Category Archives: Climate Change Responses

Indigenous Peoples at the Head of Historic NYC Climate March

The 400,000 people marching in New York City to demand climate action on September 21, 2014 were led by Indigenous people from all over the world at the front of the throng that stretched for more than two miles. The crowds also included former Vice President Al Gore, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio, primatologist Jane Goodall, and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who has called upon the world’s leaders to commit to solving the crisis. Read more here and be sure to check out this video.

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Navajo Teen Turns Community Need Into Science Award

See this inspiring video from Indian Country Today about 16-year-old Raquel Redshirt , who solved a critical problem for her community on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico and won the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. She used materials readily available in her community to build solar ovens, taking advantage of the ubiquitous New Mexico sunlight.

“My great grandparents barely used their stove because they couldn’t afford to buy propane,” Raquel says in the video.

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New Hope for the Climate from Al Gore

Former Vice President Al Gore presents concrete reasons to be hopeful in this piece in Rolling Stone.

“In the struggle to solve the climate crisis, a powerful, largely unnoticed shift is taking place. The forward journey for human civilization will be difficult and dangerous, but it is now clear that we will ultimately prevail. The only question is how quickly we can accelerate and complete the transition to a low-carbon civilization. There will be many times in the decades ahead when we will have to take care to guard against despair, lest it become another form of denial, paralyzing action. It is true that we have waited too long to avoid some serious damage to the planetary ecosystem – some of it, unfortunately, irreversible. Yet the truly catastrophic damages that have the potential for ending civilization as we know it can still – almost certainly – be avoided. Moreover, the pace of the changes already set in motion can still be moderated significantly.”

IPCC 3rd Working Group Report: Mitigation of Climate Change

The IPCC has released the latest working group contribution to their Fifth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change.

An interesting piece about it in RealClimate from one of the co-authors can be found here.

The IPCC has also started the review process for the synthesis report, which will be geared toward policymakers and based on the three Working Group Reports and Special Reports of the Fifth Assessment Cycle. 

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From IPCC Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change Technical Summary.

Everything is Connected: Climate Change and First Nations

This six-part series from National Geographic NewsWatch follows the Tla-o-qui-aht people in their stewardship of their traditional territory, the Ha-huulthii, more commonly known as Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia. They are restoring clear-cut watersheds and salmon runs as they heal communities devastated by cultural assimilation pressure by drawing upon their traditional principles of Hishuk Ish Tsa’walk: everything is one, everything is connected.

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