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Activists Respond to the Challenges of Climate Change

February 4, 2014

U.N. appoints former NYC Mayor Bloomberg cities, climate change envoy

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By Michelle Nichols

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday appointed former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as his special envoy for cities and climate change, in a bid to build momentum ahead of a planned U.N. summit meeting in September.

Ban said Bloomberg will assist him in “consultations with mayors and related key stakeholders, in order to raise political will and mobilize action among cities as part of his long-term strategy to advance efforts on climate change.”

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Video Released Marking Launch of “Mother Earth Day to May Day” Global Action Campaign

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During the 10 days of Earth Day to May Day action, communities across the US and beyond will rally to support local fronts of struggle while building a united front for People, Planet and Peace over Profit. Activists are calling specifically for urgent economic and ecological transformation through an Emergency Global Green New Deal that’s essential for solving the converging crises we face. This includes universal jobs, healthcare, education, food and housing security, economic and political democracy, demilitarization and an end to fossil fuel use by 2030.

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The Many Small Ways Americans Are Adapting to Climate Change

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This past summer, twenty-somethings Allie Goldstein and Kirsten Howard took a road trip to document stories of what they call “climate resilience” – examples of individuals and communities finding creative ways to adapt to hotter summers, stronger storms, bigger wildfires, rising sea levels, and more. They visited 31 states and offset their minivan’s carbon emissions by purchasing carbon credits from Terrapass. Whether learning about Ann Arbor, Michigan’snewly structured stormwater utility or evaluating the use of public art to mark evacuation routes in New Orleans, Goldstein and Howard found these examples everywhere they looked — suggesting that perhaps the rest of us don’t have to travel far at all to witness similar initiatives being implemented.

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