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MAR. 5, TH: Peace and Planet Outreach and Organizer’s Meeting

Peace and Planet is pleased to invite you to our next outreach and organizer’s event: Panel discussion: Making Connections. Building Movements. Peace and Planet Mobilization. Panelists will explore the connections between movements as well as concrete ways of building a broader movement for peace, justice, and sustainability. After the panel, we will form into breakout groups to discuss our current mobilization efforts for the weekend of April 24th-26th, and opportunities for you and your organization to be involved.

WHEN: Thursday, March 5 from 7 to 9 pm

WHERE: All Souls Church, New York City 1157 Lexington Ave, New York, New York 10075
Ways to get involved in the Peace and Planet Mobilization April 24-26:

-If you haven’t already, please endorse the Peace and Planet Mobilization.

-Click here to register for our two day conference.
-We are currently accepting workshop proposals for our conference .

-Gather signatures on our petition.

-We are currently developing a menu of options for volunteers. We will be posting this to our website soon.
-Please help us spread the word via social media and our fact a day campaign: Twitter and Facebook

How Does Climate Change Relate to War?

Check out the “How does climate change relate to war?” flyer.

War Abroad

The US has 900 military bases and outposts in 130 countries. Since 2000 it has deployed combat troops to more than 20 countries. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are beginning to wind down, but the US is expanding its military presence in the Middle East, Africa, and the Pacific Rim and preparing troops for subzero combat in the Arctic.

War at Home

The 1 percent gets bailouts for Wall Street while the rest of us get foreclosures and cutbacks. The banks are propped up while the infrastructure is allowed to crumble. Big Energy gets trillion-dollar subsidies while unions, immigrants, and communities of color fight for their lives. And the public sector is being auctioned off cheap to the private sector.

War on the Planet

Climate change is causing droughts, wildfires, floods, and storms like we’ve never seen before–yet we continue to pump ever more CO2 and methane into the atmosphere. Wetlands and forests are disappearing. Our air, our land, our water are being poisoned. Species are going extinct at rates not seen since the dinosaurs and whole ecosystems are dying. Yet corporations and governments continue to promote their unsustainable policy of “growth”, ignoring the reality of a planet with finite resources.
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Stop the Wars Stop the Warming

Our planet is threatened by twin crises: irreversible climate change and the ever-present danger of global war. These two threats are rooted in the same soil – our unsustainable economic system and its insatiable thirst for profit.

We are now witnessing droughts, wildfires, floods, and storms like we’ve never seen before – yet every year we pump more CO2 and methane into the atmosphere. The polar ice caps are melting and the oceans are rising at an alarming rate. Wetlands and forests are disappearing. Whole island nations are drowning. Species are going extinct at rates not seen since the dinosaurs. Yet corporations and governments continue to promote their unsustainable policy of “growth,” ignoring the reality of a planet with finite resources. [read more…]

 

People’s Climate March, NYC, September 21, 2014

What a day! Historic, memorable, uplifting, spirited. Estimates of over 300,000 people, young, old and diverse, marching through the streets of our city,  just as the world’s political leaders met to discuss climate change at the United Nations.

Brooklyn For Peace joined other peace and justice organizations. But the march represented a vast array of different organizations and just plain citizens concerned about the future of civilization. The spirit was one of camaraderie and a feeling that this movement for change was only just beginning to find itself and that it would grow and become broader and more powerful.

See the photos from the People’s Climate March on Sunday, September 21 from Matthew Weinstein.

We came to wake up and shake up those leaders with simple demands:

ACT NOW to prevent further climate change.

ACT NOW before catastrophic and irreversible damage changes our planet forever.

ACT NOW so that our children and their children will have a planet that they can actually live on.

ACT NOW, not years from now when it will be too late.
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BFP Forum: Which Way Forward: Climate Chaos or Climate Justice?
See it on YouTube

Did you miss our Forum: Which Way Forward: Climate Chaos or Climate Justice? (Sept 5, 2014)

See Highlights on YouTube:
(each segment 28 minutes) 
Part I and Part II 

For 20 years the United States and its allies have sabotaged global efforts to stop climate change.

