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Wrapping a Ribbon on Copenhagen

Jamie Horter, my friend and co-worker at the Green Project, just finished up two weeks of leadership and action in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is part of the Will Steger Foundation’s “Expedition Copenhagen” team, a dozen youth representing the Midwest (that’s us) at the United Nations Climate Conference that ended Friday. While President Obama calls the Copenhagen Accord a “breakthrough,” most feel it isn’t much more than an agreement to make an agreement later. Lost in the media hoopla about failure in Denmark are the powerful stories and relationships that were sparked and shared.

Thanks to Jamie, I was able to experience a few of them from afar. We skyped several times during the Conference and she shared some cool, and some heartbreaking things. Her team made this video before they departed, with a message of hope. We still can change the future.

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Posted by on December 21, 2009 in activism, global warming


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Live from Copenhagen

I skipped lunch today so I could talk on Skype to my pal Jamie Horter, who is in Copenhagen at the UN Climate Talks.  She told me about spending her day in the ‘Bat Cave’ (a cold room literally under a pond in Copenhagen), and living in the Matrix the past two weeks. I heard the real story about demonstrations (100,000+ peaceful demonstrators, about 20 knuckleheads), about the tricks big countries are playing to make decisions when poor developing country leaders are out of the room, and how capitalism is much more important than survival in the Bella Center.

Jamie also told me about the Kenyan people she’s been working with about the suffering happening right now in their country, and the tear-jerker talk the President of the tiny island country of The Maldives gave today (his entire country will soon be under water)… People are dying. Right now. And we keep pumping more and more climate changing gases into the air with abandon.

And so I pass on lunch. Will it matter?

Hopelessness is creeping in. Can we really save ourselves from ourselves? I need a shot of Hopenhagen.

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Posted by on December 17, 2009 in activism, global warming, rants


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Stick to the Science, Save the Future of Humanity

It’s really that important. See this graph from Bill McKibben at The talks in Copenhagen right now are settling. Leaders of big countries are throwing their weight around in the name of economics and politics, settling on agreements that will mean catastrophic consequences for people, and all species, all over the world in the next 90 years. This is not something that our great grandchildren will need to worry about–it’s something people in poor parts of this world are suffering from right now. And it will get much, much worse. Bill, the most level-headed, science-based, smart climate activist I’ve followed, calls it “devastating.”

So, click here to call your leaders at the Copenhagen climate conference. Just ask them to stick to the science, not the bullshit.

And, if you feel like doing something unusual to show your support for the millions of poor people who are or will be starving due to climate change, join thousands of others around the world in a day of fasting on Thursday. Whatever fasting means to you. To me, it’ll mean eating nothing for a day, just to remind myself how what I do each day effects people on the other side of this beautiful planet.

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Posted by on December 16, 2009 in global warming, rants


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Three practices from Inner Climate Villages

Something that gave me peace this morning, shared by a wise teacher named Toke Moller who is a friend of some friends. Toke is helping to organize “inner climate learning villages” across the globe during the COP15 Climate Conference in Copenhagen (ending this week). Out of the village experiences so far, three helpful, simple practices have arisen.

What’s a learning village? A simple gathering space for people to gain a new perspective on their world. Here are the three practices from an Inner Climate Village going on in Copenhagen right now. Read more about them here.

Our knowing: There’s enough if we share
Practice: SHARE IT

Our knowing: We all have a choice

Our knowing: We are nature

You can host your own Learning Village in an hour, a few hours, a full day or more. Toke and some others have made a fine little how-to manual that you can download for free.

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Posted by on December 16, 2009 in activism, global warming, presencing


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No more toilet paper

This Tuesday night, find out what it’s like to live without TV, cars, take out, or toilet paper.

My friend Mike at MinusCar and I (actually, Sioux Falls Green Project) are hosting a FREE movie on December 8 called No Impact Man. The show starts at 7pm at Augustana College (Gilbert Science Center Rm 100), and I hope you’ll come. No Impact Man tracks the one-year experiment of Colin Beavan and his family, when they swore off all the Earth-hating stuff most of us do every day without thinking much about it, just to see if they could do it.

What they found was a happier, better, more meaningful life.

I’ve been a reader of Colin’s blog since early in his experiment, and have learned a ton from him. I think you would too. Right before the movie starts, we’ll be Skyping with Jamie Horter, live from the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, to see what she’s up to.

So, if getting smarter is your thing, or you just want to get away from something/one for a couple hours, RSVP here (Facebook) or here. If you come, please bring a cup from home. We’ll provide the toilet paper.

Here’s the movie trailer:


Posted by on December 7, 2009 in activism, education, global warming, going green


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I just got this letter below from Bill McKibben–and today he’s helping to create the largest ever civil-disobedience on climate change in history. He’s in DC with thousands, protesting the coal-fired Capitol Power plant–a dirty symbol of our dirty energy history.

He’s asking for our help by signing onto a statement of support–can you add your name by following this link? I just signed it, and think we all need to stand together on this one.

Thanks everybody!

[Read Bill’s letter after the jump…Full of great stats on climate change.]
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Posted by on March 2, 2009 in global warming


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