Sunday, October 31, 2021

OMNI: Climate Memo Mondays, #47, November 1, 2021


Climate Memo Mondays, #47, November 1, 2021

COP 26 Countdown
Noam Chomsky and Stan Cox's New Book


COP26, UN CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE Glasgow, October 31 to November 1 2, 2021
OMNI Glasgow Countdown, 10-22/31-21
Science for Peace, 10-22; Climate Hawks, 10-25; Atomic Scientists, 10-25; UN Wire, 10-25; ADG, 10-26; World Beyond War, 10-29; Senator Ed Markey, 10-30; Avaaz:  Greta Thunberg, 10-31; UNAC and Global Network: Convergence of Space, Militarization, and the Climate Crisis, 10-31.

Noam Chomsky and Stan Cox on the Warming Planet
Tomgram: Noam Chomsky and Stan Cox, Before It's Too Late

TomDispatch via 10-24-21

4:13 PM (53 minutes ago)

Noam Chomsky and Stan Cox, Before It's Too Late

October 24, 2021

To the best of my memory, I first met Noam Chomsky in 1970. No, admittedly not in person, not then. But I "met" him through his remarkable essay "After Pinkville," his look, in the midst of the Vietnam War, at a world of My Lai massacres. (The hamlets that included My Lai had been known to the U.S. military as "Pinkville.") As he wrote at the time, grimly enough, "The world's most advanced society has found the answer to people's war: eliminate the people." I was then a printer at the New England Free Press, a "movement" print shop, and though his essay appeared initially in the New York Review of Books, we printed up our own little edition for the bookshelf of movement literature we were then widely distributing. I was overwhelmed by the power of the piece and by the thinking of the man who wrote it.

I would, in fact, eventually meet Noam in person and edit and publish two of his books (Hegemony or Survival, America's Quest for Global Dominance and Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy) while launching the American Empire Project series with Steve Fraser at Metropolitan Books. Then, unexpectedly finding myself producing what became TomDispatch, I would end up publishing 20 of Noam's pieces at this website between 2003 and 2016. You won't be surprised to learn that I felt honored. In these years, quite honestly, Noam Chomsky has been something like a force of nature, a single mind that has continually taken in the world in a way few others could. And so, I find myself proud indeed to be publishing an interview scientist Stan Cox has just done with him about the ultimate issue on this planet when it comes to our lives and those of our children and grandchildren: Can we make it?

Cox himself is the author of a new book, The Path to a Liveable Futureas well as The Green New Deal and Beyond, that Chomsky wrote a forward to (a recommendation in itself). Check both of them out and, in the meantime, consider the thoughts of the man who has, for more than half a century, grasped and highlighted our problems in a unique fashion. You can count on one thing: whatever he does in the years to come, it won't include, like 90-year-old William Shatner, heading into space with Jeff Bezos and crew. In a sense, Chomsky has been in space all along, looking down on this woebegone planet of ours and absorbing it in a way few others have done. It's a record for the ages. Tom



The Path to a Livable Future: Or Will Rich Corporations Trash the Planet?

By Noam Chomsky and Stan Cox

This month will mark a critical juncture in the struggle to avoid climate catastrophe. At the COP26 global climate summit kicking off next week in Glasgow, Scotland, negotiators will be faced with the urgent need to get the world economy off the business-as-usual track that will take the Earth up to and beyond 3 degrees Celsius of excess heating before this century’s end, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Yet so far, the pledges of rich nations to cut greenhouse-gas emissions have been far too weak to rein in the temperature rise. Meanwhile, the Biden administration’s climate plans hang in the balance. If Congress fails to pass the reconciliation bill, the next opportunity for the United States to take effective climate action may not arise until it’s too late.   

For the past several decades, Noam Chomsky has been one of the most forceful and persuasive voices confronting injustice, inequity, and the threat posed by human-caused climate chaos to civilization and the Earth. I was eager to know Professor Chomsky’s views on the roots of our current dire predicament and on humanity’s prospects for emerging from this crisis into a livable future. He very graciously agreed to speak with me by way of a video chat. The text here is an abridged version of a conversation we had on October 1, 2021.

Click here to read more of this dispatch.



COP26, UN CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE Glasgow, October 31 to November 12, 2021

OMNI Glasgow Countdown, 10-22/31-21

Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology

Contents (see below for earlier countdowns)

Science for Peace, 10-22

Climate Hawks, 10-25

Atomic Scientists, 10-25

UN Wire, 10-25

ADG, 10-26

World Beyond War, 10-29

Senator Ed Markey, 10-30

Avaaz:  Greta Thunberg, 10-31

UNAC and Global Network:: Convergence of Space, Militarization, and the Climate Crisis, 10-31



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What is happening in Glasgow  10-22-21

Science for Peace via 

10:23 AM (3 hours ago)

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This jointly-sponsored one-hour webcast assembles six experts to reflect on Canada’s climate record and future performance in the context of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. In brief segments of 5-10 minutes, our experts answer these key questions:


· What is COP?

