If Kids Don’t Lead, Adults Will Willingly Sacrifice Them
My friend and mentor, Bill McKibben has an Op Ed about this Friday’s Student Climate Strikes in today’s on-line edition of the LA Times that will be news to LAT readers but not to Creative Greenius devotees.
Bill explains why students around the world will be refusing to go to school this Friday and instead following the lead of Greta Thunberg from Sweden who started the #FridaysForFuture Climate Strike movement all by herself just last fall.
Bill does his usual masterly job in laying out the reasoning behind young people striking for climate action and why they deserve our attention and support.
But when I read one sentence he wrote, a lightbulb went off in my devious mind:
So, lacking access to piles of cash, young people do what they can. And a strike is one such measure.
At 9am on Tuesday morning this week I stood with Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, members of the L.A. City Council, board members of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Commission and long term colleagues from the climate justice action community to be part of a historic announcement.
Just like in the movies, days of rain suddenly ended as if Moses had parted the Atmospheric River, and the California sunshine spotlighted our snow-kissed mountains in high def.
Only two days earlier I had been at a meeting to plan our response and action if Garcetti were to choose to repower the plants to burn more gas for the next 30-40 years.
But then on Monday afternoon word started to stream through that the Mayor was embracing the Green New Deal for Los Angeles and would announce there would be no gas repower. Garcetti was ready for clean power NOW.
What was to be a protest rally and action suddenly turned into a green victory celebration. Instead of being there as opponents, the Mayor invited environmentalists to stand with him in support.
We went to the SCAQMD hearing out in Diamond Bar last Friday, February 6, 2015, to testify on the big, new storage tanks Phillips 66 wants to build in Wilmington at its refinery so they can receive more of the super explosive, super dirty crude from the Bakkens. The SCAQMD wants to approve the project without a CEQA environmental report, and our friends at Communities for a Better Environment and Food & Water Watch, California asked us to be there to support their appeal and request for a hearing.
But we had to throw our notes away when we heard Dr. William Burke, Chairman of the AQMD Governing Board, react with glee when he received only 2 speaker request cards from the public on the subject and then not so much when he was handed the real deck of over 20 requests. That’s when we heard him say this:
A lot of people have nothing to do…
And after that statement we were forced to say this:
It’s time for some climate reality and a 21st century sense of urgency from the SCAQMD and it is time to replace Chairman Burke with a new leader who not only understands what a carbon budget is and where CO2 levels should be but who can also remember his own words uttered just minutes earlier.
You can watch the entire meeting and outstanding comments from Alicia Rivera and other patriotic and courageous community members here:
From our friend George Sarvis posted today on his blog, Stop Climate Crazies –
In this year when the climate crisis has stepped on the gas, throwing more and worse extreme weather events at everyone around the world, including especially Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and the more than 70 wildfires burning up the Northwest, including the iconic Columbia Gorge, the California State Senate, led by President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon, has introduced a historic climate change bill designed to turn our climate emissions around by requiring the State move to 100% renewable energy.
SB 100 accelerates the existing renewable energy targets to 60 percent RPS by 2030, and requires retail energy sellers to plan, model, and invest over the next 28 years to reach the 100% clean, zero carbon, and renewable energy target.