Next LexGWAC Meeting: March 4, 2015 . 7 pm. Cary Library small meeting room. GWAC meets on the first Wed. of every month.
Feb. 12: Movie presentation Greedy Lying Bastards. 7 pm. Cary Library large meeting room. This movie covers climate change and the funding of the climate deniers by people and companies like the Koch Brothers.
Feb. 19: Greening Lexington’s Grid and Investments: Two Steps Towards a Sustainable Future 7 pm. Cary Library large meeting room. Learn about two warrant articles for the upcoming Town Meeting—Community Energy Choice and Divestment Get the details!
Keystone Question Tests Obama's Climate Policy
Shortly, President Obama will decide on whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline (northern segment) or not. Environmentalists from all over the country will try to convince him to refuse the Keystone XL permit, as it is NOT in the best interests of the country or the planet! You can be a part of this action and take a stand! THE TIME TO TAKE ACTION NOW!
The largest source of Lexington’s emissions comes from our electricity consumption. How can the Town of Lexington help local residents and small businesses switch to cleaner and cheaper electricity?
The Board of Selectmen is planning to submit a warrant article asking Town Meeting to authorize the Town to enter into a Community Choice program that would consolidate residential and commercial retail electricity demand in order to seek proposals for cheaper and cleaner sources of power on behalf of our residents and businesses.
to read more, click on READ MOREbelow.
More information on Divestment Article:
Fossil fuel companies have five times more carbon in their underground reserves of coal, oil and natural gas than can be burned to stay below the internationally agreed upon 2 degrees “safe limit” to curb the worst impact of global warming. Yet, it is in their business plan to burn it, and they spend 1.6billion dollars every day exploring for even more. Instead of leading the transition to clean energy, fossil fuel companies have used their tremendous financial resources on lobbying to block political action on climate change and on misinformation campaigns to cast doubt on the science and confuse the public.
Yet some of our Lexington Town funds and state retirement funds are invested in these fossil fuel companies. Our ownership of these investments carries with it our responsibility for the actions of these fossil fuel companies. According to Bill McKibben, Lexington-raised author and environmentalist, “If it’s wrong to wreck the planet, it’s wrong to profit from this wreckage.” In addition fossil fuel investments have become “risky business.” A resolution on the upcoming town warrant proposes that Lexington get out of fossil fuel investments in its Retirement and Public Trust funds and that town authorities urge the state retirement fund managers to do the same.
“There is one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other, and that is the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate.” – President Obama
“The climate is changing faster than our efforts to address it. The alarm bells keep ringing. Our citizens keep marching. We cannot pretend we do not hear them. We have to answer the call. We know what we have to do to avoid irreparable harm. We have to cut carbon pollution in our own countries to prevent the worst effects of climate change. We have to adapt to the impacts that, unfortunately, we can no longer avoid.” – President Obama addressing the UN Climate Summit 2014
The People’s Climate March made a movie. Disruption weaves together political intrigue, mind-blowing science, and an insider’s view of the largest climate mobilization in history. It features some folks you will find familiar (like Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein), and brings some fresh faces and exciting new stories to the fore. Disruption built energy and excitement for the big march in New York City on September 21 which attracted 400,000 people into the streets of Manhattan.
Keystone XL Update: The EPA has registered concern about the State Dept.’s Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement, together with over a million citizens. President Obama has the last word on this carbon intensive project.
Obama should say no to Keystone XL, because doing so would help to limit development of the Canadian tar sands, and because we really wouldn’t get any significant benefit from saying yes; no real oil security, few permanent jobs, and most of the money goes to Canada and to Texas refiners in tax-free zones. Rejecting the Keystone XL permit makes a statement that it is time to stop investing in technologies that lock us into continued fossil fuel use, and it is time to make a strong commitment to energy efficiency and renewable energy.
The U.S. State Department released a 2,000-page analysis finding no compelling environmental reason to block the Keystone XL pipeline, the first direct link between one of the largest oil reserves on Earth and the world’s most advanced refining center on the Gulf of Mexico. The State Department assessment has a number of serious flaws, that include downplaying the direct and indirect climate impact of the Keystone XL.
For more details on the specifics and key talking points click “Read More” to see full details.
Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition is proud to join the Coal Free Massachusetts coalition, a diverse group of statewide and local organizations committed to ending coal fired electricity generation in Massachusetts. The Coal Free Massachusetts Coalition seeks to:
Phase out all of Massachusetts’ coal-fired power plants by 2020;
Advance energy efficiency and clean renewable energy like responsibly sited wind and solar to support the transition from coal electricity generation in Massachusetts;
Partner with and empower community leadership and vision for clean energy and clean-tech development for our host communities, including:
robust transition plans focused on the long-term health of the community;
innovative opportunities for growing the green economy;
transitional support for workers and municipal revenues.
Based on a comprehensive two-year study of hundreds of consumer decisions by the Union of Concerned Scientists, Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living is a new science-based consumer guide that offers the facts on what decisions make the biggest impact on reducing your carbon emissions and what decisions don’t add up to much. The experts at UCS debunk many eco-myths, like the importance of “food miles” or the superiority of all hybrid cars, as they provide the science behind the right decisions that will save money and help save the planet at the same time.
In conjunction with the publication of Cooler Smarter, the Union of Concerned Scientists has issued a 20% Challenge. Their research has shown that by using the more than 20 methods outlined in Cooler Smarter, you can cut your carbon emissions by at least 20% in 20 days or less.
Lexington Global Warming Coalition and Lexington Interfaith Environmental Action Team supported the 350.org planet-wide Connect the (Climate) Dots event. The event focused on Lexington’s trees as an example of how extreme weather can impact our community. During the “Halloween Storm” of October 29, 2011, snow fell on trees whose leaves had not fallen due to the unusually warm fall weather.
The answer to the oft-asked question of whether an event is caused by climate change is that it is the wrong question. All weather events are affected by climate change because the environment in which they occur is warmer and moister than it used to be….
The air is on average warmer and moister than it was prior to about 1970 and in turn has likely led to a 5–10 % effect on precipitation and storms that is greatly amplified in extremes. The warm moist air is readily advected onto land and caught up in weather systems as part of the hydrological cycle, where it contributes to more intense precipitation events that are widely observed to be occurring.
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