AFTER YOU WATCH "BEFORE THE FLOOD",
PUBLISHED ON OCTOBER 30, 2016 BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AND

NARRATED BY LEONARDO DiCAPRIO

Link:
AND THEN READ THE ARTICLE BY

JENNIFER l MORGAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GREENPEACE INTERNATIONAL,



THE QUESTION FOR GRANNIES


ARE WE READY TO UNITE AND BE A

MORE POWERFUL VOICE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE? 

WE KNOW THERE IS POWER IN NUMBERS.
WE'VE BEEN PRACTICING OUR WHOLE LIVES HOW TO

CREATE GOOD TROUBLE.  

WE'VE ALL BEEN INVOLVED LOCALLY ON THIS ISSUE.

IS NOW THE TIME FOR US TO FIND A WAY TO JOIN FORCES

 TO MAXIMIZE OUR IMPACT?


(To respond see Contact Info, Gaggle Song website page.)

All of these legal battles have one thing in common: people are standing up to protect their right to a stable climate. They are fighting for radical climate solutions prescribed by science. They are willing to take bold steps now because there is no time to wait.

But it’s not going to be easy. Despite the Paris Agreement, some governments are still going to fight very hard to do as little as possible. Companies that have long profited from extraction of oil, coal and gas will send in armies of lawyers.

That’s why Greenpeace is proud to stand with the modern-day heroes leading these climate challenges. The people won’t be deterred. Who do you stand with, our grandparents and children, or with those still blocking the action we all need to protect our climate from the threat of fossil fuels?

Silver Power: Swiss Grannies challenge Government’s weak climate policies

(WORLDPOST - OCTOBER 25, 2016)

Older women are among the most vulnerable groups in a warming climate. Studies of heatwaves in Europe show they are more likely to get sick or die of dehydration, heatstroke, cardiac and circulatory problems.

While the women of KlimaSeniorinnen have initiated a legal challenge to protect their own lives, they are also doing it for the good of future generations. Without decisive action by all governments, generations to come will have to cope with the disastrous effects of future heatwaves, droughts, water shortages, crop failures, and extreme weather events.

According to the world’s top scientists, human influence on the climate has more than doubled the probability of heat waves happening in some localities. Heat-related deaths have already increased in some regions. Sadly, we should count on heat waves occurring more often and lasting longer in the future.

By holding their government to account for failing to guarantee the basic human right to a safe climate, these elders are helping all of us in our fight to spark the real action needed to overcome the climate crisis.

This is not the first, and it will definitely not be the last lawsuit that uses the Paris Agreement as both a legal hammer and a beacon of hope to challenge governments and fossil fuel companies.

The Swiss elders join a wave of people-powered climate challenges that have sprung up to close the gap between what was committed to in Paris and actions that fly in the face of the aim to limit the increase in average global temperatures to 1.5°C.

The Paris climate agreement got some new teeth today when more than 450 women age 65 and older submitted a legal petition to force the Swiss government to take stronger action on climate change. The complaint alleges that weak climate policies are violating their constitutional rights by failing to limit warming to politically-agreed safe levels.

Greenpeace Switzerland is supporting the new group of women, called KlimaSeniorinnen (“Senior Women for Climate Protection”), in their quest to hold their government accountable for climate inaction.

Older women are among the most vulnerable groups in a warming climate. Studies of heatwaves in Europe show they are more likely to get sick or die of dehydration, heatstroke, cardiac and circulatory problems.

While the women of KlimaSeniorinnen have initiated a legal challenge to protect their own lives, they are also doing it for the good of future generations. Without decisive action by all governments, generations to come will have to cope with the disastrous effects of future heatwaves, droughts, water shortages, crop failures, and extreme weather events.

The Swiss elders join a wave of people-powered climate challenges that have sprung up to close the gap between what was committed to in Paris and actions that fly in the face of the aim to limit the increase in average global temperatures to 1.5°C.

In the Netherlands, nearly 900 citizens and the Urgenda Foundation won a case against the the Dutch government, forcing the Dutch state to make more stringent greenhouse gas emissions reductions by 2020.

U.S. youth, with the support of Our Children’s Trust, are charging ahead with their federal case that seeks science-based emission reductions in order to protect their fundamental right to a stable climate.

The Conservation Law Foundation launched the first legal action against ExxonMobil aiming to hold it accountable for climate denial.

Farmers and children in Pakistan and Peru are standing up to governments and fossil fuel companies in the courts as well.

Disaster survivors, community organisations and Greenpeace Philippines successfully petitioned the Human Rights Commission to launch an investigation into the responsibility of fossil fuel companies for human right impacts resulting from climate change.

Just last week, Greenpeace Nordic and the NGO Nature & Youth filed a lawsuit challenging the Norwegian government’s newly assigned licenses for oil and gas drilling in the Barents Sea.The Swiss initiative shares the same aim as the investigation in the Philippines - the protection and empowerment of those most vulnerable to climate change. Among the petitioners in the Philippines are representatives from communities that have been devastated by super typhoons - like Tacloban in 2013, the world’s strongest tropical cyclone ever to make landfall.


"Climate change -- if treated as a true planetary emergency -- could become a galvanizing force for humanity, leaving us all not just safer from extreme weather, but with societies that are safer and fairer in all kinds of other ways as well. This is a vision of the future in which we collectively use the crisis to leap somewhere that seems, frankly, better than where we are right now."

Naomi Klein, "This Changes Everything": Capitalism vs. The Climate p. 7 [pruned for brevity]


  Raging Grannies Eugene