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The GREEN AGENDA
The GREEN AGENDA
The common enemy of humanity is man.
In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill.
All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome.
The real enemy then, is humanity itself.
- Club of Rome
The First Global Revolution
Environmental awareness is considered to be the mark of any good honest decent citizen.
Everyone wants to 'out-green' each other.
The threat of impending ecological disasters is uniting the world through a plethora of international treaties and conventions.
But where did this phenomenon come from, how did it rise to such prominence, and more importantly, where is it going?
While researching for these articles, and during my academic studies, I have come across many references to the The Club of Rome (CoR),
a group of global elitists attempting to impose some kind of one world government.
The Club of Rome is not some quirky little group of green activists or obscure politicians.
They are the most senior officials in the United Nations, current and ex-world leaders, and the founders of some of the most influential environmental organisations.
When you read their reports in the context of who they are – its gives an entirely new, and frightening, context to their extreme claims.
YOU NEED TO READ THIS here on this link,
then read UN AGENDA 21 - CODEX
CODEX, AGENDA 21
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FWIW - there was a 1994 Steven Seagal movie, "On Deadly Ground", a very pro-environment movie. And very bad movie entertainment wise, however, Seagal gave a very effective speech at the end over the criminals who are intentionally destroying our environment in many ways for greed and power. And it did have alot of truth to it.
HOWEVER - there were numerous dangerous subliminal "let's work together for the common good-worship mother gaia-theosophy" messages in this very last 5 minute or so clip where Seagal made this speech.
5 minute clip of Seagal's speech in the movie
This is exactly what the Illuminati does - they have no problems glorying in their shame in terms of letting out all their little secrets. However - their INTENT is to get as many people on board with their New Age "let's all just get along" utopian agendas. Satan knows his time is short, so obviously, his goal is to drag as many people to Hell with him.
The green movement, environ mental cases, is part of Earth worship - Gaia - whom they call a goddess.
It is very corrupt. Christians should completely avoid it.
Even the animal channel promotes this, airing whale wars.
This bunch of anarchists puts life of animals ABOVE HUMANS FOR WHOM CHRIST DIED.
ESSENTIALLY IT IS A DENIAL OF ALMIGHTY GOD!
GLOBAL WARMING DECEPTION, Part 1
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Host: Noah Hutchings
Guest: Grant Jeffrey
The worldwide effort to combat manmade global warming is history's most far-reaching scientific hoax. Grant Jeffrey documents the orchestrated campaign of political pressure, flawed science, deleted and falsified temperature data - all designed to promote an environmental lie and, thereby, bring the West to its knees.
Bible in the News: The Fool and Our Money by Noah Hutchings
The next global trade war
The U.S. is already up in arms over the EU plan to charge all airlines for carbon emissions
Friday, Aug 12, 2011 (* salon is not a good news source)
Not usually accused of being unilateralist and unwilling to negotiate, the EU has sparked what is shaping up to be the next big international trade dispute.
On Jan. 1, the EU will require airlines operating out of all airports in its 27 member states to financially offset their flights' carbon dioxide emissions.
The move brings aviation into the EU's existing "Emissions Trading Scheme" (ETS) that has been applied to many other industries since it was first implemented in 2005.
EU Environment Commissioner Connie Hedegaard says it's high time "the polluter-pays principle" applies in the skies too.
"How can we ever hope to make ordinary citizens of the world play their part in tackling climate change," she writes on her website (in English and Chinese), "if the financier from Hong Kong or London or the business man from Guandong [sic] or Frankfurt is not asked for any contribution whatsoever in respect of the significant emissions that he incurs on an intercontinental flight?"
Other governments have blasted the EU's go-it-alone approach. Airlines have consistently resisted being included in the ETS as the system has evolved. Now that it's due for implementation, many non-EU governments have rejected the plan, most vocally the United States, China, India and Russia.
Their main complaints: The EU is asserting the right to assess these fees in the absence of a global agreement, or any reciprocal measures by other governments, to do so; it will be charging for the entire length of a flight, not just the portion in European airspace; and the earnings from the carbon dioxide charge will go directly into the coffers of EU governments, with no requirement that the money be spent to combat global warming, on research and development, new aviation technology or any other tool to protect the environment.
8/13/11 - Australia
A NEW Federal Government green scheme threatens to hit the market price of older homes.
The Government aims to introduce, by as soon as next year, mandatory energy star ratings for homes being sold or rented out.
Vendors and landlords would have to pay about $200 to have their property assessed, with a total cost to homeowners and property investors of $1.1 billion over 10 years.
Housing experts said older four-bedroom, two-bathroom homes - often referred to as McMansions - would score poorly. The ratings system would be similar to that used to identify the energy efficiency of whitegoods.
Mick Fabar, director of private energy-ratings firm Green Homes Australia, said: "Through our experience with our rating tool those two-storey McMansions out at Kellyville would not get over zero."
There are significant financial implications for owners of these homes - and most older dwellings which are also likely to rate lowly.
Homeowners would need to spend up on going green or face the prospect of a lower sale price.
A Federal Government study into a similar scheme operating in the ACT since 1999, which rates properties out of 10, found a one-star difference affected selling prices by 3 per cent.
If mirrored in Adelaide, a one-star variation on a $400,000 house would equal $12,000.
Star ratings have been criticised for failing to factor in actual consumption, leading to questions about whether the changes would reduce power use.
A spokeswoman for Climate Change Minister Greg Combet said the system would "allow buyers and renters to better compare different properties, making it easier to identify a property which uses less energy or water and thereby save money."
Opposition climate change spokesman Greg Hunt said it would create "enormous uncertainty". "It could push up the cost of rent for people when they are feeling cost-of-living pressures," he said.
"It's another cost imposed on people from the government."
NSW member for Hawkesbury, Liberal Ray Williams, said: "It's an absolute disgrace that the federal government could try to impose this to try to claim some green credibility.
"It shows how out of touch this government is."
Raine & Horne CEO Angus Raine suggested Sydneysiders were so consumed with getting on the property ladder that star ratings would be discounted by buyers.
"People look at the physical property first and then (a mandatory disclosure system) is going to be one of their second or third considerations in their purchasing matrix," Mr Raine said.
A July 2011 "consultation regulation impact statement" prepared for the federal and state governments forecast the system would affect about 416,000 NSW homes in its first year of operation - about 129,000 sales and 287,000 leases - at a cost of nearly $300 million.
Beaumont Hills resident Scott Silva said yesterday the government had no right to introduce a mandatory energy rating system.
"It's up to private industry to make sure their products are energy efficient and not the government. The idea is useless," he said.
While owners of McMansions are much maligned by greenies, many self-proclaimed environmentalists would not measure up against the Silvas, who have a range of energy-saving measures in their home.
Mr Silvan and his wife Francine purchased a 1.5kW solar system for their roof through company Easy Being Green in March.
They also have switched to energy-efficient bulbs. They encourage their children to turn off the lights. They reduce water and power bills by monitoring shower times. Installing a water tank is on the to-do list.
According to the Australian Energy Market Commission, the average annual NSW electricity bill will go from $1486 to $1810 in 2012-13.
Aliens may destroy humanity to protect other civilisations, say scientists
Rising greenhouse emissions may tip off aliens that we are a rapidly expanding threat, warns a report for Nasa
Ian Sample, science correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 18 August 2011 19.04 BST
It may not rank as the most compelling reason to curb greenhouse gases, but reducing our emissions might just save humanity from a pre-emptive alien attack, scientists claim.
Watching from afar, extraterrestrial beings might view changes in Earth's atmosphere as symptomatic of a civilisation growing out of control – and take drastic action to keep us from becoming a more serious threat, the researchers explain.
This highly speculative scenario is one of several described by scientists at Nasa and Pennsylvania State University that, while considered unlikely, they say could play out were humans and alien life to make contact at some point in the future.
Shawn Domagal-Goldman of Nasa's Planetary Science Division and his colleagues compiled a list of plausible outcomes that could unfold in the aftermath of a close encounter, to help humanity "prepare for actual contact".
In their report, Would Contact with Extraterrestrials Benefit or Harm Humanity? A Scenario Analysis, the researchers divide alien contacts into three broad categories: beneficial, neutral or harmful.
Beneficial encounters ranged from the mere detection of extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI), for example through the interception of alien broadcasts, to contact with cooperative organisms that help us advance our knowledge and solve global problems such as hunger, poverty and disease.
Another beneficial outcome the authors entertain sees humanity triumph over a more powerful alien aggressor, or even being saved by a second group of ETs. "In these scenarios, humanity benefits not only from the major moral victory of having defeated a daunting rival, but also from the opportunity to reverse-engineer ETI technology," the authors write.
Other kinds of close encounter may be less rewarding and leave much of human society feeling indifferent towards alien life. The extraterrestrials may be too different from us to communicate with usefully. They might invite humanity to join the "Galactic Club" only for the entry requirements to be too bureaucratic and tedious for humans to bother with. They could even become a nuisance, like the stranded, prawn-like creatures that are kept in a refugee camp in the 2009 South African movie, District 9, the report explains.
