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)