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Times Square during the People's Climate March

Times Square during the People’s Climate March

By Alex Papali, Organizer : Green Justice Campaign and Boston Recycling Coalition – follow the Boston office on Twitter (@CleanH2OMA)

The People’s Climate March in Manhattan last month was hailed as a watershed moment for the fast-growing climate movement. Yet fewer people see themselves as environmentalists today than in decades past. An estimated 20 million Americans, for example, participated in the first Earth Day in 1970, credited with building the grassroots pressure that led to the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and other fundamental environmental protections we enjoy today.

An honest assessment may well show that the lower numbers of self-identified environmentalists today is because being green is perceived as the province of affluent whites who don’t have to deal with the immediate needs of real life, or as coming at too high a cost to society’s economic health. But the class and race diversity readily apparent at the New York march show that these attitudes are changing quickly. Every day more people understand the economic benefits that come with low-carbon energy production, or the power of investing in local control of energy, food and other systems instead of the expensive and undemocratic status quo. Read the rest of this entry »

Thousands Support Clean Water in the Nutmeg State

By Susan Eastwood, Program Coordinator – follow Susan on Twitter (@sceastwood)

Ct WOTUS Event - everyoneOn Monday, Clean Water Action presented the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region One Administrator Curt Spalding with thousands of comments from concerned Connecticut residents who care about clean water and want to protect it! I had the pleasure of introducing several distinguished public officials who came out to speak on the importance of clean water and EPA’s recent efforts to better protect our nation’s streams and wetlands. Attendees included Senator Richard Blumenthal, Congressman John Larson, State Representative Mary Mushinsky, New England Regional EPA head Curt Spalding and DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee, and representatives from Clean Water Action, Rivers Alliance, Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment, Sierra Club, Connecticut River Watershed Association, CT Coalition for Environmental Justice, Interreligious Eco-Justice Network and other groups.
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Great Drinking Water Day!

Joe, Tinsley, and Wendy the Waterdrop

Joe, Tinsley, and Wendy the Waterdrop

By Lynn Thorp, Campaign Director – follow Lynn on Twitter (@LTCWA)

Clean Water Action was honored to be a partner in planning today’s Toast2Tap event celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act.  We had a beautiful day, great music provided by Levi Stephens and the Working Class and wonderful vendors.

Perhaps best of all, local water utilities, organizations and EPA staff joined to celebrate this landmark law together. Read the rest of this entry »

Together We Can Do Anything

By Elizabeth Saunders, Massachusetts Director – Follow our Boston office on Twitter (@CleanH2OMA)

Elizabeth and Her Sign

Elizabeth and Her Sign

The People’s Climate March was an incredibly powerful experience.  The Clean Water Action Boston team joined a bus organized by Alternatives for Community and Environment, the leading environmental justice organization in Boston, which organized dozens of youth leaders and others to travel together to the march.

The march was equal parts protest/call to action and celebration.  Of course it was a protest against the lack of commitment from our political leaders to doing the hard work and taking the firm stances that are needed to end climate change.  And of course it was a call to action to United States and world leaders to do that work and take those stances this week in the UN Climate Summit.

But equally importantly, it was a celebration of the coming together of more than 400,000 people from across the country, a celebration of the creativity, energy and hard work of those individuals, and a celebration of unity.  As we keep our noses to the grindstone, day in and day out, fighting the battles in our corners of the country, it can be too easy to forget that we are part of a huge movement of passionate people.  At the People’s Climate March, that was impossible to forget. Read the rest of this entry »

An Amazing Day and Thanks to All

By Amy Goldsmith, New Jersey Director

Amy Goldsmith

Amy Goldsmith

Thanks to all who went to the People’s Climate March.

It was a day full of awesome energy. There was wonderful drumming by the Montclair canvass staff plus our very own Campaign Director David Pringle and Long Branch Canvass Director Ben Davies. We raised our voices and beat our drums with more than 400,000 people in New York and thousands upon thousands from around the world.

Like Bob said, it was a mind-blowing experience.

But the March was not an end. We have work to do.

