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Move aside Star Wars, Mark Ruffalo calls for “Declaration of War on Climate Change” at WH site

January 13th, 2013 · 4 Comments

Sparked by the White House’s thoughtful (and wonderfully hilarious and must read) rejection of the petition to build a Death Star (by 2016), actor Mark Ruffalo has posted a White House petition calling for a declaration of war on Climate Change.

With this in mind, we should be at the White House gates demanding serious attention to climate change rather than simply rumors about potential bipartisan summits (note that there is an interfaith Pray-In on the Climate Cliff to occur on the real MLK, Jr., birthday — 15 Jan).

And, rather than specious calls for Death Stars and secession and …, We the People should be calling on the White House to address the most critical issue that humanity faces …

Here is Mark Ruffalo’s (the Hulk‘s) Hulkpetition:


Declare War On Climate Change. We demand President Obama and Congress accept Climate Change as an enemy of the people.

We, the people, demand the President of the United States and it’s legislative body recognize Climate Change as great and Grave a threat to this nation as they would any other aggressive enemy. We demand that the President and Congress act against Climate Change as they have acted against Saddam Husein, Bin Laden, and Hitler for that matter. We demand a National Energy Policy that quickly begins to ween us off of Carbon Based fuels and expedites the inevitable and necessary transition to Clean Energy. We demand that our leaders act on the recommendations coming from an overwhelming majority of the scientific community to halt Climate Change and save the lives of untold millions.

Now, since Mruff221 only has some 358, 437 followers (at the moment of this writing), it should not be surprising that there were already 738 signatures (as of this writing) w/in hours.

While Ruffalo’s petition might not be what “should” be the petition (Is “War on Climate Change” to be a term to join “War on Poverty”, “The Drug War”, “War on Illiteracy” as a semi-meaningless term?), Ruffalo’s 358,437 followers and prominent place provide a tool to rocket this climate change / clean energy petition above 25,000 signatures and into the zone of promised WH response.

It is (well past) time for the WH, Congress, ‘the Village’, the nation to move past the Fiscal Cliff molehill and work on the Climate Cliff fissure.

Thus, perhaps you can join me (and Mark R) in calling for a Declaration of War on Climate Change.

Of course, there is an essay to be written here about the power of ‘fame’ and how ‘famous’ can trump ‘expert’. However, fame can be used to promote (piss weak) beer on TV … and it can be leveraged in support of social good.

Mark Ruffalo isn’t exactly a one-off, let’s send one joking tweet, actor engaged on environmental, energy, and climate issues. Here is an excellent discussion of Ruffalo’s fight against fracking and another here (for which he won a Global Green award). This is Mark Ruffalo speaking on Climate Change at Occupy Wall Street in 2011.

And, for a taste from Down Under, here is a summary of the Australian situation in one infographic (note: a few days old) …

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Tags: climate change · Global Warming · Obama Administration

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 “increasingly gloomy about the future of human civilization” // Jan 15, 2013 at 9:57 am

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  • 2 Solar panels to the WH roof: will the oft-promised bone be served up in the Second Obama Administration? // Jan 19, 2013 at 2:31 pm

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  • 3 pendantry // Apr 27, 2013 at 8:40 am

    A pity… this petition failed too. Was the bar raised before the curtain fell on this one, too? I wouldn’t be surprised to find that there’s skull-duggery in the count… it’s quite clear that the US administration is only interested in climate change lip service, nothing more.

  • 4 Kat // Apr 20, 2014 at 9:55 am

    When ruffalo goes and lives in a treehouse maybe I will listen. Until then quite frankly I am sick of the rich Hollywood elite and their environmental cohorts dictating to the rest of us on how we should live.

    From the individual to ‘we can’t act unless China does’, this sort of attack is an avoidance of the basic issues of climate science and figuring out how to work to solve the problem.