The most unappealing outcomes would arise if extraterrestrials caused harm to humanity, even if by accident. While aliens may arrive to eat, enslave or attack us, the report adds that people might also suffer from being physically crushed or by contracting diseases carried by the visitors. In especially unfortunate incidents, humanity could be wiped out when a more advanced civilisation accidentally unleashes an unfriendly artificial intelligence, or performs a catastrophic physics experiment that renders a portion of the galaxy uninhabitable.
To bolster humanity's chances of survival, the researchers call for caution in sending signals into space, and in particular warn against broadcasting information about our biological make-up, which could be used to manufacture weapons that target humans. Instead, any contact with ETs should be limited to mathematical discourse "until we have a better idea of the type of ETI we are dealing with."
The authors warn that extraterrestrials may be wary of civilisations that expand very rapidly, as these may be prone to destroy other life as they grow, just as humans have pushed species to extinction on Earth. In the most extreme scenario, aliens might choose to destroy humanity to protect other civilisations.
"A preemptive strike would be particularly likely in the early phases of our expansion because a civilisation may become increasingly difficult to destroy as it continues to expand. Humanity may just now be entering the period in which its rapid civilisational expansion could be detected by an ETI because our expansion is changing the composition of the Earth's atmosphere, via greenhouse gas emissions," the report states.
"Green" aliens might object to the environmental damage humans have caused on Earth and wipe us out to save the planet. "These scenarios give us reason to limit our growth and reduce our impact on global ecosystems. It would be particularly important for us to limit our emissions of greenhouse gases, since atmospheric composition can be observed from other planets," the authors write.
Even if we never make contact with extraterrestrials, the report argues that considering the potential scenarios may help to plot the future path of human civilisation, avoid collapse and achieve long-term survival.
Climate Change Might Be Replacing Gay Marriage As the Next Big Social Issue
By Lincoln Mitchell | 09/19/14 8:14am
Only ten years or so ago, the easiest way to drive up conservative turnout in most states was to place an initiative on the ballot seeking to either legalize or ban marriage equality. That initiative would draw conservatives to the polls to vote, one way or the other, against marriage equality, and while there, pull the lever or check the box for the rest of the Republican ticket. As recently as 2008, California a state that Barack Obama carried in that election by a margin of 24 percent, passed Proposition 8, an initiative that outlawed marriage between two men or two women by 52 percent to 48 percent.
By 2014, things have changed, as marriage equality is disappearing from center stage of the political debate. It is not only no longer an issue that helps swing voters move Republican, but these days it is rarely used even to mobilize the conservative base. A recent New York Times/CBS News poll that was full of bad news for Democrats and President Obama, held good news for supporters of marriage equality. Fully 56 percent of respondents said they thought it should be legal for same sex couples to marry, while only 37 percent opposed the idea. Marriage equality may not be settled law, but it is close to settled opinion. Age replacement in the electorate over the next few years will expand support for marriage equality, as older voters oppose it more than younger voters do.
As marriage equality fades away as the signature issue of social conservatives, it is not yet clear what issue will replace it, but it is very possible that climate change will fill that role. Climate change is not, on its face, a social issue, but it is highly partisan and reinforces rifts between secular liberals and religious conservatives. It is in this context that both New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s refusal to have New Jersey participate in the Regional Gas Initiative, a cap and trade program in which nine states are participating, and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s use of the term “science deniers” to describe the Obama administration this week should be seen. These possible 2012 candidates for the Republican nomination, particularly Mr. Christie, need to establish their conservative bona fides; and climate change provided the best way to do that. It is very likely that between now and November of 2016 other Republicans presidential candidates will do the same as Climate Change transitions from being a scientific and economic issue to being the next front in the culture wars.
FYI - I read last week that the NWO establishment has shifted their "culture wars" focus from the sodomy agenda to this "climate change" nonsense...
Global marches draw attention to climate change
NEW YORK (AP) — Tens of thousands of activists walked through Manhattan on Sunday, warning that climate change is destroying the Earth — in stride with demonstrators around the world who urged policymakers to take quick action.
Starting along Central Park West, most came on foot, others with bicycles and walkers, and some even in wheelchairs. Many wore costumes and marched to drumbeats. One woman played the accordion.
But their message was not entertaining:
"We're going to lose our planet in the next generation if things continue this way," said Bert Garskof, 81, as a family member pushed his wheelchair through Times Square.
He had first heard about global warming in 1967, "when no one was paying much attention," said Garskof, a native New Yorker and professor of psychology at Connecticut's Quinnipiac University.
Organizers said more than 100,000 marched in New York, including actors Mark Ruffalo and Evangeline Lilly. They were joined in midtown Manhattan by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Vice President Al Gore and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
On Tuesday, more than 120 world leaders will convene for the United Nations Climate Summit aimed at galvanizing political will for a new global climate treaty by the end of 2015.
"My sense is the energy you see on the streets, the numbers that have amassed here and in other cities around the world, show that something bigger is going on, and this U.N. summit will be one of the ones where we look back and say it was a difference maker," de Blasio said.
The New York march was one of a series of events held around the world to raise awareness about climate change.
In London, organizers said 40,000 marchers participated, while a small gathering in Cairo featured a huge art piece representing wind and solar energy.
Celebrities in London including actress Emma Thompson and musician Peter Gabriel joined thousands of people crossing the capital's center, chanting: "What do we want? Clean energy. When do we want it? Now."
"This is important for every single person on the planet, which is why it has to be the greatest grass roots movement of all time," Thompson said. "This is the battle of our lives. We're fighting for our children."
In New York, a contingent came from Moore, Oklahoma, where a massive tornado killed 24 people last year, as did hundreds of people affected by Superstorm Sandy, which the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the British meteorological office said was made more likely by climate change.
In Australia, the largest rally was in Melbourne, where an estimated 10,000 people took to the streets with banners and placards calling on their government to do more to combat global warming.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was a particular target of the protesters. Abbott's center-right coalition has removed a carbon tax and has restricted funding for climate change bodies since coming to power last year.
U.N. puts spotlight on climate change
NEW YORK (Reuters) - With crises from Islamic State to Ebola competing for attention, the United Nations on Tuesday will zero in on climate change, giving leaders from 125 countries a platform to explain how they plan to address the issue.
A huge march to call for international action on climate change, which brought as many as 400,000 people to the streets of New York on Sunday, set the tone for the summit spearheaded by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
The private sector also helped create a buzz around the summit, with corporate chief executives like Apple's Tim Cook and Ikea's [IKEA.UL] Peter Agnefjäll declaring a variety of voluntary measures to reduce their carbon emissions.
Among the most highly anticipated speakers on Tuesday will be U.S. President Barack Obama, whose administration has sought to make U.S. leadership on climate change a legacy goal.
The White House announced on Tuesday that Obama would issue an executive order to require federal agencies to ensure their international development programs and investments are designed to help communities adapt to the impacts of climate change.
Secretary of State John Kerry hinted on Monday at what else Obama is expected to highlight when he takes the podium.
“Over the past five years, the United States has actually done more to reduce the threat of climate change domestically and with the help of our international partners than in all of the 20 years before that,” he said.
He added the United States was on track to meet its international pledge to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 because of Obama's climate policies.
Leaders who will be absent from Tuesday's gathering include Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who represent the first and fourth biggest greenhouse gas polluters.
SEEKING POLITICAL MOMENTUM
The summit is meant to add political momentum to a U.N. process to negotiate a climate-change agreement in Paris by 2015.
By holding the high-level gathering almost 16 months before the Paris deadline, Ban has ensured that climate change will be at the forefront of every leader’s agenda, EU climate change commissioner Connie Hedegaard told Reuters in an interview.
“With all the outreach we need to do in this area, it is crucial that all the foreign ministries are taking this up,” she said.
She said the fact that foreign ministers, including Kerry and France's Laurent Fabius, discussed climate deal negotiations on Sunday in a meeting of the world's 17 biggest emitting countries was a sign that the issue had become a policy priority.
But Hedegaard and Fabius highlighted what could be a roadblock to a Paris pact – agreement on the legal basis of the final deal.
U.S. negotiators have acknowledged that a deeply polarized Congress is unlikely to ratify a legally binding U.N. treaty.
“We have to have a legal agreement, otherwise it will be just words,” Fabius said on Monday.
Ban said there was a greater sense of "anxiety" around the issue than at previous gatherings in New York in 2007 and Copenhagen in 2009.
On Monday, he summed up the risk of countries failing to cement a climate deal.
"If we cannot all swim together, we will sink," he said.
U.N. climate change summit: Now we're getting serious, says World Bank President
By Bernice Napach September 23, 2014 1:53 PM Yahoo Finance
The largest gathering of world leaders ever to combat climate change is taking place today in New York at the U.N.—two days after thousands marched in cities around the world demanding action.
