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Yesterday, we launched a new climate and energy blog, Citizen Energy
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- just in time to weigh in on Tiger Woods' alleged list of mistresses. Just kidding, it's not that kind of blog. Citizen Energy is a space to learn about and shape the debate around climate and energy policy. All energy and climate, all the time.
First up: The U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Yesterday marked the official beginning of the much talked about international forum on climate change. And we have something to say about it. While other blogs might be finding out which designer Connie Hedegaard (Minister for the UN Climate Conference) is wearing, or rating the conference after-parties, Public Citizen is delivering hard hitting commentary.
Check out the inaugural post, "Thoughts on Copenhagen," from Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen's Energy Program.
He writes, "The United Nations conference on climate change kicks off today in Copenhagen, Denmark, where Obama will make an appearance, committing the U.S. to cutting our greenhouse gas emissions 17% below 2005 levels by 2020. While this emission reduction pledge falls short of what the science tells us is necessary (25 - 40% greenhouse gas emission reductions below 1990 levels by 2020 in order to stabilize CO2 concentration below 450 parts per million), there are encouraging signs that the U.S. is assuming its needed leadership role in global climate talks." Read on...
And feel free to join in the discussion by leaving a comment, sending to a friend or posting to facebook, myspace or whatever place you spread information. We look forward to hearing from you!
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Your demand for climate action delivered! :)
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Greetings from Copenhagen!
Today we delivered your signatures to the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen (COP 15) - all 10 million of them!
People all over the world united in calling for a fair, ambitious and binding climate treaty to be signed at the Summit which started today - and this call for action was delivered to key figures at the climate talks including: Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and COP 15 President and Danish Climate Minster Connie Hedegaard.
We will be keeping you updated on COP 15 from here:
- where you can find updates, images, tweets and videos straight from Copenhagen!
Be sure to join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the very latest! (#cop15 and #copenhagen have already become trending topics on Twitter - join in our tweeting for the climate!)
Today in Copenhagen our new Executive Director Kumi Naidoo - who is also Chair of the global TckTckTck campaign - was there to present the petition. He shared the following inspiring quote:
"The world has spoken. Leaders must and can deliver a deal that will save the climate. One that is fair to the poorest people and countries, that did not cause this problem but that will suffer the most from it, ambitious enough to leave a safe planet for us all, and one that is legally binding, that can be monitored and has real targets that can be enforced. (You can follow Kumi on Twitter here!)
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December 7, 2009
We did it! Thanks to YOU, we gave President Obama a very personal message on global warming that he'll never forget. More than 50,000 of you signed our petition to President Obama, and as we promised, today we delivered your message in a BIG way!
So what'd we do with all of those names? We couldn't share the details with you until now: We used them to create an enormous Greenpeace banner.
That's right james m, you WERE the action. You WERE part of the 80x40-foot banner, and your name, along with 50,000 others, helped make up an image of President Obama that literally shows him that he represents every one of YOU when he arrives in Copenhagen later this week. Your names, collectively, created the design and the message of what we want from President Obama -- to LEAD and Save the Climate.
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Today, we delivered that message to President Obama in front of the White House. Your banner will leave a lasting impression on the President as he attends the UN Copenhagen Climate Summit on December 18th along with other world leaders.
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on what happens in Copenhagen. We're at a critical point with the effects of global warming being felt all over the world. We'll be watching our world leaders to see if they can achieve a strong, binding treaty on climate change.
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P.S. Please be sure to visit our web site over the next two weeks as we cover the negotiations from Copenhagen. I'll be there, and in Oslo when the President receives the Nobel Peace Prize, so stay tuned.
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Response to EPA climate change and health statement :)
Please find attached the statement from Health Care Without Harm on today's announcement by EPA that climate change threatens human health. Best--Eileen
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Happy Holidays from Green America's Fair Trade Alliance :)
Are you ready for a fair and festive holiday season? We have some great ideas to help make every aspect of your holidays Fair Trade, from the cards and cookies, to the candles and the caroling!
Spice things up!
We have come up with three ways to spice up the holidays for your friends and family this year!
