Millions of people around the globe in over 122 countries will be striking for the climate this Friday, May 24.
The grassroots group Drawdown East End, a member of Adult Allies Coalition of the youth led movement Earth Uprising, is inviting the public to join in a rally in support of the climate strike on the lawn of the Southampton Town Hall from noon until 1 p.m. on Friday.
One hundred top solutions to reverse global warming — from clean energy to handling food waste — are outlined in Paul Hawken’s bestselling book “Drawdown, The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Devised to Reverse Global Warming,” a road map for individuals and communities to collectively reach “drawdown” — the point where carbon begins to draw down from the atmosphere to safe healthy levels, accomplished through lowering CO2 emissions and carbon sequestration.
The mission of Drawdown East End is to jumpstart local carbon Drawdown solutions to reverse global warming, a plan that has cascading economic, health and security benefits — through education, events and partnerships. Partnership activities are currently being planned.
“Students around the world want a positive future and that will require a more aggressive approach to reduce greenhouse gasses,” says Dr. Scott Carlin, Associate Professor of Geography at LIU Post, with a specialty in sustainable development, who will be joining the rally.
Drawdown East End is calling on elected officials and candidates to put the earth first, making ecological healing a primary condition for every political decision. They are encouraging the communities of Long Island to commit to taking positive action toward reversing global warming through climate education, mass community direct actions, and other infrastructure initiatives.
Today, the group believes Southampton Town has already taken many significant positive steps, by participating in New York State’s Climate Smart Communities project and by passing an important sustainability plan in 2013 to guide town planning. The town has also pledged that its electric infrastructure will be 100 percent carbon free by 2025 and all its energy use will be 100 percent carbon free by 2050.
Drawdown East End is calling on Southampton Town to accelerate completion of these goals. They are calling on Southampton Village and Suffolk County to resolve to become Climate Smart Communities , and are calling on New York State to pass the NY Green New Deal.
Drawdown East End is also asking the town to appoint two new committees: to use project Drawdown’s scientifically ranked plan as a lens through which to prioritize Climate Smart Communities requirements and to recommend education and policy with a focus on one of the Drawdown sectors, beginning with Food & Agriculture, which provides economic and nutritional benefits to citizens and our local farming community.