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An anonymous Extinction Rebellion activist disrupts the city of Tucson’s Earth Day webinar to call out the Mayor for not declaring a climate emergency like she said she would, and instead claiming the city is taking more time to collect data.
Also known as “How the City of Tucson’s Earth Day Webinar should have gone”.
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Local Climate Groups Demand Phoenix Declare a Climate Emergency
PHOENIX— Climate groups from across the Valley today called on the Phoenix City Council to endorse a resolution declaring a climate emergency, a critical first step toward launching a comprehensive plan to address climate change.
The resolution, similar to one passed last month by the Flagstaff City Council, outlines the city’s commitment to becoming carbon-neutral by 2030. It calls for various city departments to determine the steps required for the transition, citywide education on the need for carbon neutrality and climate adaptation, and a new task force to oversee the plan.
Arizona and Phoenix are on the front lines of climate change. Heat-related deaths are increasing, wildfires are becoming more frequent and more intense, development and decades of drought are decreasing flows in our critical rivers, and the Valley is choking on some of the worst air pollution in the country—all of this exacerbated by climate change. Arizona is the fourth-fastest warming state in the U.S., and Phoenix is the second-fastest warming major city in the U.S., followed by Prescott as the fifth and Tucson as the seventh. The devastating health, environmental and economic consequences of the climate crisis will continue to be felt disproportionately by low-income communities, indigenous nations and communities of color.
Arizonans are demanding bold action to address the climate crisis, and polls continue to show that support for climate action is growing across all age groups, religions and political persuasions. States, counties, cities, local leaders and businesses across the world are leading the way to a just phase-out of fossil fuels, establishing a zero-emissions economy, and updating building codes and ordinances to combat climate change.
The city of Phoenix has demonstrated its support for climate action by joining the 3,800-member We Are Still In coalition and adopting sustainability goals to become carbon neutral by 2050. But pledges and goals are no longer enough. Phoenix has an opportunity to lead the way and Mayor Gallego and the City Council need to act now. We are counting on all council members and the mayor to support this critical resolution and take the urgent action necessary to create a carbon-free future and a liveable planet for our children and grandchildren.
Organizations endorsing the Declaration of Climate Emergency for the City of Phoenix:
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“Joker” star Joaquin Phoenix has linked with environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion and non-profit organization Amazon Watch for a short film sounding the alarm around deforestation and global wildfires.
“Guardians of Life,” which Variety reveals exclusively above, also stars Rosario Dawson, Matthew Modine, Oona Chaplin, Q’orianka Kilcher and musician Albert Hammond Jr of The Strokes – all of whom play a medical team racing to save an unseen patient dying of heart failure on the operating table.
Describing the two-minute film as a call to action, Phoenix said: “I did it to raise awareness about the meat and dairy industry’s effect on climate change. The fact is we are clear cutting and burning rainforests and seeing the negative effects of those actions worldwide.
“People don’t realize there’s still time, but only if we act now and make sweeping changes to our consumption. We can’t wait for governments to solve these problems for us. We can’t wait until the election to try to make these changes. We have a personal responsibility to make changes in our own lives and act now.”
Phoenix delivered a rousing acceptance speech at the BAFTAs on Sunday, calling out “systemic racism” in the film industry, just hours after he led a protest in London with animal activists, advocating for veganism.
The actor was last month arrested for his part in a Washington D.C. protest with Jane Fonda, where he again discussed the link between climate change and animal agriculture.
“Guardians of Life” is the first of 12 films exploring the effects of climate change. The series is led by Extinction Rebellion and Mobilize Earth, and funded by a variety of organizations, including the U.K.-based Catalysts Foundation, as well as the global Climate Save Movement. Additional supporters include the Artists for the Amazon campaign and Environmental Media Association. Donations from the film go towards Amazon Watch and Extinction Rebellion.
Director Shaun Monson said he felt compelled to make the film in the style of a narrative short as documentary-style PSAs aren’t always effective in moving audiences to take action. “Instead of focusing on deforestation, ice melting and species extinction, we use a story as a metaphor,” he explained.
“The Amazon has been called the lungs of the world, or the heart of the world, but instead of documentary footage we proposed an ER setting with doctors and nurses trying to save an unseen patient with systemic heart failure. The twist is not only who one of the paramedics is, but what they were really fighting to save all along.”
Actor Matthew Modine added: “Children (are) inheriting a world unrecognizable to the one I was born into. This PSA is one way of opening people’s eyes to see what is actually happening right in front of us.”
Gail Bradbrook, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, said the film demonstrates how Hollywood is using its influence to take on the climate and ecological crisis. “There is still a disconnect between how bad things are and the action that needs to happen. But that gap is narrowing. There are more significant people starting to break ranks, to tell the truth and act as if it is real.”