Earth Talk: Global Climate Action Summit

Dear EarthTalk: How did the Global Climate Action Summit coming up later this year come about and what do organizers hope to accomplish? — J.S.

 

The purpose of the forthcoming 2018 Global Climate Action Summit—scheduled to take place September 12-14, 2018 in San Francisco, California—is to showcase the actions that state and local leaders, businesses, investors, scientists, students, non-profits and other so-called “sub-national actors” have taken to reduce their emissions already. Organizers hope to secure bold commitments from them to do even more, thus showing that decarbonization and economic growth go hand-in-hand and galvanizing a global movement for climate action that leaves no one behind.

 

 

This new international meeting is the brainchild of California’s 79-year-old outgoing governor Jerry Brown, one of the country’s great crusaders for cutting carbon emissions despite lack of federal interest in solving the climate crisis. According to Brown, subnational actors are a critical part of the climate solution and can help push the world’s leaders to go further, faster. These leaders will join citizens from around the world to showcase examples of major climate action initiatives already taking place without the aid of the federal government. They hope to inspire deeper commitments from each other and from national governments in support of the Paris Agreement.

 

 

Brown has tapped three leaders as summit co-chairs: Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; Anand Mahindra, chairman of the Mahindra Group, an Indian conglomerate that recently committed to meet its Paris climate agreement commitments; and Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City and founder/CEO of Bloomberg LP who is a vigorous campaigner for and generous donor to environmental causes. These three are primarily responsible for shaping the event’s purpose, format and overall curation and leveraging their voices and network for the cause.

 

 

Why now? According to Brown, 2018 is a turning point: Countries and all of us must step up the commitments that were made in Paris and do more. “The momentum we generate this year must lead to a climate turning point by 2020 in order to prevent the worst effects of climate change,” says Brown. “It must be the beginning of a new phase of action and ambition on climate change.”

 

 

Participants are expected to go beyond just sharing what they have achieved to date and announce stepped-up commitments to usher in what organizers are hoping will be “a new era of decarbonization and prosperity.” The culmination of the meeting will be a call to action to nations to step up their ambition under the Paris Agreement and cut emissions on a science-based trajectory that limits warming to well below two degrees Celsius.

 

 

“The Summit seeks to change the climate conversation, broaden and depoliticize the issue, and activate everyone to call for change to preserve our future,” Brown concludes. The governor’s actions in steering California to be one of the world’s most fuel efficient large economies is even more inspiring than his words. Given that Brown won’t be able to run again for governor due to term limits, the Summit may represent the last hurrah of his storied political career.

 

CONTACT: Global Climate Action Summit, globalclimateactionsummit.org.

 

 

 

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Mar 18,2018: Eve To Adam

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Mar 17,2018: Scleroderma Support Group

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Mar 15,2018: Bereavement Support Group

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Mar 15,2018: NICU Parent Support Group

The support group, which is for parents who currently have babies in the NICU, offers assistance, educational classes and creative activities.

Location: Fourth Floor Of Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Room 432

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Rooftops Newsletter: Everyone Has To Eat

There is little to dispute that statement. Food, as we all know, is critical to maintaining life and health. Everyone does have to eat, but not everyone has to, or even wants to, eat the same things. The evidence of that can be found in the aisles of every supermarket and the array of restaurants…

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Mar 15,2018: Celtic Woman

The story so far…..

Celtic Woman features the very special talents of four Irish female vocalists and a very exciting fiddle player. The four women vocalists, Chloe, Lisa, Méav and Orla and fiddle player Mairead with Composer Musical Director, David Downes, have created a wonderful musical experience. Celtic Woman portrays the unique voices and styles of each of the girls as soloists as well as fantastic ensemble numbers.

The Chairman CEO of Celtic Woman, Dave Kavanagh, has together with EMI developed Celtic Woman into an International success.

Celtic Woman have made a powerful impact on U.S. audiences since their March 2005 debut. Among their noteworthy achievements:

* Their first PBS special aired over 3400 times on 316 PBS stations nationwide since its March 2005 debut.
* Their self-titled debut CD and DVD have been certified platinum in the US
* They have played four hugely successful U.S. concert tours, including sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall, Carnagie Hall, Boston’s Opera House and the Greek Theatre in LA.
* Between their self-titled debut album and ‘A Christmas Celebration,’ Celtic Woman has held the #1 position on the Billboard World Music chart for over 95 consecutive weeks.
* They have appeared on The Today Show, Live with Regis Kelly, The Megan Mullaly show and on Brian Boitano’s Skating Spectacular that aired on NBC on New Year’s Day 2007.
* Internationally, Celtic Woman’s debut CD has gone platinum in South Africa and A Christmas Celebration has been certified gold, the DVD has been certified gold in Australia and the CD has been certified gold in Japan. Germany, Canada New Zealand are also very strong markets for us.

It’s now time to take A NEW JOURNEY with Celtic Woman!

The female Irish ensemble of angelic voices recorded a brand new studio album offering the signature Celtic Woman sound that has had a huge impact not only in the US but in many countries around the world including Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa Germany etc. The repertoire is an unforgettable collection of contemporary hits (“Beyond the Sea,” “The Prayer,” “Scarborough Fair,” “Over the Rainbow”), classical favorites (“Lascia Ch’io Pianga,” “Vivaldi’s Rain”), and Irish standards (“Dúlaman,” “At the Ceili,” “Caledonia,” “Mo Ghile Mear”).

With the debut of their first PBS TV special in March 2005, Celtic Woman has since gone on to become a public television sensation. To date, that original program has aired over 3400 times on 316 PBS stations, a total of 93% of the PBS stations in America making it one of the most successful PBS fundraising shows in the past year.

Celtic Woman’s new TV special – A New Journey, Live at Slane Castle – premiered December 2, 2006 on PBS with more than 90% of all PBS stations on board to broadcast the special during the December pledge period, exceeding the group’s previous success on PBS. The live concert was filmed at Slane Castle, the home of Lord Henry Mount Charles, in County Meath, Ireland (a venue that has also hosted concerts by U2, The Rolling Stones, and Bruce Springsteen).

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Mar 14,2018: Murchison Road Community Farmers Market

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Mar 13,2018: Brain Injury Support Group

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Mar 09,2018: Cole Swindell: Reason To Drink Tour w/ Chris Janson & Lauren Alaina


Raised in a town with one caution light and a population not much greater than that, Cole Swindell left Bronwood, Georgia with a lot of inspiration and just enough experience to begin his career while he was in school at Georgia Southern University.

While winning over the college crowd, Cole acquired a passion for the industry and hooked up with another Georgia artist and fellow Sigma Chi fraternity brother, Luke Bryan. The pair continued to play shows together at local venues around Georgia, and shortly after college Cole made the move to Nashville in September 2007 to pursue his dream of making a living doing what he loves.

Not long after leaving the peach state, Luke, now with Capitol Records, hired him and he spent the next three years on the road doing merchandise at shows and writing songs while he traveled the country on a tour bus.
Luke Bryan’s Spring Break EPs “Hangover Edition”, “Shore Thing”, and “Sun Tan City” included five cuts by Cole: “I’m Hungover”, “In Love with the Girl”, “Love in a College Town”, “Shore Thing”, and “Shake The Sand” which are all available exclusively on iTunes.

Recognizing his talent and unlimited potential, Sony/ATV Music Publishing offered Cole a publishing deal in September 2010. Recently he wrote radio single, “Water Tower Town” for American Idol winner Scotty McCreery, which is featured on his debut album “Clear As Day”.

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