USA | Russell Greene: Democratic Party platform recognises the climate emergency

demo-party-platfo-cover200In Orlando, USA, on 9 July 2016, the platform committee of the Democratic Party added language into their platform acknowledging the official position of the Democratic Party to be that we are in a global climate emergency.

Russell Greene wrote:

The platform acknowledges the scale of the threat to be so large that it will require a leadership response from our country on the scale of our national mobilization to confront the threat of fascism during World War II. The platform language I offered through an amendment entitled, ‘Global Climate Leadership’, explicitly acknowledges that anything short of that will bring catastrophic consequences to civilization:

“Democrats believe it would be a grave mistake for the United States to wait for another nation to lead the world in combating the global climate emergency. In fact, we must move first in launching a green industrial revolution, because that is the key to getting others to follow; and because it is in our own national interest to do so. Just as America’s greatest generation led the effort to defeat the Axis Powers during World War II, so must our generation now lead a World War II-type national mobilization to save civilization from catastrophic consequences.

We must think beyond Paris. In the first 100 days of the next administration, the President will convene a summit of the world’s best engineers, climate scientists, climate experts, policy experts, activists and indigenous communities to chart a course toward the healthy future we all want for our families and communities.”
Page 45 in The Democratic Party Platform

Adopting this language in our platform is courageous. It is bold. It could be said that with the declaration, the Democratic Party has actually stepped out in front of the climate movement in its articulation of the threat, which it seems worthy to note, is appropriately placed as the closing paragraph of the entire platform.

It is my hope that this offers an entry point – a new beginning perhaps, from which we chart our path forward.?

There are two components of this path forward. One is policy. We spend most of our time debating that. The other is the path of connection; of connecting to and reckoning with the truth of what it is we are facing. To find the courage to explicitly and viscerally connect to the depth of the crisis we find ourselves in as human beings in July of 2016. Until we do that – our policy will be inadequate.?

As Hitler marched, the world felt connected to the threat of the Axis Powers and thus unified in agreement in the urgency and scale of our response. ?Our country was ?connected in both horror and resolve after the bombing of Pearl Harbor; clear on what was at stake and determined to do everything in its power to fight for our way of life.

Yet everything we live and work for is under siege right now – but we don’t see it. It’s ephemeral. Vague. We relegate the climate emergency to a surprise attack, even though it’s not a surprise. ?We are under attack right now, yet we look away, and return to other things – to our daily lives. ?And the days pass, and the carbon rises, and the earth heats, and the future holocaust becomes more and more impossible to hold off. ?

Our priority must be to stay focused, steadfast, relentless and honest in the pursuit of that clarity. ?To use our tremendous capacity to think and to feel — to reckon with the whole truth — with courage. Like a parent fighting for the life of their child, we cannot turn away, we cannot flinch.

Russell Greene speaking to the Democratic Platform Committee members

Our representational government with power checked and balanced through its branches moves slowly. ?It’s designed to. ?One would have thought though, that in the 30 years since our Congress first began to confront the reality of a warming planet, when in 1986 Senator John Chafee (R-R.I.) and newly elected Senator Al Gore (D-TN) held hearings on the subject of “Ozone Depletion, the Greenhouse Effect, and Climate Change,” at least one branch of our government would have come to reckon with the existential threat of climate change.?But it has not.?

And now — we are in an emergency situation. We can no longer pretend that our normal system and timelines of government are adequate to meet the moment. The window for gradualism has closed. We are out of time. Business as usual politics, irresponsible mainstream media coverage and a distracted citizenry will result in catastrophic consequences. ?

I expect you just read that last passage and moved immediately beyond it.

It’s too much to hold. ?And so we blink – and move on – back to gradualism. Clinging to the false hope that somehow what it is that we always have done will work this time. It’s our own type of denial. No – certainly not denial like the Republican climate deniers – but, nonetheless, a dangerous denial.

We must step inside. ?We can and must rise to this moment. ?Imagine your children’s lives. ?Step inside that. ?Become your child – not today – but in 30 or 40 years. ?And, as your child – ask yourself — “Mom? Dad? What happened? ?Why didn’t you do something?”

