By May Boeve, Liz Butler, Bill McKibben and Betsy Taylor
For too long, the fossil fuel industry has had its way on the climate issue--its money has overwhelmed the scientific facts, delaying action on the largest challenge humanity now faces.
Right now, the the Clean Air Act is being threatened, the EPA is under attack, and big polluters are mounting an all-out onslaught that threatens to destroy our lands and scorch our planet. In short, we are losing ground.
In the face of these challenges, one thing is clear: if we want to win, we will have to come together like we never have before.
So this 1Sky/350.org effort to engage our citizenry in backing a strong national & international climate change movement is really serious -- and it’s being grown from the bottom up. Meaning: a grassroots movement that is attempting to drag our national leadership along, and a youth-driven movement which lends energy and new ideas and savvy communication mechanisms. Geesz, I’m hooked!
Linda Isaason Fedele is a climate activist from New Rochester, NY. She attended the joint 1Sky/350.org volunteers retreat in late March 2011.
Just one week ago, 30 climate activists from across the country descended on D.C. for a huge training on grassroots organizing and team building for the climate movement. This week, we will be highlighting a few of the stories coming out of that training. We hope you are as inspired as we are by the dedication, excitement, and talent these 30 activists bring to the movement. Matt Smith, from Wyckoff, NJ, is new to the climate movement, his story is our first featured story from the weekend:
Matt Smith lives in Wyckoff, NJ where he works in finance. His interest in the environment stems from epic family vacations in Yellowstone and Glacier National Park as a child, and he has been hooked on the outdoors ever since. After reading Bill McKibbon's newest book, 'Eaarth,' Matt realized it was time to start doing something about climate change, and linked up with both 350.org and 1Sky in his newfound quest to protect the outdoors. He currently serves as the Regional Coordinator for New Jersey, and is looking forward to ramping up local efforts to help build the national climate movement needed to combat climate change.
By Acacia Williams, Dana Johnson, Micah Parkin, and Mary Gilbert
Just over a week ago, climate activists across 17 states campaigned with rallies, meetings, calls, and letters to demand that their elected officials protect the Clean Air Act. The message was clear: represent your constituents, not your corporate donors.
In states such as Colorado, the message was a 'thank you' to climate champions. In Michigan, however, hundreds of people loudly voiced their disappointment with Representative Fred Upton’s recent Dirty Air Act and choice to side with corporate polluters instead of his constituents.
I recently attended the 2011 Good Jobs Green Jobs National Conference, and I was struck by a number of things. The first thing was the attendance – we were filled to capacity! As an organizer, however, what really got me was the intense focus on movement building from all involved – panel speakers, moderators, and participants alike.
We are beginning to realize that our strength lies in our numbers, and that we need to get organized! I knew that’s what we were doing here at 1Sky, but it was hugely inspiring and empowering to hear that goal echoed across the community.
Over the past few weeks, 1Sky house parties have been popping up faster than electric carcharging stations across the U.S. -- and with about the same amount of energy. This week we're celebrating these fantastic throw-downs for climate organizing.
A little snow and record low temperatures aren’t enough to keep Coloradans from coming together in homes, churches, and cafes across the state to build 1Sky action teams and plan rallies to defend the Clean Air Act. We know that the snowfall and fluctuating temperatures are all part of the climate crisis, and that our children’s futures are threatened. But we aren’t just going to sit around and talk about it; we are going to get to work.
Micah Parkin has served as the Colorado/Southwest Regional Organizer for 1Sky since August 2009, while concurrently serving on both the Clean Energy Technical Team for the City of Boulder and the planning team for Boulder's Clean Energy Future campaign. She formerly served as Program Director for the New Orleans-based Alliance for Affordable Energy and Energy Chair of the Sierra Club Delta Chapter. Micah is the mother of two young daughters who fuel her passion to build a powerful climate and clean energy movement.
By Coky Michel, Mary-Joe Castells, Chris Castro and Andrea Cuccaro
A few weeks ago, 1Sky activists joined in the South Florida "King Mango Strut" with allies from across the state to bring attention to the BP Oil spill and shed light on the importance of clean energy. The day was packed with fun, theatrics and education.
I woke up Wednesday morning with a scratchy throat but also a whole lot of hope. This week was packed full of events, each one different, and each one inspiring. To kick things off, I was able to participate in a roundtable discussion with community leaders, legislators, business executives and one of my personal heroes, Van Jones, to talk about green jobs and the clean energy economy.