Several activists from CT 350, the CT Coalition for Environmental Justice, and other groups have met about the prospect of getting together all groups and activists working on climate change in CT to organize a state-wide plan for climate justice and 100% renewable energy. We would also like to invite those concerned about it, but focused on other issues. This would certainly be a serious undertaking with plenty of negotiations and discussions but I can't think of any time better to start. The next meeting to work on this will be this coming Sunday, June 2nd at 3:00pm at the Quaker meeting house on 144 South Quaker Lane in West Hartford, CT.
The February 17th demonstration against the Keystone XL pipeline organized by 350.org, the Sierra Club, The Hip-Hop Caucus, and others showed that mass mobilizations can be mounted against the drive toward climate catastrophe. (even in the dead of winter!) That march had serious political ramifications. It brought the opposition to fossil fuel extraction out into the open like never before. It let every participant - and even many onlookers - know that they are not alone. It presented to them the prospect that they can go from being victims to makers of history. It provoked countless discussions in thousands, if not millions, of households, neighborhoods, and workplaces. These conversations were new because they dealt not only with the horrors of climate change, but with what it is going to take to move our society forward, and what we are going to do next.
Saturday's international anti-GMO day of action was another great example of the potential growing around us.
To be sure, years of extreme weather events (especially hurricane Sandy, the October Nor'easter, and last year's heat-wave) have made climate change real in people's minds on a completely new level. Now even the most pedestrian of small talk routinely turns from simply "the weather" toward the fate of the world. A state-wide plan, including a climate march in Connecticut, built over months through every available avenue, could shift the entire political landscape in this state.
The thinking right now is that we need to have conversations with the many many groups doing work in the state and get together a call for a big meeting and/or conference in the fall where activists could meet to approve a plan, that could include direct action, could include lobbying, and could include steps for building partnerships with previously uninvolved groups. The call put together at the conference would be the product of many weeks of discussion between groups and activists leading up to the conference itself. Everyone would then go out to build momentum all across the state by every means available.
Thoughts? Ideas? Questions? Is this something you might like to work on? Please let me know what you think.
The next meeting to work on this will be this coming Sunday, June 2nd at 3:00pm at the Quaker meeting house on 144 South Quaker Lane in West Hartford, CT.