The Skywriter

Where we are as a movement


Where we are as a movement


If you are like many people I know in the climate movement, then December 2009 was a very intense month for you. It certainly was for me. Watching from the U.S. as the international climate talks unfolded in Copenhagen without producing a critical fair, ambitious and binding treaty was hard. Watching the ball drop on New Year’s Eve knowing that we did not have bold and comprehensive climate, energy and green jobs legislation signed into law was sobering as well.

As the first week of 2010 is coming to a close, I have had some time to reflect, and I have realized that despite the disappointments described above, 2009 was in fact a huge success on the issue of climate. As a movement, we grew massively in the U.S. and around the globe, organizing more than 5,000 events in 180 countries as part of the October 24 International Day of Climate Action. Diverse constituencies like businesses and veterans are coming together to raise their voices in support of bold action. Every day, thanks to the efforts of people like you, we are increasing our movement’s power.

What I know about political change is that takes a long time. In reality it is never one moment, one bill or one treaty that is the solution -- it always is a whole set of things along the way. All of these moments take people from all walks of life fighting to make them happen. So in looking back, I am personally declaring huge wins in 2009 for the climate movement. We greatly expanded our base in 2009 -- and not a moment too soon, because we have a lot to do in 2010. And we need to keep expanding the number of people in the U.S. and around the world working together to solve the climate crisis and create a clean energy economy.

In the battle to address climate change, we will have many critical moments ahead, and some of them will be in 2010. The good news is we get to battle together. The people who are committed to addressing climate, energy and green jobs are the most amazing people I have ever met, and their passion -- your passion -- inspires me to redouble my efforts this year to work for bold action.

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