Image: Chase Bank action, Bethesda, MD, 2-8-20
Climate First!'s 8th Annual Meeting is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, March 14, 2021. And for our virtual Annual Meeting, we are honored to have as our keynote speaker, Eugene DePasquale.
Mr. DePasquale is a former two-term Pennsylvania Auditor General and three term state legislator. He has long been an environmental champion and has authored the hallmark Alternative Energy Investment Act. As state Auditor, Eugene blazed a new trail by releasing a report detailing the financial impacts to taxpayers from climate change. He recently lost a very tight congressional race in the Pennsylvania 10th district, and is now a Constitutional Law Professor at Widener University School of Law in Chester, Pennsylvania. The title of Eugene's talk will be: "The Financial Cost to Taxpayers from Climate Change; Building New Allies".
In the meeting, Climate First! will also look back at its' past year, as well as--excitingly--look forward to how the organization plans to go forward amid the dramatic proposals and policies being announced by corporations and governments alike to address the climate crisis. Please RSVP below.
What: Climate First!'s 8th Annual Meeting
When: Sunday, March 14, 2021, from 1:30 to 3 pm EDT
Misc: Please RSVP below; you'll receive, 4-5 days before the event, an email with a link to attend it
If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected], or (301) 589-7598 (mobile).
Image: Climate First! bank action, Silver Spring, MD, 9-27-19
As part of the youth-initiated Global Climate Strike on Friday, March 19, 2021, Climate First! will be running numerous back-to-back actions in Silver Spring, MD and Washington, D.C. against U.S. banks that are financing the proposed Line 3 pipeline. The Line 3 pipeline, if built by the energy company, Enbridge, would transport an estimated 760,000 barrels of carbon-intensive tar sands oil every day from Alberta, Canada to the shores of Lake Superior in Wisconsin.
Image: Soohee Cho, The Intercept
In addition to Line 3's devastating impact over time on the world's climate, the pipeline would destroy the sacred wild rice beds that the local Anishinaabe people depend-on for their food, culture, and way of life. Finally, the pipeline would endanger more than 800 waterways.
On March 19th, Climate First! will run consecutive peaceful actions where we'll deliver a "demand" letter and petition that ask each bank to end its financial relationship with Enbridge. We'll start at a Chase Bank branch in downtown Silver Spring, MD. Then we will make our way via the metro, or other means, to various banks, including another Chase branch, in Washington, D.C.. All branches in D.C. will be within a fairly easy walk of each other and the Metro Center Station. See details below.
What: Peaceful consecutive actions against Chase Bank and other banks funding the Line 3 pipeline.
When: Friday, March 19, 2021, 10 am, EDT. Last action will end around 3:30 pm.
Where: Meet at Chase Bank, 8435 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD; this location is a short walk from the Silver Spring Metro Station, Red line.
Misc: All actions will abide by pandemic-safe guidelines. Please RSVP below. Come to one or numerous actions, whatever you have time for!
Q's? Contact Climate First! at [email protected], or (301) 589-7598 (mobile).
When life around the pandemic-ravaged globe returns to normal, we must avoid leaping from the COVID frying pan into the climate fire. Get involved in Earth Day 2021.
While the world's nations have been working hard to address the Covid-19 crisis and its aftereffects, there have been many missteps along the way with horrific consequences. However, one critical lesson-learned from the world-wide pandemic, we must prepare for future crises as early as possible. And with other looming crises in their early stages, if not in full throttle--such as Climate Change, species loss, and others—we must start preparing to face them now. We have the solutions, we just need the will to put them to work.
Let's take action together this coming Earth Day, April 22nd. Join us and thousands of other people around the world in a drive to restore the Earth.
Information on Climate First!'s event will be posted soon. For more general information on Earth Day 2021, click here.
This year's United Nations climate summit--the 26th meeting of the Conference of the Parties or "COP26"--will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, from November 1 to 12. Up to 200 world leaders will discuss how to address the climate crisis by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Many think that COP26 is the most critical climate summit since COP21 in 2015, when nearly every world leader signed the ground-breaking Paris Climate Accord. The world's nations agreed in Paris to hold global temperature rise to "well below" 2 degrees C, and "to pursue efforts" to limit warming to 1.5 degrees C.
This year's COP takes place six years after the Paris agreement, and is the first opportunity since then for countries to upgrade their pledges on tackling climate change at an international gathering. Critically, the U.N.’s climate science body--the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)--published in 2018 a special report which concluded that the "safe" level of warming was no longer 2 degrees C, but was 1.5 degrees C. In view of the revised target of 1.5 C, it seems irrefutable that countries at COP 26 must revise their GHG emission reduction plans to reflect the new science, and move to net zero as fast as possible.
Climate First! and many other climate groups around the world will be organizing events in the weeks before the start of COP26 in an effort to move government and corporate leaders to dramatic climate action.
More information about our pre-COP26 events will be posted when available.