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Remembering activist Wangari Maathai through film

Article: Remembering activist Wangari Maathai through film

It’s been a tough couple of months for heroes of the environmental and sustainability movements. Sustainable business pioneer Ray Anderson passed away from cancer in August, and now Wangari Maathai, Kenyan Nobel peace prize laureate and founder of the Green Belt Movement has also lost her own battle with the disease. Described as “a force of nature” by the executive director of the United Nations’ environmental program, Maathai recognized connections between environmental degradation, poverty and women’s rights in her home country, and she aimed to address all of these issues through one of the simplest of acts: planting trees.

Construction Industry Could Trim Climate Emissions Cheaply

Article: Construction Industry Could Trim Climate Emissions Cheaply

POZNAN, Poland, December 8, 2008 (ENS) – Energy use in buildings accounts for one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions, but the potential of the construction sector to combat climate change has not been tapped, according to a new report issued by the United Nations Environment Programme. The report was released Saturday to governments meeting in…

Youth Power Voters Get Out the Green Vote

Article: Youth Power Voters Get Out the Green Vote

WASHINGTON, DC, November 3, 2008 (ENS) – In the countdown to election day, the national, non-partisan youth campaign Power Vote has been active across the country to make sure young people turn out in record numbers to vote for clean energy, climate protection and green job creation. For the last few days, Power Voters have…

Hope for Florida's Wildlife Emerges From Climate Meeting

Article: Hope for Florida's Wildlife Emerges From Climate Meeting

ORLANDO, Florida, October 7, 2008 (ENS) – “The power of people can make a huge difference in our success in dealing with climate change,” said Nobel laureate Dr. Jean Brennan at the closing session of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s climate change summit on Friday. The FWC spent three days with wildlife, environment…

Gore Warns of Sub-Prime Carbon Catastrophe

Article: Gore Warns of Sub-Prime Carbon Catastrophe

NEW YORK, New York, September 27, 2008 (ENS) – “I believe we’ve reached the stage where it is time for civil disobedience to prevent the construction [applause] of new coal plants that do not have carbon capture and sequestration,” Al Gore declared at the opening session of the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting this week…

Florida Tries to Shield Wildlife From Climate Change

Article: Florida Tries to Shield Wildlife From Climate Change

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, August 3, 2008 (ENS) – Florida’s wildlife will face unprecedented consequences associated with climate change, warns the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, FWC, a government agency that is organizing a conference in Orlando this month to find ways of protecting Florida species in a warming world. Florida is inhabited by endangered and…

New York City Hosts Summit on Public Health and Climate Change

Article: New York City Hosts Summit on Public Health and Climate Change

NEW YORK, New York, June 27, 2008 (ENS) – Government officials and policymakers from 30 cities meeting in New York City have spent the past two days considering urban public health issues related to global warming. The “Public Health and Climate Change: The Urban Policy Connection” summit began Thursday at Columbia University, and continued today…

Slash Global Warming Gases Now Urge 1,700 Scientists, Economists

Article: Slash Global Warming Gases Now Urge 1,700 Scientists, Economists

WASHINGTON, DC, June 2, 2008 (ENS) – Hundreds of the nation’s most prominent scientists and economists have issued a first-ever joint statement calling on policymakers to require immediate, deep reductions in heat-trapping emissions that cause global warming. “Failure to act now is the most risky and most expensive thing we could do,” warns statement co-author…

Billion Tree Campaign Flowers Into Seven Billion Tree Campaign

Article: Billion Tree Campaign Flowers Into Seven Billion Tree Campaign

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 14, 2008 (ENS) – The UN’s campaign to plant one billion trees has been so successful that it was expanded Tuesday to become a Seven Billion Tree Campaign. In just 18 months, the original Billion Tree Campaign has inspired the planting of two billion trees, double its original target. The effort is…

First Seeds Placed in Arctic Global Seed Vault

Article: First Seeds Placed in Arctic Global Seed Vault

LONGYEARBYEN, Norway, February 26, 2008 (ENS) – The Svalbard Global Seed Vault opened today on a remote island in the Arctic Circle, receiving the first shipments of what will be a collection of 100 million seeds from more than 100 countries. Unique varieties of the African and Asian food staples maize, rice, wheat, cowpea, and…

Gore Exhorts UN Climate Conference to Act Now

Article: Gore Exhorts UN Climate Conference to Act Now

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Al Gore addresses delegates at Bali. (Photo courtesy Earth Negotiations Bulletin) NUSA DUA, Bali Indonesia, December 13, 2007 (ENS) – “The Earth has a rising fever,” Nobel Peace Prize laureate Al Gore told delegates at the United Nations climate change conference today. The former U.S. vice president said that the need…

Gore Nobel Lecture: Time to Make Peace With the Planet

Article: Gore Nobel Lecture: Time to Make Peace With the Planet

OSLO, Norway, December 10, 2007 (ENS) – Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore said today that there still is time to forestall the most disastrous impacts of climate change, but only if the world community unites and acts immediately. In his lecture upon acceptance of the prize he shares with the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel…

Why You Should "Join Al Gore In Bali"

Article: Why You Should "Join Al Gore In Bali"

Al Gore is going to address world leadership at the climate conference in Bali. After just winning the Nobel Peace Prize, Gore can advise this conference with an indisputably important message about climate change [www.sundance.tv]. He is going to bring a petition with him when he visits the conference. The aim of the petition is…

Green For All

Article: Green For All

Van Jones is a journalist and an activist. Normally people would associate his work with civil rights and human rights, but since Al Gore received the Nobel Peace Prize, we have seen some evidence that these issues are inextricably connected to the green movement. Issues of poverty, lifestyle and carbon footprint all contribute to a…