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“Happy Birthday President Obama #44, America Missed You”

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Strategist

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Sensible Global #RealLeaders Agree With President Obama “Help Protect for Future Generations” #ClimateChange

Pete Earthlé, IdeasNConversations @IdeasN

The whole world like our planet earth to be livable in many centuries ahead. Every individual can do their part in fostering cleaner environment for everyone to enjoy including the future generations that will come. Bigotry and hypocrisy  are aliens on this planet earth. The Trump administration can quit anytime from Paris’ COP21 but the American people will not.

I’m confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we’ve got.” – President Barack Obama, June 1, 2017

President Obama released his vision about the continuing advancement of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change even in the absence of American government administration. Please find below the full text of President Obama’s Statement pertaining to Trump’s withdrawal of USA from the Climate Pact Agreement.

Statement by President Barack Obama:

A year and a half ago, the world came together in Paris around the first-ever global agreement to set the world on a low-carbon course and protect the world we leave to our children.

It was steady, principled American leadership on the world stage that made that achievement possible. It was bold American ambition that encouraged dozens of other nations to set their sights higher as well. And what made that leadership and ambition possible was America’s private innovation and public investment in growing industries like wind and solar – industries that created some of the fastest new streams of good-paying jobs in recent years, and contributed to the longest streak of job creation in our history.

Simply put, the private sector already chose a low-carbon future. And for the nations that committed themselves to that future, the Paris Agreement opened the floodgates for businesses, scientists, and engineers to unleash high-tech, low-carbon investment and innovation on an unprecedented scale.

The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created. I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack. But even in the absence of American leadership; even as this Administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I’m confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we’ve got. (source credit: PoliticusUSA) 

Statement of President Emmanuel Macron, France;

Statement of Bill Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh, PA;

As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future. (source credit: Twitter/BillPeduto)

Statements of 68 US Mayors leading 38 Million Americans;

“We will intensify efforts to meet each of our cities’ current climate goals, push for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, and work together to create a 21st century clean energy economy.

We will continue to lead. We are increasing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. We will buy and create more demand for electric cars and trucks. We will increase our efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, create a clean energy economy, and stand for environmental justice. And if the President wants to break the promises made to our allies enshrined in the historic Paris Agreement, we’ll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks.

The world cannot wait — and neither will we.(source credit: PoliticusUSA)

Statement of Al Gore;

“Removing the United States from the Paris Agreement is a reckless and indefensible action. It undermines America’s standing in the world and threatens to damage humanity’s ability to solve the climate crisis in time.

But make no mistake: if President Trump won’t lead, the American people will. Civic leaders, mayors, governors, CEOs, investors and the majority of the business community will take up this challenge.

We are in the middle of a clean energy revolution that no single person or group can stop. President Trump’s decision is profoundly in conflict with what the majority of Americans want from our president; but no matter what he does, we will ensure that our inevitable transition to a clean energy economy continues.”         – Al Gore, Environmentalist, 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, 45th US Vice President (source credit: HollywoodReporter)

Statement of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada;

“We are deeply disappointed that the United States federal government has decided to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Canada is unwavering in our commitment to fight climate change and support clean economic growth. Canadians know we need to take decisive and collective action to tackle the many harsh realities of our changing climate.

“While the U.S. decision is disheartening, we remain inspired by the growing momentum around the world to combat climate change and transition to clean growth economies. We are proud that Canada stands united with all the other parties that support the Agreement. We will continue to work with our domestic and international partners to drive progress on one of the greatest challenges we face as a world.

“This is not only about the huge economic opportunities of clean growth and the need to address the pressing threats of climate change. This is about an ambitious and unshakeable desire to leave a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable planet for our kids and for generations to come.

“We are all custodians of this world, and that is why Canada will continue to work with the U.S. at the state level, and with other U.S. stakeholders, to address climate change and promote clean growth. We will also continue to reach out to the U.S. federal government to discuss this matter of critical importance for all humankind, and to identify areas of shared interest for collaboration, including on emissions reductions.”      – Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister, Canada (source credit: PM Website)

Statement of Japan’s Foreign Ministry;

“Climate change requires a concerted effort by the whole of the international community. Japan believes the leadership of the developed countries to be of great importance, and the steady implementation of the Paris agreement is critical in this regard. The recent announcement by the US administration on its withdrawal … is regrettable.” (source credit: theGuardian)

Statement of EU Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete;

“Today’s announcement has galvanised us rather than weakened us, and this vacuum will be filled by new broad committed leadership. Europe and its strong partners all around the world are ready to lead the way”

Statement of Prince Andrew of Monaco;

“This decision represents a very serious error of judgment for our planet and for future generations. It also weakens America’s global leadership and compromises the country’s own economic interests by underestimating the growth prospects offered by a low-carbon economy based on technological innovation.

