Stand with the Indigenous People of the Amazon: Protest, Boycott, Donate and Get Involved in Climate Action
The fires raging in the Amazon are the result of generations of racism, colonialism, and capitalist greed. And the flames are being encouraged and fanned by Brazil’s president: a fascist hell bent on taking Brazil back to a dictatorship. A man who during his presidential campaign promised that “there will not be a centimeter more of indigenous land.”
But the Indigenous people of Brazil have been fighting back. Many different tribes have put aside past differences and joined together as one to protect their home and one of the most important ecosystems on the planet. They are on the front lines, literally risking their lives in the face of fires set by cattle ranchers and deadly militias of illegal mining and logging operators. They need our help and support.
First, take part in the Global Day of Action for the Amazon, or "Act for the Amazon" protests, this Thursday, September 5th, organized by Amazon Watch, Extinction Rebellion, and National Association of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (NPIB).
Second, you can donate to the organizations supporting resistance on the ground. These include, but aren’t limited to….
- Amazon Watch, which works directly with indigenous communities to protect their rights in addition to the rain forest itself.
- Rainforest Alliance, which is working with their public and private partners to pressure the Brazilian government to reinstate environmental enforcement to defend the Amazon against all existential threats. They have also pledged to give 100% of the funds donated through their social media alert to frontline groups in the Amazon. Rainforest Alliance also offers a “Protect an Acre” program, which sends funds to grassroots organizations working to protect the forest and communities in vulnerable regions by helping activists regain control of and sustainably manage traditional territories.
Here are a few others:
Next, if you eat meat, eat less and boycott US brands produced by Brazilian companies that also operate in the US. (Note: Yes, the US banned imports of fresh Brazilian beef in 2017, but the Brazilian beef corporations still operate in the US and also produce US beef brands in addition to Brazilian beef brands. If you buy their US meat brands, you are still supporting that Brazilian beef company doing damage in Brazil and elsewhere. Also, Brazil has been pushing hard to be let back into our market.). By and large, the fires in the rainforest being illegally set by cattle ranchers trying to clear land for herds. And since Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of beef (and it's on the rise), a boycott on that beef and the companies that own those brands is a critical part of any efforts to help the Amazon and the people who live there. Just the fear of boycotts is already working.
The Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) has called for a boycott of a number of bad actor Brazilian companies, including the Brazilian beef companies Marfrig Global Foods, JBS, and Minerva Foods. In addition to Brazilian beef, all three produce a number of US brands of beef. For instance, Marfrig Global Foods produces Black Canyon Angus Beef, Certified Angus Beef, Certified Angus Beef Natural, CPB, Hereford Beef, and USDA Prime beef in the US. JBS produces Clear River Farms, Swift Black Angus Beef, 1885 Black Angus, Swift Beef, Certified Angus Beef, and Blue Ribbon Beef in the US. It's also worth noting that despite the 2017 US ban on Brazilian fresh beef, reports show 2% of Brazil's 1.64 million tons of 2018 beef exports went to the United States - likely in the form of processed beef (vs. fresh).
And finally, there is no better time to commit yourself to the climate movement. From the fires in the Amazon, to the Adani coal mine in Australia, to Trump allowing oil and gas companies to ravage protected lands, we are at a critical point in our fight for a just, healthy, sustainable future. The Global Climate Strike is taking place from September 20th-27th and we all need to be part of it. Learn more at globalclimatestrike.net.
We'll close with the words an environmentalist and chief of the indigenous Brazilian Kayapó (kai-ya-po) people wrote in an Op-Ed in The Guardian this week:
“For many years we, the indigenous leaders and peoples of the Amazon, have been warning you, our brothers who have brought so much damage to our forests. What you are doing will change the whole world and will destroy our home – and it will destroy your home too.”
So, if fighting fascism, colonialism and climate destruction is important to you, be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about Standing with the Indigenous People of the Amazon via social media so that others in your network can spread the word too.
Participate in "Act for the Amazon" protests, Thursday, September 5th
Commit yourself to the CLIMATE MOVEMENT: take part in the Global Climate Strike on 9/20-27th
If you eat meat, east LESS of it and BOYCOTT Brazilian beef companies (Marfrig Global Foods, JBS, and Minerva Foods) that also operate and produce beef brands in the US (Note: The US banned fresh beef imports from Brazil in 2017, but these Brazilian companies produce US beef brands too. Don't support them.) Fear of boycott is already pushing Brazilian companies to put pressure on Bolsonaro. Details in activism blog post.
