CLIMATE CHANGE UPDATE
- On Wednesday night everyone from our Addams-Melman House went to Portland for an event called Do the Math Tour that featured Bill McKibben and others. More than 1,300 people turned out for the rally. The climate change emergency tour made the following case: We can burn 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide and stay below 2°C of warming — anything more than that risks catastrophe for life on earth. The only problem? Fossil fuel corporations now have 2,795 gigatons in their reserves, five times the safe amount. And they’re planning to burn it all — unless we rise up to stop them.
- McKibben promoted the strategy of getting public institutions (colleges, universities, towns and cities) to divest from oil corporations. The president of Unity College in Maine took the stage to announce that his institution has just become the first school in the nation to vote to divest from fossil fuel corporations.
- McKibben also announced a protest at the White House on November 18 which is intended to increase the pressure on Obama to do something real about climate change. Plans are also being developed for more civil disobedience in the months ahead.
- It is good to see this direct action component growing within the climate change movement. It's very necessary. My one disappointment with McKibben and the climate change groups is that so far they have refused to say a mumbling word about the world's biggest polluter (with the world's largest carbon footprint) - the Pentagon. I am not saying that McKibben has to shut down the military industrial complex - but how about working it into the public education and articulation!
- This past weekend we sold another car at the Addams-Melman House. When we moved in we had three cars and sold one almost immediately. We are now down to one car between Karen, MB and me. We are walking and hitching rides more than ever. The fatal flaw is that public transit is weak, weak, weak and almost non-existent in Maine.
- Why doesn't the climate change movement demand the conversion of the military industrial complex so we can build rail, solar, wind, tidal power and more?