“I want to believe that the states, the people and cities in American states which are already engaged in a virtuous cycle of transformation and those who understand the importance of this for future generations, will continue their efforts to promote low-carbon, sustainable and resilient economic growth.

“More than ever, the Principality of Monaco stands by its commitment to the fight against climate change with ambitious targets which exceed those set out in the Paris Agreement. I call upon all nations of the world, signatories to this Agreement, to continue and confirm their commitments in support of a cause that affects the preservation of the Earth and of humanity.” (credit source: royalcentral.co.uk)

World and Industry Leaders Statements;

“Climate Change is real”

Paris Climate Agreement

The UK Prime Minister Theresa May seems afraid to publicly denounce the action of her friend in the White House.

 

“We Need #RealLeaders With Impact” … this ‘younger’ generation begins moving toward leadership …”

By: Juntee Terrenal, GMS, ▪Competency ▪ Experience ▪ Results

President Obama gave an insightful encouragement to the youths while hosting a forum at the University of Chicago on April 25, 2017.

This event was his first public appearance since he completed his second term as a President of the United States of America. He is indeed very optimistic in helping the younger generations to become socially engaged and participate in becoming great leaders of tomorrow.

America needs new sets of #RealLeaders who can create a society that will demonstrate care, growth and equality.

We Need More Young Leaders Who Will Affect the Mindset and Status Quo of the US Congress:

The following individuals are examples of #young #realleaders that we will be needing. They will provide a new breath that will complement the experiences and mindsets of those men and women in Congress who demonstrate compassion toward citizens. Young #realleaders will be able to influence the new perspectives in the US Congress and the quality of national strategies that will support the citizens.

  1.  Jon Ossoff for Congress, 30 (6th District of Georgia)
  2. Ammar Campa-Najjar for Congress, 28 (50th District of California)

#Yosemite’s Morning and Evening Grandeur, “An Experience With #CaptivatingMoments”

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

There are moments in a day when you are captivated with the grandeur of nature. Especially when you are visiting the landmark  ‘Yosemite National Park’. Its incredible amenity of landscapes are magnificent to experience particularly when you see the moments like when the sunset kissed Yosemite’s ‘Half Dome’ and the incredible display of Yosemite’s ‘BridalVeil water fall’ which doesn’t happen all the time like the photos below taken by our very own @matt in 1999 and @junteet in 2003 respectively.

Today June 18 2016, US President Obama and his family are vacationing at the Yosemite National Park. For sure they will have great experience like us and others when we visited the park. Please find some of his remarks below the images;

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@2016 BridalVeil Fall_Morning Yosemite

President Barack Obama said while he and his family are visiting the Yosemite National Park;

photo credit: Eric Paul Zamora ezamora@fresnobee.com

photo credit: Eric Paul Zamora ezamora@fresnobee.com

“As we look back over last 100 years, there is a lot to celebrate. As we look to the next century, the next 100 years, the task to protecting our sacred spaces is even more important.”

Climate change is the biggest challenge. “It is no longer a threat, it is a reality.” Yosemite’s largest glacier, once a mile wide, “now is almost gone.” “the idea that these places that sear themselves in your memory could be lost to history cannot be taken lightly.”

“We must not scrap international treaties just put together to deal with climate change. This planet belongs to all of us. It is the only one we’ve got. We cannot put lip service to that notion.” (sourcecredit: fresnobee.com)

Last Monday of May (US Memorial Day): the Moment of Reflection and Celebration

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

Every last Monday of May is an annual Memorial Public Holiday in the United States. Happy Memorial Day to All. The US is also commemorating veterans of the United States Armed Forces and the sacrifices they have made.

“Let us pause for a moment of silence to remember those who perished during their service in the United States Armed Forces”

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photo credit: AP, source: chicagotribune.com

 

“Here, at Arlington, the deafening sounds of combat have given way to the silence of these sacred hills. The chaos and confusion of battle has yielded perfect, precise rows of peace.

The Americans who rest here, and their families, the best of us, those from whom we asked everything, ask of us today only one thing in return: that we remember them.”

“Those who rest beneath this silence, not only here at Arlington, but at veterans cemeteries across our country and around the world, they didn’t speak the loudest about their patriotism. They let their actions do that. Whether they stood up in times of war, signed up in times of peace, or were called up by a draft board, they embodied the best of America,” – said President Barack Obama, Memorial Day 2016, Arlington National Cemetery.

Many people travel from coast to coast to visit friends and family and celebrate those who were fallen while serving in the armed forces.

