As you know, cooking the climate is a peace and justice issue.
Confronting climate warming means turning the rising tides, protecting us from dangerous extreme weather and cutting dangerous pollution. But it also means ending a war economy, converting swords into civilian, green products, reinvesting in our broken infrastructure, building local energy solutions and creating a more just, fair society.
Presidents and Prime Ministers are gathering at the United Nations in New York in September to talk about climate action. So far there’s been lots of talk and little action. We need a huge crowd to demand they aim high and create dramatic solutions that serve the people.
Many of you are actively engaged in organizing efforts for the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sunday, Sept. 21. We have just three weeks to turn the People’s Climate March in New York City into the biggest march against climate change ever seen on this planet. Here are some updates from the CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs and the CT Sierra Club:.
Strong CT Labor Participation
We are very pleased to announce that 8 labor organizations in CT have endorsed the march so far:
- 32BJ SEIU CT;
- American Federation of Teachers – CT;
- CT AFL-CIO;
- CT Education Association;
- CT State Council SEIU;
- Council 4 AFSCME;
- CT State Council of Machinists; and
- United Auto Workers Region 9A.
This broad participation is very exciting, and we will be working closely with the leadership in these unions to ensure a significant turnout from Labor on September 21. If your union is not yet listed, please contact John Humphries, (860) 216-7972, to discuss the best way to approach your leadership.
The Interreligious Eco-Justice Network is leading the effort to engage religious organizations and communities. If your congregation or group would like to connect with other CT faith communities participating in the March, contact Terri Eickel (email@example.com).
IREJN is also sponsoring a series of events in CT during the week prior to the March, featuring Jay O’Hara, a Quaker who blocked a shipment of coal in the Lobster Boat Blockade in May 2013. These community events are designed to build interest and participation in the March.
Buses – You can now buy your bus tickets! www.peoplesclimate.org/transportation. Click on Connecticut and you will see the list of bus locations to choose from. (There are buses committed from Hartford, CCSU, Wesleyan, Connecticut College, New Haven, Fairfield and UCONN)
Trains – We are still negotiating details with Metro-North.
Please make plans to join us on Sept. 21 for the largest climate march in history.
Henry Lowendorf, GNH Peace Council;
John Humphries, CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs, (860) 216-7972, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Launched in June 2012, the Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs is an innovative partnership between the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network (IREJN) and the CT AFL-CIO. It seeks to strengthen collaboration among CT’s labor, environmental and religious groups in advocating for public policies that address urgent concerns about climate change while creating good-paying jobs right here in our state.