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03/15/2019 - 07:00
O’Rourke wants to be everything to everyone. To take a look back at his career, that’s an invitation he’s extended to the fossil fuel industry “We are truly now, more than ever, the last great hope of this Earth,” Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke ended a video announcing his presidential bid. “At this moment of maximum peril and maximum potential, let’s show ourselves and those who will succeed us in this great country just who we are and what we can do.” Related: Beto O'Rourke is the new Obama. And that's the last thing we need | David Sirota Continue reading...
03/15/2019 - 06:47
As thousands of US students join a global strike to demand action on climate change, Guardian US is offering extensive live coverage of the strikes – and devoted our entire front page to climate change to climate change for 11 minutes earlier today Make a contribution to support the Guardian’s independent journalism and our unique commitment to climate reporting Today, American students from all 50 states are taking part in what could be one of the largest environment protests in history: a global school strike to demand that adults take action on climate change. In addition to a major rally at the US Capitol and more than 70 events around the country, the actions included an 11-minute school walkout at 11am ET to draw attention to a recent UN report warning that we have just 11 years to avoid a climate change catastrophe. Continue reading...
03/15/2019 - 05:00
Young people demanding action on climate change are building a mass movement like we South Africans did to end injustice In 1980, at the age of 15, I led a student protest that got me expelled. Every day that I went to Durban city centre, I could see that the schools for white children were different to mine. Even though adults told us that we could not make a difference, once our eyes were opened to this injustice, there was no alternative. My friends and I were determined to make a stand against the glaring inequality in South Africa. Those who lived under apartheid know exactly what it means to live with an inherent threat to your existence. But rather than give in to the fear that it was too big to take on, we had no choice but to trust in the power of our individual actions. There are many lessons here for the climate change movement. Continue reading...
03/15/2019 - 05:00
As students around the world cut class to call attention to the threat of climate change, the Guardian asked young activists what motivated them to join the global climate strike. The Guardian asked student environmentalists from groups including the Youth Climate Strike US, the Sunrise Movement, Zero Hour, and Youth v. Apocalypse to explain why they are going on strike. Here are some of the responses we received, but you can read more on our 24-hour Climate Strike edition of our live blog. Continue reading...
03/15/2019 - 05:00
The last time Anza-Borrego park experienced a bloom about 200,000 visitors flocked to see the bonanza of spring flowers It’s lunchtime at Kesling’s Kitchen in Borrego Springs, and the line is out the door and down the block. It takes about 20 minutes to get inside to order food. The rush isn’t surprising: Borrego Springs is a small town that swells in size when people flock to see wildflowers around Anza-Borrego, California’s largest state park. Plentiful winter rain and precise conditions have led to a bonanza of spring wildflowers this season. And while that can be a great thing, it also raised fears that Borrego Springs could once again face what locals have dubbed “flowergeddon”, an apocalyptic situation caused by booming visitation. Continue reading...
03/15/2019 - 03:00
Your questions answered on climate strikes, cross-generational action and hope for the future Climate strikes – follow our live coverage 12.29pm GMT Almost time to close proceedings above the line here, but before we do so some final thoughts from the UKSCN’s Jake, in response to this question from reader Paul Nelson. Thank you to everyone for reading and taking part in the discussion. What type of world do you want to live in? 12.24pm GMT JamesMackay asks: I think the most important question is this: What practical steps can we take to help amplify young voices? Should we consider climate change strikes by workers? Should we donate money? As someone in employment, I feel that “share, like and subscribe” isn’t enough, but I don’t know what to do with my limited time and resources. Don't try to do anything alone. Work with existing groups like Extinction Rebellion to amplify your voice, and ensure you become part of an effective political wave. Continue reading...
03/15/2019 - 02:18
Josh Thomas, who worked with three Liberal environment ministers, will get an annual salary of $353,180 A former policy adviser to multiple Liberal party environment ministers has been appointed the new chief executive of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the government body responsible for managing the reef. Josh Thomas, who worked as an adviser to current minister Melissa Price, as well as former environment ministers Josh Frydenberg and Greg Hunt, will start a five-year term in the role on 18 March with an annual salary of $353,180. Continue reading...
03/14/2019 - 18:05
Young people, inspired by Greta Thunberg, rally to press politicians to act on climate change Sign up for our Green Light environment email Make a contribution to support the Guardian’s independent journalism and our unique commitment to climate reporting 9.43pm GMT We are living in the sixth mass extinction. Ice is melting. Forests are burning. Waters are rising. And we do not even speak of it. Why? Because admitting the facts means admitting crimes of epic proportions by living our daily lives. Because counting the losses means being overpowered by grief. Because allowing the scale of the crisis means facing the fear of swiftly impending disaster and the fact that our entire system must change. But now is not the time to ignore science in order to save our feelings. It is time to be terrified, enraged, heartbroken, grief-stricken, radical. It is time to act. 9.22pm GMT Here’s an excerpt from A manifesto for tackling the climate change crisis, by UK Student Climate Network: We’re young, we’re students and we’re calling for change. Our movement started in February when tens of thousands of young people took to the streets in towns and cities around Britain, in an unprecedented emergence of a youth climate justice movement. We’ve joined a movement that’s spreading rapidly across the world, catalysed by the actions of one individual in taking a stand in August last year. Greta Thunberg may have been the spark, but we’re the wildfire and we’re fuelled by the necessity for action. Related: A manifesto for tackling the climate change crisis | UK Student Climate Network Continue reading...
03/14/2019 - 15:44
Mayor wants to protect Wall Street from floods and rising seas Plans to cost $10bn but federal funds might not be available Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York, has announced a radical plan to meet the “existential threat” of climate change by constructing a new section of Manhattan , extending hundreds of feet out into the narrow East river, in order to protect Wall Street and other downtown areas. Related: Youth climate strikes to take place in more than 100 countries Continue reading...
03/14/2019 - 12:00
Angus Taylor tells union leaders the opposition’s 45% reduction target will lead to a $9,000 wages cut The Morrison government, which is battling a persistent internal fracture on energy policy, is attempting to foment divisions between Labor and the union movement over the opposition’s 45% emissions reduction target in the run up to the election. The energy minister Angus Taylor, has written to trade union leaders claiming the 45% economy-wide emissions reduction target will lead to wages being cut by $9,000. Continue reading...