Friday, November 30, 2007

Global Climate Campaign

December 8 has been declared a day of action for a Global Climate Campaign. This was initially sponsored by the Climate Change Coalition. This coincides with the Dec. 4-9 meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in Bali. (Check the countdown to Bali on the GP Canada web site.)

After a thorough discuss last night, the EcoAction Committee of the Green Party decided to sign on to this effort. This is just the first step that the EcoAction Commitee will be taking. Accordingly, I posted the following to their site.

The EcoAction Committee of the Green Part of the United States will promote the following goals from their 2006 Earth Day Statement

  • We, as individuals must make profound changes in our own lifestyles, demonstrating to elected officials our own commitment to and expectation of change in local, regional, national and global environmental policy;
  • We must phase out all subsidies and tax breaks to fossil and nuclear energy industries;
  • We must move to full cost pricing starting with carbon taxes;
  • We must provide incentives, legislation, and institutional reforms to bring renewable energy technologies on line and readily available to the consumer;
  • We must encourage the export and expansion of these technologies into overseas markets to competitively displace fossil and nuclear power, and large-scale hydroelectric projects;
  • We must research and implement interim, as well as long term offsets, such as reforestation, accompanied by measurable cutbacks in emissions;
  • We must reject biomass incineration and inefficient biofuels production as unnecessary, insufficient, polluting, damaging to ecosystems and a waste of energy;
  • We reject the concept of "clean coal";
  • We must put an absolute limit on CO2 emissions Nationally and work to facilitate a Worldwide CAP. This limit should be based on the amount we need to cut fossil fuel usage in order to aid in reversing the rise in average global temperatures.
  • We must base our cutbacks in fossil fuel usage on this limit; this means stabilization as quickly as possible and an 80% cutback to be reached within ten years.

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

I am working with Southern California Edison right now to encourage people to replace traditional light bulbs with CFLs. The benefits are substantial: CFLs use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs, and they last up to 10 times longer.

If every household in California switched five incandescent bulbs for CFLs, it would be the equivalent of taking 400,000 cars off the road.

SCE is holding a contest, too…you can enter a video or photo of yourself with a CFL in a contest they are holding - the winner may be selected to appear in an SCE television commercial. Check out the details at www.sce.com/pledge and spread the word!