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24 Hours of Reality

Sat, 11/14/2015 - 00:20
Streaming Live – The World is Watching

24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth: The World Is Watching (live stream) will include dynamic appearances and performances from world-renowned musicians and entertainers and will be available to a global audience through mobile, web, and television broadcast as it seeks to engage with people worldwide to build momentum for strong action at the upcoming UN climate talks in Paris. The broadcast is produced by The Climate Reality Project and Live Earth. The Climate Reality Project’s partnership with Live Earth for this fifth-annual broadcast means it will include an unprecedented artistic lineup and distribution platform to maximize its global reach.

Former US Vice President and Chairman of The Climate Reality Project Al Gore will lead the global broadcast of The World Is Watching, airing from 6pm CET, Friday, November 13 to 6pm CET, Saturday, November 14.The round-the-clock event will also include presentations from government leaders and climate experts and activists broadcasting from Paris and eight other countries around the world (United States, Australia, Brazil, India, Canada, China, the Philippines, and South Africa) to provide viewers with compelling, entertaining and informative content on the local and global impacts of climate change, as well as promising solutions that can be found around the world today.
In addition to French President François Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, experts like glaciologist Claude Lorius, elected leaders like California Governor Jerry Brown and other special guests will appear throughout the 24-hour broadcast.

24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth: The World Is Watching will have a truly global broadcast footprint. Visit www.24hoursofreality.org to find out how to watch the livestream where you live or on your mobile device.

For viewers in the United States, a 24-hour live stream will be available exclusively on mobile via go90—a free mobile-first, social-entertainment platform that can be downloaded via the App Store or Google Play. Verizon FiOS customers can watch “24 Hours of Reality” on FiOS1 (Channel 1 and 501 HD). The broadcast will also be available worldwide through www.24HoursOfReality.org, The Huffington Post, and www.AOL.com. Additional global broadcast partners will be announced later this week.

Each hour, the broadcast will be punctuated by thought-provoking, knockout appearances from an all-star lineup. The broadcast is aimed at urging world leaders to push for the strongest possible climate agreement at the upcoming UN conference in Paris, and at urging people to take action in their own communities and homes.

“24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth: The World Is Watching is about making sure the people of the world are informed and engaged so that they can make their voices heard in their capitals and at the negotiating table in Paris,” said Vice President Al Gore. “The UN climate talks can be a breakthrough moment to change the dangerous course we’ve set for our planet. We want the world’s leaders to know the world is watching, and its time for them to act.”

“The media landscape is cluttered, people’s lives are busy and the way people access information and connect with each other varies from person to person. To cut through, you have to provide truly compelling content and match it with multiple distribution streams that reach people in their homes and on the go,” said Live Earth founder Kevin Wall. “The climate crisis is grave, so we are harnessing the best content and the latest in mobile, social media and online distribution to make sure we can connect with people everywhere.”

“We have to get every major country to make a strong commitment at COP 21,” said Climate Reality President and CEO Ken Berlin. “The time is now for world leaders to sign an emissions reduction agreement that includes five-year reviews of their commitments, a long-term goal, and the global prioritization of renewable energy. It is time for global action—the world is watching.”

About “24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth: The World Is Watching”

With the UN talks in Paris (COP 21) approaching, a breakthrough in addressing climate change is finally at hand. Airing two weeks prior to when the monumental negotiations begin, the broadcast will serve to remind global leaders that the world is watching and demanding action to solve the climate crisis. The time has come for countries to take significant action and make strong commitments to reduce emissions, combat climate change and set us on a path towards a better future. For more information, visit www.24hoursofreality.org.

About The Climate Reality Project

The Climate Reality Project is one of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to mobilizing action around climate change. With a global movement more than 5 million strong and a grassroots network of trained Climate Reality Leader activists, we are spreading the truth about climate change and building widespread popular support for solutions. Former US Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore is the Founder and Chairman of The Climate Reality Project. For more information, visit www.climaterealityproject.org or follow us on Twitter at @ClimateReality.

About Live Earth

Eight years after the inaugural Live Earth concert spread environmental awareness and spoke up for action on climate change around the globe, Climate Reality Founder and Chairman Al Gore, Emmy Award-winning producer Kevin Wall, and multi-Grammy award-winning mega-star Pharrell Williams revived the Live Earth legacy to once again make music a powerful force for climate action in the lead-up to this year’s UN talks in Paris.

