Sens. Kerry and Boxer introduced the senate’s version of the climate and clean energy bill today. This is ultimately good news as we just finished thanking senators in advance for passing it (With the Love, The Climate Giveaway). The senate now has about eight weeks to deliberate and hopefully pass an effective bill so President Obama can sign it in advance of December’s UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. All 821 pages of the bill embedded below.
Across 38 countries citizens 76 percent of the participants think big, developing economies should reduce their emissions. Results are remarkably alike independently of the country’s level of socio-economic development. From Bangladesh to Belgium and Brazil, a clear 90 percent of citizens say it’s urgent to make a global climate deal at the UN conference in Copenhagen this December. This is the main result of an exercise carried out in 38 countries with very different levels of socio-economic development.
Over the past few days I’ve come across a wide variety of video documenting the run up to the G20 meetings in PIttsburgh as well as events, coverage, and commentary from the meetings and surrounding areas. Any large scale meeting of the world’s most powerful leaders is grounds for protest at various levels. And when police are prepared in riot gear trouble often tends to break out. That’s just how it is and will always be.
Over the past few weeks of completely ignoring this blog and much else outside the scope of my work with Live Earth I’ve been swirling in social media madness surrounding our #lovetheclimate giveaway. It’s Global Climate week and we wanted to come up with a fun, positive way to get the word through to U.S. Senators that we need to pass a comprehensive climate bill. And soon. Preferably before the UNCCC in Copenhagen this December. Below are segments of my posts on the giveaway — I’d love it if you could share something. Either way, you’re welcome to enter.
We’ve received hundreds of incredible submissions answering the question: “What would the climate have to say if it were happy and healthy and had a voice?” and thanking our senators from a bright and sunny future for creating a world full of green jobs and renewable energy.
You don’t have to be in New York City to be a part of the many meetings, seminars, and discussions taking place during Climate Week. The Clinton Global Initiative is focusing on climate change, sustainable energy, and other global issues this week in its Fifth Annual Meeting, which is webcasting live. You can even ask question for the daily Plenary sessions via Twitter. Watch CGI09 live below (click here for the schedule).