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Brazilian indigenous peoples propose boycott (The Ecologist)
Here's what you can do to help the burning, ravaged Amazon rainforest (Business Insider)
Brazilian indigenous people speak out as Amazon fires rage (PBS Newshour)
Naomi Klein: The Amazon Is on Fire—Indigenous Rights Can Help Put It Out (Common Dreams via Boston Globe)
Brazilian businesses fear backlash over Amazon crisis (Financial Times)
Hear this segment in context: Edition #1302 Protecting the Amazon Rainforest from a Fascist
It’s hard to believe that the Sunrise Movement has only been around for two years. The youth-led climate activist organization has been an incredibly effective force in a time of cowardice and inaction.
Their latest win was getting the Democratic National Committee to agree to vote on whether or not to have a climate focused primary debate at the DNC national meeting in San Francisco, August 22nd to the 24th.
To keep the pressure on and ensure that vote goes the right way, Sunrise just announced that nearly 1,200 people have already signed up to rally at local DNC offices across the country leading up to the meeting. Sunrise will also be sending 1,000 people to Detroit, Michigan to make sure their voices are heard at the second DNC primary debates at the end of July. Watch parties are also being organized to flood social media with climate questions for debate participants.
And finally, in May, Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg who laid the groundwork for youth climate strikes around the world, called on the adults to join them this September. Greta, and nearly 50 other youth climate activists, wrote in The Guardian:
“Starting on Friday [September 20th] we will kickstart a week of climate action with a worldwide strike for the climate. We’re asking adults to step up alongside us. There are many different plans under way in different parts of the world for adults to join together and step up and out of your comfort zone for our climate. Let’s all join together, with your neighbours, co-workers, friends, family and go out on to the streets to make your voices heard and make this a turning point in our history.”
This week-long action would be the first ever global climate strike with the goal of disrupting “business as usual” to demand attention for the climate emergency. So save the dates of September 20th to 27th and go to globalclimatestrike.net to learn more, find events near you, or organize one yourself.
It’s time to put real action behind that old Greek proverb: “Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”
So, if demanding action on the climate emergency before it’s too late is important to you, be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about Demanding a DNC Climate Debate & Joining the Global Climate Strike This September via social media so that others in your network can spread the word too.
Find Global Climate Strike (Sept 20th-27th) Events or Organize One
EDUCATE YOURSELF & SHARE
How to stand with climate strikers (350.org)
This Is Why We Need A Climate Debate (HuffPost)
Posted July 16, 2019; Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman
Hear the segment in the context of Best of the Left Edition #1290: The world is rising in rebellion against climate inaction
The Global Climate Action Summit will take place in San Francisco this September. Mayors, local government officials, businesses, and members of cvil society, will be in attendance with the goal of showcasing climate action around the world and inspiring deeper commitments from each other and national governments.
To ensure those commitments are nothing short of building a 100% renewable energy and fossil free world, 350.org, its global partners, and individuals like you, have planned thousands of rallies and events in cities and towns around the world on September 8th, just ahead of the summit. They are demanding real, meaningful, and just climate action, and every city and local leader has been invited to make a commitment around the summit.
2020 is a threshold for meeting global targets to tackle the climate crisis. But because nations won’t act quickly enough, Rise for Climate is demanding that local leaders to step up and do everything in their power to make a massive shift at the local level.
To find Rise for Climate event near you, or to organize a rally or event in your community, go to RiseForClimate.org.
We’ll get back to The Midterms Minute in the next episode, but I want to close this segment today by reinforcing the obvious point that we MUST elect candidates this November who believe in climate science and are committed to a fossil free future. Go to 350action.org to see the candidates they’ve endorsed and support those candidates through November. Additionally, the Pacific Standard came up with a list of 14 members of congress with poor records on climate in battleground districts. We encourage you to check out that article, share it, and do everything you can to make sure those seats get flipped in the Midterms.
So, if rebuilding community while resisting disaster capitalism is important to you, be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about Rise for Climate: A Global Day of Action via social media so that others in your network can spread the word too.
