COP21: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Reveals 2 Global Reports

reprint of press release
posted by Paige Donner










COP21: Governor Arnold 
Schwarzenegger 
will reveal two global reports
  • Nine Global Actions That Dramatically 
  • Cut Carbon Emissions
  • Climate Finance Action Plan That 
  • Shows How to Replicate These Successes 
  • Around the World
Paris, 5 December 2015 - R20 Founder and
former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger,
Yale University, and the Stanley Foundation,
in collaboration with the R20 and USC
 Schwarzenegger Institute, released
 "Scaling Up: From Local to Global Climate Action."










This report confirms that sub-national
action on climate change is in many ways surpassing national
 efforts in scope and ambition. The report uses case studies
from nine regions around the world to highlight initiatives that,
if adopted nationally, would contribute significantly to, or even
surpass, country-level mitigation goals. 
The highlighted initiatives have the potential to raise
national ambition; spur additional mitigation, adaptation,
and climate financing; and inject an emphasis on
solutions-directed efforts into the public dialogue on climate change.

From California to Rajasthan, India, these case studies reveal a range
of local partnerships that exhibit strong climate leadership.
"I have always said that our states, provinces, and cities 
are where the action is. We proved it in California and 
many of our policies have been adopted by our federal 
government. This report proves the value of sub-national 
governments all over the world taking action and not 
waiting for their national leaders or international
 institutions to help us solve the world's most pressing 
challenge - - climate change,"
declares Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In concert with this report, the R20 and the USC
Schwarzenegger institute also released
"Climate Finance: A Status Report and Action Plan"
which gives tangible, concrete examples of how to expedite
the transition to a low-carbon economy based on proven
technologies and projects all over the world, such as
those described in "Scaling Up".
Drafted at the request of French
President Francois Hollande, who identified climate finance
as critical to the negotiations at COP21, the report offers a
comprehensive road map to effectively tackle climate
finance challenges. The report gives examples of
supportive governments in various regions around the
world (at the sub-national and national level); mature
 low-carbon technologies; and substantial amounts of
 capital, but also points out that intermediaries are
needed to align interests and develop projects.
The Report concludes by proposing concrete solutions
moving forward and will also serve as the basis for
implementation of climate finance solutions post COP21.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Founding Chair of the R20
and Chairman of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute,
will participate in a number of COP21 events to draw
attention to these two papers and continue his longstanding
commitment in addressing climate change and protecting
the environment. Schwarzenegger will highlight the
 important role that sub-national leadership is providing
in reducing carbon emissions and will stress the need
to accelerate the action being created at the local level.  
On Saturday December 5th, Schwarzenegger will give
a key note speech to the Inter-Parliamentary Union where he will formally announce the reports and will present copies to French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. 
Two days later, on December 7th, Schwarzenegger will speak to the students and faculty of Sciences Po University about the long-term nature of the climate change challenge and the important role future generations of leaders will play in addressing it.  
On December 8th Schwarzenegger will deliver remarks to the official UN negotiating body that is working to formally integrate subnational actions into the UNFCCC negotiations for the first time in history. He will highlight how much progress sub-nationals have made to support the reasoning for this new officially sanctioned approach.

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About R20
R20 Regions of Climate Action is a non-profit organization
founded by Arnold Schwarzenegger and other global
leaders in cooperation with the United Nations.

Our mission is to help sub-national governments around
the world to develop and communicate low-carbon and
climate resilient economic development projects.
We do so by working in three primary aspects of
development: policy, technology, and finance.
www.regions20.org
About the USC Schwarzenegger Institute
The USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy is committed to advancing post-partisanship, where leaders put people over political parties and work together to find the best ideas and solutions to benefit the people they serve. The Institute seeks to influence public policy and public debate in finding solutions to the serious challenges we face.While the Institute engages on a variety of critical policy areas, a primary focus is climate change, which reflects Governor Schwarzenegger's leadership on the issue and it being one of the defining challenges of our generation.
www.schwarzeneggerinstitute.com
About the Stanley Foundation
The Stanley Foundation advances multilateral action to create fair, just, and lasting solutions to critical issues of peace and security. The foundation's work is built on a belief that greater international cooperation will improve global governance and enhance global citizenship. The organization values its Midwestern roots and family heritage as well as its role as a nonpartisan, private operating foundation. The Stanley Foundation does not make grants. www.stanleyfoundation.org.
About Yale University
Since its founding in 1701, Yale has been dedicated to expanding and sharing knowledge, inspiring innovation, and preserving cultural and scientific information for future generations.
Yale's reach is both local and international. It partners with its hometown of New Haven, Connecticut to strengthen the city's community and economy. And it engages with people and institutions across the globe in the quest to promote cultural understanding, improve the human condition, delve more deeply into the secrets of the universe, and train the next generation of world leaders. www.yale.edu





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Celebrate World Water Week With Us!

5 Water Purification Designs for Third World Countries


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 748 million people lack access to uncontaminated drinking water sources. Moreover, WHO estimates that 1.8 billion people use a fecally contaminated drinking water source, 2.5 billion lack access to improved sanitation facilities and more than 840,000 people die from water related diseases annually. 

