We are at a crossroads, faced with a climate crisis that threatens to end our world as we know it.
The signs of climate change are all around us. They include—increasingly severe weather everywhere (floods, heat waves, droughts, cyclones and wildfires), as well as melting polar ice and glaciers, rising acidic oceans, and thawing of the Siberian permafrost, which threatens release of huge, devastating, methane gas emissions.
If we pursue business as usual we face a world of food shortages caused by drought, increasing disease and deaths, and displacement from vast areas of flooded and uninhabitable terrain. We must do all in our power to stop greenhouse gas emissions, counteract the effects, and prevent the increase of global warming.
We call on all who want to preserve our planet to join the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21, which is also the International Day of Peace, and to form a Stop the Wars, Stop the Warming Contingent. We are organizing under the following principles:
- We can’t effectively address climate change without ending war and militarism;
- We can’t end war without ending the fossil fuel energy system;
- We can’t address social injustice unless we stop using war to safeguard an economic infrastructure (based on fossil fuels) that produces and requires vast social inequality.
- We can’t end war unless we address the systemic inequality and corporate domination that requires and produces it.
- We must insist that the transition to a sustainable economy and green jobs not be accomplished at the expense of those now employed in the fossil fuel and military sectors and the communities in which they work and live. Energy and armament corporations should bear the lion’s share of the social cost to make that transition a just one.
Also, if you can plan to attend, there is a rally taking place at 77th Street and Central Park West. Download the flier here: http://wslfweb.org/docs/PCMpeace.pdf.
For more on this story, visit: Peace and Justice – Appeal to the Peace and Climate Movements.