· How adequate is the Liberal government’s climate strategy?

· What is the history of Canada’s broken climate promises?

· What are the challenges, in light of the IPCC’s projections on emissions?

· What is being achieved in Glasgow?

· What can we do to promote a livable future?

All this in 60 minutes. Do join us at 4:30 on Sunday, November 7th. Register now. It’s free.

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Hey, COP 26: Leave no country behind

Jessica, Climate Hawks Vote 10-25-21

8:01 AM (0 minutes ago)

Across the Global South, climate-driven disasters are destroying homes, lives, and livelihoods. And the worst part? The communities harmed most are the ones least responsible for the climate pollution that is causing this devastation.

At a UN COP meeting over ten years ago, the top developed nations made a pledge to provide $100 billion annually in climate funds to developing countries. But the big countries, including the United States, have not yet met this goal, and the number is already proving to be too small as the costs of climate disasters are quickly rising.

Sign now >> Rich countries must pay their fair share.

In just seven short days, leaders from around the world will converge on Glasgow for the UNFCCC’s COP 26 climate summit. COP 26 President Alok Sharma has made it a top priority of the upcoming negotiations to ensure the delivery of that $100 billion per year climate pledge and build trust between developed and developing countries. But negotiation leaders need to hear from the general public – they need to know that we expect them to leave no country behind.

That’s why we’re telling rich countries at COP 26 in Glasgow that it’s time to pay their fair share.

Climate change is a global problem, and our solutions must be global in nature. As the costs of climate disasters rapidly increase, it’s time for rich countries to clean up their mess and provide life-saving funds to the regions least responsible for this.

Add your signature to our petition now. 

Thank you, Jessica Hamilton

Climate Hawks Vote
PO Box 141
Agoura Hills, CA 91376-0141




Expert: Push governments to do better

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) starts Oct. 31. Experts Sivan Kartha, Anju Sharma, and Bob Berwyn discussed what to expect from the session. Catch the replay.

Opinion: electrify everything
The world needs to transform its way to no emissions, writes MacArthur fellow and Rewire America Founder Saul Fellows. One way to do that is to electrify everything. Read more.​​​​​​

Report: curbing fossil fuel production is all talk, no action
A United Nation’s report finds the gap between planned extraction of coal, oil and gas and safe limits remains as large as it was in 2019 despite increasing pledges of reduction from many nations. Read more.








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UN WIRE 10-25-21

Officials issue dire warning ahead of COP26

A global failure to address harmful emissions would exacerbate existing food shortages, driving conflict and migration and ultimately threatening global stability, warns United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa ahead of this year's event in Glasgow, Scotland. "If we fail to keep global temperatures at bay, the impacts on our health will be profound and severe, affecting clean air, safe drinking water, food supplies and access to safe shelter," adds World Health Organization regional director for Europe Dr. Hans Henri Kluge.

 Full Story: Thomson Reuters Foundation (10/22),  The Guardian (London) (10/24) 

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NDTV (India)/Agence France-Presse (10/25) 


Voice of America (10/23) 


National Public Radio (10/23) 



NDTV (India)/Agence France-Presse (10/25) 


Voice of America (10/23) 


National Public Radio (10/23) 


pat snyder

9:17 AM (5 hours ago)

Reports warn of calamity on greenhouse emissions

WIL­LIAM BOOTH AND AMANDA CO­LETTA.  Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Oct 26, 2021



World BEYOND War 10-29-21

8:21 AM (11 minutes ago)

COP26 is almost upon us. Will it be a cop-out?
petition that we'll be delivering has almost topped 500 organizations and 25,000 signers.

We encourage groups and individuals to organize events to advance this message (Stop excluding militaries from climate agreements!) on or about the big day of action in Glasgow on November 6, 2021. Resources and ideas for events are here.

Join our event in Glasgow on Nov. 4, 2021Facebook event. Join in the march through Glasgow on Nov. 6 (assembling as a Peace Bloc at 11.45 at the Tigress & Cubs statue in Kelvingrove Park, and being ready to join the march at 12.30).

Join in these sessions from anywhere on Earth at the 
Nov. 7 - 10 People's Summit:
Challenging the Military Carbon Bootprint.
Climate Colonialism and Climate Justice.
U.S. Militarism, Space Tech, and Climate Crisis.
Shadow World Film Screening.

Join this Nov. 6 webinar.

Many more events and resources hereAnd here.

