‘Global Climate Action Summit’ (San Francisco), Sept. 12th — 14th

by admin on September 10, 2018

Take Responsibility to the Next Level


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The Global Climate Action Summit will bring leaders and people together from around the world to “Take Responsible Ambition to the Next Level.” It will be a moment to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens with respect to climate action.

It will also be a launchpad for deeper worldwide commitments and accelerated action from countries—supported by all sectors of society—that can put the globe on track to prevent dangerous climate change and realize the historic Paris Agreement.

The decarbonization of the global economy is in sight. Transformational changes are happening across the world and across all sectors as a result of technological innovation, new and creative policies and political will at all levels.

States and regions, cities, businesses and investors are leading the charge on pushing down global emissions by 2020, setting the stage to reach net zero emissions by midcentury.​​

At the heart of the Paris Climate Change Agreement is the commitment by national governments to review their progress and rachet up the ambition of national climate action plans, known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

The Global Climate Action Summit, happening midway between Paris 2015 and 2020, is timed to provide the confidence to governments to ‘step up’ and trigger this next level of ambition sooner rather than later.

The momentum we generate this year must lead to bending the curve of emissions down by 2020—science advises us that this gives the world the best opportunity to prevent the worst effects of climate change. 2018 therefore must be the beginning of a new phase of action and ambition on climate change.

The Summit will underscore the urgency of the threat of climate change by mobilizing the voices and experience of real people, in real communities already facing real and stark threats. It will challenge and channel the energy and idealism of people everywhere to step up and overcome it.

At the Summit, international and local leaders from states, regions, cities, businesses, investors and civil society—known as “non-party stakeholders/non-state actors”—will be joined by national government leaders, scientists, students, nonprofits and others in a new wave of mobilization.

They will be sharing what they have achieved to date and committing to doing more to usher in the era of decarbonization, greater levels of sustainability and prosperity for the many rather than the few.

These actors will also celebrate a range of new climate commitments under five key areas: Healthy Energy Systems, Inclusive Economic Growth, Sustainable Communities, Land and Ocean Stewardship and Transformative Climate Investments.

The confidence, enthusiasm and support generated by this wave of action now and through 2019, will embolden national governments leaders to trigger the necessary domestic processes ahead of 2020 while also triggering more states and regions, cities, businesses and investors to ‘step up’ further action themselves.


PATRICIA ESPINOSA — Executive Secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change

I am delighted to be one of the co-chairs of the California Summit where we have an opportunity to move the needle further and faster towards the swift realization of the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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Solar Co-Op Session September 10, 2018 at 9:55 am

Greetings Concerned Citizens,

Have you been thinking of going solar? Now’s your chance! Neighbors have formed the Upper Ohio Valley Solar Co-op with the help of Solar United Neighbors to make it easier to save money on the purchase of solar panels, while building a community of local solar supporters. Join others on Monday, September 17th from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at Cornerstone Ministry Center Dining Hall at 381 Willis Rd, Jefferson, PA for an information session to learn about solar energy, as well as how the Solar Co-op simplifies the process of going solar while providing a discount through its bulk purchasing power.

RSVP for the Event: https://secure.everyaction.com/F9OulfPNf0G0K8F-4rPcZA2/

The Upper Ohio Valley Solar Co-op is open to Pennsylvania residents of Washington and Greene Counties, as well as residents of West Virginia’s northern panhandle and neighboring counties in Ohio.

Take care,

Veronica Coptis – Executive Director


Michael Brune September 11, 2018 at 12:03 pm

Join Generation Ready Live Online

RSVP to join Generation Ready Live Online: Thursday, 9/13 at 7pm PST

Dear Concerned Citizens,

On Saturday, thousands marched for climate, jobs, and justice. And, today, California—the 5th largest economy in the world—became the largest global economy to commit to 100% clean energy!

As the momentum for 100% clean energy continues to grow, and world leaders gather in San Francisco this week for the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), join us this Thursday night to hear the stories of leaders from the movement.

The Sierra Club’s #ReadyFor100 campaign is teaming up with Seventh Generation to host “Generation Ready: Real Stories from Leaders Committed to Clean Energy,” a live storytelling event on Thursday, September 13 at 7pm PST featuring mayors, community and youth activists, public officials, and faith leaders who are driving the transition to 100% clean energy for all.

RSVP for Thursday’s livestream of an evening of storytelling and inspiration from changemakers as they share their journeys in helping their communities move to 100% clean energy.

Mayor Jackie Biskupski, Salt Lake City
Mayor Greg Lemons, Abita Springs
Rahwa Ghirmatzion, PUSH Buffalo
Haven Coleman, Youth Climate Activist
and more!

Together, we’re shaping a new story—that 100% clean energy is within reach, and communities are leading the way. Join the conversation! Livestream the event, share it on Facebook, and help inspire an even broader movement of people by spreading these stories far and wide across your social networks.

Sign up to receive the link to the 9/13 livestream of “Generation Ready: Real Stories from Leaders Committed to Clean Energy.”

Ready for 100%,

>>> Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club

NOTE: This event is part of “Commit to Clean,” a Seventh Generation and Sierra Club Ready for 100 Campaign partnership to amplify and grow the movement for 100% clean energy.


Michael Brune September 12, 2018 at 2:02 am

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Tens of thousands marched in San Francisco last Saturday ahead of the Global Action Summit convening there later this week. Protesters called on leaders at all levels of government to take swift and meaningful action to combat climate change. The march was just one of hundreds of Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice protests held around the globe last weekend. Led by indigenous activists, the San Francisco march is estimated to be the largest climate protest ever held on the West Coast.

Sierra magazine editor-in-chief Jason Mark was there.


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