Find a Rise for Climate Event at RiseForClimate.org
Check out 350 Action candidate endorsements
FOR FURTHER READING/SHARING
Why I Rise (350.org)
A Destroyed Planet is Not Our Destiny (350.org)
Saving Earth: Don't Fall Into Climate Change Fatalism (Huffington Post)
Posted August 28, 2018; Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman
Hear the segment in the context of Best of the Left Edition #1205: The multi-front war on the environment and our health
Today we’re introducing you to a disaster relief organization that is doing far more than giving out water and blankets. Mutual Aid Disaster Relief (MARD) is a US-based, decentralized, grassroots disaster relief network based on the principles of solidarity, mutual aid and autonomous direct action.
Their backstory is as inspiring as their work. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, former Black Panther Malik Rahim engaged first aid first responder volunteers from various local activism groups and movements and established the Common Ground Clinic in his own home, giving free medical treatment to those who needed it.
With a steady influx of volunteers from activism networks around the country, they quickly expanded. These Common Ground sites housed volunteers who came to clean and rebuild New Orleans and eventually became bases of daily direct action resistance to the government’s efforts to tear down parts of the city, making way for developers. After Katrina, many of the founding volunteers went on to help form the Occupy Movement and participated in relief projects and local organizing after Hurricane Sandy. But the earthquake in Haiti reunited many of the original Common Ground volunteers and they brought medical care and assistance to Haitians under the official name Mutual Aid Disaster Relief.
So, it’s no surprise that when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, MARD was on the ground. Volunteers with MARD have been visiting the island regularly not just to help clean up but to help establish and organize sustainable rebuilding efforts and resist disaster capitalism by empowering local communities.
Their latest update from May highlighted their collaboration with a small mountain community called Barrio Mariana, where together they have just implemented the first community owned and operated solar micro-grid in the area. According to MARD, this grid will provide reliable power to what is called a Mutual Aid Center. This community center houses a solar laundromat, spaces for community meetings and workshops, a book library, a tool library, and offices for local student social workers currently developing and providing solutions for the community’s more elderly population. Locals and volunteers together have furnished the rooms at the center with beds for volunteers and plans are developing for a hostel, small business incubation, equipment sharing, and possibly a community run coffee shop.
The solar micro-grid system aims to strengthen the center, which is designed to help communities support each other when responding to a future storm. To protect it from storm damage, the grid system can be dismantled and packed back into the shipping container on which it rests. It can then be immediately reinstalled post-storm. A generator is also included as a back up supply.
Besides their relief projects, MARD recently hosted skill-share and lessons learned trainings in over 30 rural and urban communities in 12 states this past spring, and they are planning to do it again this fall in 10 western US states. You can request they visit your community or offer your skills to share with other communities on their website. We’ve included the links in the show notes. Head over to mutualaiddisasterrelief.org today and get involved or donate to help MARD help other disaster victims resist the impending doom of disaster capitalism trying to bust down their door. Sadly, we know its only a matter of time before they will be needed somewhere else.
So, if rebuilding community while resisting disaster capitalism is important to you, be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about Help Disaster Victims Resist Disaster Capitalism via social media so that others in your network can spread the word too.
Check out a time-lapse of our most recent solar microgrid install with Proyecto de Apoyo Mutuo Mariana and BoxPower! https://t.co/fnu1BHLxR6— MADRelief (@MutualAidRelief) June 15, 2018
Get involved with/support Mutual Aid Disaster Relief
MARD Skillshare Trainings (Links for request forms are at the bottom of the blog post)
FOR FURTHER READING/SHARING
The Shame in Puerto Rico (NY Times)
Resisting Disaster Capitalists and Building Solidarity in Puerto Rico (Grassroots International)
Posted June 15, 2018; Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman
Hear the segment in the context of Best of the Left Edition #1190: Hurricane Maria laid bare the colonialism and capitalism in Puerto Rico
How Will We Be Remembered? Demand Climate Action in Your Community Nov. 18th via Climate Legacy Time Capsule Project
The climate movement is still alive. With fossil fuel cronyism waging an environmental assault at the federal level, climate action groups have put their energy and resources behind making change at the state and local level.
This spring, Maryland became the third state to ban fracking, along with state counties passing bans across the country. Cities, corporations, universities and faith-based institutions are divesting from fossil fuels. 150 city mayors across 33 states have pledged to endorse and advance a 100% clean energy vision for their communities. And 350.org’s U.S. People’s Delegation is attending the COP23 Climate Change Conference in Germany right now announcing their platform to counter Trump’s fossil fuel agenda.
On their own these victories may seem small, but together they are powerful…and they are how we win. But we still have a lot of work to do.
