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How Does Climate Change Relate to War?
The US has 900 military bases and outposts in 130 countries. Since 2000 it has deployed combat troops to more than 20 countries. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are beginning to wind down, but the US is expanding its military presence in the Middle East, Africa, and the Pacific Rim and preparing troops for subzero combat in the Arctic.
War at Home
The 1 percent gets bailouts for Wall Street while the rest of us get foreclosures and cutbacks. The banks are propped up while the infrastructure is allowed to crumble. Big Energy gets trillion-dollar subsidies while unions, immigrants, and communities of color fight for their lives. And the public sector is being auctioned off cheap to the private sector.
War on the Planet
Climate change is causing droughts, wildfires, floods, and storms like we’ve never seen before–yet we continue to pump ever more CO2 and methane into the atmosphere. Wetlands and forests are disappearing. Our air, our land, our water are being poisoned. Species are going extinct at rates not seen since the dinosaurs and whole ecosystems are dying. Yet corporations and governments continue to promote their unsustainable policy of “growth”, ignoring the reality of a planet with finite resources. Continue reading →
Stop the Wars Stop the Warming
Our planet is threatened by twin crises: irreversible climate change and the ever-present danger of global war. These two threats are rooted in the same soil – our unsustainable economic system and its insatiable thirst for profit.
We are now witnessing droughts, wildfires, floods, and storms like we’ve never seen before – yet every year we pump more CO2 and methane into the atmosphere. The polar ice caps are melting and the oceans are rising at an alarming rate. Wetlands and forests are disappearing. Whole island nations are drowning. Species are going extinct at rates not seen since the dinosaurs. Yet corporations and governments continue to promote their unsustainable policy of “growth,” ignoring the reality of a planet with finite resources. [read more…]
MAR 29, 2016: The Fight for Energy Democracy: The Northeast and Beyond
The Fight for Energy Democracy: The Northeast and Beyond with Sean Sweeney and Kim Fraczek
WHEN: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 7 pm
WHERE: The Commons, 388 Atlantic Ave between Bond and Hoyt
Fracking has been banned in New York State.
There is a glut of oil and gas on the market.
The price of fossil fuels has collapsed.
Yet Big Energy is building more pipelines,
compressor stations, storage facilities,
and waste sites than ever before.
With the active connivance of government,
the oil and gas corporations are leveling forests,
seizing farmland, and threatening our water supply,
binding us to an energy system that will ultimately kill us.
Come learn how workers, farmers, and ordinary people
are fighting back to protect their families and the planet —
and how you can help build the growing resistance.
Wind Power For NYC—A Rally To Push It Ahead! Feb 18, 2016
Feb 18, 2016
Several hundred people gathered on the steps of NY City Hall today at a rally to support offshore wind power for the city.
In 2015, Mayor Bill de Blasio set the goal of powering 100% of NYC government operations with renewable energy. In response, more than 50 organizations signed onto a letter celebrating the goal, and advocating for offshore wind as the best means of achieving it.
The rally supported the Mayor’s approach and provided a perfect opportunity to formally deliver the letter, as well as kick off a 2016 campaign to secure a large-scale, long-term commitment to offshore wind development at the state level.
Many different organizations sponsored the event and Brooklyn For Peace was one of them. We connect the fight to protect planet and climate with the struggle for peace as the two are inextricably related—you can’t have peace as long as your country is addicted to fossil fuel because the quest for oil is one of the prime causes of the endless wars in the Middle East.
Speakers addressed the rally and pledged to build a mighty campaign to support the Mayor and his quest for green power and to push offshore wind power, a prime asset of our city’s geography to become a reality in the years ahead.
3/21/2016: Come Stand With Us: “Gov Cuomo and LIPA: Move Forward with Offshore Wind!”
Right off the coast of Long Island lies one of the biggest untapped renewable energy resources in the country: offshore wind. The wind off our shores could power millions of homes and create thousands of jobs, making New York into an undisputed leader in the transition to clean energy. But it’s only gonna happen if the Governor hears from us!
LIPA wants to bring more power to the South Fork, and they’re trying to decide whether to supply it with dirty new gas peaker plants, or with affordable, job-creating offshore wind energy. It’s up to us to make sure the Governor and LIPA choose renewables over fossil fuels, for the sake of the climate and the economy. The March 21st LIPA board meeting will be the last chance to weigh in before a decision is made, and they’re inviting the public to testify.
Bring your friends, your neighbors, and your colleagues—anyone who wants to see clean, renewable energy powering Long Island. This is a crucial opportunity for New Yorkers to have a say in their energy future, and we know that the answer is blowin’ in the wind.
We will support you every step of the way in testifying, from sending out talking points to helping you practice. The most important thing is that your voice be heard. And if you wish to join us and not testify, please do! The more of us there are, the more pressure the Governor and LIPA feel to get moving on offshore wind.
Building a Nuclear-Free, Just, and Sustainable World
Presentation given at the Peace and Planet Organizing Panel, March 12, 2015
I’ve been asked to speak about nuclear power and its relationship to nuclear weapons and climate change. At the Climate Convergence last September this was the topic of a three-hour workshop. Since I only have a few minutes, this is going to be the Cliff Notes version. And there are also some additional crib sheets on the table at the back of the room.
Nuclear power is touted in certain circles as the answer to our climate change prayers! Clean green energy! Zero carbon emissions! It’s even gluten-free! So let’s build more nuclear power plants.
But like clean coal and biodiesel and clean-green gas, this is a fantasy – or more accurately, a lie. [read more]
Now is the time to be pushing a transition to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030 in New York City. We believe this ambitious goal is in reach if the political will is there – and that means building a movement throughout this city that demands bold action now!
Forum will include presentations by state and national groups about how we can get to 100% clean energy by 2025, 2030 and 2050 — that is, what mixture of wind, solar, geothermal, conservation and mass transit would be needed. And we will review some of the opportunities and obstacles we will encounter in trying to move to 100% renewables and a clean energy economy.
Speakers include Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food and Water Watch; Mark Dunlea, 100% Renewable Now NYS Campaign, Green Education and Legal Fund (GELF;) Kassie Rohrbach, Senior Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace US; Peggy Shephard WEACT, Leslie Cagan, and More.
WHEN:Thurs. Nov. 19, 2015, 6:30 pm
Location: Transport Workers Union Local 100, 195 Montague St.between Clinton and Court, downtown Brooklyn.
OCT 1, 2015, 7 pm: Waking Up from the Nuclear Nightmare Finding the Moral Will to Act
Waking Up from the Nuclear Nightmare
with Joseph Gerson, American Friends Service Committee on “Eliminating Nuclear Weapons” Tim Judson, Nuclear Information and Resource Service on “Shutting Down Nuclear Power Plants”
WHERE: Brooklyn Friends Meeting House, 110 Schermerhorn St. in Downtown Brooklyn WHEN: Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Co-sponsored by Brooklyn For Peace (Climate Action Committee) and Peace and Social Action Committee, Brooklyn Monthly Meeting (Quakers)
People’s Climate March, NYC, September 21, 2014
What a day! Historic, memorable, uplifting, spirited. Estimates of over 300,000 people, young, old and diverse, marching through the streets of our city, just as the world’s political leaders met to discuss climate change at the United Nations.
Brooklyn For Peace joined other peace and justice organizations. But the march represented a vast array of different organizations and just plain citizens concerned about the future of civilization. The spirit was one of camaraderie and a feeling that this movement for change was only just beginning to find itself and that it would grow and become broader and more powerful.