Can you step into that? ?And, can you stay there? Because if you do – if we do, if we step into that truth, and stay there – we’ll know what to do. ?

The Democratic platform now contains language that brings shape to the enormity of the climate crisis, and thanks to Sander’s Policy Director Warren Gunnels, climate leader Bill McKibben, filmmaker Josh Fox and many others begins to point towards policy that we must implement if we are to transition away from fossil fuels and begin to draw down carbon sharply on the path to 100% clean, renewable energy and zero net greenhouse gas emissions.

We got as high up on this particular part of our climb as we could – and we put down a marker. And for that, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Senator Bernie Sanders and the millions of voices of the political revolution. It does not mean it is enough. The policy falls short. But that’s not what party platforms are for. That’s what movements are for.

Now – we must recognize where we are – and climb higher. Much higher. And fast.

We are in an emergency. There is no time for gradualism. We must mobilize.


Russell Greene

Russell Greene is a climate activist from California who helps lead?many organizations including Climate Decision 2016,?Progressive Democrats of America,?Justice Action Mobilzation Network and People Demanding Action.

Russel Greene’s piece was published on 19 July 2016 by Common Dreams and is republished here with permission from the author.

 

 



Bernie Sanders’ influence

Climate action leader Bill McKibben was one of five persons that Bernie Sanders appointed to the 15-man committee that was gathered to prepare the Democratic Party’s program platform. They fought hard, and over an extended process they succeeded to add more and more to the text. In addition to this, during the past year, Hillary Clinton has adopted more and more of Bernie Sanders’ position on the climate emergency. A line was drawn, however, at his call for a total ban on fracking. Much because of Bernie Sanders, there has been so much talking about climate change in the Democratic primary, and commentators now believe that climate action –?unlike in 2008 and 2012 –?will become a central part of the election campaign.

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“Sea level rise is real. Climate science is real. We are here to take action and lead. It is our commandment to be leaders of the future, to look out for the children of the future. Now is our moment.”
David Braun, California, speaking to the Democratic Platform Committee members


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Watch the vote and the emotional speeches in favour of it:

Climate Mobilization Added to Democratic Party Platform!
Russell Greene and David Braun describe the need for a WWII scale climate mobilization, and their amendment is successfully adopted.

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Josh Fox announces historic climate victory for DNC Platform

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– Supports a price on carbon AND methane
– Supports high labor standards in the development of renewable energy
– Supports changing the Clean Power Plan to incentivize renewable energy over fracked gas.
– Requires that new energy infrastructure, like pipelines, must pass the climate test and landowners, communities of color and tribal nations must be consulted.

This is what the ?#?ClimateRevolution? looks like.”



“Democratic Platform Committee members voted in favor of an historic amendment categorizing climate change as a global emergency requiring a World War II-scale mobilization. It’s our job to keep fighting for policies that will keep fossil fuels in the ground and end the fracking nightmare. It will be up to each of us to keep demanding that those in power — regardless of political party — take the needed steps to seriously address our impending climate crisis.”
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Congressional candidate: “Restore a safe climate”

Florida congressional candidate calls for net zero greenhouse gas emissions in the United States already by 2025

By The Climate Mobilization

In an era of catastrophic gradualism and lethal cowardice, Florida congressional candidate Tim Canova has taken a tremendously courageous stand for climate truth and justice in his call for a World War II-scale mobilization that eliminates net greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 and restores a safe climate.

If we are going to have a future, we will need hundreds of principled politicians like Tim Canova for Congress fighting for the national WWII-scale climate mobilization required to save civilization and the natural world.

Tim – a professor of law and pubic finance and longtime populist champion – is running against DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the primaries on August 30th for Florida’s 23rd congressional district.