  • They promote false solutions like carbon trading and “voluntary” emissions reduction.
  • They blame developing nations for the crisis, ignoring 250 years of industrial development in Europe and North America.
  • They divert climate change funding for poor countries into schemes that profit private corporations.

Time is running out. We are on the brink of irreversible climate change. Why aren’t our leaders acting? Who will suffer? What must we do to create real change?

In the lead-up to the UN Summit on Climate Change in New York City, Brooklyn For Peace – Climate Action sposnored a forum to explore these issues.

Speakers:

>Sean Sweeney: Director, Global Labor Institute, Cornell; organizer, People’s Climate March

>Michael Klare: Author, The Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources

>Janet Redman: Director, Climate Policy; Institute for Policy Studies

>JJ Johnson: Award-winning labor journalist; former editor, Our Life and Times, 1199 SEIU

 

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The War on the Planet

Presentation by Gary Goff at the Brooklyn Museum, as part of a “Perspectives Talk” in conjunction with its exhibit on War and Photography.

We usually think of violence as something that is abrupt and explosive-a bomb going off, a bullet finding its mark. The photos on exhibit here tend to reinforce this view. But there is another kind of violence that is increasing worldwide-the violence of climate change. Because it is incremental, it’s mostly invisible or at least not perceived as violence. But we need to reassess this view. Climate change is both violent and largely caused by human activity. It’s as violent as war. People’s homes and livelihoods are destroyed, their countries devastated, their lives taken. According to the UN there have been more than 4 million climate-related deaths since the 1970s.

As starling as that number is, the relationship between war and the environment is more than the high casualty rates they share. Environmental disasters cause wars and wars cause environmental disasters. Let me explain.

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Climate Action Rally in Washington, D.C.: Feb. 17, 2013

We came by the tens of thousands – to the nation’s capitol. Our demand was “Save Our Planet.” It was a protest to demand immediate and urgent action to reverse the course of climate change; to change the path of dependency on fossil fuels which is slowly but surely leading to destruction and decline of what has become a fragile environment. (See photos here.)

It was a bitterly cold and windy day but that didn’t us from marching around the White House to tell the President to be true to his words and reject the ominous and hazardous Keystone XL pipeline.
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Another World Is Possible: Rethinking the Energy Paradigm: See it on YouTube

What will it take to get rid of dirty fuels and make renewable energy possible?

This was the topic at the forum hosted by Climate Action at the Brooklyn Peace Fair on April 28, 2012. Panelist Lisa DiCaprio, associate professor at NYU and founding member of RenewNEWYORK, says we have the capacity to solarize 165,000 rooftops in New York, but we’re held back by short-sighted funding mechanisms. “We’re facing a planetary emergency,” says Sean Sweeney, director of Cornell’s Global Labor Institute, and the only way we’re going to be able to make the switch from dirty energy is through a democratic planned process. “The movement against fossil fuels needs to embed into its arguments the need for public ownership.”

See Highllights of the Forum on YouTube (28 minutes)


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The Fight to Stop “Extreme Fuels”
The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline and Beyond

The Fight to Stop Extreme Fuels:
The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline and Beyond

Notes from a presentation at Park Slope United Methodist Church, Brooklyn, New York, December 9, 2011
Four sections:

  1. The Era of Extreme Fuels
  2. The Geopolitics of Oil
  3. Jobs and the Environment
  4. Where Does the Environmental Movement Go from Here?
    Access this document Fight to Stop Extreme Fuels 2011-12-09 Notes

Keystone XL Pipeline Update: Permit Denied But There Are Plans To Re-route

The most recent permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline was denied this week by the Obama administration. The decision was due to a push for rushing the permit before complete environmental assessments could be complete.

The press release stated: “This announcement is not a judgment on the merits of the pipeline, but the arbitrary nature of a deadline that prevented the State Department from gathering the information necessary to approve the project and protect the American people.” Continue reading

 

 
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