Climate Mobilization Teach-In: Bowling Green, NYC

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On Sunday 6/14, the first ever National Climate Mobilization Day, New York and New Jersey Mobilizers will come together in Bowling Green to demand the urgent WWII-scale Mobilization we need to secure our future against climate disruption.

We will have speeches and music, enjoy spending time with allies, and recruit park-goers into the Mobilization! Bring a blanket, a picnic lunch, a sign demanding mobilization, and your passion for protecting civilization!

RSVP on this page and/or on Facebook, and share widely!

A tentative schedule:

2:00-2:15pm: Introduction to The Climate Mobilization
Founder and Director of The Climate Mobilization. Margaret Klein Salamon developed the Pledge to Mobilize strategy during her studies PhD studies in clinical psychology. Margaret began writing about the Pledge to Mobilize strategy on her blog The Climate Psychologist. Working with collaborators and allies from all over the world, we built and launched The Climate Mobilization in Sept, 2014 at the People's Climate March. Margaret earned her doctorate in June and has been focused on TCM exclusively since then.

2:15-2:35pm: Address from the Green Party
Michael O'Neil (@MichaelEONeil on Twitter) has served as Green Party of New York State Co-Chair since 2012. He also coordinated the downstate field operations of Howie Hawkins' campaigns for governor of NY in 2010 and 2014, with platforms calling for a Green New Deal to address the climate and jobs crises and a goal of 100% Clean Energy by 2030.

2:35-2:50pm: Divestment at NYU
Olivia Rich is a student and organizer at New York University. She is a core member of NYU Divest, a campaign of students, faculty and alumni pressuring the university to divest its endowment from the top 200 publicly-traded and government-owned fossil fuel companies. She enjoys working on causes related to human rights and climate justice.

2:50-3:05pm: How to Get NYS to Transition to 100% Clean Energy
Mark Dunlea of the Green Education and Legal Fund (gelny.org) helps coordinate the statewide campaign for 100% clean energy in NYS. More than 75 organizations have endorsed the campaign, which is based on the Mark Jacobson study that was used to help defeat fracking in NY. Mark is also active with 350NYC and the People's Climate Movement NY. GELF is also helping to divest the state's pension funds from fossil fuels and promote a state carbon tax.

3:05-3:20pm: Brief Guide to Protesting — What works/what doesn’t?
Captain Ray Lewis retired from the Philadelphia Police Department after 24 years of service. He retired to a large country farm in the Catskills and enjoyed a Walden-esque lifestyle for 8 years. Four years ago, Lewis got involved in The Occupy Movement and has been active in the Justice Movement ever since. Lewis now travels around the country confronting injustices.

3:20-3:35pm: A Buddhist Response to the Climate Crisis
Bhikkhu Bhodi is a Buddhist monk who translated the Buddha’s writings into English and is now the head of the Buddhist Climate Action Network (BCAN). BCAN draws together Buddhists and friends from all traditions to take collective action on global, human-caused climate disruption. BCAN takes “action through demonstrations, protests, vigils, forums, hearings, and petitions that are part of the worldwide campaign aimed at real change in policies and practices leading to a more stable climate.”

3:35-4:00pm: Open Discussion with the Speakers

4:00-4:30pm: Sermon and Music
Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir is a radical performance community based in NYC with 50 performing members and a congregation of thousands. The group is made up of “anti-consumerist gospel shouters and Earth-loving urban activists who have worked with communities all over the world defending community, life, and imagination.”

See the National Climate Mobilization Day page for info on 6/14 solidarity events around the country, and tweet/post your support, photos, and videos with the hashtag #MobilizeNow.

For more info, check out The Climate Mobilization's website, and consider signing the Pledge to Mobilize or Mobilization petition and mobilizing yourself!

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  • June 14, 2015 at 2pm – 5pm
  • Bowling Green Plaza
    New York City, NY 10004
    United States
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  • 43 people are going
  • Margaret Klein Salamon
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