The leaders of China and India, which are among the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, are not attending the summit, but China did sign a statement supporting policies that would put a price tag on carbon emissions, along with 73 countries and more than 1,000 businesses.
The U.S., home to the U.N., is represented at today’s summit, but it did not support the carbon pricing statement. President Obama, however, addressed the summit, saying that climate change will define this century more than any other issue and that the U.S. was ready to lead a new set of global climate change negotiations. He also called on “all major economies” to curb emissions.
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim is optimistic about the latest global response to climate change. “There’s a seriousness around this issue… we’ve never seen before,” Kim tells Yahoo Finance's Bianna Golodryga, in an exclusive interview.
“We had no idea when we started this statement whether anyone would sign on, so we’ve been really encouraged.” The countries, regions — including seven U.S. states — and companies that signed onto the statement account for 52% of global GDP, 54% of the global greenhouse gas emissions and almost half the world’s population, says Kim.
Could this be the turning point in the fight against climate change that environmentalists and others have been waiting for or just more talk?
Kim is hopeful and says the World Bank, is “going to do everything we can to make it happen.”
For starters, Kim wants countries to end carbon fuel subsidies, which he says is “the exact wrong thing to do." Instead, Kim says, "We need to get rid of them and begin investing in those things that will reduce the carbon that’s we’re putting in the air and will spur forward things like renewable agency."
According to the latest data from the International Energy Agency, global fuel subsidies reached $544 billion in 2012 – more than five times the total subsidies for renewable energy.
Kim's hope is that today’s U.N. summit will help build momentum for the 2015 International Climate Change Conference in Paris, where world leaders could decide whether to sign a new legally-binding agreement for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
Obama Announces Executive Actions to Fight Climate Change at UN
President Obama announced a series of executive actions to fight climate change on Tuesday, during a speech to the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City.
Obama ordered all federal agencies to begin factoring “climate resilience” into all of their international development programs and investments.
The action is expected to complement efforts by the federal government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to the White House.
Obama is also expected to release climate monitoring data used by the federal government to developing nations.
The NOAA will also begin developing “extreme-weather risk outlooks” for as long as 30 days in advance to help local communities to prepare for damaging weather and prevent "loss of life and property," partnering with private companies to monitor and predict climate change.
“This effort includes a new partnership that will draw on the resources and expertise of our leading private sector companies and philanthropies to help vulnerable nations better prepare for weather-related disasters, and better plan for long-term threats like steadily rising seas,” Obama said during his speech at the United Nations Summit.
ENVIRONMENTALISTS are WATERMELONS
RED INSIDE - COMMIE!
US Senate: Yes, climate change is real
Washington (AFP) - In a surprise move, US Senate Republicans joined Democrats and went on record Wednesday acknowledging that climate change is real.
The symbolic amendment, attached to a controversial bill authorizing contruction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, was approved 98-1 after Senator James Inhofe, seen as the top climate change denier in Congress, announced he was supporting the legislation.
Inhofe however strongly rejected any suggestion that human activity was responsible for climate change.
The move can be seen as a critical step forward for US lawmakers, but it is not a revolutionary one.
The 16-word measure states: "It is the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax."
It makes no mention of the impact of human activity, including the use of fossil fuels, on global warming.
Two other measures attributing climate change to human activity failed to pass the 60-vote threshold in the 100-member Senate, although one got five Republican votes and the other received 14.
"This is a small victory but an important one," Senator Barbara Boxer, top Democrat on the Senate's environmental panel, told reporters.
"It means that there's a softening of the attitude of the deniers. They're losing ground in the face of public opinion."
Senator Brian Schatz, who introduced the failed measure with the most direct attribution of climate change to human activity, said Wednesday's progress "exceeded my expectations."
"There is an emerging bipartisan group of people who believe that climate change is real and caused by humans and solvable," he said.
The measures were introduced by Democrats keen on highlighting differences with some Republicans on the simmering issue of climate policy.
Republicans hold the majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives following November congressional elections.
But with the 2016 presidential race on the horizon, Republican leaders may have agreed to hold votes on the measures now in order to avoid potentially embarrassing climate votes in the midst of a White House race.
Applause rippled through the chamber when Inhofe declared he was co-sponsoring the measure saying climate change is not a hoax.
"Climate always changed," Inhofe said, noting there was archaeological, historic and "biblical evidence" of that.
"The hoax is, that there are some people who think they are so arrogant to think that they are so powerful that they can change the climate. Man can't change climate," Inhofe insisted.
During his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama chided Republicans for refusing to acknowledge scientific conclusions that human activity is impacting the climate.
Washington's memo to the Vatican: the pope and Obama are in sync on climate change
1/30/15 Gina McCarthy says pope can convince doubters that ‘science is real’
Obama ‘is aligned’ with pope on seeing climate change as a moral issue
America’s top environmental official has assured the Vatican that the pope and Barack Obama are singing from the same hymnal when it comes to fighting climate change.
In a visit to the Vatican, Gina McCarthy, the head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), conveyed a message to the pope that Obama shared his view that fighting climate change was a moral obligation.
“I want him to know that the president is aligned with him on these issues and that we are taking action in the United States,” McCarthy told the National Catholic Reporter ahead of the meeting.
She went so far as to suggest that Obama was “working with the pope” when it came to climate change.
That alliance, between Obama and the pope, followed from the view that leaders have a moral duty to preserve the earth and protect those most at risk from the consequences of climate change, McCarthy said.
“I think the most important thing that we can do, working with the pope, is to try to remind ourselves that this is really about protecting natural resources that human beings rely on, and that those folks that are most vulnerable – that the church has always been focused on, those in poverty and low income – are the first that are going to be hit and impacted by a changing climate,” she said.
EPA officials said McCarthy used the meeting to applaud the pope’s efforts to fight climate change, and to brief the Vatican on Obama’s plan for cutting greenhouse gas emissions that are driving global warming.
“It was really about the efforts the US is taking on climate change and the need for everyone to be involved both domestically and internationally – both to work with the pope and thank for his efforts on this far,” a spokesperson said.
McCarthy did not meet the pope, but was greeted by a quartet of Vatican officials, Monsignor Antoine Camilleri, the undersecretary for relations with states and the ministry’s top environmental official, Paolo Conversi as well as Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the pontifical council for justice and peace, and his director of environmental affairs, Tebaldo Vinciguerra. The four officials will help prepare a highly anticipated encyclical on the environment and climate change, expected to be published in June or July.
On Saturday, McCarthy was due to tour the Vatican’s solar panels, which are on top of the Paul VI hall.
The pope said earlier this month that climate change was “mostly” man-made, and he said he hoped the encyclical and a planned address to the UN in September would push leaders to take more “courageous” actions.
The EPA administrator was born into an Irish Catholic family from Boston.
Her trip to the Vatican, however, was part of a broader mission of putting climate change above partisan politics and persuading the American people to get behind the climate plan.
The pillar of the US climate plan – the first rules cutting carbon pollution from power plants are due to be finalised this summer. But they are under attack from Republicans in Congress and industry, who are trying to block or reduce the emissions cuts.
“One of the challenges that I think we face in the US is that climate change is very often viewed as a political issue,” McCarthy told reporters ahead of her meetings. “And environmental issues are not political.”
She went on: “I think we need to get this out of the political arena and get it back to the arena we work most effectively on: what’s right for our kids, for our families, for public health, and what solutions do we bring to the table that are going to address those?”
Obama has no chance of meeting his emissions reductions targets if those rules are stalled or weakened.
US officials and foreign diplomats believe an attack on those rules would shake international confidence in climate change negotiations heading towards a conclusion in Paris at the end of the year – putting the global effort to fight climate change in peril, along with that of the US.
Over the last 18 months, McCarthy has been doggedly visiting state and local leaders to try to gin up support for the power plant rules. Last week, she visited Aspen to mobilise support from the winter sports industry, which depends on cold weather and snow.
Some conservative sections of the church are opposed to Obama’s power plan.
“Preservation of the environment and promotion of sustainable development? No problem. But climate change and the blundering malicious environment of the UN? No thanks. The pope can do better,” wrote Thomas Peters, a writer for Catholic Vote.
beast and false prophet?
UN Climate Chief: We Are Remaking The World Economy
The United Nation’s climate chief says that reordering the global economy to fight climate change is the “most difficult” task the international body has ever undertaken.
“This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history,” Christiana Figueres, who heads up the U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, told reporters.
“This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for the, at least, 150 years, since the industrial revolution,” Figueres said.
Figueres’s remarks come ahead of a meeting in Geneva next week where delegates will pour over draft treaty texts that the U.N. hopes countries will agree to in December. She doesn’t expect global warming to be solved by one treaty, but was optimistic in will be solved in the coming years.
“That will not happen overnight and it will not happen at a single conference on climate change, be it COP 15, 21, 40 – you choose the number,” she said. “It just does not occur like that. It is a process, because of the depth of the transformation.”
The climate chief even held up President Obama as a shining example of steps countries can take to tackle global warming.
