Climate Victory Plan – Worth Reading

I’ve been following The Climate Mobilization organization for a couple years now, and have been pleased to see them rally around a “wartime mobilization” platform to address climate change in a timeframe that I feel is the most ambitious and most meaningful of any plan I’ve ever seen. I still have yet to dig into the details, but the bullet points look very good and I encourage any climate-caring citizen to familiarize yourself with the plan and share it widely. They’re looking for feedback, too, so definitely send them your comments! Here’s the link:

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TONIGHT: Mark presents on COP21 at Sustainable Monroeville

TONIGHT! I’ll be giving another COP21 climate change presentation, this time at Sustainable Monroeville. Please share the news and come on by for some hearty climate conversation:

Here’s a re-post of the full event listing:

You Are Invited: Filmmaker Mark Dixon on COP 21 Paris Adventures! Monday, February 1, 2016 at 7:00 PM in the Monroeville Public Library

Join us on Monday, February 1, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the Monroeville Public Library to hear Mark Dixon on his trip to Paris for COP 21 A FIRST HAND ACCOUNT OF THE COP21 CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT
Mark Dixon, known throughout the region for his dedication to more sustainable solutions to our ecological and climate crisis, will be offering his impressions and experiences of the COP21 Climate Change Summit in Paris in December. Mark’s trip to Paris as a representative of western Pennsylvania was funded by members of the Pittsburgh ecological community. Before he left, he spoke to many groups including FUMC about the issues and dynamics that would be at play at the Summit. Now, after having attended the summit as a reporter and an observer, he will be sharing his impressions and insights to our church and the wider Pittsburgh community. This is a bit of planetary history that is crucial to every one of us. Here is your chance to get a first-hand account of an international history making event. 
Watch Mark’s presentation leading up to the summit:…
Mark’s blog. Scroll down for a 10 minute video summary of the summit:
We’ll also hear about an upcoming Hard To Recycle Event in the springtime in Monroeville, PA and the agenda for the rest of the Sustainable Monroeville meetings in 2016.
Looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday evening & Many Blessings for all of us on this magical spaceship planet Earth!
Elisa Beck 🙂
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The UN’s Official COP21 Wrap-up Video

It was interesting for me to watch this video a few weeks after COP21. It brought me back to the build-up and the drama of the final hours. Would something get passed? Would it be good enough? The sheer emotion of it all was so thick in the air that this video doesn’t really do it justice, but it does show some hints:

I had a sense during the proceedings that world leaders weren’t necessarily calling this a victory, more just a vital step in a longer journey. But this video puts a bit more of a victorious tone on the whole gathering. A more “We did it! Now we’re done!” tone that I firmly disagree with. What do you think?

Mark Dixon Presents: Post-COP21 Climate Negotiations

A waste of carbon dioxide or a groundbreaking monument to international collaboration? Mark Dixon will share his reflections on the results of the complicated and emotionally-charged COP21 Climate Negotiations, including a discussion of the local, national, and international implications of the agreement. Refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, January 19at 7 PM – 9 PM
First United Methodist Church of Pittsburgh
5401 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15232
Please RSVP at:

In case you haven’t been following Mark’s journey, he crowdfunded his way to Paris, France to attend the COP21 Climate Negotiations this past December, where he was able to get into the secure “Blue Zone” with a press accreditation. He covered the full two-weeks of proceedings from inside and outside the venue, with frequent blog entries here:

And lots of photos here:

Getting my thoughts together on COP21

I’ve been sifting through countless articles while wrapping up my trip to Paris, and I’m sorry I don’t have more details to share with you sooner. That said, please keep up with my posts on Facebook and Flipboard (see the resources page of this site for Flipboard, and the right column on this page for Facebook). And as I prepare to board my flight home, I do have some initial reflections. Not final by any means, but a start to the digestion process… 

The COP21 agreement is clearly insufficient. And there are disconnects in various portions of the agreement. Huge gaps that all of civilization could fall through. But more than words took place at this monumental gathering. It was the greatest assemblage of world leaders in world history. It comprises the greatest pulse of human energy ever directed towards the 1.5C goal. It lit a fire under portions of the global media suddenly reporting on 1.5C. Now we will have a mainstream pathway to begin to discuss this moonshot goal. Perhaps we can finally now tap into and then harness the distributed genius of creative and motivated minds around the world to embark upon the magnitude of problem-solving required by our climate predicament. Perhaps now the task of highlighting pitfalls and opportunities in our moral landscape will no longer fall solely on the shoulders of volunteers, grassroots activists, and a handful of tenured college professors. Perhaps now it will be shouldered by the civilizational infrastructure that has, until this day, been hell bent on liquidating nature to benefit a minority of global citizens. The skeptic in me says it’ll never happen, but I also recognize that if it ever were possible, it would require a parade of world leaders the likes of which we have never seen. That happened. I would say that global mainstream media would need to actively grapple with the “rock and a hard place” nature of our climate challenge. That happened and continues daily. I would say that we would need to see ordinary people choose to stick themselves into the gears of the fossil fueled status quo machine. That has started to happen, and much more is slated for 2016. 

There is so much to discuss. I’m sorting through the details. Thank you for your patience.