Demonstrators to Call for Immediate Abolition of Democratic Party’s Carbon Gradualism
As the Democratic National Convention platform committee and establishment environmental activists negotiate disastrously inadequate measures to stave off the collapse of civilization, climate emergency demonstrators will stage actions across the country Sunday,
demanding the abolition of carbon gradualism and an immediate WWII-scale mobilization that eliminates America’s net greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 and restores a stable, pre-industrial climate for humanity.
The members of the DNC platform committee are debating tepid environmental policies within a framework of 80 percent reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 — a cowardly, wildly outdated approach that ignores the latest climate science, the rapidly intensifying global climate emergency, and the threat of a cataclysmic global “biological holocaust,” in the words of the great biologist E.O. Wilson. While visionary FDR and Churchill-style leadership is needed to confront the global ecological emergency, the Democrats and their establishment environmentalist apologists appear hell-bent on emulating the catastrophic appeasement of Neville Chamberlain and Marshal Pétain.
Climate emergency demonstrators will gather with politicians, environmental analysts, and community leaders to hold 15 actions demanding an immediate, WWII-scale climate mobilization at resonant locations across America, from the U.S.S. Midway in San Diego to the MLK Monument in Denver to the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol. At the Capitol rally, mobilizers will give a mock presidential 2020 “State of the Union” address describing the immense progress in drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions occurring nearly halfway through the climate mobilization. Other actions will include rallies, lectures and flotillas.
Russell Greene, a DNC platform committee member and leading climate activist for the Progressive Democrats of America and People Demanding Action, said he planned to represent the Climate Mobilization demonstrators’ perspective in his speech to the platform committee in Orlando.
“Language appears to be failing us,” Greene said. “What is urgent? When is immediately? We have lost touch. We are living in the age of consequences. We can no longer pretend otherwise. With our every action and non-action we leave our imprint on generations. There is no time left for gradualism. That window has passed. This is a climate emergency — the moment to make a stand for the future. For each other. For our children. I will make every effort with my colleagues on the platform committee to act with this truth in heart and mind.”
Emergency mobilization actions will also be held in Ann Arbor, MI; New York, NY; Democrat, KY; Sacramento, CA; Tampa Bay, FL; Naples, FL; Boston, MA; Sonora, CA; and Playa del Carmen, Mexico. A related mobilization event was held in Berkeley, CA on June 26th.
The Climate Mobilization is sponsoring the national action with the support of the Hip Hop Caucus, the U.S. High Speed Rail Association, Climate First!, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate, 350 Bay Area, 350 Montgomery County, and the Kansas City Climate Coalition.
Since last fall, The Climate Mobilization has pressured presidential contenders to endorse a WWII-scale mobilization to restore a safe climate. In April, Bernie Sanders embraced the idea at the CNN debate held at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which played a pivotal role in the World War II home front mobilization of the 1940s.
“Of course the [Paris] agreement is a step forward, but you know agreements and I know agreements, there's a lot of paper there,” Sanders said. “If we approach this, Errol, as if we were literally at a war -- you know, in 1941, under Franklin Delano Roosevelt, we moved within three years, within three years to rebuild our economy to defeat Nazism and Japanese imperialism. That is exactly the kind of approach we need right now.”
Date: Sunday, July 10
Location: Across America
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Learn more about The Climate Mobilization: www.TheClimateMobilization.org
For the scientific basis behind the critique of carbon gradualism, see Climate Mobilization advisor David Spratt’s groundbreaking report “Climate Reality Check.”