So, if you feel like you want to get out in the streets in your community and demand action after hearing BOTL episode #1144: "Denying and deconstructing with all their might" - and we hope you do - there is a great opportunity coming up.
On November 18th, the Climate Legacy Time Capsule Project, a coalition of climate action organizations lead by the Sunrise Movement, is organizing demonstrations at State Houses and City Halls across the country. These demonstrations will focus on determining our climate legacy, highlighting what we are fighting for and will include the dedication of climate legacy time capsules to be opened 100 years from now.
The time capsules will be filled with items from members of each community, but mayors and governors are invited to contribute too, on one condition: they must agree to uphold the Paris agreement, and back it up by committing to 100% renewable energy and an end to fossil fuel development in their city or state.
All who refuse will be recorded in the time capsule, on the people’s terms. They will be remembered for playing petty politics while the world burned. The idea is to publicly shame climate denying or inactive politicians today and highlight the horrific legacy they will leave behind, while bringing attention to the climate crisis we are living in right now. As the campaign site says, “This is a moment of reckoning for all Americans. We must decide who we are, and what we stand for.”
Go to ClimateTimeCapsule.org to learn more and find a Day of Dedication rally near you. If you don’t see an event near you on the map, you can organize one in your community, submit the details through the website, and the campaign organizers will make sure you have the support you need.
So, if you want to help put your governor, mayor, state legislature, or city council’s legacy on the line when it comes to action on climate change, be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about Demanding Climate Action in Your Community on November 18th via social media so that others in your network can spread the word too.
Demand Climate Action in Your Community on NOVEMBER 18th with the Climate Legacy Time Capsule Dedication demonstrations at State Houses and City Halls across the U.S.
No event near you? Create one and get support!
Scott Pruitt Declares War on Air Pollution Science (The New Republic)
Posted November 7, 2017; Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman
Hear the segment in the context of Best of the Left Edition #1144: Denying and deconstructing with all their might (Environmental Regulation)
If you didn’t know it already, you have a legal right to know about and weigh in on federal government projects before any action is taken. Those rights are protected by the first bedrock piece of environmental legislation - a law called the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA.
NEPA has three main components:
1) It promotes transparency by requiring that plans for federal projects be released to the public,
2) It promotes informed decision-making through requiring detailed studies on environmental impacts and alternatives, and
3) It gives the public a voice on these projects through public hearings and comment periods.
It’s all important, but that last piece is vital. Because of NEPA, citizens have the opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns about plans that will impact the environment and their communities, and then hold their government accountable. That period of public review also takes time and shines sunlight on consequences, whether unintended or otherwise. And that’s essential to stopping dangerous, rushed or poorly planned projects.
NEPA requirements don’t just force the truth to come out, they allow time for movements to be built before projects are underway. They allow time for organizing and for media to be drawn in to alert the broader public and win the public relations war against giant companies. Think of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Think of Keystone XL. NEPA made it possible for these projects to become household names and public battles instead of inevitable… and that is, of course, why NEPA is under attack.
A NEPA repeal would be incredibly difficult and unpopular, so instead conservatives are trying to chip away at it bit by bit. In a Heritage Foundation report last year, the organization wrote about their plans to “pave the way to rescission” of NEPA by introducing legislation that narrows NEPA reviews, mandates time limits, limits alternatives, and eliminates consideration of - you guessed it - green house gases and climate change.
In the last two Congresses, over one hundred and fifty bills were introduced that weakened or waived NEPA. Now, in the current Congress, there are already over fifty introduced bills that would limit or eliminate public input, government accountability, and environmental review of federal projects. Several of these bills have passed or are likely to pass soon.
We will all lose if NEPA is damaged or destroyed. But low-income communities, indigenous communities and communities of color, which face environmental injustice every day, will lose a critical tool in their fight to protect their health, economy and environment. For 40 years, NEPA has given a voice to people who would otherwise be shut out of the process, but that could change unless you get involved today with the NEPA Works campaign.
Go to NEPAWorks.wpengine.com. There you will find details on the history and importance of NEPA, as well as a complete list of categorized legislative threats to this critical law in the House and Senate. Your next step is to call Congress and spread the word about the ulterior motive within these bills. You can also read and share success stories from every single state where NEPA requirements have quite literally saved the day. The things companies have tried to get away with will shock you.
Follow the campaign on Twitter @ProtectNEPA and join other environmental action groups in using the hashtags #ProtectNEPA and #ProtectOurVoice while shining a light on this subversive Republican plan. The NEPA Works campaign is just getting off the ground and so we encourage you to get involved now and keep checking in to see what else you can do to help.