“The international community is quite grateful for the fact that in his second term, President Obama has turned his attention quite clearly and quite decisively to climate change,” Figueres told reporters.
“He has not only spoken about his commitment both to his national agenda on climate change, but also to the international process, and has been quite clear in his political leadership,” Figueres said, touting the EPA’s success cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.
The EPA will finalize rules to cut carbon emissions from new and existing power plants this summer. Critics of these rules say they will hurt the economy through job losses and higher energy prices. Supporters, however, say it will spur green energy development and set an example for other countries to follow.
Obama’s 2016 budget proposal boosts EPA funding to help it finalize emissions rules for power plants. The budget would also give the EPA $4 billion to reward states that reduce emissions even more than federal mandates require.
Figueres also cheered Obama’s agreement with China to reduce carbon emissions by 2030 and to give the U.N.’s climate fund a $3 billion boost.
“So for all of these reasons, certainly a very welcome leadership from the United States as a single nation,” Figueres said. “Countries can attain a certain level of emission reductions on their own, but they can do much more if they collaborate with each other, in particular with certain specific sectors.”
But while Figueres seems rosy about a deal, there are already signs of countries backing away from a tough international climate treaty.
France’s foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, told an audience at an event in New Delhi, India that a climate treaty should not hurt national economic growth.
“An agreement that would leave some countries to consider their growth hampered by its provisions will not be accepted,” Fabius said.
French foreign minister on climate – 500 days until “climate chaos”
Posted by Steve McGough on May 14, 2014 at 12:23 pm | Share via e-mail
So what does French foreign minister Laurent Fabius know that we don’t know? He’s set a line in the sand, a deadline if you will, outright stating that we have 500 days left to avoid climate chaos.
Now, nothing at all will happen in 500 days since this is all hogwash, but if we don’t do something within those 500 days, climate chaos is a certainty – so says Fabius. We’ve heard this before and nothing has happened. From Fabius’ remarks yesterday. I’m grabbing all of it so you have the context (see update below). I think Fabius may be a bit out-of-touch since Secretary of State John Kerry said absolutely nothing about climate while introducing Fabius, yet the first words out of this guys mouth were…
(In French.) We have 500 days to avoid the climate chaos. (In French.)
What the heck? Reading below, you’ll see Kerry mention all sorts of important foreign policy stuff including hot spots like Iran, Syria, Libya and Afghanistan, but NOTHING about climate change. Then, out of the total blue Fabius spits out his climate chaos sentence! (See update below.)
SECRETARY KERRY: Good morning, everybody. This is, indeed, a pleasure. Laurent Fabius, the foreign minister of France, has welcomed me to France more times than I can count. He’s been an exceptional host, and most importantly, a great partner as we have worked together on issue after issue since I’ve become Secretary. Second time we’ve been pleased to have him here at the State Department; he was here with President Hollande not so long ago.
But today, we have much to talk about in the context of our partnership and work together. France has been really one of the most steady partners in almost every single endeavor that we are engaged in, particularly on the challenge of reaching an agreement with Iran with respect to Iran’s nuclear program; with respect to Syria, where we have worked from day one on our efforts to hold the Assad regime accountable and provide support to the moderate opposition; with respect to Libya, Mali, Chad, the Maghreb, the entire Middle East peace process, Afghanistan. I mean, there really is not an issue where we are not able to find a path to be partners.
In addition to that, we share major responsibilities of the P5. The P5+1 initiative on Iran is a significant one. We work very closely together in Geneva and in Paris and elsewhere in our efforts to advance those negotiations.
So I’m happy to welcome Laurent here today. He’s now working with an expanded portfolio in the French Government in dealing with economic issues. I’ve said from day one foreign policy is economic policy, and economic policy is foreign policy. So we find ourselves working in concert on those issues too – on the health of our economies and the effort to provide jobs for our people. So it’s a great pleasure to welcome you here. Thank you, Laurent.
FOREIGN MINISTER FABIUS: Merci. (In French.)
SECRETARY KERRY: In French. Okay.
FOREIGN MINISTER FABIUS: (In French.) We have 500 days to avoid the climate chaos. (In French.)
SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you very much. Do you want to say anything? He speaks perfect English. Do you want to say anything?
FOREIGN MINISTER FABIUS: Well, I’m very happy to be with John. There is no week without a phone call or a visit between John and myself, and we have on the agenda many items, many issues – Iran, because negotiations are resuming today; the question of Syria, and we shall meet next Thursday in London together; Ukraine as well; and very important issues, issue of climate change, climate chaos. And we have – as I said, we have 500 days to avoid climate chaos. And I know that President Obama and John Kerry himself are committed on this subject and I’m sure that with them, with a lot of other friends, we shall be able to reach success on this very important matter.
And it’s always a pleasure to meet with John. We are working very closely together. And we speak either French or English, but the most important point, whatever the language is, is to (inaudible) case. Merci. Thank you.
Update: I was able to see the video – embedded below – and it looks like the State Department did not translate all of what Fabius said in French, which left the impression I wrote abou. The written transcript makes Fabius look like a fool, but that’s just another State Department gaff. Determining if Fabius is a fool will take about 500 days.
Pope Francis, like Obama, endorses "climate change". 500 days from May 14, 2014(the date of this article) is late Sept, when the pope will make his speech at the US Congress.
At Vatican meeting, UN chief and Pope Francis discuss climate change, Mediterranean migration
28 April 2015 – During a meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he very much looked forward to the Pontiff's encyclical on climate change, which he said he believed would act as a moral voice on the issue.
“I am grateful for his invitation, and applaud his humanitarian vision,” said Mr. Ban. “During our conversation, Pope Francis spoke of his commitment to making the world a better place for all.”
Mr. Ban and Pope Francis met on the margins of a workshop organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences called 'Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity,' which explores the moral dimensions of climate change and sustainable humanity.
As well as discussing climate change, a readout of the meeting issued by a UN spokesperson in new York said Mr. Ban briefed Pope Francis on his visit yesterday to the Italian Navy vessel San Giusto where he was briefed on the on-going operations to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean.
“These migrants, many of whom are refugees, are desperate for a better future,” said Mr. Ban. “We need to address the root causes of migration and find ways to share responsibility for resettling those who make the perilous journey. That includes increasing safe and regular channels for migration.”
They also discussed several other issues including social exclusion and the situation in South Sudan, as well as human trafficking and contemporary slavery, and the role of sport as a tool for EDUCATION and human development.
The Secretary-General provided an update on his Global EDUCATION First initiative in the forthcoming global education forum to be held next month in Korea and on the ongoing review conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty in New York. They reaffirmed their commitment to continue to work for a world free of nuclear weapons.
Lastly, the Secretary-General said he very much looked forward to the Pope's visit to the United Nations in September, when leaders from around the world will converge in New York for the United Nations SPECIAL summit for the adoption of a universal and transformative post-2015 development agenda.
The special summit was one of three international gatherings to build a sustainable development agenda for generations to come and in later remarks at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Mr. Ban said the international efforts would rely on the full engagement and leadership of the Organisation's MEMBERSHIP.
“The OECD is a vital forum for helping to build such momentum,” he said. “You can rally your members around this vital agenda. You can inspire and inform the policy changes we need. The OECD has a long history of ADDRESSING challenges such as policy coherence – which will be crucial to address the sustainable development challenge.”
UN invites world’s seven billion people to become agents of change on World Environment Day
5 June 2015 – With many of the earth’s ecosystems nearing “critical tipping points,” the United Nations invited each of the seven billion people on the planet to mark this year’s World Environment Day by making one change towards a more responsible consumption of resources – “be it refusing to buy single-use plastic bags or riding a bike to work.”
“Humanity continues to consume far more natural resources than the planet can sustainably provide,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in this year’s message for the Day, observed annually on 5 June. “It is time for us to change.”
“The goal of sustainable development is to increase the quality of life for all people without increasing environmental degradation and without compromising the resource needs of future generations,” he noted. “We can do this by shifting our consumption patterns towards goods that use less energy, water and other resources and by wasting less food.”World Environment Day is the opportunity for everyone to realize the responsibility to care for the Earth and to become agents of change.
The theme of this year’s Day – “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care,” – emphasizes the personal responsibility each person bears for enabling inclusive and sustainable economic development while stabilizing and reducing the rate of resource use.
Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), invited “everyone to imagine what the world would be like if each of the seven billion people made one change towards a more responsible consumption of resources.”
“I would like you to hold on to that vision and strive to make it reality – be it refusing to buy single-use plastic bags or riding a bike to work,” Mr. Steiner said in his message.
Noting “it is easy to underestimate the power of individual action,” Mr. Steiner said “our daily decisions as consumers, multiplied by billions, have a colossal impact on the environment – some of them contribute to the further depletion of natural resources, others help to protect fragile ecosystems.”
“We must ask ourselves what the consequences of this pace of consumption and trajectory of population growth – forecasted to reach nine billion by 2050 – will be,” he said.
