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  • Urgently Investing $1.8 Trillion to #AdaptOurWorld and Avert 'Climate Apartheid' Could Yield $7.1 Trillion in Benefits, Analysis Shows
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/10/urgently-investing-18-trillion-adaptourworld-and-avert-climate-apartheid-could-yield
    Jessica Corbett, staff writer

    Warning that the world is at risk of experiencing a "climate apartheid," a report released Tuesday by the Global Commission on Adaptation found that spending $1.8 trillion globally over a decade on adaptation could yield $7.1 trillion in net benefits.

    The commission's report, Adapt Now: A Global Call for Leadership on Climate Resilience (pdf), outlines the human, environmental, and economic imperatives of investing in adaptation to the human-caused climate crisis. The report highlights the "triple dividend" of urgent, coordinated action: it would avoid future losses, generate positive economic gains, and deliver additional social and environmental benefits.

    The proposed $1.7 trillion investment in climate adaptation and resulting $7.1 trillion in benefits are based on significant spending in five key areas—early warning systems, climate-resilient infrastructure, improved dryland agriculture, mangrove protection, and making water resources more resilient—between 2020 and 2030. The systemic transformations called for in the report particularly aim to address global inequalities that are increasingly exacerbated by the climate emergency.

    UN Climate Change ✔ @UNFCCC
    The #AdaptOurWorld report released today shows:
    Investing $1.8 trillion in climate adaptation could generate $7.1 tn in benefits.

    Leaders around the 🌍 are calling on governments & businesses to urgently act on climate adaptation.
    Report 👉🏼 http://bit.ly/2lII1mp
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    5:23 AM - Sep 10, 2019

    The commission that produced the new analysis is chaired by former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, and World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva. The trio wrote in the report's forward that, in terms of adaptation, "so far the response has been gravely insufficient. Meanwhile, the climate crisis is here, now: wildfires ravage fragile habitats, city taps run dry, droughts scorch the land, and floods destroy people's homes and livelihoods."

    Investing in adaptation "is a moral imperative," Patrick Verkooijen, chief executive of the Global Center on Adaptation, which co-manages the commission with the World Resources Institute, told The Washington Post.

    "Even if we were to live in 1.5 degree world we would need massive adaptation," said Verkooijen, referring to the Paris climate accord goal of limiting average global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. "Investing in adaptation is not a tradeoff with mitigation. We need to do both."

    Absent global adaptation efforts, the report estimates that by 2050, declines in agricultural yields would most seriously impact the world's 500 million small farms, the number of people lacking sufficient water could soar beyond five billion, and rising seas and devastating storms could force hundreds of millions people from their homes—costing coastal urban areas over $1 trillion per year.

    Though the climate crisis is one of the greatest threats humanity faces and it impacts all sectors of society, as the report put it, "people who did the least to cause the problem—especially those living in poverty and fragile areas—are most at risk."

    "We risk a climate apartheid where the wealthy pay to escape, while the rest of the world is left to suffer," Verkooijen warned. "Without bold adaptation action, climate change becomes a life sentence to poverty and suffering for already vulnerable and marginalized people."

    The report comes as the Bahamas is in the beginning stages of what is expected to be a drawn out recovery process after being devastated by Hurricane Dorian, which made landfall on the islands as a Category 5 storm early this month. In what one critic decried as "eco-apartheid," hundreds of Bahamian refugees who lacked a U.S. visa were ordered off a ferry headed for Ft. Lauderdale, Florida this weekend.

    The destruction in the Bahamas spotlighted climate scientists' warnings about the connection between extreme weather—including hurricanes, heatwaves, and fires—and rising temperatures from human activities that produce greenhouse gas emissions. When it comes to hurricanes, for example, experts warn that research suggests the warming world will see an increase in intense storms.

    "We tend not to invest in resilience and climate adaptation efforts until after a disaster has happened, until a lot of the damage has been done," Rob Moore, a policy analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), told InsideClimate News—which graphed the costs and benefits of the new report's recommendations.

    How adaptation efforts can pay off

    Outlining major barriers to global adaptation efforts, the report says that "in addition to knowledge gaps and short-term biases, fragmented responsibilities, poor institutional cooperation, and lack of resources hinder action. Governments lack incentives and funding for agencies to grapple with knowledge gaps, collaborate across silos, and implement innovative solutions."

    NRDC's Moore noted that "these types of investments are things that pay off over the long term, not over a single election cycle."

    Ban, who served as the U.N. chief from January 2007 to December 2016, emphasized the importance of global collaboration on adaptation efforts in a statement Tuesday.

    "Climate change doesn't respect borders: it's an international problem that can only be solved with co-operation and collaboration, across borders and worldwide," he said. "It is becoming increasingly clear that in many parts of the world, our climate has already changed, and we need to adapt with it."

    "Mitigation and adaptation go hand-in-hand as two equally important building blocks of the Paris Climate Change Agreement," Ban continued. "Adaptation is not only the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do to boost economic growth and create a climate resilient world."

    Along with events across the globe Tuesday to launch the report, contributors and supporters shared its findings and suggestions on social media with the hashtag #AdaptOurWorld.


    World Resources Inst ✔ @WorldResources
    Today, we call on leaders around the globe to #AdaptOurWorld. #Climate impacts are here now, and adaptation is critical to creating stronger, safer, thriving communities. Join us in calling others to act with unprecedented courage, resources & commitment! http://ow.ly/iKDA50w4lJt

