Wanna Un-Plug the Fossil Fuel Industry? Plug-In to the Convergence for Climate Action
This August, we are calling for a confluence of people from across the region, a regional "Convergence for Climate Action." Part networking and activist skills training, part community sustainability demonstration site, the convergence also aims to take collective action to stop the fossil fuel industry's regional expansion in its tracks.
If your interested in helping with the pre-convergence planning festivities there are 2 great opportunities to plug in.
1) On July 15th there will be a movie showing and discussion about the Climate Convergence at Liberty Hall @ 7pm. Liberty Hall-311 N Ivy
2) On July 22nd there is a Direct Action Tactics Training ALL DAY at Laurelhurst Park
HOPE TO SEE YA THERE!!!
Convergence for Climate Action
August 8-14th - Skamokawa,WA
between Longview, WA & Astoria, Oregon
Come co-create an alternative to an energy-dependent world!
This August we would like to invite everyone concerned with the future of our planet and fed up with the fossil fuel empires arrogance to the West coast Convergence For Climate Action. Part networking and activist skills training, part community sustainability demonstration site, the convergence also aims to take collective action to stop the fossil fuel industry's regional expansion in its tracks.
We intend to bring individuals from across the West, environmental and social justice groups, local affected landowners, community activists and businesses together for this regional convergence, to create a space of collective empowerment to resist the fossil fuel empire and to push for "climate justice".
The convergence will be a mix of workshops, meetings, socializing, music, information sharing and action. With dozens of workshops in community organizing, our current energy state, climate and environmental justice issues, anti-oppression, and the latest techniques in sustainable living and design, participants will gain the skills and knowledge needed to forge a more sustainable planet.
We will put sustainability at the forefront of all our goals and responsibilities. Composting toilets, gray water systems, locally supplied food, recycling, reusing, veggie-powered shuttles and all the power coming from alternative technology will be used to lessen our impact and lower our carbon output. The convergence will be a living example of what a healthier life can look like.
To truly tackle climate change and enjoy the benefits of this new world, we must confront the fossil fuel empire as well as change our own lifestyles. Thus, the convergence will be the perfect place to plug into a building crescendo of protests and actions planned throughout and in the days and months afterward.
Today, with massive fossil fuel development projects planned at the mouth of the Columbia River, this iconic waterway is ground zero in the global struggle against the violence of the energy industry and for a livable climate future. The convergence will be situated near a community that is fighting a proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal on the Columbia River. Currently, LNG development is being met with local, community-based resistance due to the immense safety risks, environmental destruction, local economic impact, and social injustice related to this foreign fossil fuel. We are working with and supporting many of the local residents and concerned citizens in their campaign against LNG, as well as with activists resisting dams, highway expansions, nuclear and other forms of dirty and unjust energy.
The convergence will be a space for celebration, for kids and families, a place to socialize with friends old and new. As the organics, bicycle and land reclamation movements in Latin America have proven, there are solutions and so much to gain economically, ecologically, emotionally and physically. We intend to show that less energy intensive, less "stuff-centered" living is not just more environmentally friendly, but that less can be so much more FUN!
We also believe that anti-oppression work is vital to community organizing and building a movement to eliminate the exploitation of people and the planet and will have an anti-oppression policy throughout the event.
FREE childcare for KIDS toddler age and up; food and camping will be provided; Please contact us with special housing and food needs.
No one will be turned away, but if at all possible please register before hand so we can accurately predict food, etc.
Want to UN-PLUG the Fossil Fuel Empire? PLUG-IN to the PRE-Convergence Planning Festivities
Across the West Coast on July 15th!
or Come to the Direct Action Tactics Training ALL DAY at Laurelhurst Park on July 22nd in Portland
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