The Line-Up Musical Artists Announced Today

• Elton John
• Fall Out Boy
• Hozier
• Jon Bon Jovi
• Vance Joy
• WALK THE MOON

Media Personalities

• Jared Leto, actor and activist
• Patrick J. Adams, actor and activist
• Atom Araullo, news reporter, ABS-CBN News
• Sarah Backhouse, founder & CEO of Future360.tv
• Ed Begley Jr., actor and activist
• Sam Champion, weather anchor, The Weather Channel
• Barkha Dutt, television journalist, NDTV
• Maria Paula Fidalgo, actor and activist
• Porter Fox, author and editor at Powder Magazine
• Vanessa Hauc, journalist, Telemundo
• Nicolas Ibarguen, environmental correspondent for Fusion and Univision
• Africa Melane, presenter, CapeTalk and 702
• Pierre Rabhi, writer, farmer and environmentalist
• Ryan Reynolds, actor and activist
• Calum Worthy, actor and activist

Government Officials

• President François Hollande, France
• President Felipe Calderon, Mexico
• Brian Deese, Senior Advisor to United States President Barack Obama
• Governor Jerry Brown, California, United States
• Premier Philippe Couillard, Québec, Canada
• Dr. Ernest Moniz, Secretary, United States Department of Energy
• Dr. Steven Miles, Queensland Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, Australia
• Izabella Teixeira, Brazil, Minister of the Environment
• Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Paris, France
• Mayor Philip Levine, Miami Beach, United States
• Commissioner Greg Mullins, Fire and Rescue New South Wales, Australia

NGO and business leaders

• Dr. Anish Andheria, President of the Wildlife Conservation Trust
• Kofi Annan, former U.N. Secretary-General
• Chinmaya Acharya, Chief of Programs, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation
• Yoca Arditi-Rocha, Director and Founder, No Planeta B
• Ken Berlin, President and CEO, The Climate Reality Project
• Wang Binbin, Climate change communications expert
• Keith Brooks, Clean Economy Program Director, Environmental Defence Canada
• Ian Bruce, Science and Policy Manager, David Suzuki Foundation
• Dr. Fuqiang Yang, Senior Advisor, Climate and Energy, NRDC China
• Nicolas Hulot, Chairman of Fondation Nicolas Hulot and Special Envoy of the President of France to Protect the Planet.
• Daniela Ibarra-Howell, CEO, Savory Institute
• Natalie Isaacs, Co-founder and CEO at 1 Million Women
• Renee Karunungan, Advocacy Director, Dakila
• Aditi Kapoor, Director of Policy and Partnerships, Alternative Futures
• Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Lubicon Cree Leader, Canada
• Claude Lorius, Glaciologist, Director Emeritus of Research at CNRS
• Alix Mazounie, Climate Action Network – France
• Mithika Mwenda, Head of Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance
• Evan Rice, CEO, GreenCape
• Juliette Rousseau, Coalition Climat 21
• Mauricio Ruiz, Executive Secretary of Terra Institute of Environmental Preservation
• Yeb Sano, Leader, The People’s Pilgrimage
• Wang Shi, Chairman, China Vanke Co. Ltd.
• Alison Thompson, Chair and Managing Director, Canadian Geothermal Energy Association
• Gawher Nayeem Wahra, Director of Disaster Management and Climate Change, BRAC
• Zhang Xiangdong, Co-founder and CEO of 700Bike
• Adrian Yeo, CAN’s Leadership Development Program Fellow

Source: Climate Reality Project

Categories: Ecological News

Statement by the President on the Keystone XL Pipeline

Sat, 11/07/2015 - 00:28

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

11:58 A.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everybody.  Several years ago, the State Department began a review process for the proposed construction of a pipeline that would carry Canadian crude oil through our heartland to ports in the Gulf of Mexico and out into the world market.

This morning, Secretary Kerry informed me that, after extensive public outreach and consultation with other Cabinet agencies, the State Department has decided that the Keystone XL Pipeline would not serve the national interest of the United States.  I agree with that decision.

This morning, I also had the opportunity to speak with Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada.  And while he expressed his disappointment, given Canada’s position on this issue, we both agreed that our close friendship on a whole range of issues, including energy and climate change, should provide the basis for even closer coordination between our countries going forward.  And in the coming weeks, senior members of my team will be engaging with theirs in order to help deepen that cooperation.

Now, for years, the Keystone Pipeline has occupied what I, frankly, consider an overinflated role in our political discourse.  It became a symbol too often used as a campaign cudgel by both parties rather than a serious policy matter.  And all of this obscured the fact that this pipeline would neither be a silver bullet for the economy, as was promised by some, nor the express lane to climate disaster proclaimed by others.

