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This Black Friday join the Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project to condemn Walmart as one of the planet's worst climate criminals, destroying land & life from Richmond to Bangladesh. We'll stand side-by-side with Walmart workers organizing for $15/hour, full-time work, and the respect they deserve. There will be political theatre, hands-on art, DJs, & food!
Walmart’s war on workers is a war on planet Earth. Walmart has tried to salvage their tarnished reputation through greenwashing. But no amount of rooftop solar or energy efficient refrigerators can conceal the fact that Walmart is one of the planet’s worst climate criminals. Walmart’s business model - worker exploitation, intensive resource extraction, globalized production and distribution, rampant consumerism, ruthless supplier competition, and subversion of our democracy - is at war with life on Earth.
In 2012, Walmart generated $16 billion in profit. The Walton family is worth $145 billion. These unprecedented profits have been extracted from the uncompensated labor of its workers at every stage of its global chain of production, as well as from the natural world. It is this extreme concentration of wealth wielded like a chainsaw against the natural world which is at the root of the ecological crisis:
- Walmart exploits workers worldwide. Walmart’s chain of production is a chain of exploitation - Thousands of subcontracted workers in Bangladesh risk and lose their lives stitching “lowest price” garments, which are moved across the country by subcontracted port truck drivers, dubbed “sweatshops on wheels,” and sold by Walmart retail associates making poverty wages.
- Walmart has a massive ecological footprint. Walmart’s endless rows of plastic products and electronics demand ever intensifying oil and mineral extraction. Their stores are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. And Walmart’s globalized supply chain model makes it the largest importer of containerized ocean cargo in the U.S., one of the leading sources of pollution.
- Walmart destroys local, living economies. Walmart actively drives out of business smaller, public transit-friendly, and environmentally-sustainable neighborhood retail districts, public markets, and “mom and pop” stores to make way for its highly-polluting, land-intensive, auto-oriented stores. Its impoverishment of workers and communities then guarantees customers too poor to shop anywhere else.
- Walmart undermines our democracy. Walmart’s PAC funnels millions of dollars to climate deniers and other lawmakers on the wrong side of climate policy - backing the Keystone XL pipeline, supporting subsidies for big oil, blocking the EPA’s ability to regulate CO2 emissions, and protecting the fracking industry from regulation. Walmart’s funds to ALEC support mass incarceration when Walmart is committing the real crime of creating poverty and pollution.
Check out the Facebook event page & invite your friends: Walmart vs. the World Facebook event page
For the full call to action: Walmart vs. the World call to action
Sponsor the action: Walmart vs. the World organizational sponsorship form
Download the flyer: Walmart vs. the World flyer
Download leaflets: Walmart vs. the World leaflets
To find another Black Friday Walmart protest near you: blackfridayprotests.org
Read the report published by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance: Walmart's Assault on the Climate: The Truth Behind One of the Biggest Climate Polluters and Slickest Greenwashers in America
Black & Blue Friday
a rockin' production for the planet
music | speakers | poets | art
Ancient Baby (Chris Peck)
a special message from 350.org founder Bill McKibben and special guest performances
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|Advocate for a cap on Bay Area refinery GHG emissions and faster, stronger action to reduce GHGs, particulate matter and toxics, for the sake of protecting both the climate and public health.|
California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff have told advocates that CARB's AB 32 regulations allow actual refinery GHG emissions to increase. This is unacceptable.
Ending reliance on combustion for heat and power is the primary path to achieving reductions in GHGs, toxics and particulate matter (responsible for about 1,700 premature deaths per year in the Bay Area).
The Air District's Climate Action Work Program needs to clarify that the first step in reducing Bay Area GHGs is a hard cap on emissions. The next step is to enact regulations that require clean technologies to replace combustion technologies.
Show up December 1at Climate Protection Committee meeting to press for faster, stronger action on GHGs in concert with action on particulate matter and toxics, for the sake of protecting both the climate and public health.
Present your comments and/or support others prepared to speak. If you can't come, contact Committee members directly:
BAAQMD Climate Protection Committee Members
Supervisor - San Francisco
Councilperson - San Jose
Supervisor - Marin
Councilperson - Petaluma
Supervisor - Contra Costa
Supervisor - Alameda
Councilperson - Los Altos
Councilperson - Martinez
Supervisor - Sonoma
Calling all Idle No More folks, Earth Guardians, Water and Land Defenders!
Monday, Dec. 1st
UN Plaza, Market & Hyde Streets
Prayer & Teach-in: 11AM to 12PM
From December 1st to 12th, it's time to let the global climate policy makers who will be meeting in Lima, Peru, know that we demand a safe future for ourselves and those yet to come.
From event flyer (download):
• We want a world-wide reduction in carbon emissions.
• We want to stop the carbon-trading scheme known as REDD+.
• We want to hold fossil fuel corporations financially & legally accountable for their harms, and to fund the account for Climate Destruction and Refugees.
From the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change website: The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties and the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol will be held from 1 to 12 December. COP 20/CMP 10 will be hosted by the Government of Peru, in Lima, Peru.
We must make sure the policy makers understand that we know they are meeting to determine whether or not climate chaos will continue unabated. Click here to visit the Facebook event page for more description and details.
Peru itself has been a focus of violent confrontations between indigenous people and their environmental allies, and corrupt local governments ready to violate human rights to reap enormous profits. From the a New York Times blog:
"Global Witness research (…) shows that on average, two such ‘environmental and land’ defenders are being killed each week around the world, a rate that has been increasing in recent years. (…) As global demand for natural resources intensifies, more and more ordinary people are having to defend their rights to land and the environment from corporate or state abuse."
From Peru Prepares to Host Climate Talks as its Indigenous Forest Defenders Die, by Andrew Revkin
|Advocate at for a cap on Bay Area GHG emissions, and faster, stronger action to reduce GHGs. Focus: Regional Boards.|
Ending reliance on combustion for heat and power is how we reduce GHGs, toxics and particulate matter (responsible for about 1,700 premature deaths per year in the Bay Area).
The Air District's Climate Action Work Program needs to clarify that the first step in reducing Bay Area GHGs is to cap local emissions. The next step is to adopt regulations requiring clean technologies to replace combustion technologies.
Now that we have the Air District's attention, the BayCAP campaign will begin advocacy to get the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to also commit to deep reductions in carbon pollution.
New people always welcome.
1. Proposals for Air District fast track GHG emission reduction measures
Cap refinery and other major source emissions
Replace dirty combustion with clean energy
2. Transportation Initiatives
Mini workshop on transportation
Metropolitan Transportation Commissions 2050 Climate Resolution
3. 2015 Climate Conference
4. BayCAP Website & fundraising
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Panel discussion with climate scientists Katherine Hayhoe, Ron Amundson, and Richard Norgard: an examination of climate change and the role faith communities are playing.
Come learn about current issues and how you can help, and hear updates from our various working groups. We look forward to seeing you!
(The "WHEN" below is just for the web wizard - we meet on the third Sunday of each month.)test