United Nations rejects youth activist climate petition

October 19, 2021 by  
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The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child declined to rule on a complaint filed by youth activists from twelve countries. The young adults claimed that Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany and Turkey have violated children’s rights by failing to control carbon emissions, despite knowing about the perils of climate change. The panel told the activists that they should have brought their cases to national courts. The self-dubbed “Children vs. the Climate Crisis” insist there’s not time for lengthy court cases; they need to take their case to the top. The youth come from twelve countries: Argentina , Brazil, France, Germany, India, Palau, Marshall Islands, Nigeria, South Africa, Sweden, Tunisia and the United States. Some countries, such as the Marshall Islands , are especially pressed for time — their chain of ancient submerged volcanoes may be under the rising seas by 2035. Related: “Climate shocks” threaten over half of Earth’s children “The truth is that I’m doing this because I feel like I haven’t been left a choice and this is the only way for me to not feel guilty,” said 18-year-old French climate activist Iris Duquesne as reported by EcoWatch. “The shame of having the possibility to do something and not doing it is too big. This is the main motivation for all youth climate activists, this and anger. Anger to feel left behind, not listened to and simply left alone.” The petition in question was filed in 2019 by 16 activists who ranged in age from eight to 17 at the time. The U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child monitors 196 signatories of a 1989 convention declaring the civil, cultural, economic and political rights of children unassailable. Of these, 48 countries agreed to allow children to take action to fix violations. The five countries named in the petition are part of this subset. Environmental and human rights attorneys from Hausfeld and Earthjustice are representing the youth activists. The lawyers said in a statement that the committee’s decision, announced October 11, “delivered a rebuke to young people around the world who are demanding immediate action on the climate crisis. In dismissing the case, the Committee told children that climate change is a dire global emergency , but the UN’s doors are closed to them.” However, the kids had some wins. The committee acknowledged that states are legally responsible for emis s ions that cause harm beyond their borders, and that the youth are indeed victims of climate-related threats to their health, life and culture. These findings could significantly influence future litigation. Via Washington Post and EcoWatch Lead image via Pexels

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Multifunctional award-winning site built on underused land

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Les Ateliers Cabot is the winning project for C40 Reinventing Montreal 2021, which is part of the Reinventing Cities project. It is a call for designers and architects to come up with project ideas that will create carbon-neutral urban areas in underused sites into great new developments. These projects are meant to inspire the rest of the world and Les Ateliers Cabot is a truly inspiring project. Several different firms came together to create this project. Sid Lee Architecture, Ateliers Creatifs Montreal, the Centre for Sustainable Development and Collectif Recolte all worked together to create the design. This is a multifunctional site, including an artist studios, office space, business space and facilities for food production . Related: Eco-friendly housing redefines Tanzanian urban architecture The project uses low-carbon solutions that can be produced on a city-wide scale. The new buildings will mostly be made of wood, including beams, columns and floors. The goal is to achieve zero-organic waste in three years. It’s a mix of new and restored buildings that includes the old sawmill — which will be part of the new public square. The site includes an interior courtyard, an event space and a pedestrian entrance and a public square. Existing industrial buildings will be reused, with the new buildings incorporated into the new design. The buildings will have sloping roofs part of rainwater collection systems. There’s also an urban forest nearby, which the southwest entrance offers a beautiful view of. The site is located between two large canals and surrounded by nature , like many other sites that aren’t being used out in the world. But, hopefully, projects like this will help change all of that. Through socio-financing, the project will be open to as many people as possible, allowing for contributions at all levels. This will truly make the project community-created . Les Ateliers Cabot is one example of how an underused site can become an amazing new urban development. + Sid Lee Architecture Images via Sid Lee Architecture

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Meet the 16-year-old who sued the US government over climate change

