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Austin City Council adopted a resolution to become carbon neutral as soon as feasible, but no later than 2050. This is one of the most ambitious goals set by a city in the world and we are going to help with the development of the framework how to get there, and write up sector plan on what energy, waste, transportation and manufacturing sectors have to offer to make this a reality.

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FEAT, the Faith based Energy Action Team is bringing together houses of worship to promote climate stewardship and advocacy at their facilities, with their members and other organizations around town. FEAT meets every second Monday of the month at 7pm. Look for the invites on the FEAT page.

Our mission: Climate Buddies is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that wants to empower people to include climate change considerations into every decision they make. We focus on live interaction with groups of people, for-profits, spiritual groups, public and academia. We focus on people, inspiration, guidance and are result driven. Anyone who wants to start to integrate climate considerations in decision making is welcome to join us or invite us for collaboration.

Our invitation to you: meeting the global energy and climate challenges

  • If you could work on meeting the greatest challenge humankind has ever faced, would you?
  • Would it surprise you to know that the climate and oceanic systems have been so perturbed by the massive burning of fossil fuels that the very continuation of human civilization is threatened?
  • Do you yearn to be able to say to your grandchildren, and theirs – and everyone else’s – that you did your part to leave the earth in a healthier condition than when you were born into it?
  • Many suspect that the time left to return the earth to a healthy, resilient condition capable of sustaining human civilization is short. The climate recovery challenge is in fact an energy issue, a challenge to increase both the energy available to power essential services and to make affordable, renewable energy accessible to all.
  • We must and can increase the supply of energy available while reducing the total greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy generation to near-zero rates.

Understanding these premises, we must have the courage to yearn for a credible possibility that each of us, and billions of others like us from all over the world, will become true caretakers for the earth – our planet that has given life to our kind; the creation which protects and nourishes us even in its injured state.

We believe in a world where if we take care of the earth, we can take care of the people. The economy is facilitating in this, not the starting point, just the result.

On Monday, March 27, Austin Energy will unveil Electric Drive, a multi-use recharging station powered entirely by renewable energy. Electric Drive is located along West 2nd Street in the Seaholm EcoDistrict. Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Council Member Ann Kitchen, District 5, Austin Energy General Jackie Sargent and Chief Sustainability Officer Lucia Athens will be among the speakers.

WHEN: Monday, March 27, 2017, event begins at 4 p.m.

WHERE: West 2nd Street between Walter Seaholm Drive and Sandra Muraida Way.

VISUALS: Electric charging ports for electric vehicles, a solar-powered kiosk with multi-access charging ports, electric vehicles, Butler Hike & Bike Trail, Seaholm Power Plant. After formal remarks, City officials will cut a ribbon to officially unveil Electric Drive.

EXPERTS: Interview opportunities with Austin Energy and City of Austin experts focusing on electric vehicles, solar power, sustainability.

PARKING: Media parking along Walter Seaholm Drive.
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Interested in seeing what the EV team has been up to? Join us at the launch of Electric Drive next Monday afternoon! Come hear Austin Mayor Steve Adler and other influential Austin leaders speak on S...

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This a good time to clean your solar panels. most of the tree pollen is gone. The panels will love you and provide you with more power the minute you have done your twice a year cleaning 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

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Climate change will harm Americans, just not you!

We have got to break this gap: most people know climate change is happening, and a majority agree it is harming people in the United States. But they don't believe it will harm them.

Part of this is the problem of risk perception.

Global warming is precisely the kind of threat humans are awful at dealing with: a problem with enormous consequences over the long term, but little that is sharply visible on a personal level in the short term. Humans are hard-wired for quick fight-or-flight reactions in the face of an imminent threat, but not highly motivated to act against slow-moving and somewhat abstract problems, even if the challenges that they pose are ultimately dire.
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The environment is key says the Dutch Association for Employers/Industry in response to the elections

"Our priority is green and dealing with climate change, then making sure city and rural life both get the attention and credit they deserve, we also have to make sure that the economy benefits all people as we do not want to feed populism. We are happy with the win of centrist parties as it will bring stability which will have benefits for the economy as a whole".

The contrast with the "short term profit from business only" here in the US is profound.
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