    View image on Twitter
    10:12 AM - Sep 10, 2019

    The commission has produced a series of videos about adaptation efforts around the world—from Costa Rica and India to the Netherlands and New York City—which were shared on social media with the hashtag Tuesday:
    Urgently Investing $1.8 Trillion to #AdaptOurWorld and Avert 'Climate Apartheid' Could Yield $7.1 Trillion in Benefits, Analysis Shows https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/10/urgently-investing-18-trillion-adaptourworld-and-avert-climate-apartheid-could-yield Jessica Corbett, staff writer Warning that the world is at risk of experiencing a "climate apartheid," a report released Tuesday by the Global Commission on Adaptation found that spending $1.8 trillion globally over a decade on adaptation could yield $7.1 trillion in net benefits. The commission's report, Adapt Now: A Global Call for Leadership on Climate Resilience (pdf), outlines the human, environmental, and economic imperatives of investing in adaptation to the human-caused climate crisis. The report highlights the "triple dividend" of urgent, coordinated action: it would avoid future losses, generate positive economic gains, and deliver additional social and environmental benefits. The proposed $1.7 trillion investment in climate adaptation and resulting $7.1 trillion in benefits are based on significant spending in five key areas—early warning systems, climate-resilient infrastructure, improved dryland agriculture, mangrove protection, and making water resources more resilient—between 2020 and 2030. The systemic transformations called for in the report particularly aim to address global inequalities that are increasingly exacerbated by the climate emergency. UN Climate Change ✔ @UNFCCC The #AdaptOurWorld report released today shows: Investing $1.8 trillion in climate adaptation could generate $7.1 tn in benefits. Leaders around the 🌍 are calling on governments & businesses to urgently act on climate adaptation. Report 👉🏼 http://bit.ly/2lII1mp View image on Twitter 5:23 AM - Sep 10, 2019 The commission that produced the new analysis is chaired by former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, and World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva. The trio wrote in the report's forward that, in terms of adaptation, "so far the response has been gravely insufficient. Meanwhile, the climate crisis is here, now: wildfires ravage fragile habitats, city taps run dry, droughts scorch the land, and floods destroy people's homes and livelihoods." Investing in adaptation "is a moral imperative," Patrick Verkooijen, chief executive of the Global Center on Adaptation, which co-manages the commission with the World Resources Institute, told The Washington Post. "Even if we were to live in 1.5 degree world we would need massive adaptation," said Verkooijen, referring to the Paris climate accord goal of limiting average global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. "Investing in adaptation is not a tradeoff with mitigation. We need to do both." Absent global adaptation efforts, the report estimates that by 2050, declines in agricultural yields would most seriously impact the world's 500 million small farms, the number of people lacking sufficient water could soar beyond five billion, and rising seas and devastating storms could force hundreds of millions people from their homes—costing coastal urban areas over $1 trillion per year. Though the climate crisis is one of the greatest threats humanity faces and it impacts all sectors of society, as the report put it, "people who did the least to cause the problem—especially those living in poverty and fragile areas—are most at risk." "We risk a climate apartheid where the wealthy pay to escape, while the rest of the world is left to suffer," Verkooijen warned. "Without bold adaptation action, climate change becomes a life sentence to poverty and suffering for already vulnerable and marginalized people." The report comes as the Bahamas is in the beginning stages of what is expected to be a drawn out recovery process after being devastated by Hurricane Dorian, which made landfall on the islands as a Category 5 storm early this month. In what one critic decried as "eco-apartheid," hundreds of Bahamian refugees who lacked a U.S. visa were ordered off a ferry headed for Ft. Lauderdale, Florida this weekend. The destruction in the Bahamas spotlighted climate scientists' warnings about the connection between extreme weather—including hurricanes, heatwaves, and fires—and rising temperatures from human activities that produce greenhouse gas emissions. When it comes to hurricanes, for example, experts warn that research suggests the warming world will see an increase in intense storms. "We tend not to invest in resilience and climate adaptation efforts until after a disaster has happened, until a lot of the damage has been done," Rob Moore, a policy analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), told InsideClimate News—which graphed the costs and benefits of the new report's recommendations. How adaptation efforts can pay off Outlining major barriers to global adaptation efforts, the report says that "in addition to knowledge gaps and short-term biases, fragmented responsibilities, poor institutional cooperation, and lack of resources hinder action. Governments lack incentives and funding for agencies to grapple with knowledge gaps, collaborate across silos, and implement innovative solutions." NRDC's Moore noted that "these types of investments are things that pay off over the long term, not over a single election cycle." Ban, who served as the U.N. chief from January 2007 to December 2016, emphasized the importance of global collaboration on adaptation efforts in a statement Tuesday. "Climate change doesn't respect borders: it's an international problem that can only be solved with co-operation and collaboration, across borders and worldwide," he said. "It is becoming increasingly clear that in many parts of the world, our climate has already changed, and we need to adapt with it." "Mitigation and adaptation go hand-in-hand as two equally important building blocks of the Paris Climate Change Agreement," Ban continued. "Adaptation is not only the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do to boost economic growth and create a climate resilient world." Along with events across the globe Tuesday to launch the report, contributors and supporters shared its findings and suggestions on social media with the hashtag #AdaptOurWorld. World Resources Inst ✔ @WorldResources Today, we call on leaders around the globe to #AdaptOurWorld. #Climate impacts are here now, and adaptation is critical to creating stronger, safer, thriving communities. Join us in calling others to act with unprecedented courage, resources & commitment! http://ow.ly/iKDA50w4lJt View image on Twitter 10:12 AM - Sep 10, 2019 The commission has produced a series of videos about adaptation efforts around the world—from Costa Rica and India to the Netherlands and New York City—which were shared on social media with the hashtag Tuesday:
    Urgently Investing $1.8 Trillion to #AdaptOurWorld and Avert 'Climate Apartheid' Could Yield $7.1 Trillion in Benefits, Analysis Shows
    "Without bold adaptation action, climate change becomes a life sentence to poverty and suffering for already vulnerable and marginalized people."
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  • With Two Weeks Until #GlobalClimateStrike, Organizing Intensifies in 100+ Countries to Win 'Livable Future for All'
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/06/two-weeks-until-globalclimatestrike-organizing-intensifies-100-countries-win-livable
    Jessica Corbett, staff writer

    As youth with the Fridays for Future movement took to the streets Friday, two weeks ahead of the global #ClimateStrike planned for Sept. 20, environmental activists continued to raise awareness about the upcoming protests being organized in more than 100 countries.

    Climate campaigners already have registered over 2,500 strikes worldwide, with more than 450 actions planned for the United States, the advocacy group 350.org announced in a statement Friday.

    To register for an event or find one near you, visit globalclimatestrike.net. For U.S. strikes, visit strikewithus.org.

    The demonstrations on Sept. 20 will kick off a week of action that coincides with a United Nations climate summit in New York City. Tamara Toles O'Laughlin, 350.org's North America director, said Friday that the global strike "is an intergenerational and multiracial moment to make our stand for our right to transformative climate action that preserves a sustainable, healthy, and livable future for all."

    "With the leadership of young people backed by grandparents and parents alike, health workers, teachers, cab drivers and more, now is the time for all of us to come together to demand that real climate leaders at the national, state and local levels hold fossil fuel companies accountable for decades of negligence and damage," added Toles O'Laughlin, recognizing the youth activists that inspired the global movement.

    Some of those youth activists—including Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg—gathered outside the U.N. headquarters in New York Friday, chanting: "No more coal! No more oil! Keep the carbon in the soil!"