To illustrate this, let me briefly comment on some of the reasons why the State Department rejected this pipeline.

First:  The pipeline would not make a meaningful long-term contribution to our economy.  So if Congress is serious about wanting to create jobs, this was not the way to do it.  If they want to do it, what we should be doing is passing a bipartisan infrastructure plan that, in the short term, could create more than 30 times as many jobs per year as the pipeline would, and in the long run would benefit our economy and our workers for decades to come.

Our businesses created 268,000 new jobs last month.  They’ve created 13.5 million new jobs over the past 68 straight months — the longest streak on record.  The unemployment rate fell to 5 percent.  This Congress should pass a serious infrastructure plan, and keep those jobs coming.  That would make a difference. The pipeline would not have made a serious impact on those numbers and on the American people’s prospects for the future.

Second:  The pipeline would not lower gas prices for American consumers.  In fact, gas prices have already been falling — steadily.  The national average gas price is down about 77 cents over a year ago.  It’s down a dollar over two years ago.  It’s down $1.27 over three years ago.  Today, in 41 states, drivers can find at least one gas station selling gas for less than two bucks a gallon.  So while our politics have been consumed by a debate over whether or not this pipeline would create jobs and lower gas prices, we’ve gone ahead and created jobs and lowered gas prices.

Third:  Shipping dirtier crude oil into our country would not increase America’s energy security.  What has increased America’s energy security is our strategy over the past several years to reduce our reliance on dirty fossil fuels from unstable parts of the world.  Three years ago, I set a goal to cut our oil imports in half by 2020.  Between producing more oil here at home, and using less oil throughout our economy, we met that goal last year — five years early.  In fact, for the first time in two decades, the United States of America now produces more oil than we buy from other countries.

Now, the truth is, the United States will continue to rely on oil and gas as we transition — as we must transition — to a clean energy economy.  That transition will take some time.  But it’s also going more quickly than many anticipated.  Think about it.  Since I took office, we’ve doubled the distance our cars will go on a gallon of gas by 2025; tripled the power we generate from the wind; multiplied the power we generate from the sun 20 times over.  Our biggest and most successful businesses are going all-in on clean energy.  And thanks in part to the investments we’ve made, there are already parts of America where clean power from the wind or the sun is finally cheaper than dirtier, conventional power.

The point is the old rules said we couldn’t promote economic growth and protect our environment at the same time.  The old rules said we couldn’t transition to clean energy without squeezing businesses and consumers.  But this is America, and we have come up with new ways and new technologies to break down the old rules, so that today, homegrown American energy is booming, energy prices are falling, and over the past decade, even as our economy has continued to grow, America has cut our total carbon pollution more than any other country on Earth.

Today, the United States of America is leading on climate change with our investments in clean energy and energy efficiency.  America is leading on climate change with new rules on power plants that will protect our air so that our kids can breathe.  America is leading on climate change by working with other big emitters like China to encourage and announce new commitments to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.  In part because of that American leadership, more than 150 nations representing nearly 90 percent of global emissions have put forward plans to cut pollution.

America is now a global leader when it comes to taking serious action to fight climate change.  And frankly, approving this project would have undercut that global leadership.  And that’s the biggest risk we face — not acting.

Today, we’re continuing to lead by example.  Because ultimately, if we’re going to prevent large parts of this Earth from becoming not only inhospitable but uninhabitable in our lifetimes, we’re going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground rather than burn them and release more dangerous pollution into the sky.

As long as I’m President of the United States, America is going to hold ourselves to the same high standards to which we hold the rest of the world.  And three weeks from now, I look forward to joining my fellow world leaders in Paris, where we’ve got to come together around an ambitious framework to protect the one planet that we’ve got while we still can.

If we want to prevent the worst effects of climate change before it’s too late, the time to act is now.  Not later.  Not someday.  Right here, right now.  And I’m optimistic about what we can accomplish together.  I’m optimistic because our own country proves, every day — one step at a time — that not only do we have the power to combat this threat, we can do it while creating new jobs, while growing our economy, while saving money, while helping consumers, and most of all, leaving our kids a cleaner, safer planet at the same time.

That’s what our own ingenuity and action can do.  That’s what we can accomplish.  And America is prepared to show the rest of the world the way forward.

Thank you very much.

END
12:08 P.M. EST

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