Climate Talks in Warsaw begins with devastation

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There is no question: We are experiencing the effects of global climate change. According to the BBC, “Negotiators from around 190 countries are meeting in Warsaw to try to advance steps towards a global climate agreement.” The link above goes right to the major donation spots.

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The devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan cast a gloom over U.N. climate talks this week as the envoy from the Philippines broke down in tears and announced he would fast until a “meaningful outcome is in sight.”

Naderev “Yeb” Sano’s emotional appeal was met with a standing ovation at the start of two-week talks in Warsaw where more than 190 countries will try to lay the groundwork for a new pact to fight global warming. Here at Green Writers Press, we support him in his fast! Here is a direct link to send donations via the Red Cross. images

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Why are we even bothering to start this publishing company? . . . In the face of such global devastation and rising sea levels due to the  unprecedented temperature rise in the last decade, we have surpassed the 350 carbon parts per million baseline set by Bill McKibben and his other founders at 350.org. We are well past it, now over 400 PPM.  We must take action. Now. 

Well, we are founding it on the principles of the “localvore” foodie movement, made popular by writer, Michael Pollen. His book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, was a ground-breaking book that came out a few years ago.

TODbookI found this book to be a compelling investigation of the food industry, a reason to stop eating commercial beef, and find out where your food was coming from and buy food raised within a 60-mile radius of where you live… The book is structured around four meals… It is engaging and well written. The real reason I bring up this book, is it basically started a revolution; and, like Bill McKibben (one of my personal heroes!) has shown with founding 350 and writing his own books, it is possible to galvanize an entire generation of young people AND the antiquated food industry… So, yeah, here we are — about the shake things up in the publishing business,

Thanks to everyone for their support and encouragement. It is with sadness that I look at photos of the Philippines right now. According to the 350.org media, lines of communication are in still in chaos, but they managed to get in touch with Zeph, the amazing 350 Southeast Asia Coordinator in the Philippines. Here’s what she emailed on Monday, November 11th:

“This lends urgency to our work. I think we need to be twice as strong as Typhoon Haiyan.”

Here is what Bill McKibben just wrote
1) Raise some money for direct relief to those in need.
2) Raise some hell.

Let’s do it!

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