August 3, 2016 by  
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bu21NL3wNA With his long, dark hair flowing, Xiuhtezcatl takes the microphone like an old pro. He speaks eloquently and passionately, like a veteran of the war against climate change —and a veteran he is. Xiuhtezcatl began protesting the destruction of the Earth when he was just six years old. In the video above, one of his first public speeches—given at a national environmental protection event—demonstrates the strength of his convictions, as well as his confidence. Related: Kids demand presidential candidates take action on climate change Xiuhtezcatl’s poise and determination have made him into a spokesperson for his generation. He has become a world renowned climate activist and is now also the Youth Director of Earth Guardians , a youth-led activist/music movement started in 1992. Two years ago, the nonprofit produced the short film Kid Warrior , below , which profiles the young activist at the age of 14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_EK_9m1H88 Now, some ten years after his first public speech, Xiuhtezcatl works to mobilize young kids and teens in 25 countries to demand environmental protections from policy makers and sometimes, he even addresses lawmakers personally. In the video below, the young activist speaks to the United Nations General Assembly on Climate Change on June 29, 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27gtZ1oV4kw The teen is not just an impassioned public speaker, but also a spoken word performer and hip-hop artist. Seamlessly weaving his many talents together, Xiuhtezcatl attends protests, hearings, and events across the country as a representative of the next generation. He calls for government agencies to work to halt climate change and preserve the environment for generations to come. He performs alongside his younger brother Itzcuauhtli Martinez, now 13, and backup singer Jasi Sikora. The video below is his speech and their musical performance at the 2015 National Bioneers Conference last November. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRV8_z5KOZo + Xiuhtezcatl Martinez’ petition for climate change action + Earth Guardians Images via Earth Guardians

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China builds a futuristic bus that soars above cars and beats traffic jams

August 3, 2016 by  
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The massive two-lane-wide Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) battles gridlock by soaring above traffic and is capable of replacing around 40 conventional buses and saving over 800 tonnes of fuel. The bus would be powered with electricity, rather than petrol. Each bus is designed to hold up to 300 passengers at a time and its elevated profile would allow two lanes of traffic to pass underneath. Related: China to test crazy traffic straddling bus this summer The first completed TEB prototype took to the roads yesterday morning on a 300-meter-long controlled track. The prototype measures 22 meters in length with a 7.8-meter width and 4.8-meter height. Up to four TEB cars can be linked together at a time to carry up to 1,200 passengers at speeds of 60 kilometers (40 miles) per hour. Similar to China’s subway trains , the bus is spacious and equipped with many LCD TV screens; however, engineers say producing TEB would amount to less than a fifth of the time and cost of a typical subway line. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhfUn2Zen00 The TEB is still a long way away from being implemented on the mean and busy streets of Chinese cities, but the initial test run is a promising first step towards what may be the future of public transportation. Via The Verge

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Judge rules Washington state has constitutional duty to fight climate change

November 20, 2015 by  
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Our Children’s Trust is an organization that has made headlines this year for filing lawsuits on the behalf of children and teens affected by climate change. Today, they’ve just had a major victory in Washington state: a judge has ruled that the Washington Department of Ecology has a legal duty to protect future generations from the effects of climate change by reducing state limits on greenhouse gas emissions. Read the rest of Judge rules Washington state has constitutional duty to fight climate change

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Five Tanzanian gold miners rescued after 41 days trapped underground

November 20, 2015 by  
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Being buried alive is a nightmare scenario for many people, and few lucky souls live to tell after such an experience. This story, out of Tanzania, is one of the rare gems. Ending a 41-day saga that you probably haven’t even heard about, five trapped workers have been rescued from a gold mine 100 meters (328 feet) below the surface. They were trapped while trying to rescue another group of miners, who had become stuck in the mine after a shaft collapsed. Read the rest of Five Tanzanian gold miners rescued after 41 days trapped underground

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Ultra-twisty wooden and steel staircase seems to ‘breathe’ as you walk by

November 20, 2015 by  
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Appalachian Coal Set For Big Decline, Protests & High Profile Debates or Not

January 20, 2010 by  
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Today on Planet 100: Chinese Climate Strippers (Video)

January 20, 2010 by  
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11-Year-Old Writes iPhone App, Donates Proceeds to Charity

January 20, 2010 by  
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An 11 year old boy–one who received medical care from UCLA’s Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital–has created an iPhone app benefiting children still under the facility’s care. Last year, Cameron had fa… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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