After the stunning unanimous vote in Benicia denying Valero a permit to build an expansion for explosive crude oil, the West Coast has seen three rapid victories follow. Two of these, the Valero permit,and the phillips 66 denial by the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commision saved Sacramentans fro exposure to hundreds of rail cars a week.
The Sacramento Stop Oil Trains Coailiton worked wth STAND.Earth on both these fights. read their blog on the context of our recent victories:
West Coast Deals Four Major Blows to Big Oil.
Building on our success, members of the Sacramento Stop Oil Trains Coalition joined with the Climate Mobilization this summer to begin planning the first ever public mobilization for the climate in Sacramento. The theme of climate mobilization was launched in 2014 in New York and has been adopted around the world. It calls on our creativity and fortitude as humans to work together to rapidly change our economy and lifestyles to reduce our use of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions. Climate Mobilization has developed a pledge which we can make to show we are committed to these changes, and we can demand our political leaders make, so that we can achieve the needed changes.
Here are links to the pledge, and to an article explaining the need for a global mobilization.
On Sunday, October 16 from noon to 3pm, the Sacramento Climate Coalition will host the ChangeFest: a fun public event to introduce the pledge and to begin to focus our local campaign on the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), headquartered here in Sacramento, who are the biggest supporters of fossil fuels by far.
We are proud to announce that the Mayor of Benicia, Elizabeth Patterson, will be our keynote speaker. Other speakers will share with us the key climate campaigns facing Californians as we go to the polls, and begin our work in 2017. Expect to hear about plastic bag bans, NoDaPL, Fracking, and next steps on stopping oil trains, among other topics.
Musical acts include the Raging Grannies, Cresca (rock), Ajman (hip-hop) and Clan Dyken (reggae). The stage production will be provided by Zero Forbidden Goals (ZFG), locally famous for their creative open mic: so expect some surprise talent to show up as well.
We'll have teach-ins on permaculture, effective lobbying, climate reality, and vegan cooking! We'll have a kids table so the young folk can have some fun making art.
The event will end with a march from Capitol Park to the WSPA building. So bring your signs and banners. We'll also have sign-making materials available there.
Please sign in so we know you're coming, and if you can volunteer, please let us know: ChangeFest: A Climate Mobilization.
The event is free, but we have some costs, so donations are welcome.
We hope to see you there!
Sunday, October 16 for
ChangeFest: A Climate Mobilization
Capitol Park, between 13th and 14th Streets on N,
12pm to 3pm.
Coalition partners include: 350Sacramento; ANSWER; Citizen’s Climate Lobby - Sacramento Chapter; Climate Mobilization; the Sacramento Stop Oil Trains Coalition, Sierra Club, Sacramento Chapter, and STAND.Earth.