Saturday, November 1, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
One solution would be through a climate change adaptation program that would provide training and resources to help poor farmers find solutions to maintain productivity. Such a program is being advocated by Oxfam America and others as a way to reduce poverty, promote national security, and cope with climate change. Climate change adaptation programs could work with current United States international programs and could be funded using some of the proceeds from a carbon cap-and-trade system. Variations of cap-and-trade have been endorsed by both candidates for President, and will likely come before Congress next year.
In the meantime, Iowans can act by signing the climate change petition, or by reading the article and emailing a letter to the editor highlighting the need to help all farmers adapt.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
"Sisters on the Planet" is a documentary portraying four inspirational women and how they are fighting back against climate change.
The film will leave you inspired and ready to take action. Come meet others and learn what we can do here locally.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
In fact, the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative (EJCC) recently released a report analyzing the ways in which African Americans will be disproportionately affected by global warming. The report finds that:
-global warming amplifies nearly all existing inequalities
-sound global warming policy is also economic and racial justice policy
-climate policies that best serve African Americans also best serve a just and strong United States
-climate policies that best serve African Americans and other disproportionately affected communities also best serve global economic and environmental justice
Sunday, August 17, 2008
A summary of our recent meeting in Des Moines follows:
Vision: We envision ourselves as an organization that draws connections between poverty and the injustice of climate change. We want to focus on education and empowerment of Iowans to take action for climate justice, and we will advocate for the rights of those who are disempowered.
Online Tools: We like the flexibility of setameeting.com for scheduling our meetings. We want to use a zoho group for online conversation between meetings. Email us if you would like an invitation to join.
1) We are scheduling a meeting with the staff of both of our Iowa senators during the last week of August or the first week of September.
2)There will be an opportunity to help run a table at the Downtown Farmers' Market on September 27th. (See our previous post)
3)There is a big event being planned with the League of Women Voters on November 13th. We will show our new movie: "Sisters on the Planet" and bring in a speaker who has been to Bangladesh.
Basically, we set up a table of information alongside local farmers and craftspeople at the market. As market patrons pass by, we invite them to learn more about Oxfam and our work solving poverty and climate change. If they are interested, we invite them to sign our climate petition or join our listserv to hear about upcoming actions. The response is usually positive; as we exchange stories and information with passers-by. Not everyone wants to sign up right away, but most people appreciate the chance to learn about our work and to lend us their persepctives on our issues.
To help further our mission of empowering Iowans to make a difference for those facing poverty and social injustice, we are planning to be at the Downtown Des Moines Farmers' Market on August 30th and again on September 29th. Come and visit us!
Monday, July 14, 2008
In this video from Oxfam America, people from around the world tell us how climate change is impacting their communities and their lives. The United States needs to stop harming and start helping. Providing resources to vulnerable communities through an international adaptation program is an important part of any climate solution. Countless small actions have contributed to causing climate change, and small actions can help craft the policies that will reverse it. Take action to help the communities in the video: click here to add your name to Oxfam America's petition for climate justice.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
If you're curious about the Oxfam Action Corps or have a passion for climate justice, come to our next meeting on June 18th at 7pm at Caribou Coffee (3220 Ingersoll Avenue in Des Moines).
Monday, June 2, 2008
How might you celebrate in Ames?
Iowa Oxfam Action Corps is having an informal meeting discussing Climate change and how it hurts the poor.
Taking place June 7 at 5pm at Cafe Diem on Main St. In Ames
- Learn about the campaign
- Discuss how we will engage Iowan on Climate Justice
- Plan up coming actions
- Meet others who are interested in climate change
No RSVP is necessary, just come if you can and pass the word on.
To learn more about Iowa Action Corps please visit our blog at: http://oxfamaction-iowa.blogspot.com/
Also, we have established a secure listserv that I will be using in future correspondence (it avoids my needing to bcc everyone via gmail). You can subscribe yourself at firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, right now, the Senate is debating a climate change bill that could have a huge impact on communities around the world. We need you to make sure that they’re not leaving poor people behind. Climate change is already affecting the world’s most impoverished people, who are facing droughts, floods, and increased disease—and are least equipped to deal with these disasters.
Tell the Senate to we must ramp up our efforts to help vulnerable communities impacted by our changing climate. http://act.oxfamamerica.org//campaign/LW
Monday, May 26, 2008
An important step in the right direction, the Climate Security Act will be introduced for debate in the Senate on June 2nd. The act would set up a cap-and-trade system to reduce climate-altering pollution. Under cap-and-trade systems, polluters are required to acquire licenses to pollute. The government caps the total amount of pollution by limiting the number of available licenses. The Action Corps would like to see most or all of the pollution licenses auctioned instead of given away, and the proceeds reinvested in community adaptation efforts, poverty alleviation, and the public good.
Communicating the importance of climate justice to government figures is an important part of what the Action Corps does. The Oxfam Action Corps looks forward to maintaining a working relationship with Senator Harkin's office as the Climate Security Act and related legislation moves forward.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Stephen, Action Corps Co-leader and organizer of the march, was quoted in the Des Moines Register saying: "When people think of climate change, they think of polar bears, but we need to think of people too." Another walker said: "Every time someone sees a message, even for just a minute, it's one more time they think about it". Read the article to see what else was said.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
1) Sign the Petition
2) Sign up for the Oxfam Climate Change Action Team
3) Send me an email at email@example.com if you want to help and to get on the list serv!
Iowa Action Corps Co-Leader
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
We went to the Captiol to speak with aides to Representative Boswell and Senator Harkin about the effects of climate change on people who suffer from poverty and hunger in the US and around the world. We asked that they support efforts to stop harming by reducing pollution and start helping by providing international adaptation funding for disadvantaged communities around the world to adapt to the effects of climate change.
We're back in Iowa and excited to bring the human face of climate change to Iowans across the state!