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#COP21 and climate change: drowning in info, starving for wisdom, lacking in action

December 11, 2015

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Where we are at COP21? Stay tuned!

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The 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), otherwise known as  #COP21 or “Paris 2015”, held from the 30th of November to 11th of December 2015, is coming to a close.

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shoes in Paris represent protesters

While an agreement on a plan to slow global warming could come Saturday, Scientists See Catastrophe in the Latest Draft of the Climate Deal: the emerging agreement is too weak to avoid dangerous levels of climate change. According to this New York Times report,

The scientists warned that time was running out, particularly for any chance of meeting the tighter 1.5 degree target – a limit on global warming that might preserve many island nations, as well as the coral reefs on which hundreds of millions of people depend for food.

Dr. Kevin Anderson, deputy director of the Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research in England, called the draft agreement “somewhere between dangerous and deadly” for the poor of the world.

Today, here in Ventura California where I live, monster waves are crashing on shore, damaging the iconic pier, roads, and other property. The ocean is racing the streets!

I can hear the news helicopters as they follow the shoreline filming the damage as the wind howls.

A Godzilla El Nino event is predicted for the 2015-2016  winter.. and like many people, I will be needing sand bags to protect my house. While weather related events like this have always happened, anthropogenic climate change is definitely contributing to the ferociousness of the ocean here as well as around the world.

If you told me nature was pissed and trying to wash us off the planet, I’d point out that you’re being anthropomorphic — and then I’d agree.

The flag in this photo is at the end of the Ventura Pier…

This weekend, climate related actions continue to call attention to the crisis. Here’s a page with links to global actions — some that you can do at home, too.

Tonight in LA is the close of a series of events where artists united in a Arts Earth Partnership. On 12/11 from 6:00pm-11:00pm ENVISION: Closing Celebration of VisionLA ‘15 Fest will be held at the Plaza de Culturas Y Artes, 501 N Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 [$25-$100]: A convergence of artists, environmentalists, and concerned citizens who believe the creativity and ingenuity of the Arts & Cultural sector can help manifest a truly sustainable future. The event will feature poetry by LA Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez, music by DJ Jedi, an installation dance/concert by String Theory Productions, and awards to local environmental stewards. Admission includes tamales by Mama’s Hot Tamales Cafe and an open bar with beer and wine: tickets

Tomorrow 12/12 12 noon in VENTURA COUNTY Port Hueneme Pier; 550 E Surfside Dr, Port Hueneme, California 93041 join the Rally between parking lots A and B and walk on the pier because we want:
—clean energy.
—to leave natural gas in the ground to stop global warming.
—NO proposed power plant at Mandalay.
—to restore Oxnard area beaches.

Oxnard’s new coastal plan must prohibit new power plants on area beaches, DESPITE corporate bullying by NRG. The state CPUC and CEC must support Oxnard’s ban on a fourth plant. Oxnard residents have fought fossil fuel industry pollution for decades. We honor City leaders and volunteers who have fought to protect Oxnard shores.

Parking lots next to the pier are $2/hr (carpool & share parking cost). If you need $3 to park, we have donations and need a volunteer to be at the parking meter at the entrance to Lot A near the restaurant with a parking meter fund. Park and Ride Lots:
—The Palms Shopping Center, Lockwood & Outlet Center Dr
—201 East 4th Street at the Metrolink station
—2621 E. Ventura Blvd. Rice Ave/Santa Clara Ave at 101 Fwy
Free 1-hr parking on side streets and unlimited at Moranda Park (entrance on E Pt Hueneme Rd between Ventura Rd and Surfside Dr). It is one LONG block walk to the pier from Moranda free parking lot.
Organized by the Ventura chapter of 350.org. For information or to volunteer, call Tomas Rebecchi 619-252-6899 or email VCClimateHub@gmail.com.

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