Climate Change ~~~ the movement & struggle is real … join us


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Scientists are screaming from the rooftops that climate change isn’t just a bit of warming and some more storms. No exaggeration, our actual *survival* is at risk — this is a fight to save the world.

Our biosphere is in a fragile balance. Warm it a bit, and feedback loops start to kick in. Warming melts the arctic ice that reflects sunlight, which means more sunlight absorbed, which means more warming, which melts more ice etc. etc. These feedback loops have begun, and they’re approaching ‘tipping points’ where they spin out of our control, threatening everything we love.

The UN understands this, and they’ve called an emergency summit of world leaders in New York to discuss action, even inviting our movement into the meeting! The problem is, our heads of state are politicians, not scientists, and they respond to public pressure. They see the polls, but they ask, “where are the protests?” Sept. 21st is our answer.

With thousands of organisations from unions to faith groups, and hundreds of thousands of people already signed up, we’re about to launch the biggest climate change mobilisation in history, with marches from New York to Paris to Rio. On September 21st, we need to shake the world. To get there, we need to mobilise thousands of organisers, saturate subways and airwaves with ads, and mount an effective media operation.

If 50,000 of us contribute just a small amount in the next 5 days, we can make it happen. It’s time to save the world, let’s launch the movement that can do it.

~~ Fact Sheet ~~ Climate Change


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 Obama knows that climate change is real
CLIMATE CHANGE SCIENCE
A study published in May 2013 found that 97% of
scientists agree that man-made climate change is a
reality.
The scientific consensus is that climate change is
occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and
poses significant risks for public health and welfare.
There is no significant scientific disagreement on these
facts.
[NASA, accessed 7/6/2013]
Climate change is caused by increased levels of carbon
dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, caused by human
activity like burning fossil fuels and land use changes.
CO2 traps energy from the sun, raising the earth’s
average temperature, and causing unpredictable—and
dangerous—effects.
[NASA, accessed 7/16/2013]
According to scientists, carbon dioxide levels in the
atmosphere are at the highest levels in 3-5 million years.
(New York Times, 5/10/2013)
Climate change is happening. The 12 hottest years on
record have all come in the last 15 years.  Severe storms,
the most severe drought in decades, and the worst
wildfires some states have ever seen have all occurred
in the past few years.
(NASA, 1/15/2013)
Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods are all now
more frequent and intense, and are projected to worsen
in the future.
(USGCRP, 2009)
Climate change could cause sea levels to rise between
one to six feet within the next hundred years, causing
grave damage to coastal cities and communities.
[NOAA, 12/6/2012]
Climate change will have other severe economic
impacts, causing disruptions across our economy,
including in the energy, agricultural, and transportation
sectors.
[USGCRP, 2009]
GET THE FACTS
PRESIDENT OBAMA’S CLIMATE PLAN
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PRESIDENT OBAMA’S CLIMATE PLAN
President Obama has said that we must respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure
to do so would betray our children and future generations. He called on Congress to take action, but made
it clear that if they won’t act, he will.
On Tuesday, June 25, President Obama laid out his vision for a common-sense plan to combat climate change
by reducing carbon pollution, preparing our country for the impacts of climate change, leading global efforts
to fight it, and putting America’s ingenuity to work. Details of the President’s plan can be found at barackobama.
com/climate.
As a nation of innovators, we will meet the challenge of climate change in a way that advances our economy,
our environment, and public health at the same time. We don’t have to choose between the health of our
children and the health of our economy. Taking action to reduce carbon pollution will spark new jobs and
industries building cleaner and more efficient American-made energy technologies.
OFA CLIMATE STRATEGY
1.
In order for the President to make the changes we
need to prevent the worst effects of climate change,
we need to change the conversation and the politics
on climate.
2.
OFA volunteers have a unique ability to advance
the President’s climate plan by raising the profile
of this important issue, taking on climate change
deniers in Congress, and advancing the clean
energy economy locally.
3.
Volunteers are organizing in congressional districts
across the country to work with supportive lawmakers
to lead on this issue, push lawmakers in the middle
who acknowledge the problem but have not supported
action on a solution, and take on the climate change
deniers whose extremism has been so damaging to
progress in Congress and to the public debate.
GET THE FACTS
PRESIDENT OBAMA’S CLIMATE PLAN
PRINTED BY VOLUNTEERS
4.
Volunteers are helping educate Americans about
their ability switch to clean energy—from cities
and counties working to adopt clean energy, to
individuals making their own everyday choices
about how they use energy.
5.
Volunteers are working to build support for the
President’s plan in Congress, and build support
for the EPA actions that will help America meet its
commitments to reduce the dangerous pollution
that causes climate change.
6.
All of this organizing will continue to advance
the conversation on climate, and bridge the gap
between public support for action and what
Congress is willing to do

Silicon Valley’s narrative ~~~ On Black folks …ColorOfChange team


Silicon Valley has a problem.

