[act-ma] Cambridge City Council climate emergency hearing this Thursday
swineman at gis.net
Sun Sep 20 17:45:09 PDT 2009
*==> **HOW URGENT _IS_ THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY? <==*
· * WHAT SHOULD THE CITY DO?*
· * WHAT SHOULD RESIDENTS DO? *
* * * **Come & Hear Top Scientists at
Special Meeting of Cambridge City Council
Cambridge City Hall, 795 Mass. Avenue
September 24, 2009, 5:30 pm
After recognizing the existence of a climate emergency on May 11, 2009,
the Cambridge City Council will hear from scientists about why climate
is changing, what impacts to expect, and what response is needed at a
Special Meeting of the Council at City Hall on September 24th at 5:30 pm.
Speakers will be Dr. Melanie Fitzpatrick of the Union of Concerned
Scientists, Dr. Jill Stein of Physicians for Social Responsibility, Dr.
Frank Ackerman of the Stockholm Environmental Institute at Tufts
University and Dr. John Sterman of MIT Sloan School of Management.
*/If _you_ want Cambridge to be a leader in responding to the global
*/_Come to the hearing on Sept. 24 to let the City Council know_, and /*
*/Please forward this notice to friends.
* Last March, more than 2,500 climate experts from 80 countries,
assembled for an emergency meeting in Copenhagen to prepare for
the UN Climate Change Conference in December, declared that
· "the climate system is already moving beyond patterns of
natural variability within which our society and economy have
developed and thrived;"
· "the worst-case IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change) scenario projections (or even worse) are being realized;"
· "there is a significant risk that many of the trends will
accelerate, leading to a risk of abrupt or irreversible
climatic shifts;" and
· "/there is no excuse for inaction/."
In December 2002, the City of Cambridge adopted a Climate
Protection Plan with the goal of reducing the emission of
greenhouse gases (GHG) city-wide 20% below 1990 levels by 2010.
*Despite the efforts of City staff and others the City has
fallen far short of this goal.*
For more information see _
The meeting should appear on Cambridge cable TV Channel 8.
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