Like Bernie Sanders, Tim has successfully tapped into voters’ massive dissatisfaction with the status quo, leading an insurgent campaign that has transfixed the country. Going beyond Senator Sanders, Tim has adopted a platform that goes all the way in rising to the historic challenge of the climate emergency. His official climate change platform reads:

“The reality of climate change will demand that we make huge investments in critical infrastructure in the coming years, from reinforcing sea walls and raising streets to protecting our electrical grid and modernizing sewage and water treatment facilities. This is why I have taken the Climate Mobilization Pledge in support of a program on the scale of the World War II mobilization of human, industrial, and financial resources to restore a safe climate. I want the United States to have net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.”

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Combat Climate Change, Build a Clean Energy Economy, and Secure Environmental Justice

Page 28-30 in The Democratic Party Platform, 21 July 2016:

“We are committed to getting 50 percent of our electricity from clean energy sources within a decade, with half a billion solar panels installed within four years and enough renewable energy to power every home in the country. We will cut energy waste in American homes, schools, hospitals, and offices through energy efficient improvements; modernize our electric grid; and make American manufacturing the cleanest and most efficient in the world.
These efforts will create millions of new jobs and save families and businesses money on their monthly energy bills. We will transform American transportation by reducing oil consumption through cleaner fuels, vehicle electrification increasing the fuel efficiency of cars, boilers, ships, and trucks. We will make new investments in public transportation and build bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure across our urban and suburban areas. Democrats believe the tax code must reflect our commitment to a clean energy future by eliminating special tax breaks and subsidies for fossil fuel companies as well as defending and extending tax incentives for energy efficiency and clean energy.

Democrats believe that carbon dioxide, methane, and other greenhouse gases should be priced to reflect their negative externalities, and to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy and help meet our climate goals. Democrats believe that climate change is too important to wait for climate deniers and defeatists in Congress to start listening to science, and support using every tool available to reduce emissions now. Democrats are committed to defending, implementing, and extending smart pollution and efficiency standards, including the Clean Power Plan, fuel economy standards for automobiles and heavy-duty vehicles, building codes and appliance standards.

We are also committed to expanding clean energy research and development.

Democrats recognize the importance of climate leadership at the local level and know that achieving our national clean energy goals requires an active partnership with states, cities, and rural communities where so much of our country’s energy policy is made. We will ensure that those taking the lead on clean energy and energy efficiency have the tools and resources they need to succeed. The federal government should lead by example, which is why we support taking steps to power the government with 100 percent clean electricity.

Democrats are committed to closing the Halliburton loophole that stripped the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of its ability to regulate hydraulic fracturing, and ensuring tough safeguards are in place, including Safe Drinking Water Act provisions, to protect local water supplies. We believe hydraulic fracturing should not take place where states and local communities oppose it. We will reduce methane emissions from all oil and gas production and transportation by at least 40 to 45 percent below 2005 levels by 2025 through common-sense standards for both new and existing sources and by repairing and replacing thousands of miles of leaky pipes. This will both protect our climate and create thousands of good-paying jobs.

We will work to expand access to cost-saving renewable energy by low-income households, create good-paying jobs in communities that have struggled with energy poverty, and oppose efforts by utilities to limit consumer choice or slow clean energy deployment. We will streamline federal permitting to accelerate the construction of new transmission lines to get low-cost renewable energy to market, and incentivize wind, solar, and other renewable energy over the development of new natural gas power plants.

We support President Obama’s decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. As we continue working to reduce carbon dioxide, methane, and other greenhouse gas emissions, we must ensure federal actions do not “significantly exacerbate” global warming. We support a comprehensive approach that ensures all federal decisions going forward contribute to solving, not significantly exacerbating, climate change.

Democrats believe that our commitment to meeting the climate challenge must also be reflected in the infrastructure investments we make. We need to make our existing infrastructure safer and cleaner and build the new infrastructure necessary to power our clean energy future. To create good-paying middle class jobs that cannot be outsourced, Democrats support high labor standards in clean energy infrastructure and the right to form or join a union, whether in renewable power or advanced vehicle manufacturing. During the clean energy transition, we will ensure landowners, communities of color, and tribal nations are at the table.”

