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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GBA Lunch & Learn Presentation on COP21

I will be giving a COP21 presentation at the GBA’s “Lunch and Learn” event on Wednesday, 2/10. Ari Lattanzi from Pgh’s department of sustainability will also be presenting on the COP21 ramifications for Pittsburgh. Come on by! (But be sure to register.)…/from-paris-to-pittsburgh-cop21-an…/

Event Tomorrow: Bill Peduto, Mark Dixon, and Angela Wiley Discuss COP21

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There is a Pittsburgh350 event tomorrow evening, where I’ll be discussing the COP21 proceedings with Mayor Bill Peduto and fellow activist Angela Wiley. Here’s a scrape from the Pgh350 announcement:
7:00 to 8:30 pm, Wednesday January 13 
Human Services Building, 1 Smithfield St., Pittsburgh 15222
(Free parking behind the building off Ft. Pitt Blvd).
To all friends of Pittsburgh350
At this, our inaugural Pgh350 Monthly Meeting, we will first hear from three Pittsburghers who were in Paris during the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris. Serving on the panel will be Mayor Bill Peduto, Mark Dixon, and Angela Wiley.
Following a short break, we will learn of current campaigns that Pgh350 is supporting as a consequence of our discussion many of you participated in last September:
  • City of Pittsburgh Divestment (Gabe McMorland)
  • Chatham University Divestment Campaign (Cameron Heyder)
  • Personal Divestment (Lucyna de Barbaro)
Interested friends are invited to sign-on to the above campaigns.  They are also invited to participate in the following activity.
  • Finally, we will collectively discuss how to translate the spirit of the COP21 conference to actions here in Pittsburgh during the week of May 7-15, in association with the world-wide ‘Break Free from Fossil Fuels’ campaign (see
See you all on Wednesday,
Peter Wray
Pgh350 steering committee

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:

Brilliant lecture by Tim Flannery on carbon sequestration

Tim Flannery goes into as much detail as he can about carbon sequestration opportunities in the time allotted for his lecture below.

The goal of keeping global average temperatures below 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels is a noble one, but it instantly points to the inadequacy of our current approaches to reaching such a goal. At this late stage in the game, even instantaneous full decarbonization of the global economy (i.e. instantly removing all dependence on gasoline, natural gas, diesel fuel, and all other carbon emitting power sources) does not give us time to achieve 1.5°C or better. This means that we need to actively remove CO2 from the atmosphere on an industrial scale using technologies that are both un-proven and un-discovered. Flannery’s talk dives directly into this important frontier with important implications for government and business research and development opportunities. One of my favorite videos of the year! Thanks to Pirate Television for recording it.