Today feels very dark. Last night our country elected as President a climate change denying, racist, misogynist, xenophobic man who promises to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, approve the Keystone Pipeline, abolish the EPA, and undo all the progress we’ve made over decades in civil rights, women’s rights, human rights, and a sustainable planet.
Each of us is dealing today with a range of emotions—shock, grief, terror, anger, sadness…it is difficult to feel hope. But there is too much at stake to remain in that dark place. The best way to find hope is to join with others who are working to resist hate and create a future we can be proud of. 350 Sacramento is part of that effort. Some thoughts:
• This election is a huge setback for the climate and time is running out. We will need to work harder than ever and do it more effectively. Join us in working locally to build a powerful global climate movement.
•The people who will suffer most from this election and from climate change are people of color, those in disadvantaged communities, immigrants, and the most vulnerable among us. It is imperative that the climate movement include the struggles for Black and brown lives, Indigenous rights, LGBT Americans, muslims, and other movements for democracy and justice. Climate justice is a basic principle of our work.
• The fossil fuel industry is dying, but like giant dinosaurs flailing in their death throes they cause devastation everywhere. We can help put them out of their misery by making Sacramento carbon-free, divesting from fossil fuels, stopping pipelines and other fossil fuel projects, and removing the social license and demand for their earth-destroying products.
• Tonight there are several events in Sacramento where we can join together and share, gather, or protest (see calendar). (Note: the post-election decompression party will be self-hosted by whoever shows up as many 350 Sacramento members will be at the other gatherings.)
• Hold your loved ones close. Tell them that it is in times of sadness and in the toughest of days where we often find our true mettle. —George Takei
In hope and strength,
Laurie Litman, chair, 350 Sacramento