We’re not just breaking records anymore, reports Bill McKibben at the RollingStone, we’re breaking the planet. Now, millions are starting to counter that, as many thousands in the US alone demonstrate against the XL pipeline, block new coal plants, and more. “Up to this point, grassroots organizing has kept more industrial carbon out of the atmosphere than state or federal policy,” says Gopal Dayaneni, a resistance leader. It’s an economic resistance movement, too, one that recognizes renewable energy creates three times as many jobs as fossil fuels. It’s recognizing that fossil fuel is dirty at every stage, and we need to put it behind us as fast as we can. In affluent countries, that means creating policies that cut this addiction. For poorer nations, the much harder goal is to leapfrog the fossil-fuel age and go straight to renewables. For all of us, it means standing with communities from the coal fields of Appalachia to the oil-soaked Niger Delta as they fight for their homes. Every flood erodes the standing of fossil fuels, as every heat wave fuels resistance. Resistance is growing fast, and big enough to matter.
Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here: http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176 . This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is in 2 years!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.
For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/index.php?author=mary-ellen-harte
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-fossil-fuel-resistance-20130411/+1 Bill McKibben notes that after decades of scant organized response to climate change, a truly powerful movement is quickly emerging, around the country and around the world. It has no great charismatic leader, and no central organization; it battles on a thousand fronts, many of them very local and small. But taken together, it’s now big enough to matter, and it’s growing fast.