    350 dot org ✔ @350 · 9h
    HAPPENING NOW: school strikers with @f4f_nyc and @GretaThunberg are striking outside the UN. #ClimateStrike

    View image on Twitter
    350 dot org ✔ @350
    The youth strikers with @f4f_nyc have unique demands for the #ClimateStrike in NYC on Sept 20:

    ❌No more fossil fuels
    🌎Globally equitable climate solutions + environmental justice
    💰Hold corporate polluters accountable#StrikeWithUs where you live: http://350.org/strike

    Embedded video: https://twitter.com/350/status/1170002773728997376
    10:56 AM - Sep 6, 2019
    Friday was the second consecutive week that Thunberg joined youth protests for urgent climate action outside the U.N. headquarters following her two-week journey across the Atlantic on a carbon emissions-free sailboat. Thunberg tweeted Friday, "Even though I've taken a sabbatical year from school, I will still demonstrate every Friday wherever I am."

    Greta Thunberg ✔ @GretaThunberg
    School strike week 55.
    New York City.
    Even though I’ve taken a sabbatical year from school, I will still demonstrate every Friday wherever I am. #FridaysForFuture #schoolstrike4climate #ClimateStrike

    View image on Twitter
    10:21 AM - Sep 6, 2019

    Xiye Bastida of Fridays For Future NYC explained that the global strike on Sept. 20 "isn't a goal, it's a catalyst for future action."

    "It's a catalyst for the engagement of humanity in the protection of Earth," Bastida continued. "It's a catalyst for realizing the intersectionality that the climate crisis has with every other issue. It's a catalyst for the culmination of hundreds of climate activists who won't stop fighting until the climate emergency is over."

    A campaign by U.K. Student Climate Network shared a video promoting the actions Friday that caught the attention of author and activist Naomi Klein—one of the high-profile adult climate leaders who have spoken out in support of the global strike.

    Naomi Klein ✔ @NaomiAKlein
    Love this. https://twitter.com/Strike4Youth/status/1169929252856315905

    YouthStrike4Climate 🌍
    @Strike4Youth
    We’re told we can shop our way out of the climate crisis😂Let’s get serious! ✊🏾
    Find your nearest climate strike on Fri 20 Sept https://www.ukscn.org/events/r/twclvid2 …#ClimateStrike #GlobalClimateStrike #YouthStrike4Climate #ClimateEmergency #UniteForClimate

    Embedded video: https://twitter.com/Strike4Youth/status/1169929252856315905
    6:46 AM - Sep 6, 2019
    In addition to NYC, activists are organizing strikes in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Seattle, Washington D.C., and other major U.S. cities.

    Jesus Villalba Gastelum, a 16-year-old Earth Uprising L.A. city coordinator and Youth Climate Strike Los Angeles organizer, noted that L.A. is "a diverse city of many roots, including Indigenous, Mexican, Spanish, American, and Tongva."

    "We are organizing the L.A. Youth Climate Strike from a place of love, hope, and resolve," said Villalba Gastelum. "Our march is calling out inaction on the climate crisis, and stands in support of refugee rights, human rights, and dignity for all."

    Villalba Gastelum added that "while this mobilization is youth led, we welcome people of all generations to join us."

    Looking ahead to the upcoming actions around the world, Future Coalition executive director Katie Eder said Friday that "our message will be clear—we must act now to avoid the worst effects of climate change because all of our lives depend upon it. We are the new face of the climate revolution and we demand just and equitable climate action."

    The Future Coalition, which is coordinating the U.S. youth-led strikes, has released a list of demands for the actions. Fast Company detailed those demands in a report earlier this week:

    A Green New Deal: Building on "the" Green New Deal resolution in Congress, this calls for transforming the economy to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, while creating jobs and ending leases and permits for fossil fuel projects.

    Respect for indigenous land and sovereignty: Honoring treaties protecting indigenous land by ending resource extraction in and affecting those areas.
    Environmental justice: Investing in the communities affected most by poverty and pollution.

    Protecting biodiversity: Protecting and restoring 50 percent of the world’s lands and oceans and stopping all deforestation by 2030.

    Sustainable agriculture: Investing in regenerative agriculture and ending subsidies for industrial agriculture.

    "Too often, we think about solutions in a very small-minded way, inside the box," 19-year-old Eder told Fast Company. "We don't have time to stay in the box. We really need to be more innovative with our solutions and ask for what we need, not what we think could be possible or has been possible in the past."

    350.org executive director May Boeve, in the group's statement Friday, outlined the emergency the world currently faces and what needs to be done to address it.

