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  • Green Week Fundraiser

    Posted on February 10th, 2010 chris No comments

    Green Week 2010 is having a fundraiser on Thursday, February 11, 2009 from 5PM to 10PM at BJ’s (Norman location ONLY).  We will get 15% of all pre-taxed food proceeds when you bring in the flier provided. Please make sure to download a print a flier to take with you, in order to help us out. Thank you so much for everyone’s help.

  • What’s happening in climate legeslation?

    Posted on February 2nd, 2010 chris No comments

    Visit www.1sky.org for more information!

    Want to understand what’s happening in the climate movement and how your actions can help? Read our talking points to learn more
    Senate Call-In Day Talking Points

    • With the health care debate now in the rearview mirror of the Senate, it is time for climate legislation to become the top priority. The planet cannot wait any longer for an effective plan to reduce global warming pollution and unfortunately a real international plan is not a possibility without first seeing action from the United States Senate. The failure to achieve a binding treaty during the Copenhagen process was just one more example of this fact.
    • On January 12, thousands of 1Sky activists nationwide will place calls into U.S. Senate offices to demonstrate the widespread support that bold action against global warming pollution has from voters throughout the country. Sign up now to join our national call-in day.
    • The most critical issue in the first few weeks of 2010 will be making sure the Senate votes down Senator Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AK) amendment that would take away the ability to use the Clean Air Act to crack down on dirty coal plants. This use of the landmark Clean Air Act legislation, which even the conservative Supreme Court approved, is important because it gives us a way to fight back against dirty coal companies even if climate legislation fails in 2010 or is so watered down as to be ineffective.
    • The Murkowski Amendment is expected to be up for a vote on January 20. But on Jan. 12, 1Sky activists will let the Senate know that there have already been too many giveaways to dirty coal and that the American people don’t want another bailout for an out-of-date industry.

    What Happened in Copenhagen

    Grassroots advocates across the country and the world had long hoped that the United Nations climate talks in Copenhagen would result in a fair, ambitious, and binding global treaty to reduce global warming pollution and finance a clean energy transition. It is therefore disappointing that we did not reach this outcome.

    • While President Obama has been more engaged on climate change than any other President in history, and his presence in Copenhagen was a positive sign, the proposals offered by the Obama Administration and the U.S. Senate fell fall short of what was needed to move the climate talks forward.
    • The U.S. failed to demonstrate the leadership necessary to ensure a fair, ambitious and binding treaty.
    • In particular President Obama’s proposed emissions reduction target of 17% below 2005 levels by 2020 – equivalent to a 4% reduction below 1990 levels – fell far short of the scientific imperative for a 40% reduction below 1990 levels by 2020.
    • The science calls for much more urgent action than what we’ve seen to date.

    The U.S. Senate’s failure to pass a strong climate bill in 2009 presented a significant roadblock to progress in Copenhagen.

    • Every day the U.S. Senate delays puts our entire planet at risk and undermines the U.S.’s negotiating position and competitive edge in the clean energy race.
    • President Obama and the U.S. Senate must step up their leadership on climate as soon as possible in 2010. President Obama must do everything he can to build the political will necessary to pass a strong bill in the Senate this spring.
    • 2010 is our absolute deadline to get a fair, ambitious, and binding climate treaty. Already we have squandered a great opportunity in Copenhagen in 2009. The world and the American people can’t afford to wait any longer.

    The U.S. needs to ensure a strong commitment to international climate finance.

    • Given that rich nations are responsible for most global warming pollution, and poor nations are most vulnerable to climate change impacts, the rich world has a moral responsibility to help poor and developing countries adapt to climate change and develop sustainably with clean energy.
    • International climate finance commitments are critical to ensure our national and global security by ensuring that vulnerable nations are not destabilized. They also boost our economy by opening up new clean energy markets and partnerships.

    What’s Next

    On the whole the Copenhagen talks failed to produce the substantive outcomes the world desperately needs.

    1Sky will redouble its campaign efforts in 2010 to ensure we get a strong bill in the U.S. Senate and a fair, ambitious, and binding international treaty. Senate action is critical to ensuring that the global community can move forward. 1Sky is proud to have been a part of global efforts that saw over 12 million people worldwide, including 600,000 in the U.S., raise their voices in support of a fair, ambitious and binding international treaty, and over 10,000 climate vigils, rallies, flash mobs, and other events in the last three months.

    Grassroots advocates and civil society leaders will continue to be a powerful force for change in the year ahead to ensure that we enact bold climate solutions, both domestically and internationally.