Pittsburgh March for Climate Justice

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>> Millions are taking to the streets across the globe for intersectional climate justice on September 24th!

When and Where: Friday, September 24th from 12-3 pm starting at Schenley Plaza and marching to 414 Grant Street in Pittsburgh.

Why: The world is in a state of emergency. Across the globe, the climate crisis is wreaking havoc on our communities, destroying our homes and livelihoods, and leaving death and destruction in its wake. The message is clear: our extractive system has resulted in the greatest crisis we have ever faced, and now we must rise to combat this monster of our own making for all of our futures. We cannot let politics or corporatism convince us that there is no way to stop it, because there is: a just transition from fossil fuels to a regenerative economy.

We know this can’t be done in a day, but the fight has begun and now we must act strongly to show those in power that we are united and will not back down. That is why we are calling on you, citizens, organizations, and communities, to join us in this fight. To be truly united for a future that reflects justice for all.

Sunrise Movement’s Demands:

We are structuring this action so that every organization can bring demands to the table, but each organizations’ demands do not supersede the overall goals of the strike.

Represent Youth in Local Climate Decisions. Pittsburgh politics has failed to be truly representative of all its communities, especially its youth. We want diverse representation at the table and an actual part in the decision-making process- we are not pawns for press points

Ban Fracking! In addition to exacerbating climate change, fracking harms our communities and destroys our county’s beautiful wild spaces. That is why we demand Allegheny County ban all new fracked gas wells and move towards closing all remaining wells while ensuring the protection and new employment of their workers.

Tax Big Business for Green Infrastructure. Big Businesses like UPMC and fossil fuel companies must be taxed to help fund new Green Infrastructure programs; these programs will get us to the 100% renewable energy threshold mandated by the latest IPCC report

Stop Line 3! We are demanding that the US Federal Government halt the ongoing construction of Line 3, an oil pipeline being constructed in Minnesota which will not only potentially leak harmful chemicals into the environment but contributes to fossil fuel infrastructure and the ongoing environmental racism and treaty violations against Native Americans particularly the Anishinaabe. More info: stopline3.org

Just Transition and Clean Jobs for All. We are demanding a Just Transition to 100% renewable energy and a regenerative economy by 2050 and a crucial part of that will be ensuring that all people have clean, green, healthy jobs that pay a living wage.

Fight for Intersectional Climate Justice. We cannot achieve these goals the way we’re fighting now. As a movement, as communities, we must acknowledge the intersectional nature of our struggles and work together towards the goal of a safe, healthy, and regenerative future. We need to put aside the idea that our movements are separate, and address issues of race, class, gender, identity, policing, and government in tandem with our environment.

>> If you want to join us as an individual, we welcome you to take to the streets with us! If your organization would like to join the list of cosponsors, please reach out to this email: pittsunrisemovement@gmail.com about how you can get involved!

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Raising Issues for Better Understanding

A region scarred by coal production now faces fracking threats

From an Article by Maximillian Alvarez, TRNN, September 7, 2021

The Real News Network (TRNN) Editor-in-Chief Maximillian Alvarez talks with filmmaker Eleanor Goldfield about her documentary “Hard Road of Hope” and the destruction coal and gas companies have wreaked on West Virginia.

In her documentary “Hard Road of Hope,” independent filmmaker Eleanor Goldfield details the history and contemporary struggles of West Virginians living and dying in coal country. As part of our coverage commemorating the Battle of Blair Mountain centennial, we are screening “Hard Road of Hope” for a limited time on the TRNN YouTube channel (watch it now here).

In this complementary interview, TRNN Editor-in-Chief Maximillian Alvarez talks with Goldfield about the urgency of the issues detailed in her documentary, and about how the gas industry, which employs environmentally destructive practices like fracking, is picking up where the coal industry left off and continuing the exploitation of the people and resources of West Virginia.