1. Equal Exchange now offers a tantalizing Spicy Hot Cocoa Mix.This fairly traded hot cocoa blends cinnamon and cayenne pepper with organic cacao from small-scale farmers in the Dominican Republic and organic sugar cane from small-scale farmers in Paraguay.
2. Add some spice to your carols this season-by spreading holiday cheer and the knowledge of global trade injustice! Global Exchange offers a caroling toolkit available for download which can help you and your family share a tune about the importance of Fair Trade while spreading Holiday spirit.
3. Fair Trade spices are now available from Frontier Natural Products Co-op, in bulk and regular quantities. To find the cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla you need for your favorite holiday recipes, please visit
Fair Trade Holiday Cards
Hope For Women offers a vast selection of beautiful, hand made cards from women in El Salvador and India. The Mountain Collection is a perfect choice for the Holiday Season with its earthy green ferns and hint of red flowers. Babli, one of the producers from India says, "Each day is now a new opportunity. I think more about the future and what I can be." Babli hopes to own her own business one day and uses the money she earns to put her child through school and plan for the future. To view these cards and read about the women who make them please visit www.hopeforwomen.com
Host a Fair Trade Holiday Cookie Exchange
A cookie exchange is a great way to build community and get a headstart on your holiday baking to-do list. This year, why not ask your friends to include at least one Fair Trade ingredient in their favorite holiday cookie recipe?
To have a successful cookie exchange, ask each guest to bake one type of cookie, enough to give a dozen to each attendee, to ensure that everyone will leave with an array of tasty treats. It works well with 8-10 people. See the side bar for one of our favorite cookie recipes here at Green America: Fair Trade Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies!
The holidays are a great time to show your loved ones just how much they mean to you, and there is no better way to show your appreciation than a gift that gives twice - to your family and friends as well as to artisans around the world.
Ten Thousand Villages has a large selection of Fair Trade jewelry, toys and holiday decorations, including candles, advent calendars, ornaments, menorahs and more!
To find Fair Trade stores in your area visit the Fair Trade Federation website and search for members in your state and city.
WorldofGood.com/GreenAmerica offers a huge selection of responsible gift ideas that are 100% Green-America-verified products that benefit people and the planet. In particular, The "People Positive" collection supports fair labor standards. What's more, for every purchase you make online, World of Good will contribute $5 to our work at Green America, accelerating our Fair Trade program.
We've teamed up with our allies at the Fair Trade the White House campaign to bring you the 2010 Fair Trade Holiday Gift Guide, where you can find unique items and receive special discounts, including Green America's own "I am a Green American" t-shirt.
Kit Kat goes Fair Trade in the UK
Nestlé recently announced that it would begin to source Fair Trade Certified cocoa for its 4-bar Kit Kat bars in the United Kingdom.
While this is an important step in introducung Fair Trade cocoa to a mainstream chocolate bar, Nestlé's history and practices around the world raise questions about its commitment to Fair Trade. Additionally, Nestlé has not announced any plans to use Fair Trade Certified cocoa in its products in the United States.
You can learn more about Nestlé's history in the cocoa industry by reading our press release.
A New Year's Resolution you can stick with all year long!
Make A Fair Trade New Years Resolution this year by pledging to continue to support Fair Trade and determining three conventional items in your daily life that you can afford to replace a Fair Trade item.
Start your New Year's celebration of right with a toast of Fair Trade certified wine! Lead a toast to share with others the importance of fair supply chains for artisans and producers at your New Years Celebration. You can now pick up a bottle of Fair Trade wine at Sam's Club or Target.
We hope you have a warm, happy and safe Holiday Season. Thanks for all you do to support Fair Trade!
Elizabeth O'Connell & Rachel Bradburd
Green America's Fair Trade Program
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Help us spread the word about Fair Trade-order one or more Guide to Fair Trade to share with your friends, family, and community- just click here.
Want to get more experience in Fair Trade? Apply for an Internship!
Green America is looking for a Spring 2010 Fair Trade Programs Intern. Please visit our website for more information.
