Austin City Council adopted a resolution on April 10, 2014 to become carbon neutral as soon as feasible, but no later than 2050. This is one of the most ambitious goals ever 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.

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.

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We're getting excited about next Thursday's first-ever luncheon for professionals in Austin's faith facilities management industry! “How we did our SOLAR” Featured panelists: • Terry Natha...

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The sun does not compete with oil. Case in point: Oil-rich Dubai just tripled its solar target for the year 2030, to 15 percent of the country’s total power capacity. Dubai’s government-owned utility this week awarded a $330 million contract for a solar plant that will sell some of the cheapest electricity in the world. ... See MoreSee Less

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Solar Prices Are Going Down. ERCOT is estimating at 4.4.% per year.

You may have seen this chart before. It’s the most important chart. It shows the reason solar will soon dominate: It’s a technology, not a fuel. As time passes, the efficiency of solar power increases and prices fall. Michael Park, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, has a term for the staggering price relationship between solar and fossil fuels: the Terrordome.

The chart shows the price of energy from different sources since the late 1940s. The extreme outlier is solar, which only recently entered the marketplace, at a very high price. Prices are falling so fast that solar will soon undercut even the cheapest fossil fuels, coal and natural gas. In the few places oil and solar compete directly, oil doesn’t stand a chance.
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“Just as shale extraction reconfigured oil and gas, no other technology is closer to transforming power markets than distributed and utility scale solar,” writes Prajit Ghosh, an energy analyst at Wood MacKenzie.

But then without all the impacts on water, climate, health etc. etc.
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Interfaith action in Central Texas

Central Texas based churches and Congregations are invited to participate in a first step towards becoming Climate Positive. Together with the Faith and Energy  Action Team we put out a call to you to participate in a benchmark program to start to monitor your Climate Impact. If you are interested in participating, please read the following document: A Free Climate Impact Audit of Your Congregation. Read more about this program >>

We invited the faith-based community to come and check out a couple of hopeful and optimistic energy and environmental systems experts at the IEN Monthly Symposium on where we provided some technically-sound scenarios that offer a plausible pathway by which all humankind can meet these challenges and win a world far better than most people have imagined. This is our Interfaith Energy Action Team that has developed a manual and toolkit for congregations to become carbon positive. We celebrated the release of the manual on Earth We DIDDay 2013 in Austin.

We are gearing up for our donation drive for our “Faith and Energy Action Team” Please donate if you can.

A Carbon Diet program for individuals and households

We are developing a program for individuals and households “how to lose 5000 pounds in 30 days”. We are starting pilots with groups of 10-12 people this fall and go live in 2013. If you want to be involved, be a group leader (Climate Buddy Catalyst), start a group of friends or neighbors, or just stay in the loop, let us know via info@climatebuddies.org . Read more about this program >>

Organizing for a Texas Climate Alliance

We are developing an alliance of Austin and Texas organizations and businesses that have dedicated programs for climate change.  The purpose of this alliance is to:

  • Understand how large the local climate change movement has grown and who the participants are.
  • Develop camaraderie among the participants.
  • Share information, resources, skills and programmatic synergy.
  • Support each others climate change causes.

2013 will be an organizing year where we will grow our impact and influence by leveraging each other’s strong competences. Read more here >>

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For those who are ready to hope and to implement action initiatives, we invite you to join us in helping to lead on climate solutions. A lot of work will be involved, as will a lot of joy. That’s right: It’s serious business, but as long as it is joyful and fulfilling in the doing, a lot of people all over the world will want to get in on it!