People’s Climate Day of Action Wednesday, Oct. 14

Connecticut has a choice. We can be a leader in renewable energy technology, creating new jobs, lowering energy prices and stabilizing our climate, OR we can continue the status quo of using and expanding gas pipelines and dirty energy projects that keep us dependent on fossil fuels, damage our air quality, exacerbate climate change and make our residents less safe.

350 CT, Sierra Club Connecticut Chapter, Food and Water Watch, Connecticut Against Fracking, Hartford Action, The Town of Windham Energy Commission, Social Action Committee of Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society of Madison CT, Occupy Danbury, Greater Danbury MoveOn. org Council, The Committee for a Cultural/Environmental Center-Gunntown Road/Naugatuck, Eastern Connecticut Green Action, Toxics Action Center, Grassroots Environmental Education, Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE), Fighting Against Natural Gas (FANG), Fossil Free Rhode Island, Occupy Providence, Grassroots Against Another Salem Power Plant (GASPP), West Roxbury Quarry Neighbors For A Fossil Fuel Free Future, HealthLink, and Beyond Extreme Energy, are encouraging our legislators to make the first, and the correct, choice.

Join us on Oct 14, at noon, at State House Square in Hartford to tell Senators Murphy & Blumenthal that we demand clean, renewable energy controlled by the community, and challenge their support for more fracked gas pipelines through our state.

Communities around the country are already moving to 100% renewable power. Currently, the city of Burlington VT is powered almost entirely by renewable power or renewable energy credits. The city gets only 0.01% and 0.06% of its electricity from gas and oil respectively. The rest is supplied by wood, hydro, wind and solar. Studies by Stanford professor Mark Jacobson, available at TheSolutionsProject.org, illustrate how every state in the U.S.A. can transition to 100% renewable energy with current energy technology. These technologies not only can reduce pollution and danger but will create secure jobs, more than 60,000 in construction and operation in CT alone. Renewable energy also allows energy to be created locally, in our state and communities , so that we will no longer be sending money to fossil fuel corporations.

Transitioning to renewable energy not only benefits Connecticut but is the single greatest factor in combatting climate change, which has wreaked havoc on our state, country and the world. The global initiative Economics of Land Degradation estimates that in the next 10 years, desertification caused by climate change will create 50 million new refugees. Drought and desertification will cause a loss of arable land, decline in global food production and increase in food prices, will threaten water quality and availability, and is already causing the loss of tens of thousands of species of plants and animals per year. Locally, we have experienced a billion dollars in damages in Connecticut from three major storms; May 2015 was a record breaking hot and dry month in many towns in our state; reptiles and amphibians are disappearing; the maple sugaring season is approximately half its historic length. Slowing climate change is an environmental, economic, and ethical necessity. We must leave all fossil fuels in the ground if we are to avoid the most catastrophic results of climate disruption, and transition rapidly to 100% renewable sources of energy.

Connecticut needs an immediate plan to transition to renewable energy, and all shale gas expansion projects must be halted. We call on our legislators to implement the following initiatives:

Repeal financial and political support for all fossil fuels, including fracked gas infrastructure;

A comprehensive federal and state plan for a rapid transition to 100% renewable energy with guaranteed green jobs for fossil fuel workers and a focus on career opportunities for low-income communities;

An end to environmentally racist policies that put the burden of pollution on disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Please join with us in Hartford on Oct. 14 to demand of our senators and on Nov. 21 to tell our governor: Stop ratepayer subsidized fracked gas infrastructure expansions, retire the coal and nuclear plants, ramp up efficiencies, and develop clean and carbon free energy sources now! Additionally we demand a Saturday meeting of the Governor’s Council on Climate Change so working people can participate. We will gather to tell Gov. Dannel Malloy: “Hey Governor Malloy- Your energy policy is fracked!”

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