A presentation over at Middlesex Community College on how technological barriers are not what is standing in the way of a just, sustainable planet. Here how we can get there with a presentation by Stanford Professor Mark Jacobsen and Jeremy Brecher. Dan Fischer ’12 writes in with the details:
As the strongest typhoon on record kills thousands in the Philippines fossil fuel use continues to alter earth’s climate, producing ever more extreme weather. The extraction of fuel itself is wreaking ever greater havoc, and the ongoing disaster at Fukushima warns the world about the dangers of nuclear power. However, new studies show that there is no technical barrier to transitioning the entire planet to 100% renewable energy within a very short time frame. (meaning energy produced by wind, sun, water, and geothermal sources) Furthermore, this transition would create more jobs than expanding the fossil-fuel system, and it would save money, too.
These facts overturn central myths that are used to undercut and derail the climate justice movement. If we are to succeed in transitioning from a fossil-fuel dependent society these realities must become common knowledge, beginning with the movement itself.
This Saturday, a crowd of over 60 (including roughly 25 Wesleyan students) rallied in Middletown against the Keystone XL Tarsands Pipeline. The pipeline, which would carry an especially nasty and energy intensive type of oil from indigenous lands in Alberta across the American prairie to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico, has been derided by climate scientists as an extraction project that would spell “game over for the planet”.
The energetic march rallied on High Street before marching 1.5 miles up Washington to target TD Bank, one of the primary financiers of the pipeline project. The protesters held signs and banners, formed a picket outside the bank, chanted slogans, and distributed fliers to customers urging them to divest from TD Bank and join local credit unions, which are not-for-profit and member-run. The rally drew participants from all over the state including a number of Middletown locals.
Capitalism vs. the Climate writes in with this call to action:
Rally against TD Bank, one of the primary investors of the Keystone XL Tarsands Pipeline, an extraction project which climate scientists have declared would mean “game over for the climate” if it comes to fruition. The bank is destroying the homes of communities who lie in the path of the pipeline out west, while putting working families out on the street here in CT with evictions and foreclosures. It’s time we fight back and demand justice for our communities. Students in solidarity with the working class.
Meet at the corner of Washington and High at 10:15am and join us as we march to the bank’s location at 911 Washington Street.
This February, Middletown sent more than 50 people to the historic Keystone XL rally in D.C. This is our chance to continue the struggle here on our home turf.
Working people and students need to come together and fight for our common future.
This action is being organized by Capitalism vs. The Climate.
- Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013
- Time: 10:15am
- Place: From corner of Wash and High, march on TD Bank
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