Happy Valentine’s Day, Dear Earth, #LoveOurPlanetNotPollution

Some of us have been meeting at the Southampton library to discuss ways we can scale up existing efforts that draw down carbon from the atmosphere, based on the top 100 solutions outlined in the New York Times bestseller Drawdown: the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming.  

The book’s 100 best practices and technologies measure and model ways we are already substituting fossil fuels with renewable clean energy, being more efficient, conserving, and even sequestering CO2 emissions.  It is a matter of scale.  The science reveals if we scale up our best practices, big-time, we can roll back greenhouse gas emissions — reverse the buildup of CO2 — reverse global warming by 2050.

There is much laughter at the meetings, and sometimes I tear up.  So, we can actually cut the gloom and doom, and see our reality as an invitation to build, innovate and effect change?  A pathway for creativity, an opportunity for an economy humming with innovation, for a renewable energy future with cleaner air, better health, more involved communities?

I share this 3 minute video, a positive hi-tech and low-tech overview.

Reading Drawdown I was surprised to learn that top solutions (#3 and #4) have to do with food —what we eat, what we throw away, where we buy our food.  Individually, in our families, and as a community, we can make choices that have huge impacts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).  

Food waste alone is big (#3), generating 4.4 gigatons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year (8% of GHG emissions).  Food waste from farm to fork generates emissions at every stage.  We Americans throw out 1/3 of our food.  If 50% of food waste is reduced by 2050, 26.2 gigaton emissions could be avoided, also avoiding deforestation needed for additional farmland.  How?  Willful food waste dominates at the consumer level.  So then, eat what you buy, make delicious “leftover” soups, buy “ugly” produce, enjoy kitchen creativity — all big CO2 reducers and money savers.  I can do that.

On a community level, buying locally and encouraging markets and restaurants to reallocate unpurchased food for reuse by farmers, entrepreneurs, food banks, even business or community composting efforts will reduce GHG.  Can’t we do that?

Composting, by the way, is the CO2-smart way to handle any food waste.  From backyard bins to commercial operations, composting creates an incredibly valuable fertilizer.  Allowing your organic waste to end up in a landfill, absent oxygen, produces the potent GHG methane (34x more powerful than CO2).  Note: Copenhagen has not sent any organic waste to landfills in 25 years, reaping savings, fertilizer production and carbon mitigation.  Can’t we do that too?

Perhaps the healthiest lifestyle change you can make is not-doing something — what I call the Fish+Farmstand Diet, or Once A Week Red Meat.   Surprise: beef cattle are 1/5 of global emissions.  Eating the Mediterranean diet, more fish, fruit, veggies, grains, will keep you from heart disease, stroke, diabetes and you will feel great.  Source your red meat from silvopasture farms, which reduce methane emissions 10x more than treeless farms (storing carbon in the trees and soil and 0 fertilizer use).  From enriching a pasture with trees for shade to grazing in relatively dense wooded areas, Cornell Extensions across the state are helping expand silvopasturing to economically benefit farmers — a win, win, win.  Why not silvopasture here? 

Finally, the big accelerator for drawing down carbon from the atmosphere, the top #1 solution, is a national effort.  Rather than have government subsidize oil companies as we do now, a 2019 bi-partisan bill would provide an economic incentive to substitute fossil fuels with clean renewable energy.  Wouldn’t that jump-start be terrific?

Updating here from a previous blog, the bill’s full name is H.R.763 – To create a Carbon Dividend Trust Fund for the American people in order to encourage market-driven innovation of clean energy technologies and market efficiencies which will reduce harmful pollution and leave a healthier, more stable and more prosperous nation for future generations. It is sponsored by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), and co-sponsored by Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) and 11 Democrats, including most recently Yvette Clarke of New York.

Carbon emissions would reduce 90% by 2050 exceeding the Paris Climate goals and the Clean Power plan.  American households would receive monthly dividend checks increasing from $600, $1,400, and $2,600 for each household in the first, fourth, and ninth years of policy implementation.  Yes, gas would go up 19 cents a gallon, and a Yale study found that seniors, lower and mid-income and small towns benefit the most financially.  The bill is transparent, market-based, does not enlarge government, leaves energy decisions to individual choices, provides thousands of clean energy jobs, cleans the air, and gives us a dividend check, each month, for 30 years.  A healthier you chooses how you spend it. 

