Mark Ruffalo, The Hulk in last summer’s “The Avengers,” just kicked off a White House petition to declare war on climate change. If you consider yourself a climate hawk, you better get over there quickly.
If you find yourself reeling from the failed attempt to commission a Death Star, this is your chance to get right back on the horse. We need twenty-five thousand signatures to force a response. Let’s make it happen.
If you need a little more convincing, here’s the full text of the petition.
WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
Declare War On Climate Change. We demand President Obama and Congress accept Climate Change as an enemy of the people.
We, the people, demand the President of the United States and it’s legislative body recognize Climate Change as great and Grave a threat to this nation as they would any other aggressive enemy. We demand that the President and Congress act against Climate Change as they have acted against Saddam Hus(s)ein, Bin Laden, and Hitler for that matter. We demand a National Energy Policy that quickly begins to ween us off of Carbon Based fuels and expedites the inevitable and necessary transition to Clean Energy. We demand that our leaders act on the recommendations coming from an overwhelming majority of the scientific community to halt Climate Change and save the lives of untold millions.
I’ve been stewing all weekend. I’m not able to join my fellow climate hawks in Washington D.C. for this week’s Keystone XL pipeline protests. I want to help out, but the main thing that’s needed is more people to participate in the ongoing acts of civil disobedience. Since I can’t be there, I’ve been thinking about what I could do to help out from a distance. I finally hit on it tonight. I’m turning tonight’s post into a Thank You card for the protesters. They are sticking their necks out for the rest of us. The least we can do is say thanks. Please join me in thanking the protesters for their bravery, and leadership, on this critical issue. I’ll then forward this on to those who are there. (Update: I apparently wasn’t clear with my request. I’m asking that you share your thoughts for the protesters in the comments section below. Thanks!) Continue reading →
Finally, there’s some climate related news to get excited about. Grist’sDavid Roberts, delivered a couple of posts this week which asked, and attempted to answer, the question, “What should we call people who care about climate change and clean energy?” The first post, published on Oct. 18, struck a nerve receiving over 200 responses in just a few days. Roberts sifted through his reader’s responses and followed up two days later with, “Introducing ‘climate hawks.” This post delivered a rallying point for those who are fed up with the current direction of environmental policy. Along with presenting the new nomenclature, Roberts explained the rough guidelines which he used in making the choice: