Victorian Climate Action Calendar: 7 June to 8 August 2015

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The latest update of the Victorian Climate Action Calendar

    The Calendar covering events from 7 June to 8 August 2015  
     can be downloaded here and from http://vcac.org.au/calendar/
  
    Some items of interest are featured below. 
 
    Regards,
    Monique

                                       

 

– “It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government
to save the environment.” – 
Ansel Adams
 

  • PLANETARY BOUNDARIES
  • KICK BIG POLLUTERS OUT OF CLIMATE POLICY

PLANETARY BOUNDARIES – a safe operating space for humans

A similar point was made in a January 2015 Science article, “Planetary boundaries,” by 18 international experts led by Will Steffen of the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Researchers find 4 of 9 planetary boundaries have been crossed: climate change, loss of biosphere integrity, land-system change, altered biogeochemical cycles (phosphorus and nitrogen).

Here is the key chart of their findings (an update of their original 2009 findings).
   

             planetary boundaries

Researchers find 4 of 9 planetary boundaries have been crossed: climate change, loss of biosphere integrity, land-system change, altered biogeochemical cycles (phosphorus and nitrogen).

KICK BIG POLLUTERS OUT OF CLIMATE POLICY
        
2014 was the hottest year on record. And 2015 isn't proving to be any better — so far, we've seen droughts and water shortages all over the world, rising food prices and even the world's first climate refugees. The impacts if we don't act quickly are almost unimaginable –a staggering billion people could be forced out of their homes by 2050 if we don't curb global emissions. One thing is clear: we need a global climate deal, and we need one now.

This year's UN climate talks in Paris will be a pivotal moment to fight back against the disastrous consequences of climate change. These negotiations have to succeed — the stakes have never been higher. Yet we’ve heard that corporations will sponsor 20% of this year’s talks.
Every year, giant fossil fuel companies like Shell and Chevron send their slick corporate lobbyists to protect fossil fuel profits and stall real climate action. 
The planet can't wait any longer — it's time we kick big polluters out.

Sign the petition asking the UNFCCC (UN Climate Convention) to ban big polluters from the climate talks in Paris this year.

More information:
Private sector to chip in for COP 21
, Euractiv, April 23 2015.
Another dirty energy dominated COP?, Euractiv, April 30 2015.
What climate activists can learn from the fight against Big Tobacco, Al Jazeera, Sept 21 2014

SumOfUs is a worldwide movement of people like you, working together to hold corporations accountable for their actions and forge a new, sustainable path for our global economy.

Sign the petition asking the UNFCCC (UN Climate Convention) to ban big polluters from the climate talks in Paris this year.

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