The Fair Trade Federation is looking for three 2010 Spring Interns. For job descriptions, click here.
Save the date:
Fair Trade Futures Conference 2010
In 2005, 750 producers, consumers, advocates and students gathered in Chicago to discuss the future of the Fair Trade movement.
On September 10-12, 2010, the Fair Trade Futures Conference will be reconvened in Boston. The website for this conference is now live! We hope that everyone in the Fair Trade Alliance will join Green America in Boston for this exciting event!
The 2010 Fair Trade calendars are now available !
A project of Fair Trade Resource Network and Fair Trade Federation, these calendars make for an excellent holiday gift. If you would like to sell these items in your Fair Trade store, bulk rates are available.
Click here to order online.
Fair Trade Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies (adapted from Bon Appétit)
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour1/2 cup Fair Trade Cocoa powder from Equal Exchange 1/4 teaspoon salt1 cup Fair Trade Sugar from Wholesome Sweeteners3/4 cup unsalted butter1 large egg
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons powdered sugar3/4 cup unsalted butter3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract2 drops red food coloring1/2 cup crushed red-and-white-striped candy canes or hard peppermint candies (about 4 ounces)
Preheat oven to 350°F.
For cookies: Using an electric mixer, beat sugar and butter in large bowl until well blended. Beat in egg. Add dry ingredients; beat until blended. Refrigerate dough 1 hour.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop level tablespoonful of dough, then roll into smooth balls. Using the bottom of a glass, flatten each ball. Bake for 11 minutes (do not overbake or cookies will become too crisp).
For filling: Using an electric mixer, beat powdered sugar and butter in medium bowl. Add peppermint extract and food coloring. Spread 2 teaspoons filling evenly over 1 cookie then top with another cookie, pressing gently to adhere.
Place crushed candy canes on plate. Roll edges of cookie sandwiches in crushed candies. Yield: 18 sandwich cookies
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Help Us Save 1,000 Species :)
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Thanks to those of you who contributed to the Center for Biological Diversity's Endangered Species Action Fund last week.
Your commitment is already paying off: Donations from our supporters enabled us to file an emergency suit against the EPA last Thursday for refusing to rein in dangerous pesticides that are poisoning the entire Arctic food chain and seriously threatening polar bear cubs.
But that's just the beginning. The Center has identified more than 1,000 U.S. plants and animals that are going extinct right now due to the government negligence, listing delays, and lack of real protections.
We have the power and know-how to save all 1,000 species -- but only with your help.
And because the threats are so severe, a generous donor has stepped forward with an offer to match your contribution. So please, help save these species with a generous donation today -- it will go twice as far:
Our list includes species in every state, including the wolverine, Arizona tree frog, Mexican gray wolf, Pacific fisher, Oregon spotted frog, Florida panther, Alabama pearlshell mussel, and Rio Grande cutthroat trout.
Our team of scientists, lawyers, and activists are the best in the business. They know exactly what to do and how to do it - smart, hard-hitting legal petitions, lawsuits, and powerful media exposés. They just need the resources to get the job done.
Please, help us launch the biggest endangered-species protection effort in U.S. history. Give generously today and help raise $100,000 for our Endangered Species Action Fund by December 31st:
With your help -- and that of a generous wildlife lover who'll double your gift -- we can reach our goal and make history by saving more than 1,000 species on the brink of extinction.
As always, we'll devote 100 percent of contributions to saving endangered species -- not mailing out stuffed wolf toys made in China. Time is too short and the lives of endangered species too precious to devote energy to anything but swift, sure action where it matters most.
The fate of more than 1,000 species depends on us. Please donate generously today:
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P.S. Here's an article about our legal action made possible last week by contributions to our Endangered Species Action Fund:
U.S. lawsuit targets pesticide impact on polar bears
REUTERS // December 4, 2009
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The U.S. government violated the Endangered Species Act by failing to curb use of pesticides that have been accumulating in the Arctic food chain and in the fat of polar bears, a species listed as threatened, environmentalists charged in a lawsuit on Thursday.
