Organizing

"Wouldn't it be better if you all got together?"

7
Apr
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If you spend a little time as an environmentalist, one thing you’ll hear eventually from friends and family: “I wish there weren’t so many groups. It’s confusing—I don’t know who to volunteer for. Wouldn’t it work better if you all got together?”

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A BIG Announcement

6
Apr
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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.

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Renewed Hope for an "Older" Climate Activist

6
Apr
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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.
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Building the climate movement one story at a time

28
Mar
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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.
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Activists rally across 17 states to protect the Clean Air Act

10
Mar
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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.

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Building a climate movement to rival the power of dirty coal

24
Feb
Boston Storms Congressional Offices: Movement Building.

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.

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Worried about attacks on the Clean Air Act? Here's what you can do

18
Feb
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As we all know, attacks on the Clean Air Act are coming from all sides -- and Rep. Fred Upton, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is leading the charge. Big Polluters are backing up the charge with a whirring PR machine, lobbying dollars, and the promise of more campaign dollars to come.

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1Sky climate teams meet to plan actions across the country (PHOTOS)

14
Feb
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Over the past few weeks, 1Sky house parties have been popping up faster than electric car charging 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.

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1Sky Florida activists march for clean energy

31
Jan
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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.

Andrea Cuccaro is a 1Sky Organizer for Florida

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Guest blog: Getting inspired about green jobs with Van Jones

27
Jan
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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.

Jamie Hogue is the Oregon Field Representative for Climate Solutions.
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