On September 23, 2019 Greta Thumberg, age 16, bravely stood before world leaders at the United Nations
"This is all wrong. I shouldn't be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. For more than 30 years, the science has been crystal clear; political and needed solutions are still nowhere in sight. How dare you!"
International Treaties, Agreements, Aspirations:
The Paris Accord Since the Paris Agreement was signed, just six US banks have loaned more than $1 trillionto the fossil fuel industry. https://stopthemoneypipeline.com/glasgow/Our
COP 26 The Glasgow 2021 meeting COP 27 upcoming in Egypt Nov. 2022
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6-iwCscVeAw COP 26, Glasgow summit Nov. 1-12, 2021 Demand of KERRY: all countries Break Ties with Fossil Funders:; in US: JP Morgan Chase, Citi, Bank of America all loan to FF industry Liberty Mutual Blackrock
Notably, the latest reportby the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) more clearly attributes extreme weather events to humans’ influence on the climate, pointing out that fossil fuels have caused 86% of carbon-dioxide emissions in the past decade.
Only after the last tree has been cut down Only after the last river has been poisoned Only after the last fish has been caught Only then will you find that money can not be eaten. Cree Indian Prophecy
A Fossil Fuel Non Proliferation Treaty?
A Non Fossil Fuel Proliferation Treaty would be based on the three pillars of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. non-proliferation. feasible phaseout. enable a just transition away from fossil fuels through a process of international cooperation
"The Green Amendment was passed into law in Nov. 2021 by the voters of NYS.
The United Nations Human Rights Council recognizes “the human right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment.” In the general election on November 2, 2021 New Yorkers followed the UN’s lead and voted “yes” on Ballot Proposal 2, the Environmental Rights Amendment, The Green Amendment. The proposal amends the New York state constitution by adding the right of each person to clean air, clean water, and a healthful environment.
The passage of the Green Amendment, like the action taken by the UN’s Human Rights Council, will be historic for New York. It will reverse the longstanding tradition of government agencies and departments approving corporate projects over the health and safety of citizens: regardless of the color of skin, ZIP code, or how much money a person makes they have the right to clean air and clean water and a healthful environment. It puts these rights in front of every decision the government makes. For example, before a legislative body passes a law or a government agency issues a permit or provides a grant, such body or agency will have to consider if doing so would violate a person’s right to clean air or water. Decision-makers would be obligated to minimize pollution, degradation, and environmental harms. And if they fail to protect these environmental rights, this amendment could be used by the community, government, and business interests to protect themselves. In states where environmental rights are in place, the public benefits from enhanced legal standing in enforcement of environmental laws and consideration of public trust values.
This amendment was approved by the voters in November 2021; Ideally there will be no more Hoosick Falls, where residents have used water contaminated for decades with perfluorooctanoic acid or PFOA's, a toxic chemical linked to a plastics plant. No longer will public housing complexes, such as Albany’s Ezra Prentice Homes, be built in an industrial-zoned area of a city. No longer will landfills, such as the S.A. Dunn landfill in Rensselaer, be allowed to be built and continuously operated next to a school. No longer will incinerators such as Norlite be allowed to operate within city limits.
The Green Amendment, though short on words, is a powerful document. It affirms the UN Human Rights Council’s recognition that the pollution of air, land and water, and the unsound management of chemicals and waste, interfere with the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment."
Dominick Calsolaro of Albany is a South End resident and former Common Council member.
--Faith Based Ethical advocacy: Karenna Gore Union Theological Seminary; Greenfaith
Actions by governments, individuals
The Montreal Protocol of 2016- engage global industry