|photos by diane greene lent 350.org and this blogger.|
There are moments when the city feels completely alive. At least it felt that way yesterday as I rode across the Brooklyn Bridge, down Broadway, past the bull, to battery park for the New York Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice action.
People from all my worlds of activism – the Professional Staff Congress, Rise and Resist, Sane Energy Project, Sunrise - were there.
Zach was back from the supreme court actions in DC.
Mel had just gotten arrested.
The Sane Energy Project folks were organizing their own upcoming CD.
In such moments it feels like my entire world is opening up, welcoming a just transition into a new world.
The environmental movement in New York extends in countless directions.
So its always special when our worlds of labor activism and sustainability converge.
The ups and downs of this period are many.
We’ve marched, planned, created gardens, planted, gone to Paris, lobbied, gotten arrested, stopped fracking, and endured setbacks. We've regulated to stop pollution and they've deregulated.
But everyone needs clean water and skies.
We don’t want to be remembered as the generation that had a chance to stop climate change and stumbled. There is so much we can do.
The interconnections between these movements and our delicate ecology are many.
New York Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice
The weekend before the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, the Peoples Climate Movement will lead a nation-wide mobilization: Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice. The first action will be on Thursday, September 6th, as New Yorkers gather in Battery Park (exact location tbd) at 5:30pm demanding immediate action from Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and all elected officials.
Join us to Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice and march for our demands to:
• Just transition to 100% renewable energy now.
• Halt all fossil fuel infrastructure.
• Make corporate polluters pay.
Check out the national statement at the Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/223025918248909/
We will be calling for a transition to a new 100% clean and renewable energy future that creates millions of family sustaining jobs, and ensures that racial and economic justice are core to action on climate in every community.
Our communities, our planet, and our future depend on a climate movement that reaches all corners of this country. To change everything, it takes everyone — and with your help we can build a sustainable world for generations to come.