The official reportback from the UN meeting and People’s Climate March

By May Boeve – 350.org

Friends,

This weekend, the world stood tall. What I saw on the streets of New York City and in pictures from around the world, was unlike anything I’ve ever seen before in its scale, unity and beauty.

This is a short video, but it’s a taste of what I mean:

Yesterday over 125 world leaders met at the UN for the big climate summit. The headline was that more leaders than ever had gathered to talk about this particular issue — but here is what I think is just as important:

When those heads of state walked into the UN, they had the sounds of the largest climate mobilization in world history still ringing in their ears. A huge number of our allies were still in the streets in New York, laying out a strong vision for a transition away from fossil fuels, bringing the fight to polluters, and identifying solutions that are already in progress. Every speaker in the opening ceremony of the summit spoke of the power of our actions this weekend.

World leaders gathered in New York City didn’t plan to sign a new agreement this week. The next important UN gatherings will be in Lima in December 2014 and in Paris in December 2015. Our hope is to use people-power to ratchet up the pressure on these talks, to channel the voices of millions around the world to increase the accountability and ambition of world leaders in these negotiations.

If they are serious at all about doing their democratic and moral duty, they will need to be ambitious indeed — committing to transitioning from fossil fuels to clean energy which benefits everyone, and quickly.

The struggle is not around these summits alone. We’ll have to keep pressure on climate polluters and those who invest in them; we’ll have to turn our communities into models for solutions; and we’ll have to convince politicians that their careers are on the line if they don’t act.

Our purpose in marching around the world is to show that without a doubt there is a mandate to act at the level science and justice demand. After this weekend, we can look them in the eye and say that yes, there is — and insist that they join us on the march towards action.

We need to carry this feeling with us as we move forward. Click here to watch the reportback video and see key stats and new articles from around the world.

Thank you, so many times over. It’s an honor to fight alongside you.

May

P.S. Just an hour ago, we got news that 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben (and 350.org itself) just won the “Right Livelihood Award,” which is known as the ‘alternative Nobel Prize’ — click here to watch a video from him about the award and what this kind of recognition means for our work together.

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Thank You for Being Part of the Largest Climate March in History!

The People’s Climate March San Diego Was a Success!

Together, WE are the solution to the climate crisis.

Yesterday 1,500 San Diegans joined people around the world to support marchers in New York and call for immediate action on climate change here at home. We called for solutions that work for people and the planet – a rapid transition from fossil fuels to renewables and energy efficiency, and a just and sustainable economy. We called for a Climate Action Plan for San Diego; developing sustainable water policies, building affordable, convenient mass transit, and facilitating healthy communities; and supporting green jobs and clean energy.

This is just the beginning. To change everything, we need everyone to participate in the growing climate movement.

Start TODAY by taking immediate action. Please join us at City Hall (202 C Street) at 2:00pm to support a strong Climate Action Plan for San Diego. If you can’t be there in person, please call or email your council member to ask them to support the resolution. Please see the SD350 calendar for more information.

Local press coverage of The People’s Climate March San Diego

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GET INVOLVED – Help Make History

Volunteer to help make this San Diego’s largest climate march and show our elected officials, businesses and individuals that the time for climate change action is NOW. Join us to help promote the march and rally by making signs, making phone calls, handing out flyers, and more.

Contact Masada Disenhouse at mdisenhouse@cox.net or phone 619-277-4594 and tell us how you want to help.

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IBEW Local 569 Supports The People’s Climate March

IBEW Local 569 is supporting the People’s Climate March San Diego on September 21st because the time for climate action is now. From severe drought to an almost year-round threat of wildfires, we are already seeing devastating impacts from climate change on working families. It is our responsibility to face this harmful threat and protect our communities. Not only do we have the technology to generate cleaner energy and reduce our reliance on oil and polluting fossil fuels, California is living proof that with the right policies in place, we can put thousands to work building the 21st century infrastructure of the future. In fact, thanks to our statewide focus on sustainability, IBEW electricians are hard at work every day building solar projects, electric vehicle charging stations, light rail systems and high-performance green buildings. This is valuable construction work that is putting paychecks in our pockets, food on our tables and sustaining families throughout our region all while creating a cleaner, greener, healthier planet.

-Johnny Simpson
Business Manager
IBEW Local 569

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Announcing the People’s Climate March San Diego – Sunday, September 21

By Sarah Chase, SanDiego350

Join hundreds of fellow San Diegans to take part in a worldwide movement to demand solutions to the climate crisis from leaders in the United Nations, and our leaders here at home. Come with neighbors, friends, and family. Get ready to be a part of something HUGE.

In September, world leaders will be in New York City for a United Nations summit on the climate crisis. With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. Hundreds of thousands will come together for the People’s Climate March and take to the streets of New York City to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities. Thousands in cities across California, and the world, will participate in events to support the New York March.

And we need to make sure that our local leaders know that we are also watching, and we too demand climate action now. On September 21, hundreds of San Diegans will come together for the People’s Climate March San Diego to support the marchers in New York, pledge to take personal action, and to call for immediate action on climate change here at home.

Climate change impacts are already in evidence and will be unthinkable if we fail to act – including weather changes, political instability, food shortages, drought, mass extinction of species, and ecological damage. A recent report by the San Diego Foundation anticipates frequent flooding in low-lying areas like Mission Beach, more frequent and intense wildfires, even further threatened water sources, and a hotter and drier climate for San Diego by 2050, all resulting in very real detriment to our quality of life, our economy, our health, and our planet

Our September 21st march will send a strong message: as individuals, we are changing our ways in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – and we call on our elected officials to do their part. Only together can we combat the trend of an overheating planet. Our specific demands are: a strong Climate Action Plan for San Diego; develop sustainable water policies; build affordable mass transit and facilitate healthy communities; and support green jobs and clean energy.

Please Join us for the People’s Climate March SD on Sunday, September 21. We will gather at City Hall at 12:30 pm to call for a strong Climate Action Plan alongside Todd Gloria, President of the San Diego City Council, stop at American Plaza / Santa Fe Station to highlight transportation alternatives and end at the County Administration Building Park, where we will hear from local leaders representing different communities. The march is endorsed by a wide variety of local organizations. There will be organized bike rides and a designated Coaster to the events.

While many San Diegans already do a lot to combat climate change, the climate crisis is a huge problem that cannot be solved without changes in local and national policy. That’s why it’s crucial that as many people are there Sept. 21 as possible to make sure elected representatives understand just how critical this issue is.

Where will you be Sept. 21?  RSVP today!

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