If only there was a NEPA to help us defend the NEPA…
So, if fighting for your right to protect your health, family, community and environment is important to you, be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about Protecting NEPA via social media so that others in your network can spread the word too.
Get involved with the NEPA Works campaign to protect your voice!
Read and share NEPA success stories from every state
Follow NEPA Works on Twitter @ProtectNEPA
We will not be silenced. Stand up for a strong NEPA! (Earth Justice)
Trump CEQ rolls out plans for swift NEPA reviews (Governors' Wind & Solar Energy Coalition)
Christine Todd Whitman: How Not to Run the E.P.A. (New York Times)
Posted September 19, 2017; Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman
Hear the segment in the context of Best of the Left Edition #1134: Unnatural Disasters (Hurricane & the Climate)
Bring MORE Conservatives On Board to a Carbon Fee & Dividend #ClimateChange Solution via @RepublicEn @CreationCare @citizensclimate
We live in polarized world where hard-lined political ideologies make it difficult for us to talk, let alone hear each other. So, when faced with the existential crisis of climate change, how can we make any progress? Turns out there is hope.
There is one solution to climate change that has actually been embraced by both sides of the political spectrum: Carbon Fee and Dividend (aka: Cap and Dividend). Carbon Fee and Dividend is the idea of applying a fee that companies would pay for their carbon output (or imports) and sending that money directly back to the people to offset the increase in fuel costs. It puts pressure on the market to move away from fossil fuels and the dividends provide an incentive for people to move toward more affordable renewable sources so they can use the extra money for other things.
Conservatives like it because it is a market-based solution, it isn’t a tax (because it goes back to the people), it won’t increase the size of government, and would actually make less regulations required. Progressives like it because, well, it’ll actually work.
So, do you have some conservatives in your life that you’ve been avoiding lately? Instead of telling them they are wrong about everything, engage them with ideas from other conservatives that just so happen to align with your goals too.
Here are a few things you can share with them…
- Best of the Left Edition #1108: “A conservative solution to solving climate change” highlights real conservatives addressing climate change with a solution that fits their ideology. It just happens to be one that the left has known for a long time will actually work. Share the show with your conservative friends, or, if you think they won’t be receptive because of the name of our show, share the individual clips.
- RepublicEN, highlighted in the BOTL #1108, is a group of over 3,000 conservatives and libertarians who are educating Americans about free-enterprise solutions to climate change. Share or get involved with RepublicEN at RepublicEn.org.
- The Evangelical Environmental Network, highlighted in BOTL #1108, is a group of 200,000 evangelical, pro-life Christians, who see themselves as “stewards of the bounty upon which all life depends.” They believe being pro-life also means protecting the environment that is essential to our quality of life. Share or get involved with EEN at CreationCare.org
- And finally, if you can get them onboard with Carbon Fee and Dividend, introduce them to the Citizens Climate Lobby, a non-profit, non-partisan grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. They have chapters all over the country, and the globe, and they lobbying for one thing and one thing only: Carbon Fee and Dividend legislation.
- GOP friends: Thoughts on a free-market, reduced reg #climatechange solution? This conservative org has a plan: http://www.republicen.org/
- These Evangelicals want to solve #climatechange b/c they are "stewards of the bounty on which all life depends." http://www.creationcare.org/
So, if making sure we actually get to even try to solve climate change is important to you, be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about Bringing MORE Conservatives On Board to a Carbon Fee & Dividend #ClimateChange Solution via social media so that others in your network can spread the word too.
Let’s solve climate change! Engage with your conservative friends…
- Share this show, or, individual clips from BOTL #1108.
- Are they free-market obsessed? Share the organization RepublicEN.org
- Are they religious/Evangelical? Share the organization Evangelical Environmental Network
- Are they on board with Carbon Fee & Dividend? Share the Citizens Climate Lobby and get involved too! Find a chapter near you.
AN EVANGELICAL MOVEMENT TAKES ON CLIMATE CHANGE (Newsweek, 2016)
Conservatives Plan for a Carbon Tax (The New York Times)
Citizens Climate Lobby pushes for a carbon tax and dividend (The Guardian, 2013)
7 Reasons Conservatives Should Support Climate Change Solutions (Huffington Post)
New economic study shows carbon tax refunded to households would create jobs (Citizens Climate Lobby, 2014)
Posted May 30, 2017; Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman.