    "Climate breakdown is one of the greatest human rights issues we face. Fighting climate breakdown is about much more than emissions and scientific metrics—it's about fighting for a just and sustainable world that works for all of us," she said. "We need to start by phasing out fossil fuels, building real and long lasting solutions, and prioritizing the communities at the frontline of the climate crisis."
    With Two Weeks Until #GlobalClimateStrike, Organizing Intensifies in 100+ Countries to Win 'Livable Future for All' https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/06/two-weeks-until-globalclimatestrike-organizing-intensifies-100-countries-win-livable Jessica Corbett, staff writer As youth with the Fridays for Future movement took to the streets Friday, two weeks ahead of the global #ClimateStrike planned for Sept. 20, environmental activists continued to raise awareness about the upcoming protests being organized in more than 100 countries. Climate campaigners already have registered over 2,500 strikes worldwide, with more than 450 actions planned for the United States, the advocacy group 350.org announced in a statement Friday. To register for an event or find one near you, visit globalclimatestrike.net. For U.S. strikes, visit strikewithus.org. The demonstrations on Sept. 20 will kick off a week of action that coincides with a United Nations climate summit in New York City. Tamara Toles O'Laughlin, 350.org's North America director, said Friday that the global strike "is an intergenerational and multiracial moment to make our stand for our right to transformative climate action that preserves a sustainable, healthy, and livable future for all." "With the leadership of young people backed by grandparents and parents alike, health workers, teachers, cab drivers and more, now is the time for all of us to come together to demand that real climate leaders at the national, state and local levels hold fossil fuel companies accountable for decades of negligence and damage," added Toles O'Laughlin, recognizing the youth activists that inspired the global movement. Some of those youth activists—including Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg—gathered outside the U.N. headquarters in New York Friday, chanting: "No more coal! No more oil! Keep the carbon in the soil!" 350 dot org ✔ @350 · 9h HAPPENING NOW: school strikers with @f4f_nyc and @GretaThunberg are striking outside the UN. #ClimateStrike View image on Twitter 350 dot org ✔ @350 The youth strikers with @f4f_nyc have unique demands for the #ClimateStrike in NYC on Sept 20: ❌No more fossil fuels 🌎Globally equitable climate solutions + environmental justice 💰Hold corporate polluters accountable#StrikeWithUs where you live: http://350.org/strike Embedded video: https://twitter.com/350/status/1170002773728997376 10:56 AM - Sep 6, 2019 Friday was the second consecutive week that Thunberg joined youth protests for urgent climate action outside the U.N. headquarters following her two-week journey across the Atlantic on a carbon emissions-free sailboat. Thunberg tweeted Friday, "Even though I've taken a sabbatical year from school, I will still demonstrate every Friday wherever I am." Greta Thunberg ✔ @GretaThunberg School strike week 55. New York City. Even though I’ve taken a sabbatical year from school, I will still demonstrate every Friday wherever I am. #FridaysForFuture #schoolstrike4climate #ClimateStrike View image on Twitter 10:21 AM - Sep 6, 2019 Xiye Bastida of Fridays For Future NYC explained that the global strike on Sept. 20 "isn't a goal, it's a catalyst for future action." "It's a catalyst for the engagement of humanity in the protection of Earth," Bastida continued. "It's a catalyst for realizing the intersectionality that the climate crisis has with every other issue. It's a catalyst for the culmination of hundreds of climate activists who won't stop fighting until the climate emergency is over." A campaign by U.K. Student Climate Network shared a video promoting the actions Friday that caught the attention of author and activist Naomi Klein—one of the high-profile adult climate leaders who have spoken out in support of the global strike. Naomi Klein ✔ @NaomiAKlein Love this. https://twitter.com/Strike4Youth/status/1169929252856315905 … YouthStrike4Climate 🌍 @Strike4Youth We’re told we can shop our way out of the climate crisis😂Let’s get serious! ✊🏾 Find your nearest climate strike on Fri 20 Sept https://www.ukscn.org/events/r/twclvid2 …#ClimateStrike #GlobalClimateStrike #YouthStrike4Climate #ClimateEmergency #UniteForClimate Embedded video: https://twitter.com/Strike4Youth/status/1169929252856315905 6:46 AM - Sep 6, 2019 In addition to NYC, activists are organizing strikes in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Seattle, Washington D.C., and other major U.S. cities. Jesus Villalba Gastelum, a 16-year-old Earth Uprising L.A. city coordinator and Youth Climate Strike Los Angeles organizer, noted that L.A. is "a diverse city of many roots, including Indigenous, Mexican, Spanish, American, and Tongva." "We are organizing the L.A. Youth Climate Strike from a place of love, hope, and resolve," said Villalba Gastelum. "Our march is calling out inaction on the climate crisis, and stands in support of refugee rights, human rights, and dignity for all." Villalba Gastelum added that "while this mobilization is youth led, we welcome people of all generations to join us." Looking ahead to the upcoming actions around the world, Future Coalition executive director Katie Eder said Friday that "our message will be clear—we must act now to avoid the worst effects of climate change because all of our lives depend upon it. We are the new face of the climate revolution and we demand just and equitable climate action." The Future Coalition, which is coordinating the U.S. youth-led strikes, has released a list of demands for the actions. Fast Company detailed those demands in a report earlier this week: A Green New Deal: Building on "the" Green New Deal resolution in Congress, this calls for transforming the economy to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, while creating jobs and ending leases and permits for fossil fuel projects. Respect for indigenous land and sovereignty: Honoring treaties protecting indigenous land by ending resource extraction in and affecting those areas. Environmental justice: Investing in the communities affected most by poverty and pollution. Protecting biodiversity: Protecting and restoring 50 percent of the world’s lands and oceans and stopping all deforestation by 2030. Sustainable agriculture: Investing in regenerative agriculture and ending subsidies for industrial agriculture. "Too often, we think about solutions in a very small-minded way, inside the box," 19-year-old Eder told Fast Company. "We don't have time to stay in the box. We really need to be more innovative with our solutions and ask for what we need, not what we think could be possible or has been possible in the past." 350.org executive director May Boeve, in the group's statement Friday, outlined the emergency the world currently faces and what needs to be done to address it. "Climate breakdown is one of the greatest human rights issues we face. Fighting climate breakdown is about much more than emissions and scientific metrics—it's about fighting for a just and sustainable world that works for all of us," she said. "We need to start by phasing out fossil fuels, building real and long lasting solutions, and prioritizing the communities at the frontline of the climate crisis."
    With Two Weeks Until #GlobalClimateStrike, Organizing Intensifies in 100+ Countries to Win 'Livable Future for All'
    "Our message will be clear—we must act now to avoid the worst effects of climate change because all of our lives depend upon it."
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  • Sanders Unveils Plan to End Cash Bail, Ban Private Prisons, and 'Fundamentally Transform' US Criminal Justice System
    https://youtu.be/ha9RVJxee28
    Jake Johnson, staff writer

    Decrying America's status as the "world's leading jailer," Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday released a comprehensive plan to confront the crisis of mass incarceration, end the criminalization of poverty, and dramatically overhaul the U.S. criminal justice system.

    "We have a criminal justice system that is racist and broken, and working together we're going to fundamentally transform it," said Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.

    The platform, which Sanders unveiled at an event in Columbia, South Carolina on Sunday, condemns America's "overly-punitive approach to public safety" and urges investments "to rebuild the communities that mass incarceration continues to decimate."

    "We have over two million people in jail and prison, more than any other nation on earth, and they are disproportionately African-American, Latino, and Native American," Sanders wrote in an email to supporters on Sunday. "We spend $80 billion a year keeping people behind bars, money which could be used for education, job creation, and affordable housing."

    People for Bernie ✔ @People4Bernie
    "We spent, and I want everybody to hear this, $80 billion a year in tax dollars at the local, state, and federal level to lock up fellow Americans... It might be a better idea to take some of that $80 billion and start investing in our young people." @BernieSanders
    Embedded video: https://twitter.com/People4Bernie/status/1163164345850720256
    2:02 PM - Aug 18, 2019

    To remedy this dysfunctional and devastating system, Sanders' platform—detailed on his website—calls for:

    A ban on private prisons as part of a broader effort to "end profiteering in our criminal justice system";
    An end to cash bail, which traps poor Americans in a cycle of debt;
    Halting excessive sentencing "with the goal of cutting the incarcerated population in half";
    Transformation of policing by ensuring oversight and accountability for law enforcement, banning use of facial recognition software by law enforcement, and ending "programs that provide military equipment to local police";
    Abolishing the death penalty;
    Legalization of marijuana and erasure of past marijuana convictions; and
    An end to the criminalization of addiction by funding adequate treatment for those addicted to opioids.
    "If we stand together, we can eliminate private prisons and detention centers. No more profiteering from locking people up," Sanders said during his speech in South Carolina.

    "If we stand together we can end the disastrous 'war on drugs,'" the senator added. "If we stand together we can end cash bail. No more keeping people in jail because they're too poor. If we stand together we can enact real police department reform and prosecute police brutality. If we stand together, there is nothing, nothing, nothing that we cannot accomplish."