“Under current trends, global extraction of resources is set to reach 140 billion tonnes by 2050, compared to around 7 billion tonnes in 1900,” said Mr. Steiner. “This will probably exceed the availability and accessibility of resources, as well as the carrying capacity of the planet to absorb the impacts of their extraction and use.”
World Environment Day “is the opportunity for everyone to realize the responsibility to care for the Earth and to become agents of change,” Mr. Steiner said.
Italy is the host of this year's celebrations of the Day which are taking place at Expo Milano 2015, which runs from 1 May to 31 October and is expected to include over 140 countries plus a significant number of international organizations.
Explosive intervention by Pope Francis set to transform climate change debate
Explosive intervention by Pope Francis set to transform climate change debate
The most anticipated papal letter for decades will be published in five languages on Thursday. It will call for an end to the ‘tyrannical’ exploitation of nature by mankind. Could it lead to a step-change in the battle against global warming?
Pope Francis will call for an ethical and economic revolution to prevent catastrophic climate change and growing inequality in a letter to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics on Thursday.
In an unprecedented encyclical on the subject of the environment, the pontiff is expected to argue that humanity’s exploitation of the planet’s resources has crossed the Earth’s natural boundaries, and that the world faces ruin without a revolution in hearts and minds. The much-anticipated message, which will be sent to the world’s 5,000 Catholic bishops, will be published online in five languages on Thursday and is expected to be the most radical statement yet from the outspoken pontiff.
However, it is certain to anger sections of Republican opinion in America by endorsing the warnings of climate scientists and admonishing rich elites, say cardinals and scientists who have advised the Vatican.
The Ghanaian cardinal, Peter Turkson, president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and a close ally of the pope, will launch the encyclical. He has said it will address the root causes of poverty and the threats facing nature, or “creation”.
In a recent speech widely regarded as a curtain-raiser to the encyclical, Turkson said: “Much of the world remains in poverty, despite abundant resources, while a privileged global elite controls the bulk of the world’s wealth and consumes the bulk of its resources.”
The Argentinian pontiff is expected to repeat calls for a change in attitudes to poverty and nature. “An economic system centred on the god of money needs to plunder nature to sustain the frenetic rhythm of consumption that is inherent to it,” he told a meeting of social movements last year. “I think a question that we are not asking ourselves is: isn’t humanity committing suicide with this indiscriminate and tyrannical use of nature? Safeguard creation because, if we destroy it, it will destroy us. Never forget this.”
The encyclical will go much further than strictly environmental concerns, say Vatican insiders. “Pope Francis has repeatedly stated that the environment is not only an economic or political issue, but is an anthropological and ethical matter,” said another of the pope’s advisers, Archbishop Pedro Barreto Jimeno of Peru.
“It will address the issue of inequality in the distribution of resources and topics such as the wasting of food and the irresponsible exploitation of nature and the consequences for people’s life and health,” Barreto Jimeno told the Catholic News Service.
He was echoed by Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga of Honduras, who coordinates the Vatican’s inner council of cardinals and is thought to reflect the pope’s political thinking . “The ideology surrounding environmental issues is too tied to a capitalism that doesn’t want to stop ruining the environment because they don’t want to give up their profits,” Rodríguez Maradiaga said.
The rare encyclical, called “Laudato Sii”, or “Praised Be”, has been timed to have maximum public impact ahead of the pope’s meeting with Barack Obama and his address to the US Congress and the UN general assembly in September.
It is also intended to improve the prospect of a strong new UN global agreement to cut climate emissions. By adding a moral dimension to the well-rehearsed scientific arguments, Francis hopes to raise the ambition of countries above their own self-interest to secure a strong deal in a crucial climate summit in Paris in November.
“Pope Francis is personally committed to this [climate] issue like no other pope before him. The encyclical will have a major impact. It will speak to the moral imperative of addressing climate change in a timely fashion in order to protect the most vulnerable,” said Christiana Figueres, the UN’s climate chief, in Bonn this week for negotiations.
Francis, the first Latin American pope, is increasingly seen as the voice of the global south and a catalyst for change in global bodies. In September, he will seek to add impetus and moral authority to UN negotiations in New York to adopt new development goals and lay out a 15-year global plan to tackle hunger, extreme poverty and health. He will address the UN general assembly on 23 September as countries finalise their commitments.
However, Francis’s radicalism is attracting resistance from Vatican conservatives and in rightwing church circles, particularly in the US – where Catholic climate sceptics also include John Boehner, Republican leader of the House of Representatives, and Rick Santorum, a Republican presidential candidate.
Earlier this year Stephen Moore, a Catholic economist, called the pope a “complete disaster”, saying he was part of “a radical green movement that is at its core anti-Christian, anti-people and anti-progress”.
Moore was backed this month by scientists and engineers from the powerful evangelical Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, who have written an open letter to Francis. “Today many prominent voices call humanity a scourge on our planet, saying that man is the problem, not the solution. Such attitudes too often contaminate their assessment of man’s effects on nature,” it says.
But the encyclical will be well received in developing countries, where most Catholics live. “Francis has always put the poor at the centre of everything he has said. The developing countries will hear their voice in the encyclical,” said Neil Thorns, director of advocacy at the Catholic development agency, Cafod. “I expect it to challenge the way we think. The message that we cannot just treat the Earth as a tool for exploitation will be a message that many will not want to hear.”
The pope is “aiming at a change of heart. What will save us is not technology or science. What will save us is the ethical transformation of our society,” said Carmelite Father Eduardo Agosta Scarel, a climate scientist who teaches at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina in Buenos Aires.
Earlier popes, including Benedict XVI and John Paul II, addressed environmental issues and “creation”, but neither mentioned climate change or devoted an entire encyclical to the links between poverty, economics and ecological destruction. Francis’s only previous encyclical concerned the nature of religious faith.
The pontiff, who is playing an increasing role on the world stage, will visit Cuba ahead of travelling to the US. He was cited by Obama as having helped to thaw relations between the two countries, and last week met the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, to discuss the crisis in Ukraine and the threat to minority Christians in the Middle East.
The pope chose Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, as his namesake at the start of his papacy in 2011, saying the saint’s values reflected his own.
German Climate Nazi Teaming Up With Pope Francis For Roll Out Of Global Govt “Climate” Encyclical
A Papal propaganda piece promoting population control and world government might seem to many to be a bit out of the realm of authority and expertise of the head of the Catholic Church, and well beyond his appropriate bounds. The Catholic Church has well known positions against birth control and abortion so at first glance it is might seem curious that Pope Francis has chosen to involve himself with certain individuals in his make believe fight against the air, the water and the climate. Pope Francis is much more than a typical pope or religious leader, he’s an operative for the global elites whose plan is quite simply to rule the world.
On June 18th what will be benignly labeled as a teaching document by those who are promoting it, an encyclical, will be issued in an effort to convince us all that there is a higher calling that can only be answered by submitting to the domination of power-mad authoritarians.
The picture will be painted as one of a desperate need, in spite of evidence all around us that that is simply not the case. We’ll be told that the planet is dying, we are all Earth-murderers and that the Pope has the key to our absolution. We must simply surrender all of our possessions, our national identities and our lifestyles. We can do it over time, but not too much time and once we start there’s no turning back. As bad as we have things, our children will have it worse, and their children after them. We must all become enslaved to the planet and its merry band of oligarchs to know the true freedom and happiness that comes with a meaningless existence.
Nothing cures poverty like lowering the standard of living for the productive to the point where they are poor as well, eliminating “poverty” through the theoretical creation of equality. We’ll all be equally miserable, equally threatened, and our situations equally hopeless.
The non-climatologist Pope couldn’t be expected to write his own propaganda document for such an important event. They needed professional help and fortunately for them, Obama and the UN are never more than a phone call away. Obama’s fellow Columbia alumnus and green Nazi Jeffrey Sachs of the Earth Institute was just one of the many operatives dispatched to provide the needed scary and urgent content. Regular sessions have been conducted to formalize what will essentially be a call for the dismantling of Western civilizations, including a gathering of forty leading alarmists at the Vatican in May.
One particularly unsavory individual, a pro-death German eugenicist by the name of Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, has been selected to be one of three presenters at the Vatican when the assault on free men is officially launched. He’s the director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and a personal climate advisor to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The notorious Schellnhuber has publicly stated his beliefs that the planet can only sustain one billion people, which puts us miraculously now at what he has declared to be seven times capacity. Of course, those seven billion people are somehow surviving just fine in spite of his claims that we’re an infestation, in many ways better than we did when population levels were considerably less, but reason and common sense are not part of these “geniuses” and their proclamations. This is the kind of individual that Pope Francis has aligned himself with and who are crafting the Pope’s document. There are many more like him.
Why is Pope Francis associated with individuals who favor eliminating 85 percent of the world’s population? His involvement, both with Pope Francis and Angela Merkel is consistent with Hussein Obama’s selection of eugenicist John Holdren as his Science Czar. He’s a man who advocated for global sterilization and forced abortions, who pushes the same agenda. It’s a bizarre and unseemly alliance for the leader of the Catholic Church but at the same time quite revealing. We must understand who this Pope is to appreciate the true measure of his actions in their full context.
