Archive for October 29, 2013

Upcoming Climate Reality Event

Join an informative lunch and learn session hosted by Green Building Alliance on November 7! During this presentation, Climate Reality Project member and PhD student Flore Marion will:

  • share the most recent and scientifically accepted truths about temperature trends, heat waves, drought and recent climate phenomenon,
  • discuss how climate change is already affecting the US and the world on societal and economic level and
  • open up the discussion about ways to act locally and globally beyond what is already on-going.

This event will be held at the GBA office on Thursday November 7 from 11:30am – 1:00pm. For more information and to register, visit the event page.

Power Shift Conference Swarms Pittsburgh

Over 6,000 youth converged in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center this past weekend to learn about and discuss critical issues, ranging from social and environmental injustices to the climate crisis.  This is the first time the Power Shift conference has been held outside of Washington DC, and Pittsburgh was chosen because of its dedication to building a clean energy economy.  Keynote speakers such as Bill McKibben (350.org) and Kandi Mossett (Indigenous Environmental Network) inspired young people to take action for climate justice.  Breakout sessions and workshops covered a vast spectrum of topics, including discussions led by local Pittsburgh environmental and climate organizations.  To learn more and see images from the conference, visit the Power Shift website.

Economic Leaders Make Case for Climate Action

Economic Climate Action

Leaders from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund recently discussed the economic incentives for managing worldwide climate disruption. Without action towards green growth in emerging economies, climate change could ruin the poverty-reduction work these economic institutions have accomplished.

One solution proposed by IMF Director Christine Lagarde is to cut subsidies for fossil fuels, such as gasoline. This would provide new revenue for health and education while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Read a summary of the forum here or watch the entire discussion here.

Crucial Report Released by IPCC

Image: www.350.org

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its most recent assessment on global climate change at the end of September. The IPCC is a body of over 800 scientists from across the globe, established in 1988 by the United Nations to produce periodic assessments of the science of climate change and impacts on humans. The key findings of this report are that scientists are more certain than ever that our climate is warming and that human activities are causing this change. While climate-deniers claim there is uncertainty about climate change, the report shows that climate scientists are 95% certain humans are changing the climate. To put this into perspective, this is the same percentage of doctors who believe cigarettes cause cancer. Read more about the report from CNN.

PCI in the Community

In the last month, PCI has been active at several events, including Park(ing) Day and the Allegheny Green + Innovation Festival.

Park(ing) Day

Megan Davis explains PCI on Park(ing) Day, where a variety of organizations created park areas in parking spaces to promote green initiatives. (Photo by James Souder)

At our Park(ing) day table, our hand crank was a physical way to simulate the amount of energy it actually takes to power different kinds of light bulbs. The free bagels and CFL bulbs were a hit!

 

Our trivia wheel at the Allegheny Green + Innovation Festival was also quite popular, especially with the younger crowd.

PEC Climate Fellow James Souder representing PCI at the Allegheny Green + Innovation Festival. (Photo by Megan Davis)

PEC Climate Fellow James Souder representing PCI at the Allegheny Green + Innovation Festival. (Photo by Megan Davis)

SCA Green Cities Fellow Megan Davis asks trivia questions about water conservation and energy efficiency. (Photo by James Souder)

SCA Green Cities Fellow Megan Davis asks trivia questions about water conservation and energy efficiency. (Photo by James Souder)

 

We enjoyed meeting you and discussing Pittsburgh’s plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. See you next time!