    Watch the speech: https://youtu.be/ha9RVJxee28
    Sanders Unveils Plan to End Cash Bail, Ban Private Prisons, and 'Fundamentally Transform' US Criminal Justice System https://youtu.be/ha9RVJxee28 Jake Johnson, staff writer Decrying America's status as the "world's leading jailer," Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday released a comprehensive plan to confront the crisis of mass incarceration, end the criminalization of poverty, and dramatically overhaul the U.S. criminal justice system. "We have a criminal justice system that is racist and broken, and working together we're going to fundamentally transform it," said Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. The platform, which Sanders unveiled at an event in Columbia, South Carolina on Sunday, condemns America's "overly-punitive approach to public safety" and urges investments "to rebuild the communities that mass incarceration continues to decimate." "We have over two million people in jail and prison, more than any other nation on earth, and they are disproportionately African-American, Latino, and Native American," Sanders wrote in an email to supporters on Sunday. "We spend $80 billion a year keeping people behind bars, money which could be used for education, job creation, and affordable housing." People for Bernie ✔ @People4Bernie "We spent, and I want everybody to hear this, $80 billion a year in tax dollars at the local, state, and federal level to lock up fellow Americans... It might be a better idea to take some of that $80 billion and start investing in our young people." @BernieSanders Embedded video: https://twitter.com/People4Bernie/status/1163164345850720256 2:02 PM - Aug 18, 2019 To remedy this dysfunctional and devastating system, Sanders' platform—detailed on his website—calls for: A ban on private prisons as part of a broader effort to "end profiteering in our criminal justice system"; An end to cash bail, which traps poor Americans in a cycle of debt; Halting excessive sentencing "with the goal of cutting the incarcerated population in half"; Transformation of policing by ensuring oversight and accountability for law enforcement, banning use of facial recognition software by law enforcement, and ending "programs that provide military equipment to local police"; Abolishing the death penalty; Legalization of marijuana and erasure of past marijuana convictions; and An end to the criminalization of addiction by funding adequate treatment for those addicted to opioids. "If we stand together, we can eliminate private prisons and detention centers. No more profiteering from locking people up," Sanders said during his speech in South Carolina. "If we stand together we can end the disastrous 'war on drugs,'" the senator added. "If we stand together we can end cash bail. No more keeping people in jail because they're too poor. If we stand together we can enact real police department reform and prosecute police brutality. If we stand together, there is nothing, nothing, nothing that we cannot accomplish." Watch the speech: https://youtu.be/ha9RVJxee28
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  • "They’re going to use it to cover all the cracks in the facade. Why bother fixing buildings and combatting litter and sprawl when people can put some glasses on and all of a sudden they’re gone? No need to invest money into physical improvements when you’ve got people willing to look the other way, just to make their days more bearable." - Roy Batty

    https://dailystormer.name/cyberpunk-news-apple-investing-in-augmented-reality/
    "They’re going to use it to cover all the cracks in the facade. Why bother fixing buildings and combatting litter and sprawl when people can put some glasses on and all of a sudden they’re gone? No need to invest money into physical improvements when you’ve got people willing to look the other way, just to make their days more bearable." - Roy Batty https://dailystormer.name/cyberpunk-news-apple-investing-in-augmented-reality/
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  • With Petition to Congress, 100,000+ People Demand Green New Deal 'That Fixes Our Food System'
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/19/petition-congress-100000-people-demand-green-new-deal-fixes-our-food-system
    Jessica Corbett, staff writer

    A coalition of environmental, farmworker, public health, and food safety advocacy groups on Thursday delivered to Congress a petition signed by more than 100,000 people which calls for a Green New Deal "that fixes our food system" to combat the climate crisis.

    The petition echoes a letter that more than 300 organizations sent to federal lawmakers in April on behalf of their millions of members.

    The letter came about two months after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the historic Green New Deal resolution supported by a growing grassroots movement and dozens of Democrats in Congress.

    "Supporting family farms, achieving universal access to healthy foods, and investing in sustainable farming and land-use practices that increase soil health are critical components of any comprehensive Green New Deal," declares the new petition, which notes that in addition to being a top generator of jobs, the U.S. food and farming sector is also a top generator of planet-heating emissions.

    "To reduce emissions and bolster our nation's resilience in the face of the climate crisis, we must enact policies that transform unsustainable industrial agriculture, reduce food sector consolidation, as well as empower farmers and ranchers to adopt organic and agroecological practices," the petition says.

    "These policies must support diversified and ecologically regenerative farming techniques that reduce greenhouse gases and other pollution, boost soil health, and sequester carbon in soil—enhancing local and regional food security, economic well-being, and biodiversity."

    The petition outlines specific food and farming policies that signatories believe should be prioritized in the Green New Deal:

    Carbon reduction, sequestration, and climate resilience;
    Fair prices for farmers, ranchers, and fishers; antitrust measures that help reverse food sector consolidation; and healthy working conditions with family-sustaining living wages for workers;
    Diversified, resilient local, and regional food economies anchored by family farmers; ranchers and fishers that ensure healthy, sustainable food for all to combat consolidation in the food and farming sector; and reverse the rapid loss of farmers and deterioration of farmland;
    Avoid "false solutions" and agribusiness-sponsored proposals that do nothing to address the systemic causes of our climate crisis and delay progress;
    Protection for workers, rural communities, consumer health and soil productivity through the transition away from harmful agrochemical use in agricultural practices and production;
    Ensure that those most affected by the exploitation of people and the environment of the current agricultural system and who have experience and knowledge to contribute have a seat at the table in decisions and negotiations.
    The petition is a collaborative project between the Center for Food Safety, Friends of the Earth, the HEAL Food Alliance, the Farmworker Association of Florida, PANNA, 198 Methods, the Daily Kos, and the Organic Consumers Association, which tweeted about the key demands with the hashtag #GreenNewFoodDeal.

    "If we are to address the climate crisis, we must transform our food system," Lisa Archer, food and agriculture director for Friends of the Earth, said in a statement Thursday. "We have no time to waste."

    Jeannie Economos, Pesticide Safety and Environmental Health Project coordinator of the Farmworker Association of Florida, pointed out that "agriculture—and the farmworker families on which it depends—are some of the first victims of a changing global climate."

    "We need a Green New Deal that centers family farmers, farm workers, and food workers," said Navina Khanna, director of the HEAL Food Alliance. "Making fundamental changes to our food and farming system is urgent and central to stabilizing our climate, and ensuring food security for current and future generations, and making sure that all people working in the system do so with meaning and dignity."

