On September 21, New York City will see the biggest climate march in history.
Be a part of it!
You know the deadly effects of climate change: more storms like Superstorm Sandy in New York, and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. More droughts like the one right now in California, and fires like the ones that have been engulfing the Western U.S. every summer. Farmland drying up and sea levels rising, which means hunger and displacement for many of the world’s poorest people.
Now more than ever, we need to show decision-makers that climate change is a planetary emergency, and that we can't wait any longer for serious action to stop climate chaos. That's why next month, when President Obama and other world leaders gather for a crucial climate summit at the United Nations, the global climate movement will greet them with the largest climate march in history.
Are you in?
Rainforest Action Network will be there for this historic event for the global climate movement. We'll also be there to send an important message: to stabilize the climate, we have to challenge corporate power. We have to challenge PepsiCo to stop sourcing Conflict Palm Oil that’s destroying the rainforests that help to regulate our climate. We have to challenge TransCanada: they won’t build the Keystone XL pipeline on our watch.
You know that winning the fight against global warming means challenging corporations that put profit before people and the planet. And we need you to bring that message to the streets of New York.
This summit kicks off truly crucial series of meetings, with a real chance for binding international emissions targets by the end of 2015. We can’t afford business as usual -- and we know that’s exactly what our elected officials will deliver unless we show them we mean business. Let’s seize our chance to shape history.
Come be a part of it.
P.S. On September 21, the action goes well beyond New York City, with mobilizations across the country and around the world. Can’t make it to New York? Be part of an event near you.
- The corporation became the dominant form of business organization.
- Management revolutions transformed business operations with machine-like efficiency.
- There was zero regulation of labor conditions or the environment.
- Philosophies of “Social Darwinism” and “survival of the fittest” reigned supreme in America’s political economy.
- Politicians of both parties were in the pockets of the super-wealthy.
- The super-wealthy waged war on their resistant workers with armies of armed private security, police and even federal troops.
- On April 4th the American Federation of labor has called for a day of action on Wisconsin and other assaults on public sector unions.
- On April 5th Cornel West and Frances Fox Piven will conduct a national “Fight Back” teach-in that will be webcast on campuses and communities all over the country. At last count, it was almost 200 teach-ins.
- Last weekend, a new group called US Uncut occupied and disrupted dozens of Bank of America branches around the U.S. Bank of America is one of the largest tax dodgers in the country.
- The New York Times revealed that General Electric, a company with U.S. profits of $14 billion, paid no taxes - and in fact got a $3 billion tax benefit. GE’s CEO Jeffrey Immelt is also now the Obama administration’s liaison to the business community.
- Radical wings of the climate justice movement are calling for a day of direct action against corporate fossil fuel extraction on April 20th (the anniversary of the BP oil spill.)
- Homeowners losing their homes to foreclosure are successfully fighting back against evictions with protest and direct action.
- Outlaw coal mining companies operating in Appalachia have destroyed over 500 mountains with little or no consequence. [caption id="attachment_11145" align="alignright" width="220" caption="Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling unit on fire, April 201"][/caption]
- Oil company BP spilled over 205 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and have suffered limited consequences.
- In 2004, U.S. coal-fired power plants produced more carbon than was emitted by all sources in all of Africa, South America, and Central America combined.
- 70% of America's coal plants are operated by 24 corporations and the quasi-private Tennessee Valley Authority.
- In 2010, Big Oil put $19,588,091 into the U.S. political process. Big Coal put in $10,423,347.
- Oil and gas companies spent $121 million to dispatch 745 lobbyists to Congress in 2009 to influence the climate bill.
- Politicians often leave government to become industry lobbyists. In 2009, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, 321 former members of Congress and staff made their living as lobbyists for industry.
- Industry leaders often leave business to work in the upper echelons of government. JPMorgan Chase VP Bill Daley recently left the coal and oil investing Wall Street giant to be Obama’s chief of staff. General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt recently joined Obama’s team as a top economic adviser.
- Corporate leaders and billionaires donate to the big environmental groups and sit on their boards. Environmental Defense Fund board member, donor and billionaire hedge fund manager, Stanley Druckenmiller, is a major investor (over $200 million) in arch coal criminal Massey Energy.