Please enjoy the holiday. As always, it is not a good idea to drive after consuming an alcohol. Let someone do the driving for safety.

credit: comparasave.com

credit: comparasave.com

A Personal Initiative On #ClimateChange “Everyone Can Participate”; Align with Global Initiatives

By: Juntee Terrenal, GMS, ▪Competency ▪ Experience ▪ Results

Why is #climatechange has already began dominating the airwaves? The topic is very relevant to current climate changes and phenomena around the world. The world leaders of 150 plus countries will converge in Paris at the end of this month to exchange deliberation about an international strategy that will ‘slow down’ the effect of #climatechange globally.

“It is not only our Leaders who can decide about what we do in slowing down the impact of ‘climatechange’. As citizens of the world, we too have responsibility in slowing it down.

   As we actively observed the every consequence of the changing climate around us; you and I can identify areas within our vicinity where we can make a difference in this international initiative. Your own personal participation can preserve Mother Earth from further deterioration”

“Man is the worst enemy of man. We can say it with terrorists. But we can say the same when it comes to climate. Human beings are destroying nature, damaging the environment and it is therefore for human beings to face up to their responsibilities for the future generations.

It’s a duty for mankind to be bold in the days to come to reach an agreement, a binding agreement, a universal agreement. One that is ambitious,” – said François Hollande, President of France at Commonwealth summit

With the Paris’ Climate Change Summit – the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), it will bolster a significant stride about an international awareness pertaining to realistic condition of the Mother Earth and to reduce global greenhouse emissions.

Hopefully, everyone who will be actively listening will learn something from it. And will take a personal initiative in helping the ‘slowing down’ of the #climatechange. Let’s begin this in our own household and backyard. A small piece of participation will create greater impact to humanity because of our combined active role.

“We do not have the right to test the planet’s tolerance. We do, however, have the responsibility to act now and build truly resilient future and I am sure the Commonwealth and those here will play a critical part in this endeavour.” – said Prince Charles of Wales at Commonwealth Summit

“People want to do more. But they want to know that what they are doing fits into a bigger picture. Yes, every single one of us can, and should be, much more conscious of the ways we can act to reduce our carbon footprint, to have a greater impact on protecting the environment going forward.” – said Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada at COP21

In the last few years, we have seen before our very eyes that many places internationally were affected by unusual floods (United Kingdom, USA, the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Chile, etc), the most recent experiences of wildfires and droughts in California, Oregon and Washington.

When you have traveled internationally, there are many places with very pleasant climates. However, it the recent five years dramatic changes of high and scorching heat were unbearable. Within our own backyard alone, temperatures are dramatically changing on a particular season from extreme cold to extreme heat.

Yet, there are many people in the US Congress that are employed by taxpayers, who are enjoying the conveniences of air-conditioned offices; they believed #climatechange is not something that they will focus some attention with. The taxpayers who are paying their salaries are the ones who get the first hand experiences of weather changes but their representative couldn’t care less of finding alternative solutions that will help ease equal convenience of citizenry.

“The greatest obstacles we face in the fight against #climatechange aren’t technological or economic – they are political” – said President Barack Obama

While the intent of the Obama Administration is to protect the environment for the citizens of the United States and other nationals, as individuals we have responsibility to create techniques that will help in ‘slowing down’ climate change initiative.  Our contribution can create an impact towards a bigger scale.

Catholic Church Cardinal Peter Turkson says “people should be “encouraged” to exercise their “ecological citizenship” (source: BBC.com)

On a bigger picture, which ones are the bigger culprit that created the worsening #climatechange in our environment? The largest source of greenhouse gas emissions from human activities in the United States is from burning fossil fuels for electricity, heat, and transportation. It is the big corporations that are using #fossilfuels and that are profiting from their use. Consumers enjoy the product they produce however. Yet the government give tax advantage to corporations that are creating the destruction of Mother Earth. (sourcecredit: EPA)

Backgrounder of Climate Change:

Climate change is caused by humankind’s increased emissions of greenhouse gases as well as other factors that are polluting our environment, the Mother Earth. Today,atmospheric CO2 levels are higher than ever before in human history.

Greenhouse gases are carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (C4H) and nitrous oxide (N2O) as well as fluoromethane (HFC) and perfluoromethane (PFC). Most abundantly emitted is CO2. But even though the share of methane and nitrous oxide is smaller, they still have a big impact: methane is 25 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than CO2, and nitrous oxide is 300 times as harmful.

Infografik Life Links Greenhouse gas

Taken together, the burning of three main fossil fuels – coal, natural gases and oil – accounts for 65 percent of greenhouse gas emissions; the remaining 35 percent are mainly derived from livestock and waste emitting methane and cutting down trees for logging or land use. (credit source: dw.com)

To read more detailed information about what is causing #ClimateChange please visit Global Climate Change by DW.

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