This is the inaugural post from Occupy Boston’s Climate Action, Sustainability and Environmental Justice (CASEJ) working group. We are a 100% grass roots, all volunteer, consensus organized group, committed to providing space where Occupy & the 99% Movement and allies can come together to help create a more just and sustainable world. Individual posts are meant to foster thoughtful discussion and do not represent CASEJ as a whole. If you are interested in posting, our contact information can be found on our wiki page.
We just concluded a busy week, going to the May Day rally organized by Occupy Boston, setting up a giant twister game on May 5th for 350.org’s international Connect the Dots, Climate Impacts Day campaign, and hosting our first Occupy Boston Community Gathering last night.
It’s also been a whirlwind week on the climate front. On May 1st, James Hansen, head of the NASSA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, sent e-mail to Warren Buffett, announcing that on May 5th he and others would use civil disobedience to stop Buffet’s BNSF coal trains. This was done in response to 350.org’s Connect the Dots campaign, as well as growing concern over coal exports. On May 5th, while the Heartland Institute was getting flack for an add campaign that likened people who accept climate research to mass murders, 13 individuals were arrested in Canada for making good on Dr. Hanson’s promise. Amongst those arrested was Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Mark Jacarrd, economics professor at Simon Fraser University.
Are the tides really changing and how much time do we have? These questions loom as NASSA scientists report that spring has been starting earlier than researchers had predicted. Meanwhile, a recent report by the Civil Society Institute shows that the majority of Republican citizens now support improved efficiency and renewable energy. The study further reports that 83 percent of Americans (including 69% of republicans) said they would agree with the following:
“The time is now for a new, grassroots-driven politics to realize a renewable energy future. Congress is debating large public investments in energy and we need to take action to ensure that our taxpayer dollars support renewable energy– one that protects public health, promotes energy independence and the economic well being of all Americans.”
While that still falls short of 99%, it’s enough to pass a resolution at most GA’s. This challenges the common wisdom that partisan divides are creating the greatest barriers to a rapid transition to renewables. It also begs one to ask, who is blocking this?