Posts Tagged ‘I AM Challenge’

Weekly Rewind: January 23-29

January 30th, 2012

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Hope for Clean Energy: President Obama’s State of the Union address touched on clean energy — hearing “I will not walk away from the promise of clean energy” was certainly a highlight (more highlights and summaries on our blog). Then he elaborated on his energy strategies in Las Vegas (Huffington Post story).

I AM Winner: We had so many great I AM Challenge submissions, but we could only pull one name out of the hat to win. She is Felicia from Marina del Rey, CA, and she won two VIP tickets to our Pre-Oscar part February 22 (I AM winner post; Pre-Oscar party details and tickets).

Good Business: The United Nations launched an online database to help businesses adapt to climate change (Tcktcktck story).

Sunny Days: We talked to the Los Angeles Daily News about the rise of solar power in LA (LA Daily News story).

Good Protection: The EPA is providing clean drinking water to Pennsylvania homes in the fracking zone (ProPublica story).

One Fish, Two Fish, Three Fish, Activists: A fourth grade class got its wish after posting a petition asking the studio behind “The Lorax” to include environmental educational materials on the website for movie based on the Dr. Seuss classic (Mother Jones story).

Cleaning Up: The United States Chemical Materials Agency (CMA) completed the safe destruction of almost 90% of the 31,500 U.S. tons of deadly chemical agents that have been stored at military arsenals in the U.S. since the middle of the last century. (Our post)

Playing Dirty: Scientists were asked to downplay BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill rates (LA Times story). Even messier: An ex-employee says BP fired him for trying to clean up oil (Grist story).

I AM: And the Winner Is….

January 23rd, 2012

We had so many great I AM Challenge submissions, but we could only pull one name out of the hat to win. She is Felicia from Marina del Rey, CA, and she won two VIP tickets to our Pre-Oscar part February 22. More here.

He is Antarctica: Sebastian Copeland’s I AM Video

October 28th, 2011

Sebastian Copeland has traveled across the globe — the North Pole, Greenland, Antarctica — to document global warming and we’re lucky to have him work with us on the Global Green USA board of directors. Before embarking on his journey to the South Pole, he made this I AM Challenge video for us.

Getting Ready Rio+20: Call for Action

October 28th, 2011

rio_map_borderGlobal Green USA will join presidents, prime ministers, other world leaders, and thousands of citizens and activists from Brazil, the U.S., and around the globe, in Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (aka Earth Summit) next June.

I will be leading a Global Green USA delegation, which will include a chosen citizen entrepreneur who took our I AM Challenge to fight climate change and demonstrated a community action to help us in the fight. I hope you will also take the challenge, and get the chance to join me there.

The Earth Summit is especially meaningful for us at Global Green USA: Leaders from around the world at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit called upon President Mikhail S. Gorbachev to start and lead the Green Cross. In April 1993, Green Cross International (GCI) was founded by President Gorbachev, and Global Green USA — the U.S. arm of GCI — was started a few months later.

In 2002, we raised awareness about the 2002 Earth Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, and at the conference were joined by mayors and congressional members in calling for a $50 billion global solar fund.

We knew then, as we know now, that there is no time to wait in taking steps to protect our planet for future generations. Before the 2002 meeting, we called on President Bush to attend and put forth an action plan on climate change. We plan to issue the same call to President Obama. This time, however, we need more action to result from the Earth Summit, regardless of which heads of state attend.

The expectations are high for the Rio+20 gathering, which should set the agenda for the decades ahead with work to combat critical global challenges. We do not need empty promises or treaties and action plans that are unfulfilled. The Earth Summit is about protecting our planet — and preserving our future. Now, we joining our colleagues at GCI and other environmental nonprofits in asking everyone, but particularly younger generations, to become engaged and speak up for a brighter and greener future. We are asking citizen entrepreneurs to call upon world leaders as they prepare for Rio+20 and urge them to take real actions to immediately put us all on a more sustainable path.

Public comments concerning the conference are being accepted by the United Nations through November 1. Please sign our letter to the UN now and share your comments.

Together, we can make sure the most important environmental meeting in a decade results in more than talk.

Click here to sign and send the letter to the UN.

I AM Challenge: The Cute Kids and Animals Edition

October 21st, 2011

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Let’s face it: few can resist cute photos of kids and animals. We have received some great kid and pet photo submissions for our I AM Fighting Climate Change Challenge – and we’re accepting more through October 31. Come on, bring on more cuteness!

