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Friday, March 23, 2012

We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence!


Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and civil rights hero, Martin Luther King, Jr., on that August 1963, at Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. delivered one of the worlds most admirable speeches of all time. 

A speech that echoed across freedom movements in every corner of the world. 

"I have a dream" he said. Yet he cautioned;

"...In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy out thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high planes of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force..."

An advice worth remembering at this difficult time for Maldives as a Nation. 

I strongly condemn violence taking place in the Maldives. 
Whether it be Police Brutality, isolated and/or organised attacks on Policemen. Whether it be by activists of Political divisions in the County. Or by random thugs taking advantage of the current political instability in the Country. I am Against any form of Violence !!

Friday, October 2, 2009

A whole culture and way of life may disappear


"Sea level rise may seem insignificant to those of you inhabiting the higher plateaus of the earth's surface, but to those of us who live barely above sea-level, even a small increase in sea-level can can prove to be serious. Indeed, considering the fact that almost all of the Maldives rise barely three to six feet above main sea-level, if adequate measures are not taken right now, a whole culture and way of life may disappear in the not too distant future."

The Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayyom: 'The Sea, Our Friend or Foe' speech at the Convention on the Sea and Environment, Palermo, Italy, 18th May 1991

Saturday, September 12, 2009

President Maumoon...


THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE MALDIVES, MAUMOON ABDUL GAYOOM

"We believe that climate change must be viewed not only as a danger to natural systems, but also as a direct threat to human survival and well-being. We are convinced that this negotiation process must not be viewed as a traditional series of governmental trade-offs, but as an urgent international effort to safeguard human lives, homes, rights and livelihoods."

OBAMA... and Environment!!


Q: What would you do for the environment?

OBAMA: It is critical that we understand this is not just a challenge, it’s an opportunity, because if we create a new energy economy, we can create five million new jobs, easily. It can be an engine that drives us into the future the same way the computer was the engine for economic growth over the last couple of decades. We can do it, but we’re going to have to make an investment. The same way the computer was originally invented by a bunch of government scientists who were trying to figure out, for defense purposes, how to communicate, we’ve got to understand that this is a national security issue, as well.

McCAIN: We can move forward, and clean up our climate, and develop green technologies, and alternative energies for battery-powered cars, so that we can clean up our environment and at the same time get our economy going by creating millions of jobs.

Source: 2008 second presidential debate against John McCain Oct 7, 2008


"All across the world, in every kind of environment and region known to man, increasingly dangerous weather patterns and devastating storms are abruptly putting an end to the long-running debate over whether or not climate change is real. Not only is it real, it's here, and its effects are giving rise to a frighteningly new global phenomenon: the man-made natural disaster."

"Today we're seeing that climate change is about more than a few unseasonably mild winters or hot summers. It's about the chain of natural catastrophes and devastating weather patterns that global warming is beginning to set off around the world.. the frequency and intensity of which are breaking records thousands of years old."

"The issue of climate change is one that we ignore at our own peril. There may still be disputes about exactly how much we're contributing to the warming of the earth's atmosphere and how much is naturally occurring, but what we can be scientifically certain of is that our continued use of fossil fuels is pushing us to a point of no return. And unless we free ourselves from a dependence on these fossil fuels and chart a new course on energy in this country, we are condemning future generations to global catastrophe."

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27 January 2009

Obama Makes Climate Change a National Priority

U.S. technical agencies prepare to help regions understand local effects

Stern at podium, Clinton nearby applauding (State Dept.)
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton names Todd Stern as the new special envoy for climate change January 26.

This is the first article in a series about steps to address the effects of climate change at regional and local levels.

Washington — Climate change is a planetary process, but its effects — sea level rise, shrinking glaciers, changes in plant and animal distribution, early-blooming trees, permafrost thaws — are regional and local.

Some of the effects are already occurring, and the newly installed Obama administration, in power for just more than a week, is moving fast to put the United States in a leadership position to work with nations of the world and meet the challenges of climate change and energy security.

On January 26, President Obama signed two related presidential memorandums. In what he called “a down payment on a broader and sustained effort to reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” Obama directed the Department of Transportation to establish higher fuel efficiency standards for carmakers’ 2011 model year.