Interestingly, the Green New Deal does not include carbon pricing.  As Josh Siegel of the Washington Examiner, noted in “Republican lawmakers face pressure to propose ‘Green New Deal’ alternative” this leaves an opening for Republicans like Mr. Rooney and other Floridians who have taken the lead in co-sponsoring carbon tax legislation.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/energy/republican-lawmakers-face-pressure-to-propose-green-new-deal-alternative

More movement is taking place in Washington, as Madame Speaker Pelosi has reconstituted the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, which she had created as speaker in 2007-2011.

H.R. 763 is a well-researched bi-partisan jump-start to reverse global warming and importantly gets our economy humming with innovation.  The timing is good now to make it happen and Senators/Congressman needs to hear from you.  Call.  Write a post card. Write a letter to the editor. 

More information on our local Drawdown East End effort to be posted soon!

Mary Foster Morgan  

Co-Leader  

Citizens Climate Lobby NYS – LI East

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Trump (and Zeldin) are creating MS13’s across America

On Feb 5, 2019, at 7:36 AM, Judith Hope wrote:

“It’s all about spotlighting MS13 to inflame support for his Wall. It needs to be said (often & loudly) that gang violence is largely a result of young people who have been separated from parental influence.  Trump and the GOP have separated thousands of young children & youths from their families at the border, and LOST TRACK of them! They are responsible for creating future MS13’s all over America.”
I don’t know many gang members!  But I know of one example (hear say info). They are a set of brothers.  The younger one was born prematurely because his mother was beat up by his dad when she was 26 weeks pregnant.  The mother later died of unknown causes and the father was essentially absentee, siring many children from different partners.  He was a wife beater.  The 2 boys (both born in this country) were picked up by the Latin Kings and taught how to become car thiefs.  They both spent time in jail.  They can be violent.  They never had parents…

 

Relevant posts:
1) From Perry Gershon’s FB page:
3) Livestream congressional hearing “Examining the Failures of the Trump Administration’s Inhumane Family Separation Policy” – TODAY

4) Feb 10, Sunday at 12:30: Where Are The Children Protest RallyRt 110 and Jericho Tpke Huntington

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Racist Dog Whistle from Lee Zeldin

The Huffington Post reports: GOP Congressman Spent His Week Harassing a Muslim Colleague On Twitter!

“Rep. Lee Zeldin’s Twitter attack against Rep. Ilhan Omar is a classic racist dog whistle.”

 

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Rep. Ilhan Omar’s opponents have looked for every opportunity to portray the Somali-born Muslim lawmaker as a threat to Jewish Americans.

 

 

The response:

United Grassroots Coalition of Long Island rebukes Rep. Lee Zeldin in response to hateful and dehumanizing remarks to MN Rep.Ilhan Omar on official Government Twitter account, demands immediate apology.

As Long Islanders, as neighbors and allies of the Muslim community, we stand in direct opposition to the hateful and dehumanizing statements of Representative Lee Zeldin. Rep. Zeldin’s rhetoric and bullying of MN Representative Omar on his official government Twitter account was abhorrent. Rep. Zeldin has long touted his bipartisanship and zeal in being an ethical elected official, but these remarks are neither bipartisan nor ethical.  Mr. Zeldin represents a diverse, multinational district, as well as the regional interests of all Long Island residents in Congress. However, his comments represent the worst divisions of our country. We would like to remind him that as the elected representative of Americans from Minnesota she deserves his full respect and courtesy, as does every Muslim in his own Congressional District. We demand that he end the use of this official social media platform to spew hatred, racism, and sexism.

The agreement to have a meeting will only be successful if Rep. Zeldin apologizes for his disrespectful and dehumanizing behavior and is willing to discuss the ending of all hatred and discrimination. He should agree to not limit his Resolution 72 to only anti-Israel and anti-semitism, but to include hatred against all religions, races, and genders.

In addition, we are calling on our elected officials on both sides of the aisle to denounce this public attack on his colleague. We ask that they join us in calling for Rep. Zeldin to apologize. We ask for every elected official to stand up for civil discourse and demand respect for the office and people Rep Omar serves.

 

United Grassroots Coalition of Long Island is a coalition of activist groups based on Long Island working towards creating a more just society by increasing civic engagement with government and politics.