Schellnhuber views the solution to the fabricated problems of the climate as a three part surrender of all people to global authoritarianism, maintaining the UN Agenda 21 position of promoting “sustainability” as a core principle. He urged:
The adoption of an Earth Constitution which “would transcend the UN Charter and identify those first principles guiding humanity in its quest for freedom, dignity, security and sustainability.”
The establishment of a Global Council which “would be an assembly of individuals elected directly by all people on Earth, where eligibility should be not constrained by geographical, religious, or cultural quotas”
The establishment of a Planetary Court, which “would be a transnational legal body open to appeals from everybody, especially with respect to violations of the Earth Constitution.”
What we are about to witness is mind control on a large scale, the attempt to abuse the faith and trust of Catholics around the world in order to scare and manipulate them into supporting global government. It must be recognized for what it is and not be allowed to succeed. The second half of this year will see a major push of the UN upon us by those who see themselves as our rightful masters.
We simply can’t let them get away with it. The future of our planet and all of mankind depends upon us stopping them.
US Catholics ready to follow Pope's 'marching orders' on climate change
Leaders of the Catholic Church in America took their “marching orders” from the Pope’s encyclical on Thursday, fanning out to Congress and the White House to push for action on climate change.
The high-level meetings offered a first glimpse of a vast and highly organised effort by the leadership of America’s nearly 80 million Catholics to turn the Pope’s moral call for action into reality.
“It is our marching orders for advocacy,” Joseph Kurtz, the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Archbishop of Louisville, said. “It really brings about a new urgency for us.”
Representatives of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops said they would hold two briefings for members of Congress on Thursday and visit the White House on Friday to promote and explain the Pope’s environmental message.
Those efforts will get a new injection of urgency, when the Pope delivers a much-anticipated address to Congress during his visit to the US in September, church leaders said.
Church leaders rejected the accusations from some conservatives – including the Republican presidential contender, Jeb Bush – that the Pope had now trespassed into the political realm.
Within the US, the Pope’s call for climate action brought an outpouring of support from religious leaders, environmental, social justice and public health groups, scientists, and Democrats.
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Religious leaders said the message from an extremely popular Pope Francis would add new urgency to the Church’s existing support for a number of environmental measures in Barack Obama’s climate plan – including the new rules limiting carbon pollution from power plants, due to be finalised this summer.
“I believe this is potentially the game changer we have all been waiting for,” said the Reverend Canon Sally Bingham, founder of Interfaith Power & Light, which campaigns for action on climate change. “I really think it will change enough minds to get the critical mass we need to get our house in order and cut greenhouse gas emissions.”
The advocacy group, Presente.org, said the Pope’s message hit close to home for Latinos in the US and elsewhere, who often live in poor and heavily polluted neighbourhoods.
The Pope’s message also resonated strongly among activist priests and nuns, who have lobbied oil companies and called on their own parishes to divest. The encyclical puts the Vatican’s stamp of approval on years of effort, often at the side lines, and that on its own had galvanised campaigners, said Sister Joan Brown, a Franciscan in New Mexico who has worked on climate change for more than 20 years.
“I’ve never seen anything like this in the faith community or otherwise,” she said.
The release of the much-awaited climate message puts a trigger on a series of events that were more than a year in the planning.
In Atlanta, the archbishop’s office used the encyclical to sign up scientists and engineers to help parishes, and parishioners, reduce their carbon footprint. The Bishop of Des Moines is planning to hold a press conference at a wind farm.
Meanwhile, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Climate Covenant were producing primers to help parish priests incorporate the Pope’s environmental message in their Sunday sermons, church officials said.
Religious leaders deflected criticism from Bush that the Pope had strayed too far from the pulpit.
“I don’t think he is presenting a blueprint for saying this is exactly a step by step recipe,” Kurtz said. “He is providing a framework and a moral call as a true moral leader to say take seriously the urgency of this matter.”
Richard Cizik, who was dismissed as lobbyist for the National Association of Evangelicals after calling for climate action, said the Pope was simply doing his duty as a religious leader. “It is our responsibility to do what is right, even if it is unpopular,” he said.
Francis included a handwritten note on the embargoed copies of his letter that were distributed to bishops around the world – putting a further weight on the sense of urgency. The text also began with scientific data.
“It saves the encyclical from being dismissed simply as an abstract impression,” said Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington. “What our holy father is lifting up is a series of acts that beg for some coherent moral analysis, some direction for the good of all on the planet and for the planet itself.”
The push for the Pope’s climate message – as already defined by the US Conference on Catholic Bishops – includes support for three specific policy measures.
These include the Environmental Protection Agency’s rules for new power plants, which are vigorously opposed by the fossil fuel industry and Republicans, the Green Climate Fund for developing countries, also opposed by Republicans, and an energy efficiency bill before Congress, which has bipartisan support.
“That there ought to be a national carbon standard we think is a good thing because it would help protect the poor people who live near the power plants,” said Stephen Colecchi, director of the office of international justice and peace at the US Conference of Bishops.
Those efforts in the US could also boost prospects for the climate negotiations in Paris, he noted. “Adopting a national carbon standard and funding a Green Climate Fund are two things the US could put on the table which would help achieve a climate agreement,” he said.
Erniz Moniz, the energy secretary, said the Pope’s call to action would also spur other countries to act the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.
“Pope Francis should inspire all countries to redouble the deployment of clean energy technologies and energy efficiencies and find the international will to significantly cut global emissions of heat-trapping pollution,” he said.
The World Coal Association – while refraining from the direct attacks on Francis made by coal-mining companies in the US – called on the Pope to endorse research on cleaner coal technologies.
Campaign groups said they hoped the Pope’s intervention would re-set the parameters of the discussion surrounding climate change, from narrow political agenda to broader morality.
“The Pope’s message applies to all of us,” said Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council. “He is imploring people of good will everywhere to honour our moral obligation to protect future generations from the dangers of further climate chaos by embracing our ethical duty to act,” she said.
Andrew Steer, the chief executive of the World Resources Institute, said the message was a call to action for world leaders ahead of the Paris climate talks. “The pope’s message brings moral clarity that the world’s leaders must come together to address this urgent human challenge,” he said.
Ray Bradley, the climate scientist, said: “He has no political agenda. He speaks from the heart. Who else can address this issue without the taint of politics.”
The Evangelical Environmental Network also came out strongly behind the Pope.
More than 300 rabbis signed on to a letter calling on Jewish institutions and individuals to divest from “carbon Pharaohs” or coal-based electric power, and buy wind power instead.
Deceived and blind they march into the flames of HELL
After Paris attacks, increased resolve for UN climate talks
PARIS (AP) — Still gripped by shock and grief, Paris will play host to a long-awaited U.N. climate conference under tragic circumstances that none could have foreseen.
But delegates to the two-week talks starting Monday insist they won't let the Nov. 13 attacks that killed 130 people in the French capital distract them from the task at hand: crafting a landmark deal to fight global warming.
If anything, some say, the bloodshed could make countries more determined to reach a deal to address a problem that's widely seen as a factor that contributes to conflict.
"There may be even more awareness of how important it is to address climate change, given the impact of climate change on the stability of countries," said Dutch climate envoy Michel Rentenaar.
The French organizers say more than 140 leaders including presidents Barack Obama of the U.S., Vladimir Putin of Russia and Xi Jinping of China have confirmed they're attending the start of the conference.
The stepped-up security measures in Paris — a state of emergency throughout France has been extended for three months — mean that shuttling them around the city will be a major logistics challenge.
Citing security concerns, French authorities have stopped several events that were scheduled to take place outside the conference center, including a big march that environmentalists had planned for Sunday.
The negotiations themselves, however, are set to go ahead as planned amid tight security in the hermetically sealed conference center in Le Bourget, just north of Paris.
Seyni Nafo, the spokesman for the African Group of countries in the climate talks, said "the main variable" is whether French President Francois Hollande can find the time and energy to devote himself fully to the climate talks, given his focus on terrorism and security.
"Other than this I suspect the talks will remain mostly on course," Nafo said.
A top French official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to discuss the issue publicly, said Hollande "remains totally committed to this event and we are now conciliating it with an extraordinarily busy schedule."
Hollande notably maintained all his climate-related appointments last week, including a meeting with some African leaders on Tuesday and a speech to French farmers on Thursday.
This week, he was due to attend several climate-related events despite trips to Washington and Moscow: a France-Oceania summit on Thursday, a meeting with non-governmental groups following the climate negotiations on Saturday, and meetings with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President Xi on Sunday.
"What powerful rebuke to the terrorists it will be when the world stands as one and shows that we will not be deterred from building a better future for our children," Obama said on Tuesday, with Hollande at his side.
The goal of the Paris conference is for governments to adopt a deal that for the first time would require all countries to take action to fight climate change.