The second memo directed the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider a petition by California to set more stringent limits for greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles than those set by the federal government. (See “Obama Sets Bold New Principles for U.S. Energy, Climate Policies.”)

SPECIAL ENVOY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE

On the same day, at the U.S. State Department, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton introduced Todd Stern as the nation’s new special envoy for climate change.

“With the appointment today of a special envoy,” Clinton said, “we are sending an unequivocal message that the United States will be energetic, focused, strategic and serious about addressing global climate change and the corollary issue of clean energy.”

Stern will serve as a principal adviser on international climate policy and strategy and as the administration’s chief climate negotiator. He will lead U.S. efforts in U.N. negotiations and will be a lead participant in developing climate and clean energy policy.

“Containing climate change will require nothing less than transforming the global economy from a high-carbon [dioxide] to a low-carbon energy base,” said Stern, who in the 1990s coordinated the Clinton administration’s climate change efforts and was senior White House representative at U.N. climate negotiations in Kyoto, Japan, and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“President Obama and Secretary Clinton have left no doubt,” he said, “that a new day is dawning in the U.S. approach to climate change and clean energy.”

SCALING DOWN TO THE LOCAL LEVEL

Man walking on dry lake bed (AP Images)
This dry reservoir bed of the Hondo de Elche reserve near Alicante, Spain, is normally filled with water.

Climate change often is described as an event that will bring catastrophe to Earth’s inhabitants in the distant future.

But every nation’s farmers, coastal dwellers, emergency planners and government officials already have experienced the bleeding edge of changing climate — rising air and sea-surface temperatures, shrinking arctic ice, lower crop yields, dwindling forests, intense hurricanes and unrelenting droughts.

There is no shortage of evidence that the planet faces a climate crisis, but there is a severe shortage of one thing that will help villages, towns, cities and regions protect themselves and their ecosystems against the long-term effects of a climate in flux: information.

“Our understanding [of climate change] has primarily been at the global level,” William Brennan, former administrator of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), told America.gov. “That’s where we can see the signal.”

Much more work needs to be done, he said, “to scale that down to the regional and ultimately to the local level. That’s where we need the facilities of something like a National Climate Service, not only to provide information, but to receive data and turn it into information.”

NATIONAL CLIMATE SERVICE

Weather is the day-to-day state of the atmosphere and its short-term (minutes to weeks) variation, according to the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center. Climate is statistical weather information that describes weather variation at a given place averaged over a longer period, usually 30 years.

NOAA’s National Weather Service provides weather, hydrologic and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories and ocean areas. Weather Service data and products form a national information database and infrastructure that is available to other governmental agencies, the private sector, the public and the global community.

NOAA also has an operational mandate to monitor and predict climate, Chet Koblinsky, director of NOAA’s Climate Program Office, told America.gov.

With NOAA in the lead, a proposed climate service partnership would include federal agencies like NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Forest Service and many others.

NOAA also would collaborate with academic and private organizations.

“We don’t have all the capability,” Koblinsky said. “The best climate service will be one that draws on the full capabilities of the nation.”

NOAA and its partners are discussing the potential capabilities and products of such a new service.


Read more: http://www.america.gov/st/energy-english/2009/January/20090127161856lcnirellep9.743899e-02.html#ixzz0Qq2k5iHP
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Democratic Nominee Obama Vows to Defeat Climate Change
DENVER, Colorado, August 29, 2008 (ENS) - Climate change has made Senator Barack Obama's list of "threats of the 21st century" alongside terrorism and nuclear proliferation, poverty, genocide, and disease.

Accepting the Democratic nomination for president Thursday night before 75,000 supporters at Denver's Invesco Field, Obama said he would "build new partnerships" to defeat these threats.

Senator Barack Obama of Illinois is the Democratic nominee for president of the United States.(Photo courtesy DNCC)
"And for the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, I will set a clear goal as president - in 10 years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East," he declared.

"Washington's been talking about our oil addiction for the last 30 years, and John McCain has been there for 26 of them," said the senator from Illinois of his Republican opponent.

