Our opportunity to address climate change comes when there is culture wide recognition that our human economy must limit our collective emissions to what can be sequestered (removed through photsynthesis, mineralization or technology). When society recognizes that limit, we must address how to share that limit fairly. Eli develops the concept of a fair share of emissions where if the world averaged this amount, we would achieve net zero carbon emissions economy as referenced in the 2015 Paris Climate Accord.
Costa Rica is given as a gold standard for low emissions whilst upholding a happy and functioning society – with only 1.9 tons of CO2 emitted per person per year. But how can the USA, emitting more than 19 tons of CO2 per person per year move towards being more sustainable without a hindrance to the well being of its people? Eli’s estimate of a fair share of emissions is 2.6 tons CO2 per year
Fishpaw explores the limitations of strategies such as Cap and Trade which separates individuals and industry, instead seeking means to incentivize making improvements to our consumption system. Through explaining carbon pricing as a viable policy that communicates emissions in transaction cost, Fishpaw an in-depth exploration of carbon tax strategies that allow us to understand why it is important to bring about change.
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Three corporations want to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants at the Port of Brownsville, Texas.
The Rio Grande Valley community needs people to write to French banks and any other financial institutions funding and supporting three proposed LNG facilities, which are to be located on a two-lane road, Rte 48, along the Brownsville Ship Channel near South Padre Island and Port Isabel.
Dr. Sarah Bishop Merrill has written a letter requesting a TCEQ Public Meeting on Centurion’s Heavy Condensate Upgrader Facility proposed for the region, the Lower Rio Grande Valley, near the Port, Brownsville Ship Channel and the Bahia Grande Wildlife Refuge.
They also need general support in their fight against the harmful effects of the oil and gas industry, in particular, the fracking in Texas, which has been poisoning the water supply and stimulating earthquakes at faults.
Check out their Facebook group “Save RGV from LNG” for more information.
Valerie Joy from the Australia Yearly Meeting voiced her concerns about her healthcare insurance provider, Medibank’s, investment in fossil fuels companies. Read her letter here to gain some inspiration for your own affirmative actions.
Towards a green and fair energy system for all: This QPSW booklet explores how we could build a just and sustainable energy system in the UK in tune with Quaker testimony.
Across the UK, Quakers are taking action on fracking. This briefing explains why our governments should ban fracking and suggests ways that you can take action.
Advice for meetings: Following the divestment of Britain Yearly Meeting’s central funds in 2013, Quaker meetings around Britain are also divesting from fossil fuels. Drawing on their experience, in this guide we outline the process for raising and completing divestment.
If you would like to learn more about the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus and lobby your representative at the US Congress click here.
A Faithful and Moral Call to Conscience: The U.S. Congress is pivotal to national and global efforts to meet the challenge of climate disruption. However, for Congress to be part of the solution, leadership is needed from members of both political parties.
Bob Schultz, a member of Friends Committee for National Legislation’s General Committee and a dedicated citizen lobbyist, has been working for years to cultivate bipartisan political will to address climate change in Congress. Read about his success story here.