Earth First! in U.S. initiates EF! Climate Caucus
The Earth First! Climate Caucus
A New Birth in the
No Compromise Movement
BY EARTH FIRST! CLIMATE CAUCUS
This year's Earth First! Organizers' Conference gave birth to an exciting new network within the radical environmental movement. In response to the serious lack of a radical approach to fighting climate change in the US, a number of folks put their heads together to form the EF! Climate Caucus (don't worry, we're working on a better name) with the aim of launching a full-frontal assault on the fossil fuel industry and other climate criminals.
We have some serious catching up to do. As a matter of survival, we must bring climate change to the front and center of the nation's attention. We cannot do this by watering down our message; rather, we need an uncompromising, radical approach to kicking our culture's fossil fuel addiction.
We must expose and reject business-friendly, drop-in-the-bucket “solutions” (such as the Kyoto Protocol and carbon trading) and bullshit “green” alternatives that will only further devastate the earth (such as massive biofuel plantations, hydrogen plants, coal gasification and nuclear power). Instead we must present a vision of zero emissions and no new extraction of fossil fuels, and we need to work toward locally based, bioregionally appropriate solutions that promote community autonomy and sustainable living.
We recognize that we won't stop global warming; climate-related catastrophes are an inevitable part of our future. With that in mind, a major goal of the Climate Caucus is to show the public who is to blame for climate chaos. When the next Katrina hits, ExxonMobil needs to be held accountable. When polar bears go extinct as a result of melting sea ice, Department of Energy offices should be shut down. To this end, we aim to build strong links with those who are already being affected by climate change, such as native communities in the Arctic and people living on the Gulf Coast. We will ally ourselves with environmental justice groups fighting pollution from refineries, power plants and coal-processing facilities.
Fighting new fossil fuel infrastructure must be a top priority of the radical environmental movement. Whether it’s pipelines, refineries or coal-fired power plants (there are currently 94 such plants proposed in the U.S. alone), stopping these infrastructure projects is a direct way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions while supporting environmental justice struggles.
Lending direct support to communities resisting fossil fuel extraction is another area where we can have a significant impact. By fighting extraction, we not only preserve the local ecosystem but also ensure that those fossil fuels will never be burnt. We must popularize the idea that coal, oil and gas should stay underground where they belong.
We also have our sights set on the financial backers of the fossil fuel industry. By making investments in fossil fuels a risky business, companies causing climate chaos will have a hard time continuing to expand production.
The Climate Caucus is putting out a call for an international day of action against climate change to coincide with this Summer's Group of Eight (G8) meetings in Russia. "Energy security” is a major theme of this year's summit, making it easy to organize actions in your community that can tie local issues into the G8's plans for perpetuating climate chaos.
We are building up a large collection of outreach materials and agit-prop that can be used by groups around the country to organize locally. A nationwide EF! Climate Roadshow is being planned for Spring 2007 to help build momentum for this fight. This roadshow will lead up to an EF! Climate Action Camp later that Summer involving a wide range of direct action trainings and workshops, then culminating with a major action.
It is urgent that climate change be understood as the crisis that it is and that we start to build sustainable and autonomous communities now. Changes will be made by people, not institutions; we must put forth locally based solutions and articulate our visions for just and sustainable living. For this campaign to succeed, local communities need to take initiative and make this global struggle relevant to their towns and bioregions. We need to start thinking strategically about how to spark a nationwide uprising against the fossil fuel industry that not only disrupts business as usual, but inspires widespread resistance.
We hope to see you at the next EF! Climate Caucus meeting during the EF! Summer Rendezvous in Katuah.
For more information contact: EF! Climate-Caucus, firstname.lastname@example.org