On Thursday, Jan. 26 at 8 pm U.S. ET, please join The Climate Mobilization and Ezra Silk for a video discussion with Philip Sutton, co-author of "Climate Code Red: The Case for Emergency Action" (2008) about his Heavy Duty Local Climate Emergency Declaration Campaign proposal and his vision for climate emergency action in the Age of Trump.
In eliminating the very concept of climate change from the White House website and moving immediately to advance construction of the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines, President Trump and his allies are aiming to break our spirits. They want us to succumb to desperation and despair. They want to liquidate the climate movement's hard-won momentum. They want to kill any hope that we can mobilize to create a world free from climate catastrophe.
But it seems just as likely that their attempts to ram through a nakedly ecocidal agenda in a period of accelerating climate impacts will backfire as the American people recoil in disgust, bringing down not just this government, but the entire edifice of carbon gradualism that has delayed the shift into an emergency mobilization to save humanity and the biosphere. In embodying the tremendous evil of our throwaway economy, this new administration could do for our movement what Bull Connor did for Civil Rights.
Part of our job now is to create new hope and momentum for an Exodus from the ecological crisis. On our live video chat this Thursday evening, Ezra Silk will discuss one proposal for generating new hope with The Climate Mobilization's advisor Philip Sutton, co-author of "Climate Code Red: The Case for Emergency Action" (2008). Philip has written an excellent new paper that proposes a strategy beginning with climate emergency declarations at the local level:
Local-First Leadership: Why a Strong Climate Declaration is Needed - at the Local Government Level - and What It Can Do
Philip and a group of Australian mobilizers were successful in persuading the Darebin city council to pass such a climate emergency resolution on Dec. 5. The resolution reads, in part: "Council recognises that we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including local councils."
If, after reading Philip's proposal, you have any questions that you would like Ezra to ask Philip during the video chat, please send Ezra an email!
Watch live here, and please leave any questions during the discussion in the Youtube chat box:
- January 26, 2017 at 8pm – 9:30pm
- 21 people are going