Hello folks! You've probably heard that the fight is on for the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act of 2009 in the Senate, and that there are good provisions in this bill that need to be defended. Having this bill in the Senate is an all hands on deck moment where we'll continue to ask for phone calls, petitions, actions, etc.
Imagine you lived in a world where everyone you talked to on a day-to-day basis were some of the most passionate, intelligent, organized, and driven people you’ve ever met. Imagine they were all aligned behind bold principles for fighting the climate crisis. I’m pretty much one of the luckiest people I know. The challenge so many people I work with face is that there isn’t enough time in the day to do all the activism we need to do to solve one of the most apocalyptic problems the globe has faced.
Every action we take requires some kind of motive. While I learned this from Law and Order, we see it all around us. We go to school as kids because our parents make us we want to learn. We eat our peas and carrots to be healthy. We drink water because we're thirsty. Less virtuous actions have motivation, too. Littering is typically motivated by laziness, shoplifting by greed, and dark chocolate by pure delicious desire, no matter what we try to argue about its antioxidants.
More important things, such as the fight for climate action, have similarly more important motives.
Coal and oil companies, manufacturers, and their allies at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have spent many millions of dollars to oppose climate legislation in Congress. The Chamber – which has lost crucial members, including several big utility companies, over its opposition to mandatory climate regulation — spent $26 million on lobbying Congress in the first half of 2009, double the total of second-biggest lobbying firm ExxonMobil. (You can monitor lobbyist spending at OpenSecrets.org.) The opponents peddle bogus economic analyses and misinform the public into thinking that Congress wants to bankrupt the American family. That's why it’s time for clean energy advocates to recruit some unlikely allies in the fight to deal with the climate crisis – small businesses.
1Sky is proud to be a partner with Change.org for Blog Action Day 09. This type of partnership is indicative of the type of thinking that the movement has created in fighting climate change and building a clean energy future. Blog Action Day brings together more than 24 national and international nonprofit organizations dedicated to fighting for fundamental changes with our future: how we produce clean energy, turn back the dial on CO2, and create a smarter economy built on green jobs. We may differ in some fundamental messages or missions, but together, we’re all working to the same future. That is what is so inspiring about the climate movement: this spirit of community and working together.
We already covered what Blog Action Day is. It's a day where the blogosphere comes together to speak out about one cause--in this case, climate change. Now what? On Thursday we'll sit down to our respective computers, open our browsers to our blogs, open up a new post, and then write about... what exactly?
The thought of writing about a BIG concept like climate change may seem daunting, but there are actually lots of smaller pieces of the fight for climate action that you could write about. For example:
This was an interesting week for the climate change movement. The Maldives government announced a plan to go under the sea before the sea goes over them, responsible American businesses kept pushing the Obama administration to act, and the president came out with how the federal government will do its part. The week certainly ended with a bang as President Obama was announced as the 2009 Nobel Peace Laureate. For that see our earlier post, for the rest keep on reading.
"No Impact Man" Colin Beavan ended up making a huge impact last night on The Colbert Report. Stephen is a tough interviewer and tried his best to nail Colin, but he more than held his own and got across his message of sustainable living and the need to confront the climate crisis effectivel. Not to mention that he looked pretty sharp wearing his 1Sky t-shirt!
At 5 a.m. eastern standard time Friday morning, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded President Obama the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Committee's chairman, Thorbjoern Jagland was quoted in this morning's Washington Post with their reasoning:
Jagland specifically cited Obama's speech about Islam in Cairo last spring, as well as efforts to address nuclear proliferation and climate change and use established international bodies such as the United Nations to pursue his goals. The committee -- made up of luminaries selected by the Norwegian government -- noted a profound shift in U.S. policy and said Obama had "created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play." (emphasis added)
Accepting the award earlier today, the President referred to it as "a call to action" and specifically singled out climate change as one of the challenges that all nations must meet in the 21st century:
We cannot accept the growing threat posed by climate change, which could forever damage the world that we pass on to our children -- sowing conflict and famine; destroying coastlines and emptying cities. And that's why all nations must now accept their share of responsibility for transforming the way that we use energy.
While some have expressed surprise about this award less than a year into Obama's first term, the Nobel Prize was clearly awarded partly on the promise of his work on major international issues as well as his demonstrated commitment to good-faith international partnerships. It is essential that President Obama fulfills that promise by working to pass strong climate change legislation in the Senate and personally going to December's UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Let's send the President a message urging him to fulfill that promise.