It’s easy to forget sometimes that most governments are designed to move slowly and methodically, as to help maintain an equilibrium in society. However, in the face of increasing signs of climate change, this slow pace can be thoroughly frustrating. Whether your government’s reactions to global warming have made you wallow or feel uncharacteristically violent, often focusing on the good that is going on can help ease the tensions of what you think “should” be happening. In this edition we’ll focus on women in the government positions who are working tirelessly to protect our planet. You may find it feels good to know there are some knowledgeable people on Earth’s side.
1. Lisa P. Jackson
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Lisa P. Jackson is featured in the pages of Newsweek, Time Magazine, O Magazine an Essence magazine, and not just for the prominence of her position as the EPA administrator. Jackson dug her heels in immediately as the first African American Administrator, wanting to steer the country towards green solutions that would benefit from our communities on-up.
“...For too long, environmentalism has been seen as limited – in many ways, as an enclave for the privileged. Talking about the quote-unquote “environment” brings to mind sweeping vistas and wide-open landscapes. The places where people go on vacation – but not the place where they live, work, play and learn,” Jackson said at the 2010 Conference on Environmental Justice, Air Quality, Goods Movement and Green Jobs."This disconnect is a significant challenge.But it’s also one of our greatest opportunities."
Jackson did not grow up as an outdoorsy person, but as a proud resident of New Orleans where she graduated from Tulane. Later, Jackson gained interest in the environment during the Love Canal Disaster, and this interest would eventually lead her to the EPA. She created seven priorities for the EPA that solidified the organizations path; a green path to protect the public while enabling communities to protect and prevent environmental problems themselves. Jackson undergoes constant scrutiny from the public and Congress. The House Republicans threatened to subpoena her on a weekly basis. On an interview with Newsweek Jackson said as a scientist she responds to such scrutiny with simply the fact.
2. Connie Hedegaard Brings the World Together
EU Commissioner for Climate Action
As a Danish politician, it fell into the lap of Connie Hedegaard to host the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in 2009. As former Danish Minister of Climate and Energy she stood as on one of the most qualified citizens for the task. This particular UN conference led to ideas known as the Copenhagen Accord for countries to recognize climate to be a top issue in the world today. Unfortunately, this conference did not lead to a legally binding treaty. Presently, due to the 2011 UN Climate Change Conference, there is a treaty where countries are responsible to lower their carbon emissions.
Connie took up new position at the European Commission on 10 February 2010, and just in April 2012 signed a treaty with India about renewable energies. Hedegarrd frequently publishes articles pushing the importance of climate change in the 21st century: “A child born today is one out of seven billion, and during his lifetime, he will see the world's population grow with another 3 billion. More people will enter the global middle class, not least in Brazil. This is good news. But by the time this child, born today, will turn 18 in 2030, the world will need at least 50 per cent more food, 45 per cent more energy and 30 per cent more water. Every day, 24,000 football fields of forests are being trapped or burned. In 20 years from now, our water supply will satisfy only 60% of world demand. These are the kind of challenges we are facing today, Hedegarrd.”
3. Dianne Dillon-Ridgely’s Millennium Development Goals
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Thirty years working on environment and sustainability has led Ridgely to a lot of different delegations, conferences and positions. Notably she was the only person to serve as a US delegate for Earth Summit in Rio, UNGASS- ‘97 and WSSD in South Africa. She worked as council on Sustainable Development for former President Clinton, and worked on President Obama’s campaign for 18 months. Ms. Dillon-Ridgley declared that the most important thing to note is that we have spent the last 35 years politicizing the environment. What we should have been doing was environmentalizing politics. Environmental issues need to be a primary focus in policy decisions, she said. Instead of arguing with climate change skeptics, people need to take action, Ms. Dillon-Ridgley urged. action! http://www.wnsf.org/archives/-the-business-of-climate-change-post-/
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