Video: Mark Ruffalo on Climate Change

September 23rd, 2011

Mark Ruffalo joined us in New York City on Thursday to help launch our I AM Fighting Climate Change Challenge. In this clip, he talks about the threat of climate change and what he is personally doing to make a difference to green his corner of the world.

I AM PSA

September 21st, 2011

Sea Level Rise: Take the I AM Challenge

September 21st, 2011
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CEO Matt Petersen with Mark Ruffalo, launching the I AM challenge in New York.

Take the I AM Challenge, and Take Responsibility for a Green Corner of the World

Among other challenges, global warming is causing our sea levels to rise and putting our coastal cities — and billions of people — at risk across the globe.

We know first-hand about the threats of sea level rise at Global Green, where we have offices in New Orleans, Santa Monica, and New York — cities at risk from sea level rise. These cities and inhabitants are threatened, but our entire economy also stands to take a blow, as ports and other infrastructure face potential losses in the trillions that will impact national and global commerce.

The recent impact and concern over storm surge with Hurricane Irene pointed out the vulnerabilities to the Northeast, in particular New York. But more threats come from corporate and industrial lobbying, as evidenced by President Obama’s recent action to overturn EPA’s ruling on smog, and the EPA’s delay of issuing rules to limit greenhouse emissions from power plants.

Take the Fight Climate Change Challenge Now!

To help raise awareness about sea level rise, and share the potential of a green economy, Global Green asked some friends in entertainment, music, and sports to help us by filming a public service announcement. The message is simple: If we act, we can protect our nation and create a green economy. The first step is demanding that our leaders invest in a green jobs, to support a clean and green economy that can sustain us for decades to come. We can begin by urging President Obama to fulfill the promises he made when he took office, and commit to creating the green economy we need to help us collectively reduce greenhouse gases and help guarantee a safe and healthy future for all Americans.

We are also calling for a full accounting of the economic and human impact of sea level rise, here in the U.S. and around the world. We need to bring the world’s cities — and nations — together to assess the challenge, and come together to act. Why? This is a global crisis: More than 600 million people across the globe live in coastal regions that are less than 10 meters above sea level. The U.S. alone has more than 12,000 miles of coastline, with more than half of all Americans living in and around coastal cities and towns. Among the world’s 10 most at-risk cities are Miami, New York, and New Orleans.

Scientists concur that NYC was lucky to be spared; Irene passed without the worst predictions of storm surge inundating lower Manhattan, which could have taken out Wall Street and flooded mass transit. But what about next time? Other communities on the East Coast were not so lucky and now face a tough road to recovery as they deal with loss of life and irreparable damages to homes and businesses. This is a harsh reminder of how vulnerable our coastal cities are when facing storms of this such magnitude — and how climate change has impacted these regions. For every foot of sea level rise, we can expect about 100 feet of coastal flooding. The situation is grave, but we are not powerless.

A sustainable future can be ours only if we take responsibility — and that responsibility is to preserve this planet for future generations. We need strong government action, and we also need to take individual and community actions to green our neighborhoods, our schools, and our cities. (And I am not just talking about changing our light bulbs — even though small acts like this remain important.) We can act by reclaiming our role as citizens — not only as consumers — and take responsibility for a little corners of our world. Because we know that local action can have a global impact; indeed, cities are responsible for 70% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Using the one-step-at-a-time metaphor, we can work together to reduce greenhouse gases and help minimize future damage.

Join us: declare yourself a citizen entrepreneur and fight with us against sea level rise. In working to green your corner of the world, enlist your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Pick a project, small or large. Challenge your neighborhood association, school board, or city to take steps to fight climate change. We’ll be working together to create a green economy and connecting with others in taking responsibility for this grave threat to our communities and our nation. Recent and coming campaigns by Al Gore and Climate Reality Project, and Bill McKibben and 350.org all reinforce this call to arms of citizen entrepreneurs.

I would venture to say that each of us loves where we live — whether or not we are in the cities across the U.S. and globe facing the direct threat of sea level rise. If we do not live in these cities, we have loved ones and fellow citizens that do, and we can stand together. Stand and declare: I AM Los Angeles. I AM New York. I AM Boston. I AM Mumbai. I AM Tokyo. Or I AM New Orleans. While the well-known individuals in our PSA may help get your attention, the true hero  is you, each citizen that takes action. Join us, and start with responding to the I AM Challenge. Begin by uploading your I AM photo with your favorite city at risk or hometown. Declare the commitment you will make to green your corner of the world. And share your progress with us. We will be fighting climate change, but it’s more than that — we will be creating better neighborhoods, schools, and cities, and moving toward a brighter future sustained by a green economy.