Suffolk Progressives

Suffolk County DSA

Long Island Activists

Progressive East End Reformers/NYPAN

NY’s Second District Democrats

Huntington Young Dems

Latinos Unidos de Long Island

Together We Will LI

Resist & Replace

Long Island Inclusive Communities Against Hate

Flip Long Island

East End Action Network

Show Up Long Island

Muslims For Progress

Let’s Visit Lee Zeldin

Hon. Christine Pellegrino,

Fmr  NYS Assemblywoman, District 9

Perry Gershon,

Democratic Congressional Nominee 2018, NY-1

 

 

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Greta Thunberg, What Can We Do? Individual + National Actions

Dear Friends,

David Posnett recently posted a compelling video of 16 year old Greta Thunberg reading a letter “Our House is On Fire” at Davos.  “I want you to panic” she says.

It is worth finding other news about her, and absorbing her clear, crystal clear, alarm bell.  In one, with her father on a science panel, an audience member asks what can be done?  They all agreed: nations can put a price on carbon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiD04TRwebQ

Many of us have been following and analyzing the two carbon pricing bills introduced this past December by the House and Senate.  This is excellent work.

There is news this week:  the 2018 bill has been reintroduced:  H.R.763 – To create a Carbon Dividend Trust Fund for the American people in order to encourage market-driven innovation of clean energy technologies and market efficiencies which will reduce harmful pollution and leave a healthier, more stable and more prosperous nation for future generations.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/763/cosponsors?r=27&s=1

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Climate March on Washington, April 2017

I have been active with Citizens Climate Lobby for four years, which has been working for over 10 years to establish a bi-partisan Climate Solutions Caucus to get the ball rolling on a carbon bill.  Co-sponsors of H.R. 763, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL), say this week is a “soft roll out” and soon they will have a press conference. 

Now 16, Greta stopped eating at age 12 and basically had a nervous breakdown when she saw how we all, Swedes, Americans, everyone, basically ignore this climate disaster looming.  We do nothing. We don’t talk about it.  It’s not the daily headline.  

For Greta and her generation, for us all, we need to stop the cognitive dissonance.  We need to talk about this, we need tell our family, friends, neighbors, our community.  We need to tell Congress we want this bill passed!

1. Write our own members of Congress – use CCL’s easy tool:

https://citizensclimatelobby.org/write-congress-about-climate-change/#/7

2. Spread the word, through social media, over coffee. 

3. Write letters to the editor, and mention co-sponsors Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) and our Rep. Zeldin who is a member of the Bi-Partisan Climate Solutions Caucus (if you mention them, they will see it!).  Ask Zeldin to sponsor the bill!

Friends, this is good news.  America has a bi-partisan plan.  A path to reverse global warming.  It is transparent, market-based, does not enlarge government, leaves energy decisions to individual choices, meets the goals of the Clean Energy Plan and Paris Climate.  

This is a game changer.  Greta, all of us, need your voice now. 

Thank you. 

Mary Morgan

Orient 

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Greta Thunberg: 16-year-old star speaker in Davos

Take a look at a 16 year old lecturing the leaders of the world! Impressive.

Our house is on fire!

On TED!

On ScientistsWarning.Org?

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There is a Russian Asset in the White House

From Peggy Backman:

 

https://www.facebook.com/NowThisPolitics/videos/1002264426639490/UzpfSTEwMDAyNjI5MzQ3ODUwODoyMzQzODg1NjQxMTQyNTg/

 

It’s really quite simple.

 

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Background Checks for all Gun Sales

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Washington has finally noticed that 97% of Americans favor passage of comprehensive background checks for all gun sales.

A bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives – 5 Democrats and 5 Republicans – just introduced a universal background check bill.  H.R. 8 will close yawning loopholes and require  a background check for every gun sale, including the growing number sold online, at gun shows and through other private sales.

A companion bill introduced in the Senate (S.42) has 41 Democrats signed on!

The time is now-Washington’s inaction on gun violence has come at a shocking price.  Nearly 40,000 Americans were killed in 2017-the highest level in 50 years.

You can help by calling your U.S. Representative and your two U.S. Senators.  Ask them to support these important bills.  If you know your Congressional representatives, you can call the Capitol switchboard at  202-224-3121.  If you need to look them up, go to http://knowwho.com.

You can also click here to find your affiliate state group and join in their work by signing on at their Website.

Together we will build safe communities, free from gun violence.  Thanks for all you do!

Kathleen Monahan, Board Chair, States United to Prevent Gun Violence

 

Comment by Judith Hope:

It would be appropriate to focus a lot of effort on getting Zeldin to vote the right way on this, don’t you think?  Including Press events. 

How to reach Lee Zeldin:

Phone: 202-225-3826, Riverhead office (631) 209-4235, Patchogue office (631) 289-1097

Twitter: @RepLeeZeldin

Email: https://zeldin.house.gov/contact/email

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