Archive: 02/2016

Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si: On the Care of Our Common Home Handout

The Lincoln Chapter of Nebraskans for Peace held an event on Monday night, February 22, 2016, about the Encyclical written by Pope Francis concerning the state of the environment and the environmental crisis we are facing. The event attendees found the information given at the event to be so helpful, they requested the information be posted on our website and sent out as an email. Below you will find the information given out at the event directing you to the many links you can check out to learn more.

WHAT TO DO about Care of Our Common Home? Some starter ideas.

  1. For Carbon Fee and Dividend Legislation -- Citizens’ Climate Lobby
    https://citizensclimatelobby.org/ See the short video and check the box that says, “Do you want to know more? Join our introductory call.” Call co-chairs Becky Seth 402-580-9408 or Jean Lewis 402-464-8644 for info on the Lincoln Chapter.

  2. For the Green Climate Fund -- Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light
    http://www.nebraskaipl.org
    http://texasimpact.org/content/green-climate-fund
    Green fund update: http://www.climatefundsupdate.org/listing/green-climate-fund
    UN press on Green fund http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=52485#.Vqz87zYUU3E
    IPL Executive Director Rev. Kim Morrow is at 402-405-9425 and kim@nebraskaipl.org

  3. For Years of Living Dangerously videos, 2014 and 2016
    http://yearsoflivingdangerously.com 
    You can stream YOLD 2014 on Netflix or buy the dvd, check it out from Bennett Martin library, or borrow it from Marilyn. If you can watch only one episode, Number 8 is recommended about Bangladesh (sea level rise), Yemen (water scarcity) and inner city U.S. (heat wave health effects) illustrating how the poorest people are most affected by climate instability. http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/09/17/3702263/national-geographic-years-living-dangerously
    Dates in 2016 to be announced.

  4. For the 600 million solar lights for Africa by 2020 project
    http://www.solar-aid.org See the short video. They are a charity. If you buy their solar light, for about $22.00, they’ll send three to Africa.
    http://www.solar-aid-eco-shop.co.uk/collections/products The lights you can buy.
    http://sunnymoney.org  Sells low cost solar lights through school networks in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Uganda. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremy_Leggett The founder of Solarcentury which funds Solaraid and Sunnymoney. He chairs Carbon Tracker, a research group.

  5. For the Wonderbag, a way to cook food "aimed at societies where fuel is expensive or time-consuming to gather." The goal is to promote the use of Wonderbag worldwide. For every Wonderbag bought in the U.S., one is donated to a family in Africa. Wonderbag is sold through Amazon for $68 with a recommended silicon potholder, $15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonderbag  
    http://wonderbagworld.com
    "Wonderbag is a non-electric, heat-retention cooker that allows food that has been brought to a boil, to continue cooking after it has been removed from the fuel source. 750,000 bags have been distributed, first round of carbon credits registered and issued, production capabilities in Rwanda, Mexico and Turkey with launches in Kenya, Nigeria and Somaliland. 14,000 bags have been sold in the UK, Europe and USA, with a buy-one-give-one model . . ." 
    Here is a good interview with the creator of wonderbag about why it's important. http://www.climateactionprogramme.org/climate-leader-interviews/sarah_collins_wonderbags_founder_explains_how_her_invention_is_changing_liv
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Nuclear Disarmament a Victim of the 2016 National Security State

by Loring Wirbel
Citizens for Peace in Space
Colorado Springs, Colorado

The Paris attacks of November 13 and the subsequent domestic terrorism events in Colorado and California killed more than just civil liberties in the waning days of 2015. Nuclear disarmament and arms control—already on life support since the NATO standoff with Russia began—has been universally snubbed, defeated and ignored. It’s bound to be a grim presidential-election year to come.

The U.S. and Russia maintain close to 15,000 nuclear warheads, split almost evenly between the two countries. President Obama pledged in his first year of office to reduce U.S. nuclear weapons by a third. But Michael Sainato said in a December 1 blog item in Huffington Post that Obama had done almost nothing to practically reduce those numbers. The Federation of American Scientists said he had done the least to implement arms reduction of any president in the nuclear era. In fact, a new nuclear arms modernization effort for land ICBMs, sea ICBM and bombers began under Obama that will cost the U.S. $963 billion—nearly $1 trillion—between now and 2040. And Obama is not encouraged to think otherwise. The Sept/Oct 2015 issue of Foreign Affairs, the house organ of the Council on Foreign Relations, was a special issue on the history of Obama’s foreign policy. Editor Gideon Rose ridiculed Obama for daring to believe in nuclear disarmament in 2009, and praised the realism of the new Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter.

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