[act-ma] Cambridge City Council climate emergency hearing this Thursday

Steve Wineman swineman at gis.net
Sun Sep 20 17:45:09 PDT 2009


    ·        *          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 
emergency, /*

    */_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.

          _ <http://greencambridge.wikispaces.com/Calendar+of+Events> 

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