Black Twitter

Tell Twitter to disclose its diversity data and host a public forum on making Silicon Valley more inclusive.

Take Action

 

Last year, when confronted with criticism about his appointment of an all-white, all-male Board of Directors, Dick Costolo – the CEO of Twitter – responded with a dismissive, joking tweet. 

“The whole thing has to be about more than checking a box & saying ‘we did it!’,” he later typed.1

It’s been months now since Costolo’s defensive response and although Twitter later added a white woman to its Board,2 the company has yet to publicly address the failure to appoint a single Black person despite data that confirms that Black folks make up a disproportionate share of Twitter’s user-base.

Much worse, in recent weeks as other Silicon Valley tech companies like Facebook, Yahoo, Google, and LinkedIn took the historic first step to release depressing data about the racial and gender composition of their staffs, Twitter has remained silent — refusing to jump on the data-release-bandwagon.3

That’s why we’re joining with Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow Push Coalition to call on Twitter to do two things: 1) release its employee diversity numbers immediately and 2) signal its commitment to real inclusion by hosting a public community forum that addresses the company’s plan to recruit and retain more Black talent. Will you join us? It only takes a minute.

Twitter is unlikely to break any trends

To date, most of the data disclosures have confirmed that Silicon Valley prefers its workers to be male and either white or Asian.4, 5 And although Twitter is unlikely to break any diversity trends that have emerged, transparency and a public commitment to improving the recruitment and retention of Black employees are critical first steps.

Though its minority representation numbers may mirror other Silicon Valley tech companies, Twitter has a unique role to play in this national conversation about hiring discrimination. Via the cultural force known as “Black Twitter,” Twitter has been built off the creativity of Black people, though they’re not on the payroll. 6, 7, 8 As such, the company owes our community more — more transparency, and a more thoughtful, solutions-oriented approach that addresses its failure to be more inclusive without blaming Black people.

Shifting the blame

Unfortunately, many of the tech companies (and their pundits) have been quick to incorrectly blame a leaky “talent pipeline” for the extreme racial hiring disparities revealed by these disclosures; pointing to statistics about the dearth of computer science degrees awarded to Black men and women, and bragging about their own philanthropic-investments in tech education for minorities.  Silicon Valley apologists are working to divert blame. 

Completely ignoring the fact that Black people are also severely underrepresented in nontechnical Silicon Valley roles, these blame-shifting tactics are not only misleading, they also serve to reinforce the false and problematic narrative that Black people are simply “unqualified,” undeserving and not valuable — that Black-thought is unqualified, underserving, and not valuable.

We cannot allow a corporate culture that seems hell-bent on making excuses for its replication of tired “good ol’ boy” networks to malign the intellectual and creative capacities of Black people in the process. 

Will you join us in this fight?

Thanks and Peace,

–Rashad, Arisha, Matt, Aimee, Bhavik, and the rest of the ColorOfChange team.
July 17, 2014

References

1.”Twitter CEO Takes Fire Over All Male Board”, ValleyWag, 2013-07-10

2. “Twitter appoints first woman, Marjorie Scardino, to board of directors“, The Washington Post, 2013-11-15

3. “Some in Silicon Valley Publicize Diversity, While Others Shy Away“, U.S. News, 2014-06-18 

4.”Silicon Valley Firms Are Even Whiter and More Male Than You Thought“, Mother Jones, 2014-05-29 

5. “Status Update: Facebook not so diverse“, USA Today, 2014-06-26 

6. “Black Twitter: A virtual community ready to hashtag out a response to cultural issues“, The Washington Post, 2014-01-20. 

7. “Mama I Made It: Pew Poll Study Confirms The Existence of Black Twitter“, okayplayer, 2014-01-01

8. “Black Twitter FINALLY Gets Recognized…so that Twitter can Sell Ads“, ValleyWag, 2014-21-01 

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