Eban Goodstein believes that " historians will look back on these days—stretching from Obama’s election through the first years of his administration—and say that this was humanity’s finest hour."
Why? "Because in 2009, America will pass sweeping legislation that initiates a clean energy revolution, inspires global cooperation, and stabilizes the global climate." Or we won’t.
Last Tuesday, President–elect Obama called our earth a planet in peril. Still, I'm worried that without the voices of millions of Americans demanding solutions next year, history will fail to be made...So, I've joined the National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions.
The teach-in will focus on “Solutions for the First 100 Days” and challenge the nation to debate a concrete set of policy proposals.Â Next February 5th, NTGWS will engage the nation around a vision of a sustainable future grounded in one over-arching goal for America: Cut carbon 40% below current levels by 2020.
In addition to the 40% carbon target, the recommendations include policies calling for Green Jobs; recapturing American leadership in renewables; and carbon neutral power. These come from The Presidential Climate Action Project based out of the University of Colorado.
Here is what Goodstein and others are organizing now for the teach-in:
- Launch Webcast: The First 100 Days. Co-produced with NWF, featuring David Orr, Hunter Lovins, Billy Parish and others.
- The Teach-In: Engage faculty and staff to engage the whole campus with a days' worth of panels or talking about global warming in their classrooms.
- Climate Dialogue:Â Invite your political representatives to engage with students in round table dialogue about their future via video-chat.
Says Goodstein, "Top scientists at the IPCC and NASA have told us, clearly, that this is our defining moment. We must act next year or a window will close for our children, forever."
Pop me a note (ken<at>kauaian<dot>net) if you wanna help with the Hawaii piece of this organizing...and help rescue our future during the first 100 days.