While the biggest threat to polar bears comes from the rapidly warming Arctic climate and the disappearance of sea ice, the pesticide onslaught creates more woes for an already stressed population, said Rebecca Noblin, a Center for Biological Diversity staff attorney in Anchorage.
"The health impacts of pesticides tend to make polar bears more susceptible to disease, to lower cub survival," Noblin said. "Since polar bears are already struggling, the combined impacts of the two could lead to more problems."
The Center for Biological Diversity filed the lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in U.S. District Court in Seattle.
The lawsuit is probably the first to target the impact of pollutants emitted far away on an Endangered Species Act-listed population, Noblin said.
Persistent organic pollutants commonly contained in pesticides are known to be carried by atmospheric and ocean currents thousands of miles (km) northward to the Arctic.
Tony Brown, a spokesman for the EPA's regional office in Seattle, said the agency had no immediate comment on the lawsuit.
The lawsuit targets 14 types of pesticides it says scientists have found in alarming quantities in lakes, snowpack and fish and animals' bodies in the far north.
They include Atrazine, an herbicide from Syngenta AG commonly used by corn growers, and Endosulfan, also used in agricultural operations and produced by Bayer Cropscience Ltd, a unit of Bayer AG.
None of the pesticides listed in the lawsuit is used in Alaska, Noblin said.
There have been other legal actions that resulted in local pesticide limits for the benefit of endangered or threatened species.
A settlement earlier this year between the Center for Biological Diversity and the EPA resulted in new restrictions on 74 pesticides considered dangerous to 11 threatened and endangered species in California.
When donating online to the Center for Biological Diversity, always confirm that the donation page is located at
Center for Biological Diversity P.O. BOX 710 TUCSON, AZ 85702 1-866-357-3349
Earth Hour launches more fun ways to Vote Earth as Copenhagen Climate Summit commences :)
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MORE FUN WAYS TO VOTE FOR EARTH
With the Copenhagen Climate Summit now underway we are creating lots of exciting new ways to have your say on climate change and Vote Earth.
We've listed some of them here for you but make sure you keep checking our Tools and Downloads page for more ways to broadcast your vote, including our new online voting button.
MAKE A VIRTUAL LANTERN VOTE EARTH ON THE GO! THE PEOPLE'S ORB :)
Show world leaders that YOU think the world is worth saving by joining the Earth Hour Lantern Project. Just use our fun new virtual lantern tool to make a lantern as your vote for Earth, and we'll send it to Copenhagen for the UN Climate Change Conference.
Keep up to date with our latest news and Vote Earth on your phone with the launch of our new mobile and Blackberry site. Check it out on your mobile at m.earthhour.org or on your Blackberry at earthhour.msite.tv/
'The People's Orb' - a shimmering silver metal sphere with a 350 gigabyte hard drive at its heart - has been commissioned to carry the collective will of the entire planet straight to the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen.
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Check out the Earth Hour blog to keep track of all the latest news
from Copenhagen and the Vote Earth team.
Découvrez nos actions à Copenhague et agissez avec nous ! :)
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> Voir la vidéo et les photos sur :
> SAMEDI 12 DÉCEMBRE : le Réseau "Sortir du nucléaire" coordonne la journée internationale "Don't nuke the climate-Ni nucléaire, ni effet de serre".
171 actions sont déjà prévues dans 8 pays :
> Rejoignez le bloc antinucléaire "Don't nuke the climate" lors de la grande manifestation unitaire à Copenhague le 12 décembre 2009.
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> Chaque jour, suivez l'activité de l'équipe de 7 permanents du Réseau "Sortir du nucléaire" à Copenhague sur le blog :
Déjà plus de 45 000 personnes ont signé la pétition "Don't nuke the climate" ! Et vous ?
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Le Réseau "Sortir du nucléaire" a déployé une immense banderole "Don't nuke the climate" à Copenhague à 100 m du centre international de négociations sur le changement climatique.
Keep it up! Here's why.... :)
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KEEP THOSE LETTERS TO SENATE AND OBAMA FLOODING IN!
