World leaders, including President Obama, will gather in New York next week to discuss climate change at the United Nations Climate Summit. While big breakthroughs seem unlikely at the summit, tens of thousands of people are expected to march in the streets of New York and other cities on Sunday to demand stronger action.
The Climate Knows No Borders International Rally at the Peace Arch
On Saturday, September 20 at 1 pm, First Nations, Native American tribes, Canadians, and Americans will gather at the Peace Arch Park near the border crossing between Vancouver, B.C. and Washington. This action is organized by 350 Seattle, Wilderness Committee, and the Georgia Strait Alliance to defend the Salish Sea from fossil fuel development and climate change. Details can be found here.
It is occurring in conjunction with the Nawt-sa-maat Alliance for Protecting and Restoring the Sacredness of the Salish Sea. The Nawt-sa-maat Alliance is bringing together a broad multi-national, cross-cultural collaboration of Coast Salish tribal governments, organizations, and impassioned individuals who love this region and call it home to take “Unprecedented Unified Action” to Protect the Sacredness of the Salish Sea. First Nations and Native American tribes include the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Lummi Nation, and Tulalip Nation. One meaning of the Coast Salish word Nawtsamaat is: “One House. One Heart. One Prayer. United in Power to Protect the Sacred!”
Seattle People’s Climate March
In Seattle, a rally at Westlake Center will be held on Sunday, September 21 at 1pm in solidarity with the People’s Climate March in NYC calling on the U.N. Climate Summit to take urgent and serious action to stop climate change. Details can be found here.
A new report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate has found that redirecting infrastructure investment toward low greenhouse gas emission options would not be too costly to implement.
In an article in The New York Times, Felipe Calderón, the chairman of the commission, former president of Mexico, and an economist, said, “We are proposing a way to have the same or even more economic growth, and at the same time have environmental responsibility. We need to fix this problem of climate change, because it’s affecting all of us.”
The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate was appointed by seven countries: Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Norway, South Korea, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The commission enlisted some of the world’s top economists and business consultants to take a fresh look at the economic questions surrounding climate change.
Watch this 3-minute video from the Climate Reality Project covering a brief history of the science of greenhouse gases and the cost of climate change today.
The National Audubon Society has released their Birds and Climate Change Report. By combining hundreds of thousands of citizen science observations and projections from climate models, Audubon scientists have mapped how birds in the U.S. and Canada will react to changing conditions. They describe it as the broadest and most detailed study of its kind, and the closest thing to a field guide to the future of North American birds.
Of the 588 North American bird species evaluated, 126 are classified as climate endangered because they are projected to lose more than 50 percent of their current range by 2050. Another 188 species are classified as climate threatened and are expected to lose more than 50 percent of their current range by 2080 if global warming continues at its current pace.
You can see a good summary from the New York Times here.