Countries on the front line, such as small island states that could vanish amid rising seas, were worried that the Paris attacks would become a distraction for Western countries in particular. However, they've been reassured by the number of leaders, including Obama, who quickly reaffirmed their plans to attend the U.N. conference, said Jeffrey Waheed, the Maldives' deputy permanent secretary to the United Nations.
"The fact that this is on the forefront of everyone's mind is a positive sign," Waheed said. "World leaders are used to handling multiple issues. And this is an issue of peace and security in the long term."
Researchers and military officials have long stressed the link between climate change and security. The Pentagon noted in a report last year that climate impacts could exacerbate challenges to stability such as infectious diseases and poverty.
Some researchers have even drawn a connection between climate change and the Syrian conflict, saying an extended drought led to social unrest that triggered an uprising against authoritarian President Bashar Assad. The ensuing civil war has forced millions of Syrians to flee the country and fueled the rise of extremist groups like the Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for the gun and bomb massacres in Paris.
With demonstrations in Paris banned, climate activists are planning over 2,000 events across 150 countries this weekend, demanding that negotiators pave the way for a transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy like wind and solar power.
A limited number of activists accredited to the conference will be urging negotiators in the hallways to look beyond their short-term national interests and come together for a common plan for the planet's future.
"Since the climate summit will take place in an atmosphere of war," said Mohamed Adow of Christian Aid, "we hope world leaders will use it to show the world what peaceful global cooperation looks like to protect our shared humanity."
Ban Ki-moon urges cooperation at COP21 in Paris: ‘The clock is ticking toward climate catastrophe’
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bernie Sanders and American business leaders address climate change hurdles as second week of U.N. conference begins
In Paris, time is of the essence.
World leaders in the French capital are working against the clock to broker a deal that would stave off the most devastating effects of climate change as the 2015 United Nations COP21 conference enters its second and final week.
On Monday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reminded the more than 150 diplomats that the decisions they make this week will “reverberate down through the ages.”
“Centuries of human endeavor and innovation have given the world great gifts. Yet we have also sown the potential seeds of our own destruction,” Ban said. “The clock is ticking toward climate catastrophe. The world is expecting more from you than half-measures and incremental approaches. It is calling for a transformative agreement. Paris must put the world on track for long-term peace, stability and prosperity.”
The representatives are trying to finalize an accord that would limit global warming to less than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-Industrial Revolution levels. They met a Saturday deadline to draft a blueprint but still need to hammer out vital issues, such as how the U.N. would monitor any given country’s progress in curbing carbon dioxide emissions.
For years, the scientific community has warned about the current and future effects of climate change. Many politicians have characterized tackling anthropogenic climate change as the most consequential issue of our time, while some leading U.S. Republican presidential candidates dismiss the problem altogether.
Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert argues that part of the reason public consensus lags behind scientific consensus is that our brains evolved to respond to threats that are intentional, immoral, imminent and instantaneous, like terrorism. The most devastating consequences of climate change — expected to occur down the line if humankind stays on its current path — have none of these qualities.
“Global warming isn’t trying to kill us, and that’s a shame,” Gilbert wrote in a Los Angeles Times column. “If climate change had been visited on us by a brutal dictator or an evil empire, the war on warming would be this nation’s top priority.”
The National Wildlife Federation and other organizations, noting this obstacle, are emphasizing that global warming is already affecting our planet: Temperatures are increasing, sea levels are rising, sea ice is melting, oceans are acidifying and so on.
Similarly, at the conference on Monday, action movie star and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he thinks green campaigners should shift their focus to how climate change and other problems like air pollution are wreaking havoc now.
“It drives me crazy when people talk about 30 years from now, rising sea levels and so on,” he told the Guardian. “What about right now? Thousands of people are dying from pollution. People are living with cancer [because of air pollution].”
Schwarzenegger, a Republican, recalled an advertising campaign in California that showed children whose respiratory systems had been damaged by breathing in air pollution. Poll numbers changed after people saw “what we are doing to our kids,” he said.
“If you do not have people behind you, you can’t do anything [on legislation],” Schwarzenegger continued. “Global warming is an extremely important issue, the most important issue. You have to communicate it properly. You have to communicate to people that this is right now.”
In Beijing on Monday, the local government issued its first red pollution alert for its extraordinary level of smog. The Chinese capital’s government is enforcing serious restrictions on traffic and factories in an attempt to protect its population from the deadly air.
With a red alert, the most severe in Beijing’s four-tier system, authorities are forecasting more than three successive days of heavy air pollution.
Back in the United States, two business groups sent letters to Congress on Monday urging climate skeptics not to undermine the anticipated multinational climate change agreement.
“The time for obstacles and obstruction is over,” Bob Keefe, executive director of Environmental Entrepreneurs, said in a statement. “As world leaders and business leaders alike have made crystal clear in Paris, we need action, and we need it now.”
Richard Eidlin, vice president of policy for the American Sustainable Business Council, said many business owners worry that the effects of climate change will hurt their operations.
“From increased insurance costs and supply chain disruptions to the loss of entire companies due to extreme weather events, business is already feeling the cost of inaction on climate change,” Eidlin said.
Also on Monday, U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders unveiled his climate change plan to invest in clean technology, cut carbon emissions faster than President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, ban oil and natural gas lobbyists from working in the White House and end enormous subsidies for fossil fuel companies, among other strategies.
“CEOs are raking in record profits while climate change ravages our planet and our people — all because the wealthiest industry in the history of our planet has bribed politicians into complacency in the face of climate change,” the senator from Vermont said in a statement. “Enough is enough. It’s time for a political revolution that takes on the fossil fuel billionaires, accelerates our transition to clean energy, and finally puts people before the profits of polluters.”
CLIMATE CHANGE CON ARTISTS TURN TO POPE FRANCIS AND RELIGION TO PUSH GLOBALIST DOCTRINE
In the first five days of climate change negotiations, interfaith activists came, fasted, talked to media, buttonholed leaders and prayed. On Saturday night in a downtown Paris chapel, hundreds of people, many of them prostrated on the ground, sang and prayed for the climate negotiators and mostly for the world.
THE COLD HARD NUMBERS OF CLIMATE CHANGE SCIENCE HAVEN’T SPURRED THE WORLD TO CURB RUNAWAY GLOBAL WARMING. SO AS CLIMATE NEGOTIATORS STRUGGLE IN PARIS, SOME SCIENTISTS WHO APPEALED TO THE RATIONAL BRAIN ARE ENLISTING WHAT MANY WOULD CONSIDER A HIGHER POWER: THE MAJESTY OF FAITH.
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” 2 Peter 3:10-13 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: AS CLIMATE CHANGE EDGES EVER-CLOSER TO BECOMING THE OFFICIAL RELIGION OF THIS LOST WORLD WE LIVE IN, POPE FRANCIS HAS BECOME THE LEADER IN THIS GLOBALIST MOVEMENT OF EARTH WORSHIP. IF THE UNHOLY, CHILDLESS “FATHER” OF THE CATHOLIC RELIGION WOULD ONLY OPEN HIS BIBLE AND READ WHAT PETER SAYS THAT GOD PLANS ON DOING WITH THIS SIN-CURSED WORLD, PERHAPS HE WOULD HAVE A BURDEN FOR LOST SOULS INSTEAD OF TRYING TO SAVE A PLANET GOD IS GOING TO TORCH ANYWAY.
IT’S NOT GOD VERSUS SCIENCE, BUT FOLLOWERS OF GOD AND SCIENCE TOGETHER TRYING TO SAVE HUMANITY AND THE PLANET, THEY SAY.
Physicist John Schellnhuber, founder of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, said he has been coming to these international talks for 11 years and essentially seen negotiators throw up their hands and say “sorry guys we tried our best.” And no one protested. But this time, with the power of Pope Francis’ encyclical earlier this year calling global warming a moral issue and an even more energized interfaith community, Schellnhuber feels the world’s faithful are watching and will hold world leaders accountable.
POPE FRANCIS URGES THE UNITED STATES TO ACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE
“They know they will be measured against the encyclical,” Schellnhuber, a member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences, said Saturday at a Catholic Church event. Ever the scientist, Schellnhuber said on Saturday he hadn’t seen any evidence yet during the first week of negotiations that this will happen, but he has faith it will.
In the first five days of climate change negotiations, interfaith activists came, fasted, talked to media, buttonholed leaders and prayed. On Saturday night in a downtown Paris chapel, hundreds of people, many of them prostrated on the ground, sang and prayed for the climate negotiators and mostly for the world.
FAITH “IS MUCH DEEPER” THAN SCIENCE, SAID CAROLINE BADER OF THE GENEVA-BASED LUTHERAN WORLD FEDERATION.
And so are their numbers. Bader said interfaith leaders recently handed top United Nations negotiators a petition with 1.8 million signatures begging for meaningful climate action. Such action was also sought by Brother Alois Taize, a Catholic member of the ecumenical monastery, as he was preaching at the song-laden service about how the faithful and the world have to open their eyes to solutions to global warming.
