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2 minutes from a 350 Pasefika Climate Change Jam

In New Zealand, we have large populations of Pacific Islanders. For example, there are more Samoans living in New Zealand, than actually live in Samoa. It's the same for places like Niue and Tokelau too. So an important part of building the climate movement throughout the Pacific region is for us to connect with the Pacific Island community here so that they can both support their families and villages back in the islands, and be more outspoken about climate change in New Zealand. So last weekend, we kicked off the first of our 350 Pasefika Climate Change Jams - led by our 350.org Pacific Outreach Coordinator, Koreti Tiumalu.

We did some filming on the weekend, which the One Day on Earth team edited into a 2 minute film, and then it was screened on Monday at the World Social Good Summit - in New York, Beijing, Nairobi and dozens of places around the world. (just a note that the framing was "how are you using technology for social good in the Pacific region?"). We're pretty excited about how it worked out - so many thanks to all involved!

 

New Zealand - SGS Global Conversation from One Day on Earth on Vimeo.

Onward we go this weekend to another Pasefika Climate Change Jam, in Auckland. Then seen as Australia also has massive Pacific Island populations...perhaps we should unleash a 350 Pasefika Climate Change Jam or two there?

 

One year ago today, we moved the planet.

One year ago today, we moved the planet. On Septeber 24, 2011, people in 180 countries came together to bike, walk, run, and paddle their way to climate solutions. We protested the stranglehold of fossil fuels on our transportation systems and our lives, while leading the way to an alternative future. We danced, we sang, we cheered, we moved.

It was a beautiful day. It's been an inspiring year. Thank you for being part of it and helping us keep this movement moving.

 

Hoist the main sail, tharrr be coffee on the high seas!

This guest post was written by Brent Schulkin, founder of CarrotMob.

Carrotmob is a new way for people to influence businesses to make them more sustainable. Instead of organizing boycotts, we offer to spend money as a group to support a business if the business agrees to make an improvement that we care about. Everyone wins - businesses get money and we achieve unprecedented social impact. And it works.
 
We just launched our first ever, global climate campaign with a larger business. The campaign is actually with Thanksgiving Coffee Company, an artisan coffee roaster in Northern California. The family-run company buys coffee beans from small farms and cooperatives around the world, and already embrace cutting edge sustainability practices.  But they are determined to become the first company to make their coffee as Earth friendly as possible by transporting their coffee beans by wind-powered shipping instead of using container ships fueled by oil.
 
Thanksgiving has agreed to embark on this journey if people buy $150,000 worth of coffee through the Carrotmob website (carrotmob.org/thanksgiving). The income they will generate from our campaign will prove that there is demand for sustainably-transported coffee. 
 
I’m asking you to help make this vision a reality. All you have to do is buy this "extraordinary, luxurious coffee."  Nope, I didn't make that up - it's straight from Coffee Review. Though I can personally vouch that the coffee is DELICIOUS and like their tagline says it’s "Not just a cup, but a just cup" so you can feel good about your purchase.  
 
Global shipping currently accounts for more than a billion tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year. Since coffee is the most widely traded agricultural commodity in the world, the potential impact of this campaign is enormous. Small coffee companies have already transformed industry practices. For example, just look at the increase in Fair Trade sales over the past decade.  A move by small coffee companies towards wind-powered shipping could be game-changing not only for the coffee industry, but other industries like chocolate, sugar and more.
 
If this campaign is successful, we'll be able to change the climate practices of other large businesses. We would also love to work with 350 to design high-impact climate campaigns in the future. But that won’t happen unless we get enough people to buy this coffee right now and send a message. I appreciate the support, and we’d love to hear any of your thoughts in the comments below or on our Facebook page.
 

We just checked, and Kiribati is DEFINITELY worth saving

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You’ve probably heard of Kiribati by now. If you haven’t, then you know, it’s one of those Pacific Island atoll nations that are facing being wiped off the map by climate change. Well at least that’s what’s in store in the longer-term for them if we continue with business as usual. Here’s the deal: by 2030, sea level in Kiribati is projected to rise between 5-14cm, and by 2100 it’s likely to be at least 1 meter – which would be enough to swamp most of the islands.

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But there is quite a lot of misinformation going around about how Kiribati is faring in the present. A recent explosion of headlines have suggested they’re already getting ready to relocate, but in truth, the Kiribati government purchased the land in Fiji as a place to grow food on, and there are no plans to relocate people there. These super-emotive stories do Kiribati a great disservice, and they’re giving the world an excuse to give up on Kiribati because it seems to be too late. The reality is that the situation is much more complicated.

Over the last 20 years, sea level has risen 1–4mm per year across Kiribati, which is below the global average of 2.8-3.6mm per year, but it is still significant enough to cause salt water intrusion into groundwater in places at king tides, and coastal erosion. How much of that sea level rise is due to climate change is not clear either – because phenomena like the El Nino-Southern Oscillation cause natural fluctuations in sea level that are hard to quantify. So relocation is on the horizon, but probably not for another decade or two at least.

