Don’t just sit there. Do something. Go to the Climate March and Commit to Converting to Renewable Energy!
This is Part 3 of a 3 part series leading up to the People's Climate March in New York City on September 21st to explain (1) the interconnection between fracking and climate change, (2) how climate change will affect all of us, and (3) how we can move toward a renewable energy future. Every great social movement in our country, from civil rights to gay rights, has relied on people taking to the streets. Your participation in the People’s Climate March will help to show our government leaders just how serious we are about changing the energy paradigm -- away from destructive fossil fuels and towards renewable and clean energy sources. The message is clear – “green” technology is ready, and so are we.
If you don’t need to be convinced about why transistioning to renewable energy is necessary HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO:
1) Go to the People’s Climate March this Sunday and protest against the insanity of “Suicide by Fossil Fuels” with over 100,000 fellow climate activists.
2) Join Mountainkeeper Board Member Mark Ruffalo by Taking the Pledge to Divest from fossil fuels and to Invest in Renewables.
3) Get involved in Mountainkeeper’s RenewableNY.com (more actions, below) to make New York State the leader in converting to renewable energy. We can do it New York!!...
WHY SWITCHING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY IS IMPORTANT
Fossil-based fuels (oil, coal, and natural gas) are finite, quickly depleting, and are not a sustainable solution
In contrast, renewable energy resources are clean, naturally replenished, affordable, available right now and capable of meeting virtually all of our energy needs in the near future. When combined with energy conservation and a more flexible electric system, renewable energy is capable of providing from 80 to 100 percent of the United States’ electricity generation by 2050.for our long-term energy needs. Burning them results in green house gas emissions that damage the environment, are the root cause of climate change, and are harmful to our health.
Leading the way in the transition away from fossil fuels, Germany will soon be generating 30% of its electrify from renewable energy sources, double the percentage of renewably generated energy here in the United States. And the town of Burlington, Vermont just completed the transition to generating a full 100 percent of its electricity from renewables - showing the rest of the country that making the switch to renewables from fossil fuels is possible!
Here in New York, Catskill Mountainkeeper is encouraging the transition to renewable energy sources through initiatives such as RenewableNY and partnership projects like Southern Tier Solar Works (STSW). STSW and similar initiatives including Solar Tompkins and Solarize Syracuse are leading the solar revolution in New York, creating a buzz through community outreach and encouraging solar investment with community bulk buying campaigns. These efforts emphasize the immediate benefits of a shift towards renewables, including new local employment opportunities, energy savings for residents and businesses, and a stronger shared commitment to safeguarding the environment. They also emphasize increasing education and training opportunities to prepare area residents for work in this expanding industry.
4) Stay informed and involved: Visit Renewable NY.com and add your name to the petition calling on state and national elected officials to demonstrate leadership by pushing for New York’s immediate transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Sign up for the RenewableNY mailing list to be the first to know about important actions in New York. And visit our events page to find ways to become active in your community.
5) Spread the word: like us on Facebook, and send this action alert to your friends.
Sign up to attend the People's Climate March in New York City on September 21st, and help show our leaders that we are committed to preventing catastrophic climate change.
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The People's Climate Justice Summit
Monday, September 22 - Tuesday, September 23, 9 am - 9 pm
The New School Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street, NYC
United Nations Church Center, 777 1st Avenue at 44th Street, NYC
FREE - Space is limited, click here to register
While world leaders convene at the United Nations for the 2014 Climate Summit, The Climate Justice Alliance, friends and allies are hosting a People's Climate Justice Summit, featuring the voices, strategies, and solutions of climate-affected communities around the world.
The Summit will feature a hearing at the UN Church Center, with testimony from front-line community leaders including Catskill Mountainkeeper's Program Director, Wes Gillingham, who will testify on the buildout of fracking infrastructure in New York. The hearing will be live-streamed online and at The New School, where there will also be panels, discussions and workshops on topics including:hosting a People's Climate Justice Summit, featuring the voices, strategies, and solutions of climate-affected communities around the world.
- Colonialism and Climate Justice
- Climate Smart Agriculture
- False Promises
- Systems Alternatives
- Just Transition
- Energy Democracy
- Zero Waste
For more information or to register, click here. A detailed Summit agenda and live-stream information will be available shortly.
Six hours of testimony from the People's Climate Justice Summit will be documented and delivered to the United Nations. People on the frontlines of the climate crisis know what action needs to be taken, and are ready to make change happen. We need our governments and global leaders to learn from the people on the ground. Join us!