"In that time, he's said no to higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars, no to investments in renewable energy, no to renewable fuels. And today, we import triple the amount of oil as the day that Senator McCain took office."

"Now is the time to end this addiction, and to understand that drilling is a stop-gap measure, not a long-term solution. Not even close," said Obama.

"As president," he promised, "I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power.

"I'll help our auto companies re-tool, so that the fuel-efficient cars of the future are built right here in America," he said. "I'll make it easier for the American people to afford these new cars."

Obama accepts the nomination with a smile.(Photo by Pat Kight)

"And I'll invest 150 billion dollars over the next decade in affordable, renewable sources of energy - wind power and solar power and the next generation of biofuels; an investment that will lead to new industries and five million new jobs that pay well and can't ever be outsourced."

Obama has won the support of many environmentalists for his climate and energy plans.

In a scorecard comparing Obama's energy policies with those of his Republican opponent, Senator John McCain of Arizona, the Sierra Club last week came out clearly in favor of Obama.

"Both candidates are talking about energy, high prices and global warming, so it's important to look past the rhetoric and see what is at the heart of their plans," said Cathy Duvall, Sierra Club political director.

"As this scorecard illustrates, the contrast in this election could not be starker," she said. "Barack Obama wants to give tax relief and $1,000 energy rebates to working families, while John McCain wants billions more in tax breaks for oil companies making more than $1,000 a second in profits."

Some 75,000 Democrats packed Invesco Field for the nomination ceremony.
The League of Conservation Voters said Wednesday that Obama has a "proven record as an environmental champion" and found 10 reasons to support his candidacy.

Speaking tonight in support of the newly selected Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Al Gore described the choice facing American voters as one that will determine the fate of the planet.

He spoke from experience, having run for the presidency in 2000 and won the popular vote only to watch as the U.S. Supreme Court stopped the vote counting in Florida, in effect handing the White House to his opponent, George W. Bush.

"That's why I came here tonight: to tell you why I feel so strongly that we must seize this opportunity to elect Barack Obama president of the United States of America," said Gore.

"Take it from me, if it had ended differently," Gore told the crowd, "we would not be denying the climate crisis; we'd be solving it."

But today, Gore said, "We are facing a planetary emergency, which, if not solved, would exceed anything we've ever experienced in the history of humankind."

"We're borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf to burn it in ways that destroy the future of human civilization," said Gore. "Every bit of that has to change."

Gore, who shares the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for doing his utmost to warn the world about global warming, delivered a searing picture of potential climate disaster tonight.

Former Vice President Al Gore addresses fellow Democrats in Denver. August 28, 2008

"Many scientists predict - shockingly - that the entire North Polar ice cap may be completely gone during summer months during the first term of the next president," he said.

"Sea levels are rising; fires are raging; storms are stronger. Military experts warn us our national security is threatened by massive waves of climate refugees destabilizing countries around the world, and scientists tell us the very web of life is endangered by unprecedented extinctions," Gore warned.

The former vice president, who served in the Senate with McCain as president pro tem during the Clinton administration and before that as a senator from Tennessee, told the crowd tonight, "In spite of John McCain's past record of open-mindedness and leadership on the climate crisis, he has now apparently allowed his party to browbeat him into abandoning his support of mandatory caps on global warming pollution."

Gore said Obama will be a president who inspires America to believe we can use the sun, the wind, geothermal power, conservation and efficiency to solve the climate crisis.

By contrast, he said "the carbon fuels industry - big oil and coal - have a 50-year lease on the Republican Party, and they are drilling it for everything it's worth."

At the White House today, presidential spokeswoman Dana Perino told reporters that President Bush believes the Obama nomination shows "that America is the best country on Earth and a place where everybody, if they work hard, can achieve great things."

Copyright Environment News Service (ENS) 2008. All rights reserved

Thursday, September 10, 2009

AL GORE...


