Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ramping up environmental concerns:


Rather than sitting by idly while their future goes up in heat, many young folks are taking a zero a tolerance stance towards polluting energy and Climate Change.  Last weekend’s PowerShift rally in Washington was quite a deal. 

Whit Jones: 5,000 Young Voters Rally for a Power Shift, Demand President Obama Stand Up to Big Polluters “AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Cherri Foytlin of Gulf Change, and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben addressed the demonstration in front of the White House. They're demanding that the president and Congress stand up to Big Polluters, protect the Clean Air Act, and make corporate polluters like BP pay for their pollution.” Green News and Opinion on The Huffington Post How this will play in Peoria?

Meaning, how much attention will this get in mainstream media?   I don’t know. But a shift is occurring in the strategy in some environmentalists to demand a sustainable future—instead of the doomed one being offered by big business.  And that anger and frustration at their future being compromised may be harder and harder to ignore. 

Environmental Activists Occupy Interior Dept. at End of PowerShift Conference "2:15pm EDT Tim DeChristopher, activist and founder of the environmental group Peaceful Uprising, called Democracy Now! with an update from the U.S. Department of Interior, where 300-400 people are outside protesting and another 50 people are inside and refusing to leave. The march comes at the end of the four-day PowerShift conference in D.C., where 10,000 activists gathered to demand a clean energy future, targeting the Dept. of the Interior for green-lighting mountaintop "coal" removal mining, oil drilling, and now massive new coal development in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. " April 18, 2011)  A daily TV/radio news program, hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, airing on over 900 stations, pioneering the largest community media collaboration in the United States.

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