On Monday April 22nd, hundreds of Iowans will gather in Des Moines to listen to stories of loss to climate change and hope that can be found in the Green New Deal. The truth is that most Americans want changes such as clean air and water, jobs in renewable energy, and preparing our infrastructure for the changing planet. As part of a greater American tour, this event in Des Moines will inspire and equip attendees to truly be the change that is necessary to move the Green New Deal forward.
WHAT: A celebration and call to action featuring musical performances, art, and compelling speeches from young people, political, and movement leaders at the forefront of the environmental justice movement.
WHEN: Monday, April 22nd at 7:00 pm CT
WHERE: Sheslow Auditorium, 2507 University Ave. Des Moines, IA 50311. Tickets will be available at sunrisemovement.org/tour.
WHO: Sunrise Movement, Iowa CCI, and hundreds of Iowans are making this event possible.
WHY: To tell people about the Green New Deal and give them the tools and resources to pressure their policymakers to get behind it.
Here’s the deal. The Green New Deal that introduced in Congress this month was only a resolution. It is not a full bill with detailed policies.
That’s the beautiful part. This resolution is a starting point. And that’s why we’re so excited about it.
This is our chance to fight for the climate solutions we need to save the planet and save our communities.
Like all things with the potential to undermine corporate power, Republicans – and even some Democrats – are spreading misinformation to derail one of the most incredible organizing opportunities we’ve seen in our lifetime.
This package is a chance to push for climate solutions we need – for us, our kids and our grandkids. Naomi Klein has a great new piece out in The Intercept called “The Battle Lines Have Been Drawn in the Green New Deal“. It’s about the GND, its relationship to the New Deal, and why we need to use it to grow the power of our movements, now.
The article recalls that back in October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a landmark reportinforming us that global emissions need to be slashed in half in less than 12 years, or the planet faces dire consequences.
That is why we have to start organizing now. Our current president is a climate change denier, but we may have a new administration ready to jump into action in January 2021.
If so, meeting the IPCC’s targets may be technically possible, but will be extraordinarily difficult.Losing another four years to a Republican or a corporate Democrat and starting to act on climate in 2026 would simply be a joke.
That’s why it is so urgent to use the Green New Deal framework as a potent tool with the power to unite and dramatically expand movements.
But in Iowa, none of our members of Congress have spoken out in support of the Green New Deal (and Joni Ernst is in deep denialabout climate change’s coming impact on our state.)
We’ve got to start organizing. Today we’re asking you to join the growing call – from the youth to the grandparents – demanding our elected officials support the Green New Deal resolution.
We’re excited to launch CCI’s clean energy and climate change justice organizing work and we’re coming to a town near you!
Next week we’re hitting the road to share what we’ve been learning about the clean energy landscape in Iowa and learn why you care about this issue. And, we’ll share our ideas for how we can — at the local level — organize to transition our communities to 100% clean, renewable energy that benefits 100% of the people.
And, we’re bringing along a special guest.
Ben Ishibashi is the Climate Organizer for the People’s Action network. He’ll share how communities across the country are fighting for and winning climate and clean energy solutions that put people first.
P.S. Have you signed our petition? We’re calling on the Iowa Department of Transportation to use Iowa’s $21 million from the VW emissions scandal settlement to go to clean energy projects and not to investment in more fossil fuels. Sign here.
The DOT is already hearing from big-monied dirty energy interests like the natural gas industry. Natural gas isn’t a step forward. It will keep us locked
in a fossil fuel economy and strengthen the harmful fracking industry that threatens our water.
These infrastructure investments from this settlement money will be around for decades to come. Now is the time to make sure Iowa uses our resources to transition to 100% clean energy and protect our communities (not the fossil fuel industry’s profits).