Joe Solomon

Joe Solomon is a co-founder of GreenMemes.org, and is the former social media coordinator for 350.org and Energy Action Coalition. Joe is the co-editor of "The Most Amazing Online Organizing Guide Ever." He currently lives in West Virginia.

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Thursday, December 24, 2015
After Paris: How to Fight for Climate Change’s First Victims?
When I was in Paris, I met with Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, a poet and young mother from the Marshall Islands. Kathy told stories of king tides breaking through her coral island’s seawalls, with water quietly rising into her sleeping cousin’s bedroom, before a huge a wave came and knocked her house over...
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Saturday, December 12, 2015
In Shadow of COP21, 'Jungle' Refugee Camp Shows Cost of Inaction
When I first turned into the Calais refugee camp, I saw a black man giving another a shave, the barber’s blade up against the other’s neck, sans any shaving cream. Behind them stood a tent, with the words “Darfur is Bleeding”, spray-painted in dripping red. I nodded, then stopped myself -- because...
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Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Local Fracking Opponents Confront Their Politicians in Paris
PARIS, France – In one of the first edgier, unsanctioned confrontations at the official "Le Bourget" climate summit, a flank of young anti-fracking activists on Wednesday interrupted a panel of US politicians, including Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, calling out their hypocrisy as climate leaders...
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Monday, December 07, 2015
We Will Draw Our Red Lines in Paris (and Across the World)
Even as you take your first first few steps inside the climate summit in Paris, it’s easy to get a bad feeling about things. First, you notice that there are nearly 200 concrete pillars lined up in rows in front the center, each wrapped in flags of the world’s nations. You wander among them,...
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Monday, November 30, 2015
Thousands Defy French Ban on Public Protest - Demand Liberté and Action at COP21
The day began at dawn, as Avaaz and their early-bird volunteers laid out a couple thousand pair of shoes in the Place de la République, in the shadow of the statue of Marianne. You’ve seen the statue of Marianne if you’ve seen any picture of people mourning in Paris: it’s where votive candles,...
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015
With World on Fire, No Time to Lose on 'Loss and Damage' for Climate Chaos
Earlier this month, on Nov 3rd, the French government opened up applications for $60 million in reparations for American and other non-French Holocaust survivors who were transported by French trains to concentration camps during World War II. This celebrated " measure of justice " was decades in...
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Wednesday, November 04, 2015
'Life and Debt': Monster Storms Offer Timely Reminder Why Climate Funds Remain Critical
There are certain things in the climate fight that don’t make any money. For example, when the NOAA mobilized an array of satellites and reconnaissance planes to tell us Hurricane Patricia was swirling massively and madly towards Mexico with persistent winds at over 200 mph — making it " the...
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015
The Rise, Fall, and Return of 1.5°C in the Global Climate Negotiations
On December 16th 2009, two days before the Copenhagen Accord was issued, when there was still a scant sliver of hope for a legally binding treaty, the Prime Minister of Grenada Tillman Thomas took the microphone and called on world leaders to cement a deal with a 1.5 Celsius target. Thomas called...
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Friday, July 10, 2015
Pro-Fracking Museum Exhibit for Kids Is Industry Propaganda on Wheels
The Clay Center, West Virginia’s premiere arts and science museum for kids, recently launched a new exhibit focused on the science and wonders of fracking, thanks to hefty donations by the oil and gas industry. The exhibit, called " Power Your Future ," is housed inside a natural gas-powered truck...
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Monday, September 01, 2014
Dear Young People: We Need You to Lead After the Peoples Climate March
There was a moment a few years ago where the climate movement seemed to be re-invented every two years or so – re-invented in bolder, more audacious ways. I got involved in 2009 (late in the game by many measures) – as the social media coordinator for 350.org , in the lead up to the Copenhagen...
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