To: Participants in COP26 UN Climate Change Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, November 1-12, 2021

As a result of final-hour demands made by the U.S. government during negotiation of the 1997 Kyoto treaty, military greenhouse gas emissions were exempted from climate negotiations. That tradition has continued.

The 2015 Paris Agreement left cutting military greenhouse gas emissions to the discretion of individual nations.

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, obliges signatories to publish annual greenhouse gas emissions, but military emissions reporting is voluntary and often not included.

NATO has acknowledged the problem but not created any specific requirements to address it.

There is no reasonable basis for this gaping loophole. War and war preparations are major greenhouse gas emitters. All greenhouse gas emissions need to be included in mandatory greenhouse gas emission reduction standards. There must be no more exception for military pollution.

We ask COP26 to set strict greenhouse gas emissions limits that make no exception for militarism, include transparent reporting requirements and independent verification, and do not rely on schemes to "offset" emissions. Greenhouse gas emissions from a country’s overseas military bases must be fully reported and charged to that country, not the country where the base is located.


World BEYOND War is a global network of volunteers, chapters, and affiliated organizations advocating for the abolition of the institution of war.
Donate to support our people-powered movement for peace.




Fri, Oct 29, 2:54 PM (1 day ago)


Dear partners,
We’re so excited to kick off another
Covering Climate Now joint coverage week, October 31 to November 6 — “Code Red: The World’s Climate Summit — focused on what’s at stake during the United Nations COP26 global climate conference. As thousands of government leaders and members of civil society descend on Glasgow, the aim of this coverage week is to emphasize the gravity, and the human consequences, of the decisions that will be made there. The story deserves everything we’ve got, and we’re grateful to have you aboard.


We’re thrilled to announce CCNow’s newest partner: Just in time for COP26, ABC News announced this week that they’ve joined our collaboration. It’s part of a larger effort by ABC to bolster its coverage of the climate story, which includes the establishment of a special climate unit, to be headed by chief meteorologist Ginger Zee, and a month-long series reporting on climate impacts around the world. Click here for much more on ABC’s COP26 and climate reporting plans.

A reminder to all partners: From November 5 to 14, Mark Hertsgaard, CCNow’s executive director and veteran of international climate conferences, will be on the ground in Glasgow. He will file regular news and analysis dispatches, available for all CCNow partners to publish; he is additionally available for press interviews and radio and TV appearances.

*For those of you also in Glasgow, come by the CCNow Happy Hour on Monday, November 8, from 6 to 8pm at The Grove pub, located 7 minutes walk from the COP26 conference center.*

To help you prepare for the joint coverage week, we’ve prepared a document that collects an abundance of COP26-related resources and gives a snapshot of the coverage some partners have planned, much of which will be available for you to publish.

Throughout the joint week, we ask that partners:

· Publish, broadcast, and share your own original COP26 stories, in addition to content available from other partners.

· Engage your audience on the subject of COP26. This is a story that matters to audiences everywhere!

· Amplify CCNow coverage on social media, tagging @CoveringClimate and using the hashtag #COP26.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us:

Now let’s go make some noise!
The CCNow Team

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All eyes on us  10-30-21

Ed Markey 

10:27 AM (1 hour ago)

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Dick -  [Markey and AOC originated the Green New Deal Resolutions in Congress.  The following letter expresses the aims outlined in those Resolutions.  D]

This time tomorrow, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference will be underway in Glasgow, Scotland — and eyes all around the world will be on our movement for climate justice.

Ahead of the conference, President Biden has announced a new framework for the Build Back Better deal — one that would invest a historic $555 billion in climate action and clean energy projects.

An agreement for this framework is close, but there’s still a great deal of work to be done in Congress to hammer out the details and put our nation and our planet on the right track toward combating the existential threat of climate change. That’s why I’m asking you today:

Will you add your name to my petition demanding large-scale and immediate action to combat the climate crisis? The time for bold climate action is now, and we don’t have a moment to waste.

As you may remember, an August report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change called the state of the climate crisis “code red for humanity.”

The fact is that the United States, with our outsized historic responsibility for the climate crisis, has an outsized responsibility to solve it.

If we’re going to re-establish the United States as a world leader in the fight against climate catastrophe — and bring other countries along in that fight — our progressive movement must lead the charge right here at home.

The Build Back Better framework MUST make the investments we need to deliver on our international commitment to cut climate pollution by at least 50% from 2005 levels by 2030. It must create good-paying, union jobs in a clean economy that works for all communities. And it must center environmental, economic, and racial justice.

That is our climate test.

As it stands, the general framework of this Build Back Better deal will take important steps to help us cut harmful emissions, create jobs, and promote justice.

It will create a robust Civilian Climate Corps, training the next generation of workers for careers rebuilding our energy economy and create new, good-paying jobs all across the country combating this global crisis.

