Join me tomorrow at the People’s Climate March ATX with Shield The People!
From their Facebook Event and Dave Cortez:
Solidarity with the Global Majority
Austin Texas stands with the People’s Climate March in NYC, in calling for accountability from our public leaders to support climate justice. Those least responsible for climate change are those most likely affected by it and those most responsible are the least affected. The advancement of a global environmental justice movement is rooted in action, not words – and is rooted in land, not ideas. Texas stands in solidarity with the global majority who suffer the theft of their land, the extraction of natural resources, the pollution of land and water and the drought brought on by climate change. This is our environment.
Climate justice is social justice!
► Sustainability for whom?
The same forces that drive the exploitation of the Earth also drive the exploitation of her people. The continued expansion of the industrial extraction of natural resources leaves people without economic power or access to land. We need power in the hands of the people, not in the hands of corporations. People need to connect back to the land and build sustainable economies that work for everyone. Sustainability means access to land and a meaningful relationship with it. We can only resist climate change when we have the power to ground local economies in the production of culture and land that is equitable and sustainable.
• Support land based struggles
• Support indigenous peoples sovereignty
• Support cultural territory
This is OUR environment.
• Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline – Stand with Shield the People
• Stop mountaintop removal – Stand with Appalachia
• Stop Immigrant Detention – Stand with Immigrants
• Stop Mass Incarceration – Stand with the urban poor
• Stop Gentrification – Stand with East Austin
• Stop Climate Disruption – Stand with the global majority
► Environmental Justice in Austin
Texas is suffering drought and losing its precious water and land resources to fill the pockets of the 1%. Meanwhile there is unprecedented development and hundred’s moving to Austin daily. This is our environment – we must protect it.
What are we doing to combat climate change and create environmental justice in Austin?
1) Make Austin Energy a zero-carbon emitter by replacing the coal and gas plants with solar, wind, energy conservation and energy storage alternatives.
2) Keep Austin’s energy utility in the hands of its people, not private corporations, and make the management of the utility accountable to elected office-holders.
3) End special contracts for the largest corporate energy users, which increase rates for everyone else and put a disproportionate burden on lower income ratepayers.
4) Ensure that all ratepayers get the lowest rates possible by replacing fossil fuels with renewables, and by ensuring that energy conservation and energy efficiency programs are available to lower income stakeholders.
5) Stop the new Decker Gas Plant
6) Supporting the buy outs of homes in the Onion Creek Floodplain and funds to help families transition out of harms way
7) Supporting the demands of East Austin families and students at Zavala Elementary for the closure of the metal foundry Pure Castings
8) Increase access to locally-grown healthy food in marginalized communities without encouraging gentrification.
9) Recognize and support the existing cultural territories in Austin who are resisting displacement through gentrification.
10) Support sustainable transportation