JMU Climate Action Report

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JMU Climate Action Report Update 1, December 2012

This document discusses progress and revisions since the 2010 report. Noteworthy environmental achievements include diverting more waste to a composting program, transforming campus transportation, implementing environmental policies, adopting student environmental literacy learning outcomes and an assessment, fostering student-led environment programs, integrating environmental stewardship across the curriculum, creating an employee conservation program, and greening operations. Integration into the planning process, cross-divisional collaboration, and stakeholder support at all levels are key to success. …

Forward on Climate Rally, Feb. 17

Forward on Climate rallyCAAV members joined tens of thousands of other concerned people from all over the country to rally for action on climate change on the grounds of the Washington Monument and in a parade around the White House on Sunday, February 17.

We heard rousing talk and impassioned pleas from our climate heros. “The speakers up on stage today represented the full diversity of our movement, from indigenous leaders across the United States and Canada, to clean energy investors like Tom Steyer, to environmental leaders like Mike Brune and Bill McKibben, to civil and voting rights activists like Rosario Dawson and Rev. Lennox Yearwood.”  – 350.org organizer Jamie Henn

Calls for action were also delivered by:

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, “I speak out on climate change each week because the cost of Congress’ inaction is too high for our communities, our kids, and our futures.”  and

Van Jones, former White House advisor, green-energy economy leader, author

350.org’s Bill McKibben tells us:

“We are making plans to put the momentum of this historic day to use, and you’ll hear about them very soon …

You are the movement, and the movement is our best chance at making a difference on climate change.”

See Michael Grunwald’s “I’m with the Tree Huggers: The activists fighting the Keystone XL pipeline are radical-and right” – Time Magazine, February 28, 2013

Conservation Lobby Day 2013

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Senator Emmet Hanger
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Delegate Tony Wilt

CAAV members, Laura and Bishop Dansby, paid visits to Representative Tony Wilt and Senator Emmett Hanger, Jr. in Richmond on Lobby Day, January 28, 2013. They asked for a NO vote on the lifting of the ban on uranium in Virginia and stressed the urgency of dealing with climate change and energy issues on both the state and national level.   Senator Hanger invited CAAV to make follow up appointments to further discuss these issues after the close of the session.

Virginia Capitol
Virginia Capitol

Lobby Day is a yearly event sponsored by the Virginia Conservation Network (VCN). “Representing 150 environmental, preservation and community organizations active throughout the commonwealth, …VCN is the nonprofit, nonpartisan voice of conservation in Virginia.”  VCN publishes a yearly Conservation Briefing Book distributed at their General Assembly Preview Workshop in December.

“Can Ethics and Faith Guide Our Responses to Climate Change?”

flaming chaliceA Panel Discussion on Tuesday, February 19th,     6:00 to 7:30 PM, at the Massanutten Regional Library

With guests speakers:

Ehsan Ahmed, secretary general of the Islamic Association of the Shenandoah Valley

Ross Erb, associate pastor of Parkview Mennonite Church

Ann Held, pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church

Mark Piper, assistant professor in the JMU Department of Philosophy and Religion.

During 2012 alone the world saw floods in Japan, Fiji, Venice, the UK, Nigeria, Pakistan and more, drought in Russia, China, and North Korea. Sea levels are rising around the world, affecting the most heavily populated regions on earth. In the United States we have had not only the hottest year ever but our own terrible share of drought and floods and extremely strong storms. Millions of people have been impacted, losing their jobs, their homes, their food sources and even their lives. While our beautiful valley has not suffered that much so far, more severe climate change effects will arrive.  And, with increasing globalization, any disaster is felt around the world.

In the past, the Climate Action Alliance of the Valley has addressed the economic incentives of moving to alternative energy sources and building or retrofitting homes that are energy efficient.  On February 19th we will look beyond the dollars and cents and ask a panel to address the moral, ethical, and religious values that might also guide our choices in responding to climate change.

Please join us for this insightful presentation!

Feb. 3: “Fork in the Road: Keystone XL and the Economics of Climate Change”

fork in the roadWhy are local environmental groups going to Washington, D.C., on February 17th to join the 350.org  / Sierra Club  “Forward on Climate Change Rally” against the Keystone XL pipeline?

Come to
Community Mennonite Church, 70 S.High St., Harrisonburg, on Sunday, Feb. 3rd  
from 3-6 PM  for a ‘teach-in’ by Occupy Harrisonburg, our local chapter of the Sierra Club, the Climate Action Alliance of the Valley, and others, about the urgency of addressing climate change and the economic policies that can lead us into a more sustainable future for ourselves and our posterity. Information about attending the rally will be available. The event will be concluded before the Super Bowl kickoff!
Climate Action Alliance of the Valley: contactcaav@gmail.com
http://www.facebook.com/caavva  http://www.climateactionallianceofthevalley.org

January 15 rally for climate change action in D.C.

Attended by CAAV members, this event was “organized by the Interfaith Moral Action on Climate and represent(ed) diverse coalitions including Buddhist Global Relief, The Shalom Center, Judson Memorial Church, and Occupy Sandy …”
Interfaith “Pray-In” Honors Dr King’s Birthday pray in photoWith Demand for White House Leadership on Climate | ThinkProgress

By Catherine Woodiwiss,  Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative

CAAV Members Lobby H-burg City Council

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On Thursday, January 10, CAAV members screened a National Resource Council (NRC) video with Harrisonburg City Council members at Clementine Cafe. Climate Change: Lines of Evidence explains the lines of evidence that have built the current scientific consensus about climate change and its causes. The video covers the first of three parts presented in the NRC booklet, Climate Change: Evidence, Impacts, and Choices,  which was distributed to each of the attending council members.

In the way of tangible actions, CAAV urged the council to approve the retrofitting energy efficiency plans for two public buildings submitted by ABM. The improvements offer substantial energy savings and a guaranteed payback in 12 years.