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Australia | Christine Milne: ‘Depoliticise the climate emergency’

Radio interview with Christine Milne


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“We are in an emergency, and I think that the more we can use that word the better. At the moment, to a lot of people, that seems like an extreme thing to say, but it is actually an acknowledgement of the physical reality,” said Christine Milne when she was interviewed live on air in The Sustainable Hour on 94.7 The Pulse on 15 June 2016.

The past senator had been asked to respond to a statement by Ian Dunlop, former Australian Coal Association chair and Shell executive, who told listeners of The Sustainable Hour that the problem with the main organisations advocating for climate action is that they feed into a political system which is flawed. Telling our political leaders that ‘we want change’ will no longer suffice, he explained: “We’re being taken for fools by the political system. Politics is broken in this country. Money has stopped the real issues being addressed.”

Christine Milne agreed with Dunlop, saying that to the extent that the fossil fuel industry and the mining industry influences both sides of politics, “we no longer live in a democracy. The parliament is owned by the big corporates. This is the cancer that’s eating Australian democracy.”

Above politics
According to Milne, the answer to that can’t be to abandon the political process, though, because, as she put it: “It’s what we have got.” Rather, she suggested: “What we have to do is radicalise it, and also depoliticise the climate emergency so that it isn’t something that only Labor, the Greens, the Liberals or the Nationals would care about.”

Likewise, Ian Dunlop had emphasised that climate change is not a left or right wing political issue. “This is an existential issue. What we need is a Government of National Unity,” he said.

Milne recommended to focus at the community level: “Ask people to vote, not for themselves but for seven generations. And ask them to talk about that to their neighbours, to people in their workplace. Actually do it from the bottom up, because we are not going to change it by just continuing to support the status quo. As to how fast? I thought that extreme weather events would force people to realise what an emergency we live in. It hasn’t. People are somehow rationalising these extreme weather events. Just ask for the climate maps. Have a look at them and sign [the Climate Emergency Declaration] petition. That is the advice I would give people.”


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Interview transcript

Full transcript of radio interview with Christine Milne on 15 June 2016 on 94.7 The Pulse

Christine Milne: Ian [Dunlop]‘s right and he’s wrong, both at the same time. He’s certainly right, and I’ve written this myself, that the problem is that we’ve had our democracy taken from us. We no longer live in a democracy. I would argue that we live in a plutocracy where the parliament is owned by the big corporates. And it is no different here than it is in America. You see that when you see the extent of the fossil fuel industry and the mining industry’s influence on both sides of politics.

My argument is that we, the people of Australia, have to take our democracy back from the corporate sector, and it’s not until we get parliamentarians who are more responsive to the people than they are to the corporates that we’re going to get the sort of change we need. But we can’t abandon the political process. It’s what we have got. What we have to do is radicalise it, and also depoliticise the climate emergency so that it isn’t something that only Labor or the Greens or the Liberals or the Nationals would care about. It’s something that is almost beyond politics. They always say that when they head off to war somewhere. You know, it’s ‘above politics’, we’re going to go and bomb in the Middle East. It is ‘above politics’ and all sides are going to do that – well the Greens never have of course – but Liberal and Labor are very quick to go into ‘above politics’ when it comes to defence or terrorism, but they won’t do it on climate. I think that is the key to it.

To get to the point where the people force all the political parties to say, this is actually the crisis that the nation has to respond to, and urgently, and then this is how we are going to do it.”

Anthony Gleeson: At the moment, it seems to me that the politicians… – do you think they don’t realise the emergency that’s coming? I just can’t come to grips with the fact that they’re making decisions that are going to have a direct negative impact on the world in which their kids and grandkids are going to grow up. Is there a politician that is separate to the human being? Is that how it works?

“Well it is how it works to the extent that they know. It is absolutely an excuse for them to say, Oh – and I said that when the carbon price was repealed and the attack on the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and ARENA – I said at the time, you wait. In twenty years they’ll say, if only we’d known at the time. Well they do know. They read every aspect of what the Reserve Bank has to say. They read and go over and analyse. They could do exactly the same with the climate science if they wanted to, but their vested interests that put them there are more or less paying them not to.

