Category: Environment

When it comes to climate, timing is everything...

Three Years to Safeguard Our Climate

by Marilyn McNabb
Citizens Climate Lobby activist & former Lincoln Electric System Board Member

The “Three Years to Safeguard Our Climate” report came out in June to address the July G20 Summit. Its lead signer was Christiana Figueres, the UN’s climate change chief during the achievement of the Paris Agreement. The good news, it said, was that the temperature goals of the Paris agreement were still possible if global emissions begin to fall by 2020. But if emissions rise or remain level, then probably not. As Skeptical Science put it, the point of the report is that “the window of opportunity for meaningful action is fast closing and we have about three years left.” A second report titled “Well Under 2 Degrees Celsius” came out in September with exactly the same conclusion.

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Turn Your Worry About Climate Change into Hope

by Mark Welsch, Co-Leader of Citizens’ Climate Lobby-Omaha Chapter
& NFP Omaha Coordinator

A great opportunity is coming up for you to make a big difference to help stop global warming from getting much worse. Yes, you can help stop it! Just a few minutes of your time will help over a thousand of us who will be lobbying your member of Congress (MOC) in Washington, D.C. on June 13th—to urge them to take action on passing a revenue-neutral law to tax fossil fuels and pay people all of that money. This is the single most tactic for halting global warming in our lifetimes.

To change your worry about global warming and climate change into hope, join us by taking the following easy, quick and influential actions:

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Video of the Climate Scientists at the Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting

The following video shows the Nebraska Peace Foundation asking Warren Buffet and the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway to divest from fossil fuels. Climate Change needs to be the topic of conversation at all large corporate meetings. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVUi_CBFUfg&feature=youtu.be

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Statement from 2017 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting

The Nebraska Peace Foundation put forth a resolution at the Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders meeting on May 6, 2017, asking Warren Buffet and his shareholders to divest from fossil fuel. Though we were dismissed without comment by Warren Buffett, we still think it is important that the statements given by the testifiers be read by all. The following are the statements made at the meeting regarding our resolution. Click HERE for a link to the video of the presentation.

Michael Mann Remarks
Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder Meeting May 6, 2017

Dr. Michael E. Mann, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center, is internationally renowned for his ground-breaking research on climate change—including the famed “hockey stick curve.” The author of more than 200 publications and three books, Professor Mann was selected by Bloomberg News as one of the fifty most influential people in 2013. His most recent book, co-authored with Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Tom Toles, is The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy. mann@psu.edu

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Climate Change Experts to Address Warren Buffett on Fossil Fuel Divestment Proposal

Three nationally prominent climate scientists will attend the 2017 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholder Meeting Saturday May 6 to urge the company’s divestment of its fossil fuel holdings. Dr. Michael Mann, Dr. Richard Somerville and Retired Rear Admiral David Titley will each take a turn at the microphone to speak in support of the Nebraska Peace Foundation shareholder proposal calling for Berkshire Hathaway to completely divest from fossil fuels over the next twelve years.

“We are honored that three such eminent climate scientists have volunteered to come to the 2017 Shareholder Meeting to directly address Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, Bill Gates and the other Berkshire Hathaway board members about the growing peril of climate change,” said Loyal Park, Nebraska Peace Foundation president. “The science clearly states that, to avert the worst effects of climate disruption, we must begin reducing our carbon emissions, starting today. Continued investment in fossil fuels—in coal, in oil, in natural gas and in tar sands—will make it all but impossible to keep global temperatures from rising above 2 degrees Celsius, jeopardizing any chance we have to limit the destruction and chaos of climate change. We have no choice but to start winding down our fossil fuel use now and invest full bore in clean energy sources like wind and solar.”

In its statement urging a vote against the divestment proposal, the Berkshire Hathaway board of directors declared that the company “should not limit its universe of potential investments based upon complex social and moral issues.” That the Berkshire Hathaway board would take such a narrow view on climate change, Mr. Park said, tells the Nebraska Peace Foundation that the company’s directors haven’t yet grasped the overarching threat global warming poses economically and environmentally—let alone the social and moral implications.

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