Powerful words from Board Member Sean Moran at the People’s Climate March in NYC on Sunday, September 21, 2014:
Today I am standing up for climate action in America. I will be one of hundreds of thousands of individuals who are taking a tangible stance against “business and government as usual.” We are marching in New York City during a United Nations meeting where leaders from all over the world are congregating – to discuss the unsustainable path that the human race is on. If we continue to operate with a business as usual response -with no regard to the climate we live in and the resources we have; our issues of social, economic, and environmental inequity will get exponentially worse and our planet will become even more unstable.
It is possible to have comprehensive national, statewide, and communal strategies to reduce carbon emissions. By decreasing our dependence on fossil fuels and subsidizing renewable energy instead of dirty energy, increasing energy efficiencies in buildings and transportation, and implementing city-wide and community compost, waste, and local food programs – we will dramatically reduce the amount of carbon dioxide and methane gas that is emitted into our environment. It is not safe or sustainable to support an economy that favors oil and the military industrial complex. There need to be big goals, creative plans, collaboration, and cooperation in order for us to have the impact necessary to mitigate severe and catastrophic world change. We need to hold our corporations, our government, and ourselves accountable. We can lead, supply, and demand an economy that supports local, sustainable, and healthy products and services – we will all end up being healthier, happier, and more prosperous because of it.
We are nearing a tipping point in the history of humankind; we have the science, technology, history, and intellect, to individually and collectively make significant shifts in our lives and our future. There is no more important or urgent time than now for citizens of the United States of America to stand up and take a stand for climate action. We owe it to our descendants and our future lineage.
Please stand with me and each other by supporting this movement in any way you can. A sustainable future rests with this generation of people.