Hear Best of the Left Edition #1108: A conservative solution to solving climate change
During the height of the Keystone XL fight in 2012, we sat in a theater in Washington, DC, along with hundreds of other climate activists and concerned citizens, and heard 350.org founder Bill McKibben talk about climate action via divestment. Back then, the divestment movement was just getting started and within a year, there were student-led divestment efforts happening on college campuses across the country and around the world. Since then, the divestment mobilization has become a core strategy of the climate movement.
With the national spotlight on science and climate change, 350.org has organized a week-long, Global Divestment Mobilization week May 5-13, on the heels of the People’s Climate March. The last Global Divestment Day was two years ago, so, it’s more than time - and perhaps the perfect time - to reinvigorate a movement that has taken off and grown substantially over recent years.
As you’ve heard on this show and everywhere by now, renewable energy is becoming more efficient and cost effective every year, but to have a chance at that future we have to keep fossil fuels in the ground….and we don’t have time to wait for the market to fix things. We need to make change happen now and money seems to be the only thing that talks in our corrupt, capitalist society.
On their website, the Divestment Week organizers wrote, “Now it’s time to highlight the impacts of fossil fuels on our planet and to demand action that is rooted in the moral argument that investing in fossil fuels is not only a financial risk, but also risking the lives of human beings.”
During Global Divestment Mobilization Week, actions will take place around the globe to demand the following moral responses from governments, universities, religious organizations, cultural institutions, individuals, and others:
- Immediate freeze of any new investments in fossil fuel companies.
- Divestment from direct ownership and any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds within 5 years.
- Cutting of sponsorship ties with fossil fuel companies
Visit GlobalDivestmentMobilisation.org to learn more and to find actions near you. If there isn’t an action in your area, the site offers ideas and resources to organize one of your own. You can also follow the movement @GoFossilFree on Twitter and by checking out and using the official global hashtag #FossilFree.
So, if saving the planet before it’s too late is important to you, be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about Taking Part in the Global Divestment Mobilization Week May 5-13 via social media so that others in your network can spread the word too.
Join or organize Global Divestment Mobilization Actions, May 5-13,2017
Engage with the Divestment Mobilization hashtag #FossilFree
Why Divestment is Changing the Climate Movement (The Nation, 2013)
The rise and rise of the fossil fuel divestment movement (The Guardian, 2015)
This is a Timed Test (Slate, Bill McKibben, 2015)
Posted April 28, 2017; Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman.
Hear the segment in the context of Best of the Left Edition #1099: The science of the times
Get in the Streets! Join #ScienceMarch on 4/22 & People's #ClimateMarch on 4/29 via @ScienceMarchDC and @Peoples_Climate
If you’ve been waiting for the second coming of the Women’s March, this could be it. Two major rallies, which both have had months of planning, preparation and outreach, are scheduled back to back weekends at the end of April.
On Earth Day, April 22nd, scientists around the world will march side-by-side with those who believe in science and want to defend it from climate deniers, religious extremists, oil and coal companies and the Trump administration - which, of course, is made up of representatives from all of those anti-science, special interest groups.
On the march website, the organizers wrote, “The march has generated a great deal of conversation around whether or not scientists should involve themselves in politics. In the face of an alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting scientific discovery, we might ask instead: can we afford not to speak out in its defense?”
Go to MarchforScience.com to learn more about the details of the march and, if you can’t make it to DC, find one of the 480 satellite marches near you. You can also follow the march on Twitter @ScienceMarchDC.
After the March for Science, you have a week to rest up and then get in the streets again for the second People’s Climate March.
In 2014, we were proud to be some of over 400,000 people who marched in the streets of New York City for the first People’s Climate March on the eve of the UN Climate Summit, demanding urgent action on the global climate crisis. We made history and our numbers and voices could not be ignored. Limited - but important - progress was made.
This second march, taking place on the 100th day of the Trump Administration, is a fight to protect those gains, however small, and continue to push to make the climate crisis impossible to ignore politically.
As with every single political issue, climate is intersectional. The march aims to…
- Advance solutions to the climate crisis [that are] rooted in racial, social and economic justice and committed to protecting front-line communities and workers.
- Protect our right to clean air, water, land, healthy communities and a world at peace.
- Immediately stop attacks on immigrants, communities of color, indigenous and tribal people and lands and workers.
