported missing

Three professional mountaineers have been found dead after an avalanche at Canada’s Banff National Park.

Austrian climbers David Lama, 28, and Hansjörg Auer, 35, and US citizen Jess Roskelley, 36, had been attempting to climb the east face of Howse Peake.

The group were reported missing last Wednesday and later presumed dead, but recovery efforts were hampered by weather conditions.

The men were part of a team sponsored by outdoor clothing line North Face.

Canadian authorities said air rescuers had seen “signs of multiple avalanches” where they were found.

In a statement, Parks Canada said it “[extended its] sincere condolences to [the men’s] families, friends and loved ones”.

“We would also like to acknowledge the impact that this has had on the tight-knit, local and international climbing communities,” it added.

During their expedition, the group had been taking a route up Howse Peake, known as M16, which has only been climbed once before.

Howse PeakHowse Peak, Banff National Park

Family members of the climbers told Parks Canada they believe the trio did summit the mountain, and that they descended Howse Peak along a similar route.

Rescue efforts were delayed by the weather, and the three climbers were not wearing avalanche beacons when they were found.

“In this case the outcome wouldn’t have changed, but it would have expedited the search and recovery,” said Parks Canada incident manager Shelley Humphries.

It took 28 staff members about five days to recover the bodies, which were located using a specially-trained avalanche dog attached to a long line from a helicopter.

The bodies were located with the help of a specially-trained avalanche dogThe bodies were located with the help of a specially-trained avalanche dog

Brian Webster, safety manager for Parks Canada, said the three men were undoubtedly skilled enough to make the climb, but that an avalanche of that magnitude would be difficult to recover from.

Parks Canada believes it was a level-3 avalanche, which is strong enough to knock over trees, bury vehicles or demolish small wooden buildings.

All three were renowned within the mountaineering community.

Mr Lama was part of a duo that carried out the first free ascent of Cerro Torre’s Compressor route in Southern Patagonia.

Recently, Mr Auer had also completed a solo ascent of Lupghar Sar West, a 23,559ft (7,181m) peak in Pakistan’s Karakorum range.

Jess Roskelley with his wife Alli in January 2019Jess Roskelley with his wife Alli in January 2019

In 2003, Mr Roskelly became the youngest American to climb Mount Everest – the world’s highest peak – aged 20 at the time.

His father, John, was also a mountaineer and climbed Howse Peak via a different route in the 1970s.

“It’s just one of those routes where you have to have the right conditions or it turns into a nightmare,” he said in an interview last week with The Spokesman-Review newspaper.

“This is one of those trips where it turned into a nightmare.”

“A Message from the Future with AOC”: New Film Imagines World Transformed by the Green New Deal

APRIL 18, 2019

As the push for the Green New Deal builds momentum in the United States, The Intercept has released a short illustrated video imagining a future shaped by the progressive environmental movement. It’s titled “A Message from the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.” The New York congressmember narrates the film to envision an America that has been transformed by the Green New Deal policies, including a just transition of jobs, Medicare for all, and a total overhaul of the country’s energy system. The result is a vision of radical hope and transformation. The film features stunning artwork by award-winning illustrator Molly Crabapple. It is presented by The Intercept and Naomi Klein, co-written by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Avi Lewis, and co-directed by Kim Boekbinder and Jim Batt.

62 Arrested After Extinction Rebellion Stages Die-In Outside NYC City Hall to Demand Climate Action

APRIL 17, 2019

Protesters shut down traffic outside New York City Hall Wednesday, partially blocking access to the Brooklyn Bridge, staging a die-in to demand radical action on climate change and remaining in the streets until the police arrested at least 62 people. The protest was just one of a series of demonstrations being staged around the world this week by Extinction Rebellion, a global movement taking direct action to demand drastic government action to combat the climate crisis. Protesters say the demonstration is just the beginning of a growing resistance movement, and more actions can be expected later this week.