super-hero-232x300Putting it all together like no one else can, Communitopia President and Climate Mama extraordinaire Joylette Portlock knocks it out of the park again with her most recent video in her “Don’t Just Sit There do Something” Series: Flame On.

Take 5 minutes, grab the kids in your life, and learn something about the connections between our extreme cold, pine beetles, Keystone XL and fires in Colorado…(yes, Joylette helps us connect even these seemingly random dots…)

And as always, Joylette empowers us all by giving us suggestions and opportunities do do something about climate change, now. It’s “Do Something Wednesdays…” so join us and do something today!

Thanks Joylette.

Yours,

Climate Mama

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images-1By now it’s “old news” that on December 17th, 2014, New York state banned High Volume Hydraulic Fracking (HVHF). This ban was passed in large part due to the overwhelming evidence presented that HVHF poses unacceptable health risks to individuals and communities. In fact, NY State Acting Commissioner of Health Howard Zucker said clearly and loudly that he would NOT want his children to live or play near a fracking site. This honest and simple statement has made government officials, parents, oil and gas workers as well as folks who have no direct connection to frack sites, wake up and pay attention.

This significant decision by Governor Cuomo – to ban HVHF in NY State – arrived at after detailed input, research and recommendations from technical experts with the expertise and knowledge to make these recommendations, is hugely important and cannot and must not be understated. However, fracking doesn’t and cannot be viewed in isolation nor can it be separated from the infrastructure that is needed to carry, convey and distribute the fracked gas which brings with it the same risks and health concerns, thousands of miles away from gas wells. Continue reading

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Innovate to Mitigate project ideas

Innovate to Mitigate project ideas

“Tell the truth, actions speak louder then words, and don’t be afraid”…our mantra at ClimateMama and how we show our children that we are facing climate change head on and with our eyes wide open.

At times, we all feel that climate change is just “too big” to get our arms around, and for our children especially, our climate crisis can seem completely overwhelming and far out of their control. We know that all of our Climate Mamas and Papas are “on the job” all the time working to create personal and community actions to address the crisis we face and in particular, to show the kids in our lives that we are constantly working to create a sustainable future and now for them. While we at ClimateMama are always pleased to provide you with opportunities to respond to and push back against our climate crisis, we are truly THRILLED when we can share with you an incredible program that the kids in your life can act on directly. Continue reading

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mind-the-store-brandOur Climate Mamas and Papas are committed to live by our ClimateMama mantra: “Tell the Truth, Actions speak louder then words, and Don’t be afraid.”

We are therefore thrilled to be part of the latest component of the Safer Chemicals and Healthy Families, Mind the Store campaign: demanding that furniture manufacturers and retailers rapidly phase out toxic flame retardants from furniture. The campaign has been wildly successful; big furniture companies are now telling the truth about flame retardants. Many companies are taking this very seriously and agreeing to phase out these chemicals quickly and expeditiously. Many companies as well, are showing us that they are not afraid to be heard on this serious issue, and in fact are telling others in their industry to join in and follow their lead. Continue reading

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Photo Credit: We are Seneca Lake

Photo Credit: We are Seneca Lake

On Friday, January 16th, New York mothers and grandmothers braved the winter wind and cold to sing songs, hold up banners and risk arrest, as they joined the citizen’s blockade at Seneca Lake, New York to protect their children’s right to clean air, clean water and a livable, sustainable future and now.

These parents join a long and growing list of musicians, farmers, teachers, local business owners, school children and a wide range of community groups who are part of a sustained public non-violent direct action campaign opposing Texas-based Crestwood-Midstream’s proposal to use old abandoned salt caverns along Seneca Lake to store millions of barrels of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and billions of cubic feet of natural gas. The proposal has generated opposition from over 200 businesses, more than 60 wineries, 11 municipalities and thousands and thousands of residents in the Finger Lakes region and beyond, who are concerned about the threat it poses to public health and safety, one of the state’s largest supplies of drinking water, the local economy, and the area’s growing wine and tourism industry.

Emergency calls to President Obama, U.S. Senators, Congressman, Governor Cuomo and local municipal officials to immediately step in and stop this irresponsible and dangerous project, have gone unheard. Continue reading

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obamaNo challenge — no challenge — poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change. 2014 was the planet’s warmest year on record. Now, one year doesn’t make a trend, but this does — 14 of the 15 warmest years on record have all fallen in the first 15 years of this century.”

President Obama, January 20th, 2015

Climate science centers from all around the world have been chiming in over the past month confirming that 2014 was indeed the warmest year on record since we have been recording global annual temperatures. On January 16th, both the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), confirmed 2014 as the hottest year as well. We are thrilled to bring you a “trip down memory lane” courtesy of NASA’s Laura Faye Tenenbaum, who helps us count off the 10 hottest years on record. This post first appeared on NASA’s Global Climate Change Website on January 22, 2015. With Laura’s permission we are reposting it here on ClimateMama.