- Ensure public funds and investments create good paying jobs that provide a family-sustaining wage and benefits and preserve workers’ rights, including the right to unionize.
- Fund investments in our communities, people and environment to transition to a new clean and renewable energy economy that works for all.
- Protect our basic rights to a free press, protest and free speech.
Go to PeoplesClimate.org to learn more about the march and, if you can’t make it to DC, find one of the sister marches happening across the country and around the world. You can also follow the march on Twitter @Peoples_Climate.
So, if you believe in science and saving humanity from climate change, be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about Getting in the streets for the March for Science and the People’s Climate March via social media so that others in your network can spread the word too.
As the People’s Climate Movement has always said, “to change everything, we need everyone.” So, let’s show up for our future…and claim it.
Activists Announce People's Climate March (Huffington Post)
Peoples Climate Movement Releases March Route (Common Dreams)
Pussy Hats Making Way For Resistor Beanies In Science March (Huffington Post)
Posted April 7, 2017; Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman
Hear the segment in context on Best of the Left Edition #1093: The Exxon President goes to war with the planet (Climate)
Just a few days ago, North Dakota’s governor forced the Water Protectors to leave their camp at Standing Rock. Forty-six Protectors remained peacefully and were arrested - peacefully - while more than 200 police officers showed up. Then, the camp was demolished.
While it’s heartbreaking to see the physical end of this inspiring strong-hold, the DAPL battle is also being fought beyond the camp, nationwide, in the form of a divestment movement. There are two components to this movement: 1) divest your personal finances from the institutions bank-rolling DAPL, and 2) divest your community from those banks.
The website DefundDAPL.org has 4-step action plans and the resources you need to do both under the “Defund” tab of their site.
To divest your personal finances, DefundDAPL.org offers a list of the banks funding DAPL, a sample strongly-worded letter to send to your bank when you leave them, as well as links to lists of alternative banks and credit unions to join, get credit cards from, and invest with, that are not funding DAPL and support environmental and other progressive values. They also provide suggested social media posts to announce your divestment, tag your bank and use the hashtag #DefundDAPL to encourage others to divest too. When you’ve divested your own finances, be sure to return to DefundDAPL.org and add your divestment amount to their divestment counter.
The next step, of course, is to divest your community.
You’ve probably heard about the success of the DAPL divestment movement in cities like Seattle, Washington and Davis, California. Those efforts were lead by small groups of Native American activists and local organizations. Your city or town could be next, but you need to get engaged or start the action. DefundDAPL.org provides information on how to find out if your communities are invested in the banks funding DAPL, suggested ways to connect with local groups to ally with and form a collective to take action, examples of ordinances and how to find sponsors, and tips and resources on organizing grassroots support.
It’s important to note that DAPL is one front in a larger movement against fossil fuels, especially now that the Keystone XL pipeline has been resurrected, Scott Pruitt is at the helm of the EPA and Trump is rolling back Obama’s climate rules - like the one stopping coal companies from dumping waste in our waterways. Divestment is the climate movement’s most effective tool in a crony-capitalist, Wall Street-owned society and we should wield it whenever possible, but we also need to get in the streets. So save the date for April 29th for the second People’s Climate March, this time in Washington, DC, with sister marches across the country. Go to PeoplesClimate.org to learn more.
Again, we want to ask that you help us in our work to amplify the most effective activism. If you have come across an action or a new organization that is doing great work getting people engaged to resist the Trump agenda, please share it with us by emailing Amanda@bestoftheleft.com
So, if pulling the rug out from under an industry that is destroying our planet is important to you, be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about Divesting Yourself and Your Community from Fossil Fuels via social media so that others in your network can spread the word too.
As Desmond Tutu once said, “People of conscience need to break their ties with corporations financing the injustice of climate change.” So, be a person of conscience: divest.
Use DefundDAPL.org steps and resources to divest your personal finances from banks funding DAPL
Use DefundDAPL.org steps and resources to get engaged or take action to divest your community from banks funding DAPL
Movie Stars Pulling Their Money Out Of Wells Fargo. Defund DAPL (The Young Turks)
4 Key Impacts of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines (National Geographic)
Trump to roll back Obama’s climate, water rules through executive action (The Washington Post)
Drilling experts explain why Trump can’t bring back oilfield jobs (Think Progress)
Posted February 24, 2017; Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman.
Hear the segment in the context of Best of the Left Edition #1082: The economics of our environment (Capitalism vs. the Climate)