~ The struggle to save the global environment is in one way much more difficult than the struggle to vanquish Hitler, for this time the war is with ourselves. We are the enemy, just as we have only ourselves as allies. In a war such as this, then, what is victory and how will we recognize it? ~


"I think the cost of energy will come down when we make this transition to
renewable energy,"


"The scientists are virtually screaming from the rooftops now. The debate is
over. There's no longer any debate in the scientific community about this.
But the political systems around the world have held this at arm's length
because it's an inconvenient truth, because they don't want to accept that
it's a moral imperative."


"Two thousand scientists, in a hundred countries, engaged in the most
elaborate, well organized scientific collaboration in the history of humankind,
have produced long-since a consensus that we will face a string of terrible
catastrophes unless we act to prepare ourselves and deal with the
underlying causes of global warming."

~ The warnings about global warming have been extremely clear for a long time. We are facing a global climate crisis. It is deepening. We are entering a period of consequences. ~


http://www.algore.com

AL GORE:

Former Vice President Al Gore is cofounder and Chairman of Generation Investment Management, a firm that is focused on a new approach to Sustainable Investing.

Gore shared the 2007 Nobel Prize with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC.

Gore is also cofounder and Chairman of Current TV, an independently owned cable and satellite television network for young people based on viewer-created content and citizen journalism. A member of the Board of Directors of Apple Computer, Inc. and a Senior Advisor to Google, Inc. Gore is also Visiting Professor at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Mr. Gore is the author of An Inconvenient Truth, a best-selling book on the threat of and solutions to global warming, and the subject of the movie of the same title, which has already become one of the top documentary films in history. In 2007, An Inconvenient Truth was awarded two Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature and Best Original Song.

Since his earliest days in the U. S. Congress 30 years ago, Al Gore has been the leading advocate for confronting the threat of global warming. His pioneering efforts were outlined in his best-selling book Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit (1992). He led the Clinton-Gore Administration's efforts to protect the environment in a way that also strengthens the economy.

Al Gore was born on March 31, 1948, the son of former U.S. Senator Albert Gore, Sr. and Pauline Gore. Raised in Carthage, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C., he received a degree in government with honors from Harvard University in 1969. After graduation, he volunteered for enlistment in the U.S. Army and served in the Vietnam War. Upon returning from Vietnam, Al Gore became an investigative reporter with the Tennessean in Nashville, where he also attended Vanderbilt University's Divinity School and then Law School.

Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, reside in Nashville, Tennessee. They have four children- Karenna, Kristin, Sarah, and Albert III; and three grandchildren: Wyatt Gore Schiff, Anna Hunger Schiff, and Oscar Aitcheson Schiff.


"Climate change should be seen as the greatest challenge to face man and treated as a much bigger priority in the United Kingdom."

"The world’s forests need to be seen for what they are.. giant global utilities, providing essential services to humanity on a vast scale. Rainforests store carbon, which is lost to the atmosphere when they burn, increasing global warming. The life they support cleans the atmosphere of pollutants and feeds it with moisture. They help regulate our climate and sustain the lives of some of the poorest people on this Earth"

"We should be treating, I think, the whole issue of climate change and global warming with a far greater degree of priority than I think is happening now."

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"The blunt truth about the politics of climate change is that no country will want to sacrifice its economy in order to meet this challenge, but all economies know that the only sensible long term way of developing is to do it on a sustainable basis."

"We can debate this or that aspect of climate change, but the reality is that most people now accept our climate is indeed subject to change as a result of greenhouse gas emissions."

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"I think it is manmade. I think it's clearly manmade. If you don't understand what the cause is, it's virtually impossible to come up with a solution. We know what the cause is. The cause is manmade. That's the cause. That's why the polar icecap is melting."



"Climate change carries no passport. And no country is immune."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Speech in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

27 July 2009

“A point has been reached in history when we must shape our actions throughout the world with a more prudent care for their environmental consequences. Through ignorance or indifference we can do massive and irreversible harm to the earthly environment on which our life and well being depend. Conversely, through fuller knowledge and wiser action, we can achieve for ourselves and our posterity a better life in an environment more in keeping with human needs and hopes …"

“To defend and improve the human environment for present and future generations has become an imperative goal for mankind.”

from the Declaration of the UN Conference on the Human Environment(Stockholm, 1972), para. 6

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