2000+ IN FIRST 24 HOURS!
BUT WE NEED A LOT MORE....
December 4, 2009
THANK YOU to everyone who sent a message to your Senators and President Obama over the past 24 hours--way more than 2,000 messages already have gone in.
But we need a lot more than that...
Here's one reason why: Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) is one of three Senators trying to lard the climate bill with billions of your dollars for nuclear power, for "clean" coal, for more offshore oil drilling. Graham's interest isn't climate--it's bailing out how the big energy interests.
Here's what Graham said yesterday following a personal meeting he had with President Obama:
"The president told me personally he was very open, that nuclear power would be part of the mix, that clean coal would be part of the mix, that he's for offshore drilling in a responsible way," Graham said today in describing his Oval Office meeting with Obama.
Here's another reason, from today's trade publication Platts: "CONGRESS IS LIKELY TO PASS LEGISLATION BOOSTING BY $20 BILLION an existing $18.5 billion nuclear power plant loan guarantee program and include other incentives for the industry, energy lobbyist Robert Talley said December 3. There are four finalists for the current $18.5 billion in loan guarantees; Talley, a principal of Talley & Associates, said he represents three of the projects. Legislators could include additional incentives for research into small modular reactors and domestic nuclear manufacturing capacity, Talley said."
Let's make sure all of our voices are heard to counter the nuclear, coal and oil lobbyists!
*If you haven't sent your message to your Senators/President Obama yet, please do so here.
*Please forward this Alert, or this link, to everyone you can :)
*Please post on your networking sites, blogs, Twitter, everywhere you can. It's vital that we reach out to everyone possible.
*If you haven't yet signed the International Don't Nuke the Climate petition, please do so here.
*And get ready for National Call-In and Action Days, December 11 and 12. Please call your Senators (202-224-3121) on Friday, December 11, and let us know if you or your group are planning actions on December 12.
We need as much activity as possible now--before any deals are made to boost the nuclear industry at the expense of a safer, cleaner, cheaper energy future.
Thanks for all you do,
Nuclear Information and Resource Service
Copenhagen, Charleston, and Coal River Mountain :)
Today, the confluence between mountaintop removal coal mining and climate change is front and center on the streets of Charleston, West Virginia and on stage at the "COP15" United Nations Climate Summit in Copenhagen.
In Charleston, activists from around the region are gathering in front of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection headquarters to demand an end to blasting at Coal River Mountain -- ground zero in the fight against mountaintop removal coal mining.
And in Copenhagen, Google is unveiling a new layer in Google Earth that dramatically illustrates the choice to be made at Coal River Mountain -- a choice between a clean energy future and the increased threat of climate change.
Click here to watch the YouTube video that Google will be showing at Copenhagen:
As Lorelei Scarbro, who lives in Rock Creek, West Virginia, at the foot of Coal River Mountain, says in the video, Coal River Mountain represents a crossroads in our future.
Massey Energy plans to mine more than 6000 acres of mountaintop at Coal River Mountain, which would destroy the opportunity to build a 320 megawatt wind farm on the ridges of Coal River Mountain.
Instead of 320 megawatts of clean energy that would power more than 70,000 homes indefinitely, Massey's plans would release 134 million tons of C02 -- the equivalent of putting 1.5 million more cars on the road for 17 years.
That's what makes Coal River Mountain a "cauldron of Climate Change," in Lorelei's words. That's why Google is showing millions of Google Earth users and the delegates in Copenhagen what's at stake at Coal River Mountain, and why people from around the region are gathering today in Charleston.
Can you stand with the activists in Charleston and the delegates in Copenhagen today by taking two simple actions?
1. Watch the Coal River Mountain Video
and forward it to your friends and family. Ask them to join you in stopping mountaintop removal coal mining by signing up at iLoveMountains.org.
2. Email your Senators and tell them to pass the Appalachian Restoration Act.
If Congress is serious about addressing climate change, we need this bill to dramatically reduce mountaintop removal coal mining, which is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.
Thank you for taking a moment today to help secure a clean energy future for all of us.
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