Activists to gather at San Antonio City Hall for 'dirty' energy solutions

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
San Antonio Examiner

by Jack Dennis

Two local groups, called “Local Residents Call for Climate Justice” and the Southwest Workers Union, are gathering in front of San Antonio City Hall in Main Plaza on Dec. 7, 2010 to call attention issues regarding climate change and local solutions.

 “In order to call attention to the relationship between local solutions to climate change and the high-stakes negotiations on global climate disruption that close this week in Cancún, México, San Antonio residents, climate change advocates, youth, community and labor leaders will gather together,” stated the organization’s release. They will “join dozens of communities across the United States and hundreds around the world to call for support for local community solutions to global climate and ecological disruption, in what the international small farmers’ organization La Via Campesina is calling ‘A Thousand Cancúns.’”

“The San Antonio community is on the frontline of CPS’s dirty energy agenda,” says Diana Lopez, Organizer with Southwest Workers Union, who is in Cancún, attending the talks. “We have experienced a lifetime of dirty coal, pollution, and asthma, been on the frontline of fighting nuclear power.”

Sandra Garcia of the Youth Leadership Organization, explains, “Community-based activist groups and networks are leading a global climate justice movement in confronting the root causes of climate change at home, while defining community priorities and self-determination pathways for a new energy economy,” explained Sandra Garcia of the Youth Leadership Organization. “In San Antonio, this looks like green jobs cleaning up and weatherizing homes, while increasing the funds for social services and community gardens to increase local food self-sufficiency.”

“Last year in Copenhagen we called on the Obama administration to adopt standards for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions that would protect human health in the United States for frontline communities,” commented Jill Johnston. “Instead, we got the Copenhagen Dis-Accord.”

“This year, in April, over 35,000 people from frontline communities all over the world gathered in Bolivia to develop the Cochabamba People’s Accord,” said Johnston. “We believe that together, we as the communities historically on the frontlines of the root causes of climate change, along with our brothers and sisters in global social movements have the solutions to the destruction that has been caused by industries like Chevron, and they are located in the Cochabamba People’s Accord.”