Mark your calendar. The New York City Climate Convergence is September 19-21…!
Before corporate and governmental leaders arrive in New York City this September for the UN Climate Summit, System Change Not Climate Change together with the Global Climate Convergence will be laying the groundwork for an alternative summit, what we’re calling New York City Climate Convergence.
Our objective is to build and strengthen an environmental movement that addresses the root causes of the climate crises; a social-economic system that values profits above people, planet and peace. As the corporate captured UN proposes false solutions like carbon trading and sets meager greenhouse reduction targets, we will show the world what tackling global warming from the bottom up looks like.
Converge for Climate
Root of Global Climate Change: The Economic System
The NYC Climate Convergence identifies our economic system as the root problem of global climate change. So, here’s what they are calling for:
- Millions of jobs in renewable energy, conservation, and public transit
- A just transition from fossil fuels and nuclear power
- New food, water, and sanitation systems
- An emergency transition to a new kind of economy
- Tax the rich and slash the bloated military budget
Powerful, revolutionary stuff… and so sensible – it can actually save the planet!
Even if you don’t plan to attend the Convergence, make sure your friends are aware of this important upcoming event, especially if they live near New York City.
You may click the image below to download the NYC Climate Convergence flyer (PDF).
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President Obama just announced what the New York Times is calling “the strongest action taken by an American president to tackle climate change.”
This may be the best hope to tackle the climate crisis during the Obama presidency.
If the plan takes effect, this could be the single most important thing he does as president, the thing that our grandkids remember him for.
But that’s a big if- because giant polluters will do everything in their power to make Obama’s climate policy dead on arrival, with waves of misleading TV ads and bogus reports. So it’s incredibly important that we make our voices heard this week.
The EPA is now accepting public comments on the proposed plan. Let’s send a powerful statement of support for climate action. We’ll give reporters a running tally this week as thousands of people sign on, and we’ll share MoveOn members’ powerful personal appeals with them—so they know the President is not alone. We’ll deliver your comment, along with thousands of others, to the EPA headquarters in Washington next month.
Climate change is the challenge of our generation—and if we don’t meet it, it will become the nightmare of generations to come. Today’s announcement was a long overdue step in the right direction. But if we want to win, we’ve got to double our efforts. Today, the fight is on.
Share your comment about why you support bold action to address climate change. You can either write a personalized message, or use the text provided. Thanks!
1) Obesity– Experts say that fast food; drinks with way too much sugar, such as sodas; processed food; candy and other sugary snacks; and overly large portion sizes are to blame.
2) Health Care costs- Care2 states, “The main reason for the high cost of American health care is that most medical services, materials, technologies and drugs are more expensive than in other industrialized countries. Governments in many other countries play a much stronger role in financing health care services and their citizens are obliged to help pay for it through taxes. In return, all are usually covered by national health insurance.”
3) Cost of giving birth- The United States is the most expensive place in the world to have a baby. So what do mothers get for their money? If you thought the answer was better care, you’re wrong. In fact, America has one of the highest rates of infant and maternal death among industrialized countries.
4) Energy use per person- The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that Americans account for nearly 19 percent of the world’s total primary energy consumption. Of the many reasons for this is the cost of heating and cooling increasingly large homes, as well as electricity used to power home electronics.
5) Defense spending- According to Care2, “The U.S. government actually spent about $718 billion on defense and international security assistance in 2011, compared to 2% that it spent on education. That includes all of the Pentagon’s underlying costs as well as the price tag for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which came to $159 billion in 2011.”
To read more about each, go to care2.com.