So let’s keep the people power going as we fight for what is right…clean water, clean air, safe energy and healthy neighborhoods. Let’s recruit others to join us so we can do even more. We want to win. We need to win. Read the rest of this entry »

The Mind Blowing Start of Something Big

By Bob Wendelgass, President and CEO. Follow Bob on Twitter (@BWendelgass)

Just part of Clean Team Water at the #PeoplesClimate March

Just part of Clean Team Water at the #PeoplesClimate March

24 hours later and I still can’t get over it.

400,000.

400,000 people came to New York.

400,000 came to demand we take climate pollution seriously. To demand that we say no to subsidies for big oil and yes to clean energy. To demand justice. 400,000 came to demand action. Now you can act too – by supporting the President’s  clean power plan to clean up the biggest source of climate pollution in this country.

I was so proud to march with dozens of Clean Water staff and members. The March was historic. It was game-changing.  But now it’s on all of us. We have to keep the momentum going. We have to hold our elected leaders accountable to us. So, let’s start by demanding the strongest possible clean power plan to fight pollution from coal plants.

This is exciting. This is the start of something. Take action to fight climate pollution now. Read the rest of this entry »

Supercharged Streets in New York

By Melissa Everett, Connecticut Clean Energy Program Manager

The streets of New York were supercharged yesterday at the People’s Climate March, not only by the sheer numbers but with the inventiveness of the communication that came up from the throng of well over 300,000. Posters, shirts, large puppets, and larger pop-up sunbursts – all the handmade expressions that citizens without advertising budgets can muster when they are highly motivated. And this was a highly motivated group indeed. Popular around me was the call-and-response chant:

Tell me what democracy looks like.

This is what democracy looks like.

Sponsored by over 1200 organizations including Clean Water Action, the march was timed to set the stage for the UN working meetings beginning Tuesday, which formulate the agenda for the Paris meetings a few months ahead. Participants were organized in waves to represent all the constituencies whose voices must be heard, from indigenous communities and vulnerable populations to solution-generators like the clean energy and clean water economic sectors. Bringing those voices together to call for decisive international agreements and national policy shifts — that is democracy at its best. Read the rest of this entry »

Americans Speak on Clean Water (Part 2)

By Phil Dimotsis, Organizer. Follow Phil on Twitter (@PhiluptuousD)

Yesterday I shared with you just a few of the passionate words that people from across the nation had to say about the fight to protect clean water. There were too many, and too many good letters, not to share more. Read the rest of this entry »

Finally Managing Groundwater

By Jennifer Clary, California Program Manager

The California Legislature ended its 2014 session on Friday evening by adopting the first comprehensive groundwater regulation in the state’s 164-year history.  SB 1168 (Pavley) and AB 1739 (Dickinson) provide a framework for managing the state’s groundwater basins that will require management plans and potentially pumping limits in the state’s most heavily used basins.

There’s an old adage that says “water flows to money.” That is definitely the case with groundwater, as large cities, irrigation districts and corporate agriculture can afford to drill wells ever deeper to capture dwindling groundwater supplies.  The current drought, now in its third year, has brought this inequity to the forefront as groundwater levels have dropped precipitously in some parts of the state, causing groundwater-fed streams and small domestic wells to go dry. This means small farmers are losing their water supply to neighbors with a deeper well and more powerful pump.  Read the rest of this entry »

Where will you be on September 21st?

By Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director – Follow Lynn on Twitter

alt with dates bigger-01Climate change is impacting us. And it’s not good. Pollution from power plants and other sources is affecting our food…our air…our water. It’s super-sizing things like hurricanes and droughts. If we don’t take action, it’s only going to get worse. So, don’t you think it’s time we did something about it?

On September 21st, you’ll have your chance to demand action.

Tens of thousands of people and more than 750 organizations are going to New York City on 9/21 for the People’s Climate March. Leaders from all over the world are going to be at the United Nations’ Summit on Climate Change to chart a course of action to address the global warming crisis and we think they should hear from us. If you can make it to NYC, visit this page to RSVP.

We’re joining the People’s March because everything we’re fighting for is impacted by a changing climate, especially when it comes to our water. Just this month, we saw how the algae blooms in Lake Erie, which get worse when temperatures rise, can lead to public health threats in drinking water. Climate change is water change and if we want to protect clean water, we have to take action now. Read the rest of this entry »

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