A Holocaust survivor stands outside a detention block of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Some 300 Holocaust survivors traveled to Auschwitz for the 70th anniversary of the death camp’s liberation by the Soviet Red Army in 1945, down from 1,500 who attended the event 10 years ago.(AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)
Last night the U.S. and China announced a major breakthrough on climate change– an agreement that could create important political momentum internationally. The U.S. committed to reducing its carbon emissions by 26% to 28% below its 2005 emissions and China promised to reduce its carbon emissions after 2030, a step it had previously refused to even consider. These commitments are sure to have an impact worldwide as all countries begin to set their new carbon reductions.
The US and China deserve to be recognized for this effort. Let’s applaud them but also let them know we need them to continue taking strong measures to address the threat of climate change. We ALL can help.
Now let’s keep the ball rolling! Click here to support EDN so we can continue our campaigns and mobilize to let these superpowers know that we want them to make real progress. It’s our turn to act!!
–The Earth Day Network Team
|Weekly Address: America Is Leading the World In this week’s address, the President reiterated the forceful and optimistic message of American leadership that he delivered in his speech before the United Nations General Assembly earlier this week. America is leading the world against the most pressing challenges, including the fight to degrade and destroy ISIL, the effort to stop the Ebola epidemic, and the movement to confront the threat from climate change.
The world looks to America and its commitment to freedom in the face of uncertainty, and as the President said, it will continue to do so for generations to come.
|President Obama on Climate Change: “We Have to Answer the Call”On Tuesday, at the U.N. Climate Summit, the President highlighted the ambitious clean energy investments and carbon emission reductions the United States has made. And while we’ve stepped up to act on climate change, President Obama made it clear that it’s time for our global partners to stand up too, because “no nation is immune to climate change.”
Check out the chart below and see why we can’t wait to act on climate change:
On Wednesday, the President addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York City to discuss matters that demand the urgent attention of our global partners.
During his address, he called on the U.N. to join the United States and reject the cancer of violent extremism. Here’s what the President asked of the international community:
“We choose hope over fear,” the President said. “We see the future not as something out of our control, but as something we can shape for the better through concerted and collective effort.”
On Thursday afternoon, speaking from the State Dining Room, the President announced that Eric Holder will be resigning from his current position as U.S. Attorney General. He applauded Holder’s passion and commitment to the American justice system and detailed the work he’s accomplished during his six-year tenure.
During his remarks, the President emphasized the superb job that Holder has done:
President Barack Obama hugs Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., after statements announcing Holder’s resignation, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Sept. 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Holder will continue to serve as Attorney General until the President nominates his successor, and the successor is approved by the Senate.
| No one should ever have to choose between her job and the health of her pregnancy.Unfortunately, that’s exactly what many women find themselves facing. When employers refuse to accommodate pregnant workers with medical needs, women can end up without a paycheck at the moment they need it most.Stand with pregnant workers.When Peggy Young, a delivery driver for UPS, found out she was pregnant, her doctor recommended that she avoid lifting more than 20 pounds. But UPS refused her request for “light duty” — even though the company provided accommodations to people with disabilities or on-the-job injuries, and even though it gave breaks to delivery drivers who had lost their drivers’ licenses as a result of DUI convictions.Peggywas pushedonto unpaid leave forthe duration of her pregnancy, and lost her UPS-provided health benefits.
In a few weeks the Supreme Court will hear Peggy Young’s case, Young v. UPS, to decide whether UPS violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act by refusing to offer her the same accommodations it made available to non-pregnant workers with similar limitations.
How the court rules in Young v. UPS will impact working women across the country. And because many families rely on mothers’ earnings, when pregnant women are forced off the job and lose their paychecks and health care, their families suffer as well.
Send your message of support for Peggy Young and all pregnant workers today. We’ll collect your messages and present them to Peggy Young on the day of the Supreme Court hearing, Dec. 3.
Thank you for all you do for women and their families.