    The alliance shared a link to the petition—which is still available online for additional signatures—in a tweet Thursday:

    HEAL Food Alliance @HEAL_Food
    We need a #GreenNewFoodDeal that fixes our #food system in order to combat #climatechange. 100,000 signers (and counting!) agree that addressing food and #agriculture issues should be central to any #GreenNewDeal. http://bit.ly/greennewfooddeal … RT!
    With Petition to Congress, 100,000+ People Demand Green New Deal 'That Fixes Our Food System' https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/19/petition-congress-100000-people-demand-green-new-deal-fixes-our-food-system Jessica Corbett, staff writer A coalition of environmental, farmworker, public health, and food safety advocacy groups on Thursday delivered to Congress a petition signed by more than 100,000 people which calls for a Green New Deal "that fixes our food system" to combat the climate crisis. The petition echoes a letter that more than 300 organizations sent to federal lawmakers in April on behalf of their millions of members. The letter came about two months after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the historic Green New Deal resolution supported by a growing grassroots movement and dozens of Democrats in Congress. "Supporting family farms, achieving universal access to healthy foods, and investing in sustainable farming and land-use practices that increase soil health are critical components of any comprehensive Green New Deal," declares the new petition, which notes that in addition to being a top generator of jobs, the U.S. food and farming sector is also a top generator of planet-heating emissions. "To reduce emissions and bolster our nation's resilience in the face of the climate crisis, we must enact policies that transform unsustainable industrial agriculture, reduce food sector consolidation, as well as empower farmers and ranchers to adopt organic and agroecological practices," the petition says. "These policies must support diversified and ecologically regenerative farming techniques that reduce greenhouse gases and other pollution, boost soil health, and sequester carbon in soil—enhancing local and regional food security, economic well-being, and biodiversity." The petition outlines specific food and farming policies that signatories believe should be prioritized in the Green New Deal: Carbon reduction, sequestration, and climate resilience; Fair prices for farmers, ranchers, and fishers; antitrust measures that help reverse food sector consolidation; and healthy working conditions with family-sustaining living wages for workers; Diversified, resilient local, and regional food economies anchored by family farmers; ranchers and fishers that ensure healthy, sustainable food for all to combat consolidation in the food and farming sector; and reverse the rapid loss of farmers and deterioration of farmland; Avoid "false solutions" and agribusiness-sponsored proposals that do nothing to address the systemic causes of our climate crisis and delay progress; Protection for workers, rural communities, consumer health and soil productivity through the transition away from harmful agrochemical use in agricultural practices and production; Ensure that those most affected by the exploitation of people and the environment of the current agricultural system and who have experience and knowledge to contribute have a seat at the table in decisions and negotiations. The petition is a collaborative project between the Center for Food Safety, Friends of the Earth, the HEAL Food Alliance, the Farmworker Association of Florida, PANNA, 198 Methods, the Daily Kos, and the Organic Consumers Association, which tweeted about the key demands with the hashtag #GreenNewFoodDeal. "If we are to address the climate crisis, we must transform our food system," Lisa Archer, food and agriculture director for Friends of the Earth, said in a statement Thursday. "We have no time to waste." Jeannie Economos, Pesticide Safety and Environmental Health Project coordinator of the Farmworker Association of Florida, pointed out that "agriculture—and the farmworker families on which it depends—are some of the first victims of a changing global climate." "We need a Green New Deal that centers family farmers, farm workers, and food workers," said Navina Khanna, director of the HEAL Food Alliance. "Making fundamental changes to our food and farming system is urgent and central to stabilizing our climate, and ensuring food security for current and future generations, and making sure that all people working in the system do so with meaning and dignity." The alliance shared a link to the petition—which is still available online for additional signatures—in a tweet Thursday: HEAL Food Alliance @HEAL_Food We need a #GreenNewFoodDeal that fixes our #food system in order to combat #climatechange. 100,000 signers (and counting!) agree that addressing food and #agriculture issues should be central to any #GreenNewDeal. http://bit.ly/greennewfooddeal … RT!
    With Petition to Congress, 100,000+ People Demand Green New Deal 'That Fixes Our Food System'
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  • SOCIALISM TAKEOVER
    BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.

    This is an open letter to the millenniales. These are the children who were born in the 80’s and the 90’s this generation has been led astray about the reality we all live in.

    The push of the feminist, sjw agenda onto the schools through the help of the governments have changed the morality of society. There has never been a time when people had the right to be entitled to something that was not earned.

    Leaning towards Socialism is saying take my rights away to be comfortable, and have option to be different in status form everyone else. People who understand the different meanings of parties of politics , know that Socialism is a stepping stone to Communism.

    Communism sounds good to the millenniales because they do not take the time to do their research, it is really important to understand the type of government you wish to elect into power. This will be an up to date article about the difference between the political parties.

    In the USA there are the Republicans, Democrats, and the socialist movement.
    Donald Trump has the values of the Republican party
    This political system is free enterprise, freedom to create your own business, as well as being able to become as wealthy as one wishes.

    Hillary Clinton has leaned towards the Democrats, before this fall of the generation of the 90’s it was close to the Republican party, however the last 10 years or so they have moved away from the fairness and freedom to voice ones opinion. Now it has drifted into no-man,s land, never has there been a time when the only thing that is important is to destroy the white civilization .

    Then we come to the party which is only deals in half truths, not that the other one’s speak the truth. The party platform that Bernie Sanders stands on, the majority of the millenniales stand behind. This Socialist party’s agenda is far more sinister than we are being told. Socialism are the first steps towards Communism which is a total of freedom. This is a form of government which has total control over every part of our lives. l am aware of this type of government because my parents lived under this control. The governing body controls speech, food distribution, where you work, and they don’t have paid by the hour, it is all piece work, curfews are the norm, as well as don’t speak out against the government because you will be taken at night never to be seen or heard from again.
    It is not only the US facing this twist of rights, values, morals, but if we look at western way of life in any country, which has whites as the majority of the population. They are all being torn apart by this new way of thinking, as well as the lack of understanding of the political system.
    As of 2014, there are no countries that are pure socialism, which is actually an economic system not a form of government. So if socialism is not what we have been led to believe, then what is the form of government in this case?
    The economies of Cuba, China, and North Korea are mostly government controlled, which is one of the components of socialism. However the government control varies in these countries, if a country has a government that controls health care as well as public education doesn’t mean it is a socialist country. In reality there are no socialist countries left, but the principles are applied in various countries even in Europe.
    At present China is the most socialist country in the world, according to recent survey’s China has become geared towards capitalism. If socialism/ communism is so good then why is China moving towards capitalism?
    THE COMMUNIST AND SOCIALIST SYSTEM
    The difference between communism and socialism, socialism is a economic system where as communism puts the working class in charge of society as far as the production. Socialism focuses on making everyone’s needs are met.
    Communism creates a society without social class, and under communism everyone receives equal treatment. Communism however can not be voted out of office, it is a system that is violently over thrown by it’s citizens.
    Where socialism votes in regulation as well as taxes, the government allows money to workers and then takes away in taxes. This sounds like the taxing governments around the world. Socialism attempts to work within established political order, even though no country is truly socialist.
    Communism is like democracy or a dictatorship, the working citizens are equally kept poor where as the government is kept rich by the people.
    In 2018 the top 5 countries which are under communist rule

    China
    Cuba
    Laos
    Vietnam
    North Korea
    There are certain aspects of communism which sound, however when the whole picture is seen then this form of government is cruel to it’s people.
    The socioeconomic structure treats everyone equal with access to education, health care, as well as basic human needs. This sounds like the beginning of a fair government, however this is the idea we are focusing on . This system has serious downside giving everyone all the basic needs, creates a nation of lazy citizens as well as being greedy more so than not this results to dictatorship.

