Climate Action, Sustainability, and Environmental Justice (CASEJ)

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This is the Climate Action, Sustainability, and Environmental Justice (CASEJ)' Working Group wiki page. This working group seeks to provide a space where members of the Occupy/99% Movement and their allies can come together to help create a more just and sustainable world, locally and globally.

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Mission Statement

The Occupy Boston Climate Action, Sustainability and Environmental Justice (CASEJ) Working Group seeks to provide a space where members of the Occupy/99% Movement and their allies can come together to help create a more just and sustainable world, locally and globally. We will accomplish this goal by:

  • Educating ourselves and our communities about climate change and the environmental issues and creative solutions before us;
  • Building Diverse Alliances within and beyond the Occupy/99% Movement to increase our collective power; and
  • Taking Non-Violent Direct Action to confront the social, economic and political forces causing environmental injustice and highlight a new paradigm for life on earth, both human and non-human.

Contact US

  • Contact e-mail: occupyboston.climate.action@gmail.com

Current Campaigns

Our working group includes people with diverse perspectives, and individual volunteers may not support every campaign, nor every aspect of a given campaign.


Occupy MBTA’s campaign for fair and affordable public transportation


Tar Sands Action: a national campaign against the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and more broadly opposing the extraction of crude oil from tar sands

Actions and Events

Upcoming

May 5th  

  • 2 p.m,  CASEJ will host a game of Climate Twister at the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common with our own, giant, hand painted matt.  (part of 350's May 5th connect the dots campaingn)


May 6th 2012 


May 7th 2012

  • 6 p.m. -7 p.m. CASEJ will share in hosting the next OB Community Gathering. It will include a brief teach-in on carbon fee and dividend by Gary Rucinski, and will be followed by a debriefing of May 1st events and Camp Charlie. St. Paul's Church 138 Tremont Street


May 9th 2012

  • 5 p.m. -8:30 p.m. Cambridge City Councilor Marjorie Decker invites the community to a discussion on The True Cost of Energy. It will include a short screening of "The Last Mountain". Panelists include Avi Chomsky, Pat Gozemba, Drew Grande. Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

10 Wicked Awesome Things You Can Do Now

(TBA!)

Our Process

Passed Proposals

... that relate to our mission

Recently passed ["Call to Action"] about egregious corporate assault on the environment.


On February 4, 2012, members of CASEJ brought the following proposal to the Occupy Boston General Assembly, which was passed by consensus.  See also http://www.occupyboston.org/2012/02/06/occupy-boston-supports-fossil-fuel-nuclear-subsidies.

The below proposal reached agreement at OB General Assembly, on February 4, 2012.

Fossil fuel and nuclear corporations are some of the wealthiest interests on the planet – yet they still suck up billions of dollars in government subsidies. They buy off elected officials and corrupt our political process while sticking us – the 99% – with the bill for the health, ecological and climate destruction they cause. Their coal, oil, gas and nukes fuel our unjust economic systems, imperil our planetary future and prevent us from shifting to a clean energy economy of, by and for the people.

Occupy Boston therefore calls for:

  • An end to all government subsidies to fossil fuel and nuclear energy interests;
  • An end to corporate influence, including energy industry influence, on politics;
  • Immediate action to reduce greenhouse gas concentrations to below the safe atmospheric threshold of 350 parts per million CO2e; starting with the rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline;
  • A just transition for workers currently employed in fossil fuel and nuclear energy sectors to sustainable employment.

We pledge to make personal and group choices that support these aims.

Related Organizations

We've Worked With

In Boston

In the Occupy movement

Resources

CASEJ in the Media


Links to Articles of Interest

The Case for Carbon Fee and Dividend provides an overview of the economic rationale for why we need to put a tax on the carbon in fossil fuels in order to avoid the worst effects of climate change. It presents a specific policy proposal called Carbon Fee and Dividend which would achieve gradually increasing costs for fossil fuels while shielding low income households from rising energy costs. It explains how implementation of this policy would stimulate economic growth to help undo the effects of the Great Recession.

CCL Boston Resource Library provides a collection of useful links to articles that help explain different dimensions of the problem of climate change focused primarily on economic and policy issues rather than the science.

www.grist.org is a website that provides environmental and sustainability news and policy analysis.
















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