So it is no excuse to say that they don’t know. They do. I remember a classic was – one of the reasons I went into the Senate in 2004 was to get this issue of global warming on the agenda because it wasn’t even on the political agenda federally at the time – and Ron Boswell was there for the National party and I was talking about sea level rise, and he said, he had a yacht and his house had a balcony that overlooked the sea, and he had never seen the sea rising. And I just thought, we’ve got some work to do here! But. over the years, they all know exactly what is going on, but they look at where their dollars are coming from. They bury reports on the devastating impact of sea level rise on coastal areas because they fear that if they come out and tell people that their areas are vulnerable, then that will drop the property value and people will vote against them at the next election. That’s the kind of thinking that goes on.

You still get it with all the coal mining areas. It’s obvious there should be no new coal mines and no expanded coal mines, and yet they won’t come out and say that because they fear the backlash from people employed in the industry. Labor fears the Unions, and Liberals fear the corporates who own the mines. So that’s the kind of political reality they engage in, but they know, so they can’t be excused on the grounds that they didn’t know. They make short-term political decisions based on whether they think people will elect them. That’s where the real crunch comes. At this election, people should not vote for anybody who refuses to say, absolutely and clearly, that A: that they won’t take donations from fossil fuel in any shape or form, and B: that they won’t support new coal, expanded coal, coal seam gas.

It’s obvious you have to do that, and if they won’t, and they’re not serious about the climate, then you shouldn’t vote for them. But ultimately people will vote for them. That’s what the polls are showing. People will still vote for the people that they know are not acting in their long-term interest.”

Mik Aidt: We are seeing that with the Climate Emergency Declaration petition. It is such an important petition, but only 2,500 Australians have signed it so far, and it it is going slow with getting new petition signatures.

“Imagine if there were two or three cases of Zika virus in Melbourne, and you put out a petition on doing something about that. You’d have millions overnight, and yet you’ve got these extreme weather events that are killing people, destroying ecosystems, destroying areas, ruining farmland, destroying stock and the whole lot, and people will just say, Oh, we’ve always had droughts and storms, and we’ve always had fires, this is just the same. There’s almost this mental block where – if people actually accept that we are living in a climate emergency, and it’s this question, will people sign a petition or not, well even if they don’t, they’re going to have to face the fact that the physical reality of the earth tells us that we are living in a climate emergency whether people are prepared to declare it or not. At some point they are going to have to sign up to it.

Christiana Figueres, who led the UNFCCC until recently, said she’s never seen a human being motivated by bad news. That’s why she talks in terms of hope all the time. But the reality is, you only get going on the solutions if you really believe we’ve got a problem. I think that the real importance of this emergency declaration is to get people to actually focus on the fact that people are prepared to put their name to the fact that we are living in a climate emergency.

And then the second thing is the solutions, because the transition will be disruptive, but it also means there will be new jobs and new innovations. You just have to look at that in the renewable energy sector. There are a lot of jobs to be had in retrofitting our buildings, which are large emitters. There’s a lot of work to be done, but a great outcome, in improving public transport, improving cycle-ways, the amenity of cities for pedestrians, the electrification of the transport fleet. There’s just so many good things that can happen, quickly, if people decide that that is their priority.”

Aidt: That’s right. And now we have this report which came out this morning from the Climate Council saying that if we move to 50% renewable energy by 2030, that in itself would create 28,000 new jobs here in Australia. 28,000!

“Absolutely, but you have to ask yourself, why is the climate change authority just modelling 50% by 2030. Why aren’t they modelling 100%. Now that is my frustration.”

Mike Lawrence: It’s my frustration too –?Mike Lawrence in the studio here – and it’s been shown it can be done in 10 years or so. Do you think an end to political donations, full stop, would make a difference in the culture of politics so that people can think far more independently?

“I think it is essential. I think it is essential and we’ve campaigned for a long time for public funding of elections and a limit, therefore, on how much can be spent, and that being very heavily enforced. And that’s why I’ve also always argued that you also need a national ICAC, because it is the third parties – if you go to public funding where politicians or political parties have to rely on public funding, then you get the IPAs of the world, the Minerals Council and all the rest of them running their big ads and you have to restrict the third party intervention as well. But I couldn’t agree more!