    These links will explain the pros as well as the cons.


    http://blog.peerform.com/top-ten-most-socialist-countries-in-the-world/
    http://thecountriesof.com/what-countries-are-socialist-today/
    https://www.reference.com/government-politics/countries-use-socialist-form-government-874e89f9e8668c60
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialism
    https://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/100214/what-difference-between-communism-and-socialism.asp
    https://www.thoughtco.com/communist-countries-overview-1435178
    http://blog.heartland.org/2019/01/are-norway-and-sweden-socialist-countries/
    https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/socialism-ruin-nations/
    https://www.investopedia.com/articles/investing/082014/what-exactly-socialist-economy.asp
    https://www.thebalancesmb.com/the-characteristics-of-capitalism-and-socialism-393509
    https://www.debate.org/opinions/has-socialism-ever-worked
    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/socialism
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-03-22/socialism-be-careful-what-you-wish
    https://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-socialism.htm
    https://www.currentaffairs.org/2018/05/what-venezuela-tells-us-about-socialism
    https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/06/13/socialist-nordic-countries-are-actually-moving-toward-private-health-care/
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-03-12/why-socialism-fails-every-time
    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2015/07/18/governments_keep_turning_to_socialism_even_though_it_always_fails_127435.html
    https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/03/obama-cuba-trip-socialism-213757
    https://www.britannica.com/topic/socialism
    https://www.thebalance.com/communism-characteristics-pros-cons-examples-3305589
    http://www.slp.org/res_state_htm/socialism_m_p.html
    https://panampost.com/editor/2019/05/09/the-three-phases-of-socialism/
    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/seeing-the-invisible/the-failed-socialist-experiment-of-capitalist-scandinavian-countries/
    http://www.paoracle.com/SocialismWORKS!/index.php?sw=Canada
    SOCIALISM TAKEOVER BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR. This is an open letter to the millenniales. These are the children who were born in the 80’s and the 90’s this generation has been led astray about the reality we all live in. The push of the feminist, sjw agenda onto the schools through the help of the governments have changed the morality of society. There has never been a time when people had the right to be entitled to something that was not earned. Leaning towards Socialism is saying take my rights away to be comfortable, and have option to be different in status form everyone else. People who understand the different meanings of parties of politics , know that Socialism is a stepping stone to Communism. Communism sounds good to the millenniales because they do not take the time to do their research, it is really important to understand the type of government you wish to elect into power. This will be an up to date article about the difference between the political parties. In the USA there are the Republicans, Democrats, and the socialist movement. Donald Trump has the values of the Republican party This political system is free enterprise, freedom to create your own business, as well as being able to become as wealthy as one wishes. Hillary Clinton has leaned towards the Democrats, before this fall of the generation of the 90’s it was close to the Republican party, however the last 10 years or so they have moved away from the fairness and freedom to voice ones opinion. Now it has drifted into no-man,s land, never has there been a time when the only thing that is important is to destroy the white civilization . Then we come to the party which is only deals in half truths, not that the other one’s speak the truth. The party platform that Bernie Sanders stands on, the majority of the millenniales stand behind. This Socialist party’s agenda is far more sinister than we are being told. Socialism are the first steps towards Communism which is a total of freedom. This is a form of government which has total control over every part of our lives. l am aware of this type of government because my parents lived under this control. The governing body controls speech, food distribution, where you work, and they don’t have paid by the hour, it is all piece work, curfews are the norm, as well as don’t speak out against the government because you will be taken at night never to be seen or heard from again. It is not only the US facing this twist of rights, values, morals, but if we look at western way of life in any country, which has whites as the majority of the population. They are all being torn apart by this new way of thinking, as well as the lack of understanding of the political system. As of 2014, there are no countries that are pure socialism, which is actually an economic system not a form of government. So if socialism is not what we have been led to believe, then what is the form of government in this case? The economies of Cuba, China, and North Korea are mostly government controlled, which is one of the components of socialism. However the government control varies in these countries, if a country has a government that controls health care as well as public education doesn’t mean it is a socialist country. In reality there are no socialist countries left, but the principles are applied in various countries even in Europe. At present China is the most socialist country in the world, according to recent survey’s China has become geared towards capitalism. If socialism/ communism is so good then why is China moving towards capitalism? THE COMMUNIST AND SOCIALIST SYSTEM The difference between communism and socialism, socialism is a economic system where as communism puts the working class in charge of society as far as the production. Socialism focuses on making everyone’s needs are met. Communism creates a society without social class, and under communism everyone receives equal treatment. Communism however can not be voted out of office, it is a system that is violently over thrown by it’s citizens. Where socialism votes in regulation as well as taxes, the government allows money to workers and then takes away in taxes. This sounds like the taxing governments around the world. Socialism attempts to work within established political order, even though no country is truly socialist. Communism is like democracy or a dictatorship, the working citizens are equally kept poor where as the government is kept rich by the people. In 2018 the top 5 countries which are under communist rule China Cuba Laos Vietnam North Korea There are certain aspects of communism which sound, however when the whole picture is seen then this form of government is cruel to it’s people. The socioeconomic structure treats everyone equal with access to education, health care, as well as basic human needs. This sounds like the beginning of a fair government, however this is the idea we are focusing on . This system has serious downside giving everyone all the basic needs, creates a nation of lazy citizens as well as being greedy more so than not this results to dictatorship. These links will explain the pros as well as the cons. http://blog.peerform.com/top-ten-most-socialist-countries-in-the-world/ http://thecountriesof.com/what-countries-are-socialist-today/ https://www.reference.com/government-politics/countries-use-socialist-form-government-874e89f9e8668c60 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialism https://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/100214/what-difference-between-communism-and-socialism.asp https://www.thoughtco.com/communist-countries-overview-1435178 http://blog.heartland.org/2019/01/are-norway-and-sweden-socialist-countries/ https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/socialism-ruin-nations/ https://www.investopedia.com/articles/investing/082014/what-exactly-socialist-economy.asp https://www.thebalancesmb.com/the-characteristics-of-capitalism-and-socialism-393509 https://www.debate.org/opinions/has-socialism-ever-worked https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/socialism https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-03-22/socialism-be-careful-what-you-wish https://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-socialism.htm https://www.currentaffairs.org/2018/05/what-venezuela-tells-us-about-socialism https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/06/13/socialist-nordic-countries-are-actually-moving-toward-private-health-care/ https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-03-12/why-socialism-fails-every-time https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2015/07/18/governments_keep_turning_to_socialism_even_though_it_always_fails_127435.html https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/03/obama-cuba-trip-socialism-213757 https://www.britannica.com/topic/socialism https://www.thebalance.com/communism-characteristics-pros-cons-examples-3305589 http://www.slp.org/res_state_htm/socialism_m_p.html https://panampost.com/editor/2019/05/09/the-three-phases-of-socialism/ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/seeing-the-invisible/the-failed-socialist-experiment-of-capitalist-scandinavian-countries/ http://www.paoracle.com/SocialismWORKS!/index.php?sw=Canada
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  • 'Staggering' UN Warning That Climate Crisis Disasters Now Occur Weekly Provokes Calls for Action
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/07/staggering-un-warning-climate-crisis-disasters-now-occur-weekly-provokes-calls
    Jessica Corbett, staff writer