The 10 warmest years: Not exactly forever ago
by Laura Faye Tenenbaum

In mid-January, 2015, NASA and NOAA announced that 2014 topped the list of hottest years ever recorded. Yikes! Continue reading

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Used with Permission

Used with Permission

At the start of each New Year, Bill and Melinda Gates outline their goals for their organization – the Gates Foundation – in an Annual Letter. In their 2015 letter, released on January 22st, they also share their goals and hopes for the next 15 years.

This year they have announced one big bet for the next 15 years: “The lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history. And their lives will improve more than anyone else’s.”

As Climate Mamas and Papas, we know full well that the impacts of climate change, which are already upon us, can throw the best laid plans into upheaval. It’s interesting to note that this year’s Gates letter is predicated by the following statement on climate change:

“It is fair to ask whether the progress we’re predicting will be stifled by climate change. The most dramatic problems caused by climate change are more than 15 years away, but the long-term threat is so serious that the world needs to move much more aggressively — right now — to develop energy sources that are cheaper, can deliver on demand, and emit zero carbon dioxide. The next 15 years are a pivotal time when these energy sources need to be developed so they’ll be ready to deploy before the effects of climate change become severe. Bill is investing time in this work personally (not through our foundation) and will continue to speak out about it.”

Some of the highlights in the Gates 2015 Letter include the following breakthroughs: Continue reading

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Large_NYC_MARATHONThe climate solutions starting gun sounded in late 2014 and President Obama charged out of the gate, leading the pack. He immediately took a commanding lead by announcing an historic deal with China to lower greenhouse gas emissions, thereby setting the stage for other countries to make significant cuts in their emissions as well. Rather then continue the rhetoric on climate solutions bantered about on the international stage for more then 20 years, this agreement generated real hope that world leaders will make real commitments, slashing emissions and protecting the world from the worst economic and security risks of climate change when they meet in Paris at the end of this year.

President Obama’s current race for climate solutions follows his Climate Action Plan announced in the summer of 2013 and the subsequent Clean Power Plan in 2014; both of which have as bedrock the lowering of greenhouse gas emissions, in particular from US power plants – both new and existing.

DrawTheLine_LogoThere is much at stake, as we Climate Mamas and Papas know well, and so very, very much to loose. On the face of it President Obama has taken a commanding lead and we applaud and welcome his forceful announcements on the urgency of the climate crisis. Building on his climate plans, the President surged ahead early in 2015 by threatening in not so many words to veto the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, the proverbial “line in the sand” for many climate activists, Climate Mama include! In his 2015 State of the Union (SOTU) address the President pointed to the hypocrisy and obsession that many in the US Congress have with a single oil pipeline as he underscored the need to do more on climate change, based on overwhelming scientific evidence… Continue reading

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sandrasenecaOur Climate Mamas and Papas are sharing with us many of their hopes and dreams for the New Year: healthy children, clean air and water for us all to breath, a meaningful decision in Paris, strong greenhouse gas reductions; and many other important powerful and possible ideas.

We are excited to watch and participate as the climate movement spreads it’s wings in 2015. Parents and grandparents are organizing and coming together around the country to demand a renewable and sustainable future and now for us all.

But what are our children thinking? Over the next few months we will be asking children around the country, of all ages, what their hopes are for this coming year. Ask your children this weekend and share their hopes and dreams with us. We would love to hear from you!

College student and Millennial Michelle Aboodi, one of our star interns at ClimateMama, starts the ball rolling as shares her hopes and resolutions for the New Year with us.

The Environmentalist’s Resolutions
by Michelle Aboodi

As we enter the New Year on the coat tails of Governor Cuomo banning fracking, Mayor de Blasio’s ban restaurants from using plastic foam, and the U.S. and China coming to an agreement on reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 2025, millennials have a lot to be grateful for and a lot of work to do for the future of climate change. The trouble for millennials, as with any generation, is that there are so many causes and so little time. Continue reading

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IMG_6278On Tuesday, January 13th, 2015, all around the United States – parents, children, grandparents, preachers, teachers and farmers – folks from all walks and corners of life will be getting together to host events to show President Obama “we have his back” and stand with him as we all say NO (AGAIN!), to the Keystone XL pipeline and YES to a renewable, sustainable future and now.

Find an event near you. Our ClimateMama will be speaking at an event in Bloomfield, NJ at 4pm. If you happen to be in the neighborhood join us! If not, her message to Climate Mamas and Papas is below. Bottom line: “We are putting our elected officials on notice. We want them to join us and lead the way to a sustainable future or get out of our way as we go there without them.” Continue reading

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