“THE ENVIRONMENT MOVEMENT, WHICH HAS PRIMARILY BEEN A SECULAR ONE, HAS REALIZED THAT OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS OR SO IT’S NOT BEEN THAT SUCCESSFUL IN ACHIEVING ITS GOALS,” JOE WARE OF CHRISTIAN AID WROTE IN AN EMAIL FROM THE PARIS TALKS. “INCREASINGLY IT HAS LOOKED TO FAITH GROUPS FOR HELP IN MOBILIZING A BROADER MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE CALLING FOR ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE. THEY ARE ACTUALLY NATURAL ALLIES AS ALMOST ALL FAITHS HAVE A THEOLOGY OF CREATION CARE AT THEIR HEART.”
Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientist Veerabhadran Ramanathan, a non-Catholic who advised Pope Francis on climate and is on the pontiff’s science academy, says he thinks this new alliance will play a major role in what he hopes will be a historic agreement.
BUT FOR RAMANATHAN, NOW A MEMBER OF THE HOLY SEE’S DELEGATION TO THE CLIMATE TALKS, IT’S MORE THAN SCIENCE OR HISTORY. ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO HE HAD A MOMENT THAT HE CALLED “A REVELATION.”
He was presenting a paper on glacier melt to the scientists at the pontifical academy. It was academic and laid out the conclusions in cold hard facts. But then the chancellor to the academy, a bishop, added one sentence to the end: “If we want justice and peace, we must protect the habitat that sustains us.”
It was quickly agreed to and Ramanathan started to look at climate science not as an academic issue but an issue of justice, because those who are hurt the most by climate change are the world’s poorest 3 billion. He started volunteering, working with the poor and examining his own consumption habits, like how much he drives.
Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, said Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si is less about ecology than morality and fairness.
“Climate change is a global problem with serious social, environmental, economic, distributional and political dimensions, and poses one of the greatest challenges for humanity,” the bishop said Saturday. “The poor populations are the most severely affected even though they are the least responsible.”
Pope Francis, called a rock star by young religious climate activists, was not in Paris. But as he spoke to faithful in St. Peter’s Square Sunday he appealed to those deciding on climate change measures to show courage by also fighting poverty, saying “the two choices go together.” source
COP21: Cardinal says birth control may offer climate 'solution'
By Matt McGrath
Environment correspondent, BBC News
9 December 2015
One of the Catholic Church's most senior prelates has said that birth control could "offer a solution" to the impacts of climate change.
Cardinal Peter Turkson, the Pope's leading adviser on climate issues, told the BBC that the Church had never been against natural family planning.
Speaking in Paris, the cardinal called for a strong agreement that would protect the most vulnerable nations.
He said climate change was a looming ecological disaster.
Cardinal Turkson is believed to have played a significant role in the drafting of "Laudato Si", the Pope's encyclical on climate change.
Mouths to feed
The Catholic Church has recently adopted a more active role on the issue, encouraging churchgoers to join global climate marches before the start of COP21. The Church has also increased its engagement with the UN climate negotiation process itself, here in Le Bourget.
In a wide-ranging interview with the BBC, Cardinal Turkson suggested that birth control could help alleviate some of the impacts of climate change, particularly the lack of food in a warmer world.
"This has been talked about, and the Holy Father on his trip back from the Philippines also invited people to some form of birth control, because the church has never been against birth control and people spacing out births and all of that. So yes, it can offer a solution," he said.
Cardinal Turkson is believed to have played a major role in drafting of the Pope's climate change policy
"Having more mouths to feed is a challenge for us to be productive also, which is one of the key issues being treated over here, the cultivation and production of food, and its distribution.
"So yes it engages us in food security management, so we ensure that everybody is fed and all of that. The amount of population that is critical for the realisation of this is still something we need to discover, yet the Holy Father has also called for a certain amount of control of birth."
Cardinal Turkson was at pains to stress that artificial birth control methods such as the contraceptive pill were still beyond the pale as far as the Church was concerned.
"You don't deal with one good with another evil: the Church wants people to be fed, so let's do what the Church feels is not right? That is a kind of sophistry that the church would not go for," he said.
The question of birth control has long been controversial within the Catholic Church.
The issue is especially controversial in relation to climate change. The global population of 7 billion people is expected to grow to 9.7bn by the middle of the century according to the UN. However, efforts to limit family size in developing countries have been criticised as a form of imperialism.
As well as reiterating the Church's belief in natural methods of birth control, as a way of dealing with some impacts of climate change, Cardinal Turkson said a strong agreement at the Paris climate talks would be critically important in tackling the causes of the problem.
"For us, one thing must dominate. We need to look at the front line states and what they are going through now, and in the light of concern for what they are feeling now, to simply adopt a measure that can ensure the existence of all of us.
"Our profession of love for God must necessarily lead to our love for the handwork of God, for what God has made, so let's have some love for creation and for the human beings."
National Guard, Feds Called to Help Get Water to Flint, Michigan, Residents
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder today requested federal support and activated the state National Guard to help with the ongoing water crisis in Flint, instructing troops to distribute supplies at the city’s five water resource sites.
“As we work to ensure that all Flint residents have access to clean and safe drinking water, we are providing them with the direct assistance they need in order to stretch our resources further,” Snyder said in a statement. “The Michigan National Guard is trained and ready to assist the citizens of Flint.”
The trouble began in 2014 when the city disconnected from Detroit’s water supply and began drawing its water from the Flint River. It was intended as a stop-gap measure until the completion of a pipeline to Port Huron Lake as the source for Flint’s water.
But the river water wasn’t treated properly, a state spokeswoman told ABC News in an earlier interview, so it drew lead from the pipes into the water supply.
Snyder declared a state of emergency related to the crisis last week, and today, in addition to calling out the National Guard, he asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate an interagency recovery plan with other federal agencies.
For FEMA's part, an agency spokeswoman told ABC News in an email statement today, “FEMA Regional Administrator Andrew Velasquez has appointed a Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator to identify and coordinate relevant federal agencies that may be able to assist with programs and funding."
Michigan Police Go Door to Door During Water Crisis
Water Bottles Handed Out During Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan
Guard members are expected to arrive as soon as today to help facilitate getting clean water to residents. Water resource teams made up of state personnel and Michigan State Police started going door to door Tuesday to help residents get access to water filters and bottled water.
Snyder and other state and local officials have been criticized by residents and other groups for not responding more quickly.
Though the city switched back to the Detroit water supply in October 2015, it takes time for anti-corrosive chemicals in the water to work, which is why there’s still lead in the water, the state spokeswoman told ABC News last month.
Flint, with a population of about 100,000, realized savings of about $4 million annually by using the Flint River, according to The Associated Press.
Elevated lead levels in water can be especially dangerous for developing children. Lead is a known neurotoxin that can result in a result in a lifetime of side effects. Exposure can mean decreased IQ and behavioral issues, among other things, according to Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician at Hurley Medical Center in Flint.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services started doing testing for lead levels on a biweekly basis in December.
Claim: ‘Global warming’ could cause humans to develop webbed feet, cat’s eyes and gills
Webbed feet, cat's eyes and gills: Features are just some that humans could evolve to have to deal with a 'water world' due to global warming
Experts predicts some genetic changes could take place quickly For example, some humans already have a mutation that causes webbing
A layer in the retina may develop to help us see in poor light under water
Our noses and face size would increase to help warm inhaled cold air in the nasopharynx, the area behind the nose
Read more: http://www.climatedepot.com/2016/...ats-eyes-and-gills/#ixzz3xBKlfpbD
US, China expected to join climate deal during Obama visit
HONOLULU (AP) -- Opening his final trip to Asia, President Barack Obama is expected to join Chinese leader Xi Jinping in announcing their countries are formally taking part in a historic global climate deal. Yet thornier issues like maritime disputes and cybersecurity shadow Obama's visit.
The president departed Friday for Hangzhou, China, where he will meet on Saturday with Xi ahead of a summit of the Group of 20, a collection of industrial and emerging-market nations. Environmental groups and experts tracking global climate policy said they expected the two leaders would jointly enter the sweeping emissions-cutting deal reached last year in Paris. Unlikely partners on addressing global warming, the U.S. and China have sought to use their collaboration to ramp up pressure on other countries to take concrete action as well.
Entering the climate agreement has been an intricate exercise in diplomatic choreography. The deal was reached in December, and the U.S., China and many others signed it in April, on Earth Day. Even the third step — formally participating in the deal — doesn't bring it into force in the U.S. or China. That won't happen until a critical mass of polluting countries joins.
Aiming to build on previous cooperation, the U.S. and China have also been discussing a global agreement on aviation emissions, though there's some disagreement about what obligations developing countries should face in the first years. The aviation issue is expected to be on the agenda for Obama's meeting with Xi, along with ongoing efforts to phase out hydrofluorocarbons, another greenhouse gas.