All across America, football is part of many Thanksgiving traditions. Last week, football fans in Detroit partook in Thanksgiving festivities and helped the environment, as the Lions’ Ford Field offset the carbon emissions to go carbon neutral for their Thanksgiving game.
As the days continue to shorten and snow flakes replace the falling leaves, don’t forget to take some time to give thanks for all the good in the world and keep the hope alive! I know we’ve all heard it a million times but it’s important to take successes wherever we can find them.
Now I’m not trying to be too optimistic or too corny. In fact, this will be a challenge for me. You see, I have the cunning ability to see flaws in EVERYTHING! But I’m up for the challenge and grateful and hopeful for the future of our country.
The very talented Joelle Robinson, 1Sky Field Director for Washingon State and Oregon, was kind enough to share with us this poem she wrote, called simply, "hope." It should inspire all of us as we look forward to the big changes we want to make a reality next year.
Coal River Mountain, one of the last mountains left intact in the Coal River Valley of West Virginia, is once again in danger (h/t to It's Getting Hot in Here):
This just in from the Coal River Mountain Wind Project –
the thousands of emails and calls you sent in September temporarily
saved Coal River Mountain from Massey’s explosives for almost two
months, but today the outlook just started to look a lot worse. We need
you to call Governor Manchin at 1-888-438-2731 and remind him that
thousands of people across America are watching West Virginia–and
waiting for Governor Manchin to choose long term prosperity and clean
energy over mountaintop removal and Massey Energy’s profits.
It’s not just the cold November air that’s taking our breath away these days. It’s the brisk winds of change heralding the dawn of a new administration and a new national commitment to address global warming, and to do so in a way that promises to stimulate a much needed economic recovery.
Here's the first installment of what we hope will become a regular 1Sky feature. In this video briefing, Campaign Director Gillian Caldwell talks about the meaning of the 2008 election (and especially the election of Barack Obama) for climate policy, and what we must do next year to make bold climate action in Washington a reality. Please spread this video far and wide!
This is the first post by 1Sky Organizer Melisa Stodieck. -- Luis
UPDATE: Here's our brand-new video about the November 18 day of action:
From California to Florida, success stories and pictures are pouring into 1Sky headquarters, highlighting the collective power of the Climate Leadership Now day of action. We are thrilled about the thousands of people across the country who met with their newly-elected Members of Congress and their staffs to welcome them to the new Congress and call for leadership on bold climate policy immediately.
When it comes to the outlook for climate and energy policy under President-elect Barack Obama and the 111th Congress, there’s the good news, and then there are the serious challenges that we must work together to confront in the critical year that lies ahead.
As the new Congress gears up for next year, the House Energy and Commerce Committee (a crucial committee for climate legislation) may experience some important changes. Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) is planning to challenge Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.), the House’s most senior member, for the chairmanship.