To see more of Goldfield’s work, visit https://artkillingapathy.com/

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ABSENTEE OWNERSHIP STRIKES AGAIN IN WEST VIRGINIA

Mylan plant closure misses chance to build public-private health response

Letter by Dana Brown, Huntington Register Herald, August 28, 2021

It’s an all too familiar story. A company with some of the best-paying jobs around and a vital anchor for the community decides to engage in “restructuring” to “maximize long-term value creation.”

In other words, it closes down and lays off its workers in pursuit of bigger profits.

But the late July closure of the Viatris pharmaceutical plant in Morgantown, West Virginia – which employed close to 1,500 people and was the largest remaining generic pharmaceutical plant in the U.S. – is particularly galling.

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Q/A on Ethylene Oxide Air Emissions in the Kanawha Valley, WV

September 20, 2021

Learn More about Your Exposure to Toxic & Dangerous Chemicals: EPA Virtual Public Hearing on Ethylene Oxide Emissions This Thursday To: Concerned Citizens Locally & Nationally, September 20, 2021 Tune in this Thursday, September 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. when the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the WV Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) [...]

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WEBINAR From MARCH FOR SCIENCE on Upcoming COP26 Meeting in Glasgow, Scotland

September 19, 2021

What You Need To Know About Congress of the Parties # 26 (COP26) Message to Our Friends and Concerned Citizens, This November, the United Nations will convene for its annual climate change conference in Glasgow. Known as COP26, the conference will provide world leaders the opportunity to revise their national climate goals under the Paris [...]

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Real-Time GHG Emissions Monitoring from Space Gives Important Data

September 18, 2021

Data project backed by Al Gore aims for real-time emissions monitoring From an Article by Ross Kerber, Reuters News Service, September 16, 2021 BOSTON — A technology and academic coalition backed by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore this week unveiled data showing fossil fuel producers’ previously unrecorded greenhouse gas emissions, and growing pollution from [...]

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U.S. Climate Change Plans Are “Insufficient” to Meet United Nations Goals

September 17, 2021

Near-Total Global Failure to Meet 1.5°C Climate Change Targets, Analysis Shows From an Article by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, September 15, 2021 A new analysis reveals a near total global failure of governments to have climate action and targets on track for limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Released Wednesday by [...]

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Will You HELP! Build New & “Build Back Better” ~ Contact Your Senators Now!

September 16, 2021

Senator Manchin and Senator Capito Need to Hear YOUR CLIMATE CONCERNS >> Greetings from Sandra Fallon, Morgantown, hope this message finds you doing well ~~~ I’m writing to ask for your assistance related to current efforts going on in West Virginia to help get strong climate provisions included in the $3.5T reconciliation budget (President Biden’s [...]

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Persistent PFAS Chemicals are Overdue for Strict Limitations Locally & Globally

September 15, 2021

Global (and local) action on harmful PFAS chemicals is long overdue From an Article by Kristina Marusic, Environmental Health News, September 15, 2021 The scientific community has known for decades that a group of widely-used chemicals is causing health harms across the globe, but effective policies aimed at curbing those impacts lag far behind the [...]

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Dusting Farm Fields with Basalt Dust Now Under Study to Capture CO2

September 14, 2021

Adding Silica Dust to Soil Can Help Get Carbon into the Ground From an Article by Susan Cosier, Yale Environment 360, September 2, 2021 PHOTO — Basalt is spread on the Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation’s research cornfields in Illinois. Researchers are finding that when pulverized rock is applied to agricultural fields, the soil [...]

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Chevron to Explore Carbon Capture, Utilization & Storage (CCUS) Business

September 13, 2021

The Largest Fossil Energy Companies Have Funds to Evaluate CCUS Press Release from Chevron Corporation, San Ramon, California, September 13, 2021 SAN RAMON & HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep. 13, 2021– Chevron U.S.A. Inc., through its Chevron New Energies division, and a subsidiary of Enterprise Products Partners L.P. announced a framework to study and evaluate opportunities for carbon [...]

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