British Member of Parliament Caroline Lucas, Dr. Jill Stein, and New Zealand Member of Parliament Kennedy Graham all sat down and spent the evening in Paris discussing Socialist and Green collaborations in the United States and how the Green parties in each of their countries are growing. They also discussed how Greens can pressure the COP 21 Climate Change conference to go beyond non-solutions.
“I met with representatives of indigenous peoples who came to Paris to plead for action on climate change. The survival of indigenous societies depends on keeping global warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius. We have to make sure indigenous voices are heard as we work together for real climate solutions.”
“In Paris I visited the Bataclan Concert Hall, where gunmen opened fire on concertgoers November 13. Acts like this run counter to our every human value. We must redouble our efforts to stop the descent into violence and to empower forces of peace and understanding that will ultimately triumph over terrorism.”
Stein Arrives in Paris for Climate Talks, Calls for US to Lead Emergency Action Ending Dependence on Fossil Fuels by 2030
(PARIS) Dr. Jill Stein, 2012 Green Party Presidential nominee, arrived in Paris today as part of a growing Green Party presence at the UN COP21 climate conference. While in Paris Stein will be calling on world leaders to “Act urgently to save humanity from the looming catastrophe of climate change.”
According to Stein, “Climate change is the greatest threat humanity has ever faced. A 0.9 degree global temperature increase is already responsible for monster storms, catastrophic droughts, melting of glaciers, rising sea levels, and spread of tropical diseases. But this is just a taste of what we are in for if warming reaches 2 degrees. Beyond that point, we are in uncharted waters.”
“The nations of the world deserve a solution as big as the crisis bearing down on us — not half measures or politically expedient non-solutions.”
With reference to COP21, Stein noted that “COP has failed in its original intention to fashion a binding science-based international treaty that would keep global warming below 2 degrees. I am sad to say that my own country, the United States, contributed in a fundamental way to undermining this critical effort.”
“We are now seeing a hodge-podge of voluntary pledges that adhere to no clear standards and have no mechanisms for enforcement. Analysts have estimated that even if implemented, these plans will result in an alarming 3.5 degree rise in global temperature. And due to the lack of binding commitments, it is highly unlikely that they will be fully implemented. It is time for the people of the world whose lives are at risk to rise up and say that the risk this poses is simply not acceptable.”
On Tuesday, Dr. Stein will speak alongside China’s chief climate negotiator, the President of Iceland and noted climate advocates at the Belong Forum being held in conjunction with COP21.
Stein is expected to call for a refocusing of US energy policy, ending the Obama Administration’s promotion of hydrofracking, offshore oil production, and fossil fuel subsidies. In contrast, Stein is calling for an emergency “Green New Deal” to create 20 million green jobs and achieve 100% clean renewable energy by 2030.
While in Paris, Dr. Stein will confer with Green Party members of parliament Caroline Lucas of the United Kingdom, Elizabeth May of Canada and Kennedy Graham of New Zealand. She will also meet with key global climate justice organizers and speak at two forums organized by non-government organizations.
“The era of fossil fuels must be brought to an end without delay,” Stein says. “Building a carbon free economy will not only save billions of people from the ravages of climate change, it will deliver enormous health benefits from cleaner air, cleaner water, and healthier food supplies. We know how to do this. We can do this. And we must do this because the consequence of failure are unthinkable.”
Stein is currently seeking the Green Party nomination for President of the United States, and hopes to bring her call for climate action into the 2016 presidential debates.
An American campaigns for president in Paris
Dr. Jill Stein is campaigning for president of the United States in Paris.
Not Paris, Maine, or Paris, Ohio, or Paris, Va. But the Paris, as in the city in France, where Stein, the Green Party White House hopeful, will push her plan to create living wage jobs and 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, at events related to the United Nations Climate Change Conference.
According to Stein, who is from Lexington, it’s more “strategic” to campaign halfway across the world than in her own backyard, where the lens of the country’s media is trained on New Hampshire with its first-in-the-nation primary in early February.
So, while dozens of lesser-known candidates, including a man who wears a boot on his head (No, seriously: a boot. His name is Vermin Supreme) are taking advantage of the attention to promote their causes, Stein is not.
She abhors the idea.
“These folks are using the machine parties, and they may be libertarian or totally independent or switching around, but they are hanging their hats inside of the machines which gives them the right to be on the ballot,” Stein said in an interview before jetting off to the City of Light. “When you’re on the ballot, people pay attention and the press pay attention, and when you are not the ballot, then they do not.”
Stein’s will not be one of the 58 names on the New Hampshire primary presidential ballot, which is only open to members of the Republican and Democratic parties. It’s not impossible for a candidate from a third party to appear on the primary ballot, but it’s not easy either.
The Green Party must first run a candidate for New Hampshire governor or US Senate, and that candidate must earn 4 percent of the vote, according to the Secretary of State’s office. Then it can apply for a spot on the next presidential primary ballot. Or, the party can submit the signatures of about 15,000 registered voters who cast ballots in the last general election to appear on the ballot in the next one.
But that’s not happening, considering the Green Party of New Hampshire is pretty much nonexistent.
“The system is very biased against independent voices,” Stein said. “The rules in New Hampshire speak volumes for the hurdles put in the way of independent candidates to reach out to voters.”
But remember: It’s not impossible. The Libertarian Party and Constitutional Party managed to pull it off in the general election in New Hampshire in 2012. Stein ran for president as the Green Party’s nominee that year on the ballot in other states.
So, while Stein said New Hampshire is “not a strategic use of our time,” Paris, some 3,435 miles away, apparently is.
By Akilah Johnson
December 04, 2015