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However, life in Kiribati is getting increasingly challenged by other climate impacts like hotter temperatures, changing rainfall patterns,  ocean acidification and increased drought. So Kiribati is already locked into some significant climate change impacts such as these, but the worst of them could be halted if we get successful at mobilising the world to stop burning coal, and phase out other fossil fuels. 

So while it’s a complicated situation, and sea level rise will increasingly grab attention, I can say from first hand experience that Kiribati is a land and people that is worth fighting tooth and nail to save. Let me explain.

I first stepped onto the low-lying land of South Tarawa – the most populated atoll in Kiribati - two years ago, and was immediately confronted by the swathes of rubbish lying sprawled across the island, and the high population density for such a narrow strip of land. It's a stark contrast to the outer atolls, which are sparsely populated and by in large clean. The culture is rich and unique, and the singing exquisite.

So I was intrigued to see how things had or hadn’t changed when I returned last week, after an invitation from the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) to assist them with a climate change workshop with a group of 30 local seafarers.

 

From Indonesia: It’s the Earth who needs us

I came across this story on my Facebook page and it was just too good not to share. It was written by local 350 Indonesia organiser - Mega Aisyah Nirmala -  after attending the recent 350.org East Asia workshop in Bogor, Indonesia. If it gives you reason to want to be part of a 350 workshop - then good news, there's plenty of them planned - check out the website: workshops.350.org


By Mega Aisyah Nirmala

Mid July, 2012. It was the time I joined an event which changed the way I act and the way I think of something. Well, it wasn’t the first climate movement workshop I’ve ever joined. But still, I got amazed by this workshop.

Joining this workshop meant getting new knowledge and skills and also meeting new people. I got new friends from throughout South East Asia and the facilitators who came from four different countries, Indonesia, Vietnam, US, and New Zealand.

There are a couple of questions that come up within the workshop that I always keep in mind. One of them is “Why would I join the climate movement?” It’s a simple question yet difficult to answer. Well, anyway, I always convince myself that you don’t have to think twice to do good things. Joining a climate movement for the sake of the Earth and its living things is a good thing. Why wouldn’t I join? Further, life is too short for doing things that aren’t meaningful, isn't it? So I won’t think twice to join this climate movement since it’s more than worth for the Earth. However, there is no coincidence in this life, so I know this climate movement, join this movement, and being part of it is not a coincidence either.

One of my facilitators said that if only one person changes the behavior toward the climate change, it is maybe not enough, because what we actually need is a massive and global change about it. However, Earth needs a massive change. So that’s why, a climate global movement is extremely needed.

There are many things you can do for joining the climate movement. One of the examples is using public transportation or biking to work/school to decrease the consumption of fossil fuels. One person might not give any impact, but when we do it altogether, right now, we’ll see the difference and we’ll be able to save our lovely planet.

 

Huge Protest Against Fracking in Albany, NY

Over 1,000 people joined a massive protest against fracking in Albany, NY this Monday afternoon. After a rally at Corning Preserve Riverside Park, the crowd marched to the Capitol and delivered a pledge to resist fracking in New York that has been signed by over 3,000 people. 

 
 
Gerri Wiley, a resident of Owego, NY said, “An unparalleled grassroots movement in NY is unified in opposition to fracking. The Pledge to Resist Fracking in NY is a stark warning to Governor Cuomo that the amount and level of opposition to fracking will only grow if he moves forward.”
 
Bill McKibben, author and founder of 350.org, said, “In this brutally hot summer, it was a real slap in the face to learn that Gov. Cuomo had turned over the environmental review of fracking to a global-warming denier. And amidst the drought plaguing America, it’s almost unbelievable that New York State would put its unparalleled water resources at risk.”
 
 
 

Call for applications: Training for Trainers in Spain, Germany and France!

Thanks to many of you, this year has already been a whirlwind of climate action, but it's no news that the climate is getting hotter and the time to peak in emissions is increasingly urgent, so we've got to continue to step-up to the challenge that lies ahead of us.

So as part of our climate movement building efforts for the rest of this year, we are currently orgaising 3 free 'Training for Trainers' (T4T) in some of Europe's major cities.  The aim of this is to keep growing this movement and supporting the grassroots leadership of climate organisers everywhere.

While they are happening in capital cities, we're encouraging participants from across the selected countries and you can apply here:

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350.org seeking motivated, creative European Campaigner with great communication skills!

In Europe it is an exciting time as we are dedicating ourselves to work on movement building over the coming months and as we look to hire one European Campaigner to add capacity to our growing European team! We are specifically looking for a person with existing experiences in movement organising with good communication skills (both online and offline) and strategy skills. If this is something for you, carry on reading to see the job description and how to apply...

416 Some of the European and global 350.org team!