Last week, the House passed an economic recovery bill containing over $100 billion for green projects--thanks to activists like you who took the time to write, call, and visit Congress. That's the largest investment in green projects we've ever seen, and it could create over 2 million jobs that this country needs urgently. But now the action moves to the Senate, where those green projects are in grave danger of being axed from the stimulus bill. Please call your senators today and tell them to keep the economic recovery package green.
The following comes to us from Lauren Shuster, a 1Sky organizer in NY. -- Luis
My name is Lauren Schuster and I am the 1Sky organizer and environmental campaign coordinator with the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). NYPIRG is New York State’s largest social justice organization with offices at 21 college campuses across the state. We have a long history of working on environmental issues at the City and State level and we’re very excited to partner with 1Sky and join the fight against global warming on the federal level.
In 2007, I was one of 6,000 students who participated in Power Shift, the largest youth climate conference in the history of the world. Thinking back on it now, I'm feeling rather nostalgic because Power Shift undeniably changed my life.
My apologies for not posting a roundup last week – I was a little under the weather on Friday. Here’s a general breakdown of what we’re seeing on the Hill. Expect more detailed communication about the recovery package as more details emerge.
Power Shift '09 is one month away--that's less than 700 hours from now! Register today and be sure to select 1Sky as your coalition member-group affiliation. -- Luis
I can still remember it like it was yesterday. Majora Carter giving
an impassioned speech about her work arming low-income communities
with sustainable solutions in the Bronx. Van Jones rallied the crowds
with his vision of a clean energy future inclusive of all. The Step
It Up crew had us wave thousands of green fingers up at stage, and our
very own Betsy Taylor gave a speech about the brand-new 1Sky campaign
that didn't even have an office yet.
TVA is investigating a leak from a gypsum pond at its Widows Creek coal-burning power plant in northeastern Alabama, a spokesman said at about 10:45 a.m. Central Time.
The leak, discovered before 6 a.m. has been stopped, according to John Moulton, with the Tennessee Valley Authority.
“Some materials flowed into Widows Creek, although most of the leakage remained in the settling pond,” he said.
How many of these "leaks" will our communities have to endure before Congress finally supports a moratorium on new coal power plants? Over 8,600 people (and counting) have already sent nearly 30,000 letters to Congress asking for such a moratorium. Send your own message today!
It’s going to take a lot more than the bureaucratic and chaotic process I watched in Poznan over the past two weeks for us to cut global warming emissions as deeply and quickly as scientists say is necessary.