It creates a national climate bank to speed up the development of clean energy projects across the nation, and makes investments nationwide in renewable energy infrastructure.

Will this deal do everything we need to combat the climate crisis and stop global temperature rise? No. There will always be more work to do to address the existential crisis of our time.

But as the President heads to Glasgow, as deadlines set by the top scientific experts around the world rapidly pass us by, as sea levels rise, natural disasters strike every region of the United States with frightening regularity, temperatures reach record heights, and our environment is thrown into chaos, one thing is abundantly clear: we must act now.

The fact is that the only way our movement will be able to do that is together. So I’m asking you directly:

Will you add your name to my petition demanding large-scale and immediate action to combat the climate crisis? The time for bold climate action is now, and we don’t have a moment to waste.

As I’ve said, we have a great deal of work to do. And our opponents in the fossil fuel industry and in the Republican Party have virtually limitless resources to put to work destroying our planet, and they’re not afraid to use them.

The good news is that our movement is growing stronger by the day, and I’m confident that together we will make our agenda for climate justice a reality.

As always, thank you for all you do. It’s the honor of my life to stand beside you in this fight.

In solidarity,

Ed Markey



An emergency appeal  10-31-21

Greta Thunberg via 

12:05 AM (10 hours ago)

Dear friends, is failing to stop the climate crisis. It's now beyond urgent -- the planet is screaming for help.

Right now world leaders are meeting for historic climate talks -- but pledges without real action won't cut it anymore. We need bold, visionary leaders to finally do what's needed to pull us back from the abyss.

I'll be at the talks with inspiring youth leaders like Vanessa Nakate and Dominika Lasota. We'll personally meet dozens of governments -- it's the perfect opportunity to deliver a giant call for urgent action. Join us now: add your name with one click and pass this on.


To world leaders,


That's how young people around the world describe our governments' failure to cut carbon emissions. And it's no surprise.

We are catastrophically far from the crucial goal of 1.5°C, and yet governments everywhere are still accelerating the crisis, spending billions on fossil fuels.

This is not a drill.
It's code red for the Earth. Millions will suffer as our planet is devastated -- a terrifying future that will be created, or avoided, by the decisions you make. You have the power to decide.

As citizens across the planet, we urge you to face up to the climate emergency. Not next year. Not next month. Now:

· Keep the precious goal of 1.5°C alive with immediate, drastic, annual emission reductions unlike anything the world has ever seen.  

· End all fossil fuel investments, subsidies, and new projects immediately, and stop new exploration and extraction.

· End 'creative' carbon accounting by publishing total emissions for all consumption indices, supply chains, international aviation and shipping, and the burning of biomass. 

· Deliver the $100bn promised to the most vulnerable countries, with additional funds for climate disasters.

· Enact climate policies to protect workers and the most vulnerable, and reduce all forms of inequality.

We can still do this. There is still time to avoid the worst consequences if we are prepared to change. It will take determined, visionary leadership. And it will take immense courage -- but know that when you rise, billions will be right behind you.

It can feel incredibly hard to keep hope alive in the face of inaction. But my hope lies in people -- in the millions of us who are rising to save the future. It lies in our marches, in our dogged determination to keep fighting, and in our trembling voices as we speak truth to power. My hope is rooted in action and fuelled by a love for humanity and our most beautiful earth. It's what keeps me absolutely convinced that we can do this. And we must do this. Together.

With fierce hope,

Greta from Sweden, with Vanessa from Uganda, Dominika from Poland, Mitzi from the Philippines, youth activists across the world, and the whole team at Avaaz

More information:

· World is failing to make changes needed to avoid climate breakdown, report finds (The Guardian)

· It’s Time for COP26. Here’s Where We Stand. (New York Times)

· The impacts of climate change at 1.5C, 2C and beyond (Carbon Brief)

· UN sounds alarm on missing climate pledges (Reuters)


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The deadly connections between space,
militarization and the climate crisis.  10-31-21

A UNAC sponsored webinar in conjunction with the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.

November 12, 4 PM EST

click here to register


As COP26 meets in Scotland during this year of extreme weather due to climate change, it is more important than ever that the Climate Change and Antiwar movements work together to end these threats to humankind. Please join us for this important webinar.

Speakers include:

Dave Webb (UK) – Board chair of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space and current chair of UK's Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND)

Koohan Paik-Mander - a Hawaii-based journalist and media educator. She is a board member of the Global Network and the CODEPINK working group "China is Not Our Enemy." She formerly served as campaign director of the Asia-Pacific program at the International Forum on Globalization.

Bruce Gagnon -Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space

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For earlier reporting  see OMNI COP26 Glasgow Countdown UNCC Conference 10-22-21



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