Call to Environmental, Peace & Labor Movements to Join Forces to Stop Global Warming

marcy3Participating in 350 Day, October 24, members of Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains and Los Angeles spell out 3-5-0 with their bicycles before riding from Santa Monica to Manhattan Beach with Congressional candidate, Marcy Winograd (CA-CD36). PDA chapters participated in a worldwide day of action to stop global warming and support the upcoming climate conference in Copenhagen next December.

Winograd, along with 350 organizers Terrie Brady and David Troy and several others, rode her bike down the coast, through the 36th congressional district, to the Manhattan Beach Pier where she joined with hundreds of environmentalists standing at the tide line, demonstrating how the shoreline will recede if we do not reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Before leaving on the bike ride, Winograd spoke to a crowd gathered at Crescent Bay Park in Santa Monica.

Below are excerpts from Marcy Winograd’s speech:

I am proud to participate in the 350 day of action, in which we call on world nations to set global standards for reducing carbon emissions.

In order to do this, we need nations to work together at the Copenhagen climate conference next December, when discussion will concern the responsibility of more industrialized countries, those responsible for emitting disproportionate amounts of carbon, to address the dire consequences experienced by less industrialized nations facing receding shorelines, displacement of people and towns, drought, rising sea levels, floods, even famine.
marcy1Though parts of Africa and Australia may suffer the consequences first — those of us in southern California are not immune, either. We must protect our coastal cities – Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Rey, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa, Redondo, our harbor – from rising sea levels that threaten the future of our shores.

While it is possible to reverse the global warming trend, we know we cannot do it alone, one person at a time. It will take a global effort, with the US at the forefront, and it will require us to do something the environmental movement has yet to embrace; calculate the carbon footprint of perpetual wars and occupations that create new enemies, undermine our security, and threaten to bankrupt our country. This is not sustainable. Yes, it is time to put the environmental, peace, and labor movements in the same room — because it is difficult, if not impossible, to speak to each other, to solve problems, when you are lodged in separate rooms with walls that block the sound of collective change.

Part of this effort requires a recognition that the earth belongs to us all, not to this or that corporation — and that it is time to become signatories to important international treaties — Law of the Sea, the Moon Treaty, The Outer Space Treaty — agreements which declare that the resources of sea and space belong, not to a corporation or a colonizer, but to all of humankind.

On earth, we have work to do — and we need to put America back to work. We need a Green New Deal that invests in both public and private works projects; installing a million solar panels on roof tops; developing wind farms; building rapid transit; repairing our aging infrastructure – ports, levees, bridges. Let the environmental, peace, and labor movements coalesce around a demand for full employment in a new Green economy. Now, more than ever before, we need the engineering talent and skilled workforce of the aerospace and defense industries, anchored in the 36th congressional district, to help us transition to a sustainable future.

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We are at the tipping point.

It’s up to us.

Marcy Winograd

Congressional candidate Marcy Winograd, of Progressive Democrats of America, is challenging Jane Harman (CA-36) in the June 8, 2010 Democratic Party primary. In 2006, Winograd mobilized almost 40% of the vote in only three months of campaigning. To learn more about her campaign, visit winogradforcongress.com or Marcy Winograd for Congress on Facebook.

Marcy Winograd for Congress

Published by the LA Progressive on October 27, 2009
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About Marcy Winograd

Marcy Winograd is a blogger, activist, and public school teacher in Los Angeles. You can follow her on twitter: marcywinograd