Beyond Coal to 100% Ready – Sierra Club’s moving us from dependency to a clean bright future

In the Season Finale of Season 2 of National Geographic’s The Years of Living Dangerously America Fererra goes inside Sierra Club‘s Beyond Coal campaign, talking to the people at the heart of the fight to move their city from coal to clean energy. At Louis Bacon‘s The Moore Charitable Foundation, we are proud to have partnered with Sierra Club on this stellar national campaign that is mobilizing grassroots activists in local communities to advocate for the retirement of old and outdated coal plants and to prevent new coal plants from being built. Essentially: replacing dirty coal with clean energy.

And beyond Beyond Coal, Sierra Club also has launched another global movement: Ready for 100. It’s a move towards no less that 100% Clean Energy, reflecting a transition that is underway around the world, away from an energy system powered by increasingly expensive and unsustainable fossil fuel resources toward one powered fully by abundant, local, and affordable renewable energy sources. In the years ahead, this transition is poised to improve the quality of life for millions, reduce harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and help forge a world that is more just and equitable for both current and future generations.

Recently, in their year-end newsletter, Sierra Club talked about the role of cities in this big transition. Did you know that cities can deliver 40 percent of all the carbon savings needed to limit global warming to the safe climate threshold of 1.5℃? And that smart mayors are increasingly the agents of change towards sustainable energy futures for millions of people?  So no matter what happens in D.C., the Ready for 100 campaign’s work to foster the growing movement of cities that are pulling the plug on fossil fuels takes on a new importance.

2016 marked the beginning of an acceleration of the pace and scale of action for cities to lead the transition away from fossil fuels. Twenty cities in the U.S. are now committed to run on 100% clean, renewable energy within the next two decades. This month, Sierra Club had the opportunity to sit down with weather anchor Sam Champion to feature Ready for 100’s success and explain how from coast to coast, cities like Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and St. Petersburg are making major strides toward a healthier environment and a more vibrant economy powered by renewable energy. Check out the five-minute segment that ran on The Weather Channel here:

As the Sierra Club says, “accelerating an equitable transition to 100% clean, renewable energy requires a shift in how people perceive its feasibility and how they experience the benefits. By making tangible local progress and securing strong commitments to 100% clean energy, Ready for 100 is showing that cities are ready to lead and that 100% renewable energy is achievable. As more and more cities commit, the movement for a healthier planet and a stronger economy will continue to flourish.”

Thank you to this great organization for moving us all from dependency on fossil fuels towards a bright, clean future. Get inspired and make a year end donation now so that Sierra Club can continue to accelerate change locally and build from the bottom-up in 2017.

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A look back at 2015: a tremendous year with tremendous conservation and community partners

It’s nearing the end of a tremendous year, made so for The Moore Charitable Foundation and the land, water and wildlife causes we champion, thanks to the accomplishments and ongoing efforts of all of our tremendous partners. holidayFrom globally recognized power houses like the Sierra Club and Waterkeeper Alliance, to small but mighty organizations such as Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust, the groups with whom we work are making the world a better place for all of us.

Our diverse partners around the world are unified by their commitment to conservation and the empowerment of the communities they represent. On a local and planet-wide scale, these groups are making an incredible impact on our future through research, collaboration, education, advocacy, policy change and outreach. Here are just a few highlights of the year.

Wishing you and yours a fantastic new year – see you in 2016!

COP21: US Environmental Groups Stand to Benefit from International Commitments

This past week, leaders from across the globe convened in Paris at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change to discuss issues critical to the future of our planet. While issues such as reducing emissions and supporting clean energy technology research may seem out of reach, these are intrinsically connected to the very issues Louis Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation and its grantees support.

The primary goal of the summit is a global agreement on limiting emissions which would thwart the effects of climate change and global warming. With the United States and China, two of the world’s largest carbon polluters, now in lockstep on a pledge to enact emissions reductions policies, this goal seems more feasible than ever before.

In addition to the remarkable emissions goal, the presidents of the United States and France announced “Mission Innovation” – a commitment from 20 countries to double their clean energy research and development investment over five years. Together, these 20 nations represent 75 percent of the world’s CO2 emissions from electricity, and more than 80 percent of the world’s clean energy research and development investment.

Here in North America, the Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal” campaign stands to benefit from these substantial commitments, and Oceana’s efforts to stop offshore drilling could experience an additional tailwind. MCF is proud to support both of these important initiatives as they successfully educate and mobilize communities, affect policy, and produce
tangible results – all for the demand of a clean energy future.

Waterkeepers from around the world, who are among the first to see the severe and often devastating effects of climate change on their waterways and in the communities, are in place to demand action and influence the legally binding universal agreement on climate. 121 Waterkeepers from over 20 countries have submitted specific calls to action to their government leaders in preparation for these weeks. Read their full list of demands, as well as the most pressing threats to their watersheds.

At last week’s end, food figured high on the agenda, with three important announcement: the release of a new tool to chart food insecurity; the launch of 4/100 was launched, an initiative to help keep carbon in soil through better farming techniques; and, in particular interest to MCF, the announcement a new food waste forum was to encourage G20 countries, private sector and NGOs to fight food waste together. This relates to a major Waterkeeper priority: fighting the environmental destruction and injustice of industrial farming or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) through their Pure Farms, Pure Waters campaign.

The talks continue tomorrow. If last week is any meter, we can look forward to more announcements and, if the force be with us, some binding agreements. We encourage all organizations and individuals to pay attention to the conversations, and join us in the fight against global warming, whether it’s through supporting our grantees or simply being an advocate in your own sphere.