The crux of it, as I said in the essay I wrote when I resigned from the Senate, which is, you know, that things are crook in Tullarook! I said, we are not going to win on climate, we are not going to win on inequality, until we take our democracy back from corporate money. It’s just so clear to me that that is the cancer that’s eating Australian democracy. If you look at the ICAC in NSW, at the number of leases that have been granted, illegally and fraudulently by politicians on both Liberal, Labor, and National sides, to those corporations and them pocketing the money.”

Lawrence: Football teams have salary caps…

“I really encourage people to proactively use their vote, to vote for what they want, not for the least worst of what they think is on offer. It’s so important. We have to change this because otherwise, we are going to see Carmichael. If the Galilee Basin is opened up in Queensland, it is an absolute disaster for the planet.

I’ve been doing a lot of work on renewables, looking at what’s happening around the world, and it’s very clear that the climate will be won or lost in Asia. If those new coal-fired power stations, coal mines, and ports that are already approved in Asia are built, we cannot achieve – we’re certainly beyond 1.5°C already, but we can’t even achieve 2°C. So that issue of Australia exporting coal into the region really, really matters. But you’ve got both Liberal and Labor saying, Oh, you know, we care, we’re going to do something about the reef, we’re going to do this and that, but both support opening up Carmichael to coal.

And, interestingly, this new Asia Bank – infrastructure bank that’s being set up by the Chinese and that Australia has entered into – has not ruled out using its money to subsidise infrastructure that would support those coal ports and coal-fired power stations in Asia, so in a way, Australia’s billion dollars going into that bank is yet another corporate welfare effort to support coal exports out of Australia.”

Aidt: What’s going to change the climate debate? What’s going to get people involved?

“Well, I think we have to start at the community level. It’s great that we’ve got independent community radio where we can actually go out there and speak to people. Ask people to vote, not for themselves but for seven generations. And ask them to talk about that to their neighbours, to people in their workplace. Actually do it from the bottom up, because we are not going to change it by just continuing to support the status quo. As to how fast? I thought that extreme weather events would force people to realise what an emergency we live in. It hasn’t. People are somehow rationalising these extreme weather events. Just ask for the climate maps. Have a look at them and sign this petition. That is the advice I would give people.”

Gleeson: You sound very much like a baton carrier with that one, Christine.

“I certainly am. Absolutely! I’ve just come back from the States where you’ve got whole states reliant on the Colorado River and living as if it doesn’t matter. And yet they are inevitably, Nevada, Arizona, and California, are going to be fighting over water before we’re very much further down the track.”

Gleeson: Yeah, and they’re in the same country. Let’s look at what’s happening in China and India and the glacial melt. It’s just beyond thought, really.

“Yes it is, absolutely, we are in an emergency, and I think that the more we can use that word the better. At the moment, to a lot of people, that seems like an extreme thing to say, but it is actually an acknowledgement of the physical reality.”

[ENDS]


Christine Milne is former senator and was leader of the Australian Greens from 2012 to 2015.

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Sky News: What happens as the world warms up

Climate Change: What Happens If The World Warms Up By 5°C?

Published on youtube.com on 3 December 2015
“With forests burning, rivers vanishing and continents carved up by toxic oceans, a world where global temperatures have risen by six degrees would be a bleak one – and almost no environment could sustain human life.”

Climate Change: What Happens If The World Warms Up By 4°C?

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“After the devastating effects of a 3°C rise in global temperatures, it may become impossible to stop increasing rises.”

Climate Change: What Happens If The World Warms Up By 3°C?

Published on youtube.com on 29 November 2015
“Even if global warming is limited to 2°C, the chances of avoiding a 3°C increase are slim – and that could set off a devastating spiral of climate change.”

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“Two degrees is the target for limiting the global temperature increase. But even that limit will have a dramatic effect on the world’s climate.”

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