Getting governments on board with sustainability

Government GraphicA couple of weeks ago, Thomas E. Lovejoy wrote a fantastic op-ed, The Climate Change End Game for the New York Times in which he expressed his chagrin at the snail’s pace of governmental response to climate change. To his credit, the conference in Bonn he discusses wrapped up late last week, and hardly accomplished much to deny charges of reptilian lethargy. The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystems (IPBES) met for the first time since it was established in April 2012 and apparently managed only to elect Malaysian Zakri Abdul Hamid as Chairman and agree on a budget (and there were reports of self-congratulations).

Lovejoy meanwhile contrasts the speed of governments’ response to climate change with the ferocious speed of degradation of the environment. Simply put, the divergence between the two is not in our favor. Lovejoy concludes: “what is needed is a world in which governments face the environmental challenge squarely, and truly lead. The current mode of nibbling around the edges is pretty much pointless.”

This week at SWC we announced the addition of David Suzuki to the 2013 Spring of Sustainability program. The David Suzuki Foundation (DSF) has worked fiercely to change governmental policy by supporting renewable energy, ecological restoration and carbon tax. The DSF is just one part of a global movement to encourage governments to make climate change an important political issue.

So today’s blog is dedicated to help you encourage our government to speed up its response to the planet’s environmental crisis. In a time when America’s most visible politicians are still doubting the severity of climate change there is no such thing as too much activism. Already this week we shared with you a couple of channels to take action through our Facebook and Twitter, including getting involved with 350.org, a grassroots movement aiming to reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere and a video outlining the environmental impact of the Keystone XL pipeline. Here are some more ways to get involved in speeding up our government’s reaction to environmental change:

  • Environmental Action: Since 1970, EA has worked, petitioned, and protested for better governmental regulation around pollution
  • Food and Water Watch: Works to create and enforce government regulation that ensures access to clean, healthy andsustainable food and water
  • Species Alliance: Creates films and other media to bring about public policy changes that will protect endangered species and provide a healthy future for all living things

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