    A "staggering" new warning from a top United Nations official that climate crisis-related disasters are now occurring at the rate of one per week, with developing nations disproportionately at risk, provoked calls for immediate global action to combat the human-caused climate emergency.

    The warning came in an interview with The Guardian, which reported Sunday:

    Catastrophes such as cyclones Idai and Kenneth in Mozambique and the drought afflicting India make headlines around the world. But large numbers of "lower impact events" that are causing death, displacement, and suffering are occurring much faster than predicted, said Mami Mizutori, the U.N. secretary-general's special representative on disaster risk reduction. "This is not about the future, this is about today."

    This means that adapting to the climate crisis could no longer be seen as a long-term problem, but one that needed investment now, she said. "People need to talk more about adaptation and resilience."

    "We talk about a climate emergency and a climate crisis, but if we cannot confront this [issue of adapting to the effects] we will not survive," Mizutori added. "We need to look at the risks of not investing in resilience."

    The estimated annual cost of climate-related disasters is $520 billion, the newspaper noted, "while the additional cost of building infrastructure that is resistant to the effects of global heating is only about 3 percent, or $2.7 trillion in total over the next 20 years."

    "This is not a lot of money [in the context of infrastructure spending], but investors have not been doing enough," said Mizutori. "Resilience needs to become a commodity that people will pay for."

    Mizutori said that improving the systems that warn the public of severe weather and expanding awareness of which places and people are most vulnerable could help prevent lower impact disasters. She noted that while urgent work is needed to prepare the developing world, richer countries are also experiencing the consequences of global heating—including devastating wildfires and dangerous heatwaves.

    The adaption measures Mizutori called for include raising—and enforcing— infrastructure standards to make houses and businesses, roads and railways, and energy and water systems more capable of withstanding the impacts of the warming world, which scientists warn will increasing mean more frequent and intense extreme weather events. She also highlighted the potential of "nature-based solutions."

    Peter Strachan—a professor and expert on energy policy, environmental management, and energy transitions at the U.K.'s Robert Gordon University—called the report "staggering" and alerted several environmental and climate advocacy groups on Twitter.

    Sharing The Guardian's article on Twitter, the U.S.-based youth-led Sunrise Movement declared: "This is an emergency. We need political leadership that acts like it."

    "This is why it's so offensive to talk about climate impacting 'our children/grandchildren,'" tweeted War on Want executive director Asad Rehman, referencing a common talking point among U.S., European, and U.N. leaders. "Do people of global South facing disaster every week not deserve the right to life? The answer from rich countries and those who call for net zero by 2050 is a big No."
    'Staggering' UN Warning That Climate Crisis Disasters Now Occur Weekly Provokes Calls for Action https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/07/staggering-un-warning-climate-crisis-disasters-now-occur-weekly-provokes-calls Jessica Corbett, staff writer A "staggering" new warning from a top United Nations official that climate crisis-related disasters are now occurring at the rate of one per week, with developing nations disproportionately at risk, provoked calls for immediate global action to combat the human-caused climate emergency. The warning came in an interview with The Guardian, which reported Sunday: Catastrophes such as cyclones Idai and Kenneth in Mozambique and the drought afflicting India make headlines around the world. But large numbers of "lower impact events" that are causing death, displacement, and suffering are occurring much faster than predicted, said Mami Mizutori, the U.N. secretary-general's special representative on disaster risk reduction. "This is not about the future, this is about today." This means that adapting to the climate crisis could no longer be seen as a long-term problem, but one that needed investment now, she said. "People need to talk more about adaptation and resilience." "We talk about a climate emergency and a climate crisis, but if we cannot confront this [issue of adapting to the effects] we will not survive," Mizutori added. "We need to look at the risks of not investing in resilience." The estimated annual cost of climate-related disasters is $520 billion, the newspaper noted, "while the additional cost of building infrastructure that is resistant to the effects of global heating is only about 3 percent, or $2.7 trillion in total over the next 20 years." "This is not a lot of money [in the context of infrastructure spending], but investors have not been doing enough," said Mizutori. "Resilience needs to become a commodity that people will pay for." Mizutori said that improving the systems that warn the public of severe weather and expanding awareness of which places and people are most vulnerable could help prevent lower impact disasters. She noted that while urgent work is needed to prepare the developing world, richer countries are also experiencing the consequences of global heating—including devastating wildfires and dangerous heatwaves. The adaption measures Mizutori called for include raising—and enforcing— infrastructure standards to make houses and businesses, roads and railways, and energy and water systems more capable of withstanding the impacts of the warming world, which scientists warn will increasing mean more frequent and intense extreme weather events. She also highlighted the potential of "nature-based solutions." Peter Strachan—a professor and expert on energy policy, environmental management, and energy transitions at the U.K.'s Robert Gordon University—called the report "staggering" and alerted several environmental and climate advocacy groups on Twitter. Sharing The Guardian's article on Twitter, the U.S.-based youth-led Sunrise Movement declared: "This is an emergency. We need political leadership that acts like it." "This is why it's so offensive to talk about climate impacting 'our children/grandchildren,'" tweeted War on Want executive director Asad Rehman, referencing a common talking point among U.S., European, and U.N. leaders. "Do people of global South facing disaster every week not deserve the right to life? The answer from rich countries and those who call for net zero by 2050 is a big No."
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