Peoples’ Climate March, April 29

The Peoples’ Climate March in Washington, DC on April 29 is a national event which the Sierra Club is supporting. For details, see https://peoplesclimate.org/.

Buses from the Detroit Metro area to the Peoples’ Climate March are being organized by Andrew Sarpolis. For details about cost and schedule, download the flyer here. Contact Andrew at andrew.sarpolis@sierraclub.org or (248) 924-4857 if you want to reserve a seat.

If you don’t have time or money to go to Washington, there’s also a local event. The program starts promptly at noon on April 29 at the Charles h Wright museum of African American History, 315 East Warren Avenue in Detroit. The march to Peck Park in Detroit (Brush and Frederick Street) begins from the museum at 12:45 pm. At Peck Park, “The Future of Detroit is NOW” rally starts at 2:00 pm, ends at 4:00 pm.

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Climate Change – Peter Sinclair

This is the SEMG Sierra Club program for Thursday, April 6, 2017. The location is the Elks Lodge, 2401 E. 4th St., Royal Oak, MI. That’s at the corner of 4th St. & SB I-75 Service Drive, South of 11 Mile Rd.

The meeting is free and open to the public; any interested person can attend. The schedule is 6:30-7:00, Snacks and socializing; 7:00-7:10,  Announcements; and 7:10, Presentation. Continue reading “Climate Change – Peter Sinclair”

DAPL – Profits over (Poor) People Exposed

Mark Paul, a postdoctoral associate at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, has written an economic analysis of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) that deserves to be widely circulated and read. here are some excerpts:

“While the pipeline was originally scheduled to cross the Missouri River closer to Bismarck, authorities decided there was too much risk associated with locating the pipeline near the capital’s drinking water. They decided instead to follow the same rationale used by Lawrence Summers, then the chief economist of the World Bank, elucidated in an infamous memo stating “the economic logic of dumping a load of toxic waste in the lowest-wage country is impeccable and we should face up to that.” That same logic holds for the low wage counties and towns in the United States. The link between environmental quality and economic inequality is clear—corporations pollute on the poor, the weak, and the vulnerable …”

and

“As the Federal Water and Pollution Control Act makes clear, water quality should “protect the public health.” Period. Clean water and clean air should not be something Americans need to purchase, rather they should be rights guaranteed to all.”

Read the whole article at: http://triplecrisis.com/dapl-doesnt-make-economic-sense/

Social Justice and the Environment

There’s a longish article in The Atlantic with interesting insights into social justice and the environmental movement. I’m not sure yet what I think about it. There are certainly some elements that I agree with. At any rate, it’s entirely worth reading. Once I have some time to think it over, I’ll probably put my reaction in the comments section. I hope others do as well.

Where Do US Carbon Emissions Come From?

Have you ever wondered just what activities cause our fossil fuel carbon emissions, and how much emission is caused by which activities? Well, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories (LLNL) has produced the chart above to tell us exactly that for the USA economy. Although we are now far into 2016, LLNL has not yet produced a carbon chart for 2015. This chart for 2014 is the most recent one we have.

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Continue reading “Where Do US Carbon Emissions Come From?”