Peace Movement Takes Action Against Climate Change
A Call for Action!
It's time to bridge the divide between the peace movement and the climate action movement. For far too long, our groups have been working on one or the other of these issues, but now is the time to acknowledge the ways in which these issues are linked and take action to end both war and climate change!
Several months ago, VotersForPeace initiated the NoWarNoWarming coalition with national peace and climate organizations. As a first step, VotersForPeace, United for Peace and Justice, Peace Action, CODEPINK, Global Exchange and others are supporting the StepItUp campaign, an exciting national day of climate action on April 14th which is hosting more than 1100 local events.
Congress is in recess this week so it's the perfect opportunity to focus attention on the connections between our work for peace and the growing efforts to stop climate change. Please join tens of thousands of people throughout the United States in organizing local actions on April 14th to say NO WAR, NO WARMING!
Below are details on how you can organize a small but powerful local action that demonstrates the link between climate change and peace. But in case you're still wondering what climate change has to do with the peace movement, scroll down to the bottom of this email to read about how oil is the critical link between war and climate change.
JOIN US IN ACTION! Organize a NO WAR, NO WARMING Action on April 14th
On April 14th, tens of thousands of Americans will gather all across the country to call for action on climate change. The demand: Step it up Congress! Cut carbon 80% by 2050. We urge peace groups to join this day of protest. Send the message Fight Climate Change, Not Wars for Oil by organizing an action that visually or symbolically unites the two issues. Here are a few ideas submitted to us by fellow Peace Voters:
- Organize a protest at a local gas station. What better location to send a message about war, oil and the consequences of oil addiction than a gas station? Teach auto drivers how they can lessen their own oil addiction and utilize eco-friendly alternatives!
- Host a "bikes not bombs" public teach-in.
- Host a community march or parade! March from a gas station to a recruitment station or to a Congressperson's office. Residents of Takoma Park, MD, will be using their parade route as a showcase of ecological living models and will also stop at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center for a moment of silence and to talk about the connection between war and global warming.
- Find more ideas at www.NoWarNoWarming.org.
We will provide you with posters you can download and use at your protests, educational flyers you can hand out to passersby and a template press release you can use to get local media coverage. Just let us know you're organizing an action by emailing your protest information to [email protected] You can also post new actions or look for actions already planned in your community at the StepItUp website.
There are already more than 1100 protests planned for April 14th. Let's get the peace movement involved in this great day of action!
Join us for a joint "NO WAR, NO WARMING" national mobilization this fall!
As Congress goes back into session this fall, let's bring together the peace and environmental movements to demand that our Representatives take immediate action to end the Iraq War AND stop climate change, by ending the US addiction to oil. Get involved in the planning NOW. Email [email protected] to find out how to get involved.
More information coming soon at www.NoWarNoWarming.org
Canadian Youth Climate Coalition
Climate Crisis Coalition
Energy Action International
Farms Not Arms
Green House Network
Hip Hop Caucus
Independent Progressive Politics Network
Liberty Tree Foundation
Oil Change International
Organic Consumers Association
Progressive Democrats of America
Rainforest Action Network
Sierra Youth Coalition
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Southern Energy Network
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom