Working and voting for a livable planet
Presenting a clear vision for 2020
People across Minnesota are coming together in their communities to work on the good fight for a livable planet. Many Community Summits were held in September 2019 which focused on what we can do locally. These Minnesota summits coincided with the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York City on September 23 and 24. Reports from area summits will be available soon on this website. If you haven’t held a summit yet, see planning ideas in another link below.
What is this and how did it all start?
On March 15, 2019, 1.6 million young people, in 1700 cities took to the streets “with a clear message to world leaders: act now to save our planet and our future from the climate emergency.” (The Guardian, 3/16/19) The day after the youth were in the streets, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, called for a Climate Action Summit in New York City for September 23 and 24 for governments, the private sector, civil society, local authorities and other international organizations to come together and boost ambition and accelerate actions. A group of women in east central Minnesota heard this and decided to organize Simultaneous Summits throughout Minnesota.
What is the emergency?
The Earth is surrounded by an atmosphere that is five miles high, and works as the Earth’s lungs. There is way too much carbon dioxide now in the atmosphere, and is getting denser every day because of the extraction and burning of coal, gas and oil and the unsustainable farming practices. The crisis is escalating: more droughts, floods, high heat and extreme weather. To prevent the predicted environmental catastrophe, we must decrease global emissions by 49% by 2030. Massive collective action is required.
WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT THE CRISIS
“Later” is officially over.
To have a livable planet, it is surely worth whatever it costs, and what it takes.
Until we get national action, we need to do the work for a livable planet state by state, city by city.
The goals of the Green New Deal are supported by 81% of registered voters. Implementing and legislating the goals of The Green New Deal will cost LESS than doing nothing.
“The Green New Deal Costs Less Than Doing Nothing,” Dave Levitan, New Republic.
The Green New Deal mobilization will create high-quality union jobs that pay prevailing wages, will offer training and advancement opportunities, and will guarantee wage and benefit parity for workers affected by the transition. It will also guarantee a job with a family-sustaining wage.
Everyone agrees we need to invest in renewable energy.
The crisis is an opportunity to build a better society.
In 2017, the world subsidized fossil fuel businesses by $5.2 trillion.
The energy system should be publicly owned.
It is predicted that there are potentially 65 million new low-carbon good paying jobs.
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Who are we?
Women Thinking out Loud (WTOL) is a grassroots, independent group of women from Chisago and Isanti counties, MN. Our mission is to work with other organizations and individuals to fight for a livable planet.
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