Contaminated water is the number one cause of death in developing countries, causing diseases such as cholera, hepatitis, typhoid fever, malaria, ascariasis, dengue fever and many other deadly illnesses. In fact, contaminated water is the number one public health concern globally based on its impact to society, according to the WHO. Fortunately, the WHO estimates that 10% of the global disease burden could be prevented with improved water supply and sanitation. In light of this, a number of innovations and technologies are providing growing solutions to this problem.


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The Race for Water Odyssey in Guam For New Scientific Analyses


 

                   

To read it in French, click here

 

Press Release for immediate distribution
 
July 13th, 2015 - Guam (USA)

The scientific teams of the Race for Water Odyssey in Guam for new analyses on plastic pollution in oceans

Leaving Honolulu on June 30, the Race for Water Odyssey has since travelled with the purpose of going to Guam (Mariana Islands) for a new scientific stopover. The simultaneous presence of two typhoons in the area has forced the crew to change its itinerary.  Despite the absence of the navigation team in Guam, the planned stopover in this archipelago can still be conducted under good conditions. The R4WO scientific team arrived on the island yesterday and will deploy the protocol as initially planned. 

The R4WO crew was forced to go off-route over these last few days because of the formation of tropical cyclones Chan-Hom and Nangka in the North-Western Pacific. This is more specifically the Nangka typhoon (ranked category 5 on a scale of 1 to 5) which has forced the crew of the R4WO to bypass the Mariana Archipelago. However, these necessary safety measures did not undermine the continuation of the expedition. 

Tomorrow the shore crew will carry out beach samplings on three selected beaches on the Guam Island. On site up to July 18, the teams will also meet local stakeholders from the scientific and associative communities during a round table discussion on plastic pollution organised at Guam University.

Next stops: Tokyo and Shanghai

During this stopover in the Mariana Islands, the MOD70 Race for Water trimaran will continue its route towards the next stops of the expedition: Tokyo first of all, then Shanghai. In the two Asian megacities, the aim of the R4WO will be to exchange and raise awareness among local actors on the problem of plastic pollution in oceans.   

Click here to follow the expedition live! 

Click here for more information about the program in Guam!

 

About the Race for Water Odyssey (R4WO) 

Initiated by the Race for Water foundation, the "Race for Water Odyssey" is a unique expedition that aims to draw up the first global assessment of plastic pollution in the ocean by visiting island beaches situated in the 5 trash vortexes. In less than 300 days, over 40,000 nautical miles will be traveled, punctuated by 11 scientific stopovers and 9 outreach stopovers, involving a total of 13 countries. The Race for Water Odyssey benefits from the support of ISAF, Duke University, Oregon State University, senseFly, Swisscom and Swissnex. 

About the Race for Water Foundation 

Founded in Lausanne in 2010, the "Race for Water" Foundation's mission is to preserve our planet's most valuable resource: water. The foundation is an officially recognized non-profit organization seeking to implement concrete and sustainable actions, focusing on two main themes: protecting oceans and freshwater. "Race for Water" initiates projects aimed at raising awareness and taking concrete action on the ground. These actions are directed at four target audiences: economic players, political bodies, the scientific community, and the general public—with particular emphasis on future generations. "Race for Water" collaborates with organizations such as UNESCO, UNEP, IUCN, WWF, and WBCSD. 

 



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Seeing Green - New Book by Arch Institute Senior Advisor

Seeing Green—by Annabel Hertz

Annabel Hertz is senior advisor to the Arch Institute and, like Arcani, the novel's protagonist, she grew up in San Francisco and lives on avocados and espresso.
 
Compelled by the indigenous peoples at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, Arcani Kirsch, a recent graduate with Jewish-Hopi roots, leaves her west coast cocoon to join EnvironMentality, an international association of green-minded businesses in Washington, DC, committed to getting the Earth Treaty ratified. The first step is ensuring next US President attends a Ministerial meeting in Paris and Arcani spearheads a campaign to do just that. If only an ultranationalist professor had not plagiarized her work! Then there's the man who could derail her with his lustiness, the one that wants her to come to Christ, and the one she'd written off as dead, as well as an albatross of a sister to cope with. The path to Paris is indeed muddy. But Arcani plows ahead, trying to keep her vision true, her methods kosher, and her doting Aunt proud. En route to the Ministerial, she makes her mark in unexpected ways.
 
Described as a "timely, energetic and witty" story of a young woman on a mission to puncture the stasis of US environmental policy, Seeing Green pays homage to the DC scene, international---and office---politics, and idealism, providing "a refreshing contrast to the stale and polarized politics of our own time." The novel also explores the rocky and rewarding terrain of family and personal relationships from the perspective of a multicultural protagonist in "a felicitously fast-moving, tightly organized narrative."
 


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Pope Francis' Encyclical on Climate Change

posted by Paige Donner

Read the full original text, in English (also French, Italian, Spanish, etc.)  translation, HERE



.... aint Francis of Assisi

10. I do not want to write this Encyclical without turning to that attractive and compelling figure, whose name I took as my guide and inspiration when I was elected Bishop of Rome. I believe that Saint Francis is the example par excellence of care for the vulnerable and of an integral ecology lived out joyfully and authentically. He is the patron saint of all who study and work in the area of ecology, and he is also much loved by non-Christians. He was particularly concerned for God's creation and for the poor and outcast. He loved, and was deeply loved for his joy, his generous self-giving, his openheartedness. He was a mystic and a pilgrim who lived in simplicity and in wonderful harmony with God, with others, with nature and with himself. He shows us just how inseparable the bond is between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace.

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