Let’s get back our trillion dollars: Governments subsidize dirty energy

A trillion dollars a year! We’re in the middle of a global economic and environmental meltdown, yet this is how much our governments are handing out to dirty energy,the richest industry on earth. It’s madness, but finally a few bold countries are speaking out.

New Zealand, Mexico, and Switzerland are leading a call for action at a meeting of world leaders in Rio in June. Slashing these scandalous subsidies now is crucial to saving our planet. But the polluters have a powerful grip over many of our governments. Only massive global public support can drown out the lobbyists of big oil, coal and gas — it’s what our people-powered movement was born to do.

The agenda for Rio is being finalised now — this meeting could be our last chance to avert climate catastrophe. Let’s give our champions the political teeth they need to stop this trillion dollar trickery. Sign the urgent petition to stop our government’s colossal collusion with polluters: Συνέχεια

CoolClimate Art Contest Winner: What Motivated Me

O  ΧΗΣΤΟΣ ΛΑΜΠΡΙΝΙΔΗΣ έχει κέρδησει τον CoolClimate Art Contest  . Και πώς να γινόταν διαφορετικά αφού η φωτογραφία του είναι απλά φανταστική  . Το άρθρο του ειναι στα Αγγλικά και πραγματικά αξίζει τον κόπο να το διαβάσετε και να δείτε , τί ήταν αυτό που τον ενέπνευσε αλλά και παρακίνησε για αυτήν την φωτογραφία …



The CoolClimate Art Contest called on artists worldwide to submit their work for the first online art competition designed to generate iconic images that address the impact of climate change. More than 1,000 artists from around the globe made submissions through CoolClimate’s partner, deviantART.com, the largest online network for artists, creatives, and art enthusiasts, with 15 million members worldwide. As Agnes Gund, art expert and one of the judges for the contest said. «There is probably no issue more important facing us today then how we are affecting our environment. The CoolClimate Art Contest is a smart and engaging way to compel artists to influence and communicate the critical issue of climate change. Art has the power to persuade on a deeply emotional level, sometimes more effectively than grafts or numbers or datasheets.»

A panel of notable art experts and celebrities selected the 20 semifinalists that were featured on The Huffington Post where the public voted to determine the Top 5 winners. «No Pollution Please» by Christos Lamprianidis from Greece won first place.

Environmental organizations are being provided with an image tool kit that offers 10 ideas for using the CoolClimate Art finalists in their ongoing climate change communications. Van Jones, environmental activist and judge for the Contest stated, «These powerful images speak to the air, water, and earth that sustains us, and reveal the perils arising from our addiction to coal and oil. Human ingenuity created these problems; human creativity — on full display here — can get us out. I encourage all environmental activists to use these images in their ongoing climate change communications.»

All entries, as well as winners and finalists, can be viewed at the CoolClimate deviantART website.