New Jersey Governor Chris Christie • Lauding President Obama’s attentiveness in the face of Hurricane Sandy, in an interview on Fox and Friends this morning. Christie’s rhetoric on the President’s leadership abilities hasn’t always been so glowing — back in May, he excoriated Obama as “walking around in a dark room trying to find the light switch of leadership.” But now, faced with a climactic disaster in his state, Christie and Obama have made nice, to the vast betterment of the citizens of his state. Obviously, holding off on political rivalries during such a chaotic and traumatic event is the right thing to do, but Christie deserves a major measure of credit for recognizing Obama’s efforts for his state. When asked whether Mitt Romney would tour some storm sites, he went much further than he needed to, showing a sincerity unbound by partisan priority: “…I have no idea, nor am I the least bit concerned or interested. I’ve got a job to do here in New Jersey that’s much bigger than presidential politics and I could care less about any of that stuff.” source (via shortformblog)
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, urging world leaders for more representative climate leadership.
Source: UN News
The problem is that the policy makers the world over are paying more attention to the fossil fuel lobbyists than they are to the well being of young people and nature, as my colleagues and I have described in the paper “The Case for Young People and Nature”.
Until the public demands otherwise, the policy makers will continue to serve their financiers.
That’s the point of the present action — to draw attention to the inter-generational injustice of current policies — our children and grandchildren are getting shafted by our well-oiled coal-fired politicians who do not look beyond their next election.
The tar sands verdict will show whether he really intends to move us to clean energy or whether he will instead support going after dirtier and dirtier fuels (tar sands, oil shale, mountaintop removal, long-wall coal mining, hydro-fracking, deep ocean and Arctic exploration, etc.).
Cell phone giant Vodafone (which owns Verizon) paired up with Ghana’s EPA to form and lead a Climate Change Adaptation campaign in Ghana. It’s an interesting match.
Vodafone is aggressively expanding cellular coverage throughout Africa, but it seems the company’s intentions on educating Ghanans are purely benevolent. The EPA is tackling climate change, but mostly from an emissions perspective. It has learned that solar panels and clean energy investments do not stop floods or property losses. Currently, Ghana suffers from extreme climate shifts. There are longer dry season droughts, and subsequent cycles of severe flooding. High temperatures force near constant influxes of pests and diseases. Climate change is exacerbating these impacts, which destroy property and takes the lives of thousands every year. Economically, agricultural losses reach into the millions. (btw, if you tool around Google maps, you can see awful scarring from deforestation in Ghana).
Ghana, Africa, is highly influential on international political stage. Kofi Annan, for example, is from Ghana. Formerly the Gold Coast under colonial rule, it’s a natural resource rich country of 25 million people. It has gold, diamonds, and timber (much illegal). It’s a middle income nation, meaning it is not in development (poor) status. But struggles with population health and education attainment.
The Vodafone/EPA partnership will:
The partnership is an example of Vodafone’s corporate social responsibility initiative, and works closely with the Ghanan government.
~ A paragraph from ‘Into Ignorance’, an editorial published today in Nature, one of the world’s most respected science journals. The article comments on current Republican efforts to prevent the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gas emissions. In 2009, the EPA determined that greenhouse gases “threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations.”
Note, with Japan, Bahrain, and Libya on fire, Republicans held emergency meetings to defund NPR. Today, they’re banning abortion funding. Regardless of opinions on NPR and abortion, it is crystal clear this Congress is completely out of touch.