Hi folks, I’m the administrative assistant for1Sky. It’s been nearly two very exciting months since they entrusted me with a key to the front door and named a computer after me. One of my favorite parts of this job so far has been the opportunities to go out and meet you!
One such opportunity to meet 1Sky activists came this past Monday when the staff cozied up in our little Takoma Park cubicles around 7pm to make some phone calls following up on the March Congressional visits. It was a pleasure speaking with so many of you. I’m continually inspired and humbled by your commitment.
I’m very happy to be making my first blog post about a 1Sky family who visited their Senator’s office. This one here is from Anne of Maine:
Yesterday, for an hour, the world went dark. In cities like Toronto, Sydney, Chicago, San Francisco, Bangkok, Bogota, Manila and Copenhagen, offices and homeowners were encouraged to turn off their lights from 8-9 PM as a demonstration of how energy conservation and climate change are linked. The effort, dubbed Earth Hour by the World Wildlife Fund, a key organizer of the event, hoped to involve more than 100 million people worldwide. In Sydney alone, more than 2.2 million people participated, while in Chicago, 200 downtown buildings went black.
I’ve been relatively quiet since the inception of 1Sky, preoccupied with raising money, hiring & supporting our dynamic campaign director, Gillian Caldwell, and working with other leaders to build the 1Sky campaign and solutions to climate change. As board president and co-founder of 1Sky, I’m starting to blog — to share ideas on strategy and to open a dialogue on how we tap human potential, political power, and the individual talents of every citizen who wants to help make a difference.
Over the last year, political candidates have danced circles around the coal issue without providing concrete solutions for how to deal with the problems of sustained coal use in this country. Despite the fact that the coal industry has ravaged communities in Appalachia, caused decades of health problems, and accounts for 36% of our global warming pollution, candidates are still taking ambiguous stances on America’s least efficient fossil fuel. Then again, next on on the campaign trail is WV, KT, and PA - #s 2, 3, and 4 in the nation respectively for coal production.
This Earth Day, green won’t be the only color people will be wearing. Though environmentalists are often pegged as "greens," on April 22, people around the country will wear blue to signify their commitment to stop global warming. Blue signifies clean water, clean air, and a stable climate — and symbolizes a commitment to building no more coal-fired power plants, the dirtiest energy source of them all.
After weeks of hard work and reaching out to amazing grassroots activists all over the country, the time has finally come! The March Congressional recess is upon us, and 1Sky supporters all over the country will be visiting their elected officials in their district offices over the next two weeks to send a strong message supporting bold federal action on global warming.