There was no doubt that California would be ready to “represent” at the People’s Climate March on Sunday in New York to kick off the United Nations Climate Summit.
Arriving in NYC aboard the People’s Climate Train, which travelled across the country from Emeryville California, Sister Ayya Santussika, a Buddhist nun, said that climate change is a “moral issue” and affects everyone of us. “The power of coming together as people of different faiths and speaking about this as a moral issue… I think this is powerful.”
Zia Grossman-Vendrillo, from El Cerrito California, told KQED News that she doesn’t have a lot of faith that the UN can bring about the “dramatic change” needed to save us from climate change. “The corporations are too powerful,” she bemoaned.
Of course California wouldn’t be fully represented if Gov. Jerry Brown didn’t show up to speak at the Summit; and he didn’t disappoint. Brown, scheduled to speak on Tuesday, plans on telling the world that California is the model state to emulate when it comes to fighting climate change.
In a video released prior to his summit appearance, Brown cautioned that climate change is an existential threat to the international community and we must take immediate action. “Carbon pollution kills,” Brown stated. “It undermines our environment and in the long term it is an economic loser.”
Breitbart News reported in July that Dr. Craig Idso from the Heartland Institute claims that increased carbon in the atmosphere has a positive effect on the planet. Idso argues that CO2 proliferation will increase regional biodiversity and will contribute to the expansion and proliferation of animal habitats.
Gov. Brown signed some bills on Sunday that mandates an increase in the amount of electric cars for California, reduces the time it takes to get rooftop solar panel permits, and establishes new regulations to restrict atmospheric pollutants.