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Sanmiguelenses to Gather in Parque Juárez for Worldwide Climate Action Rally

Fridays for the Future demo

By Cliff DuRand

Today, September 20, in 117 countries around the world, millions of young and old are joining the Global Climate Strike in response to the call from youth to deal seriously with the looming environmental catastrophe that threatens to rob them of a livable future.

Here in San Miguel de Allende locals are responding with a noontime “Climate Action for the Future” rally in Parque Juarez. Speakers will address both global and local environmental challenges. This bilingual and binational event will be preceded by a 10:30am march from calle Cardo.

Global warming, extreme weather events, climate refugees, melting glaciers and polar ice, species extinction, and wildfires make it hard to deny that nature is out of balance. Methane and CO2 from the massive burning of oil, gas, and coal have warmed the planet. Neoliberal approaches, such as creating markets or voluntary industry standards, have failed to address the problem. For 30 years, those solutions have been ineffective, as the fossil fuel industries rake in profits by continuing to pollute the environment.

We demand that government adopt more radical measures. The renewable energy of the sun and wind must replace fossil fuels to generate electricity, power our industries, run our transportation, and heat our homes. This transformation of our society will require massive investments and move us towards more just societies. In many countries such as the US,  Canada, the UK, and Europe, Green New Deals are being proposed—multiyear projects on the scale of WWII.

US presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren proposes a $3 trillion plan paid for by reversing Trump’s tax cuts for the wealthy. It includes zeroing out carbon emissions for commercial and residential buildings and most passenger vehicles in the next decade, switching to renewable electricity by 2035, and creating unionized clean energy jobs. Bernie Sanders’ plan calls for much more, with a price tag of $16 trillion in order to get this country to the point of using 100 percent renewable energy for electricity and transportation by no later than 2030.

The only candidate not supporting a Green New Deal is Donald Trump, an active promoter of climate change.

To declare independence from fossil fuels, we need to “keep it in the ground” by forcing the transnational petroleum corporations to abandon the reserves they depend on for their continued profitability. Obviously that will bring tremendous political pushback as well as economic disruption. A model of how to succeed is found in Article 27 of the Mexican Constitution, which makes subsoil resources the property of the nation, thus governing oil by a nation-state committed to ensuring a livable future for generations to come.

We stand at a turning point in human history: tackle climate change now, or else in 10 years it will be game over. We have a grave responsibility to give the younger generation a livable future. That is what today’s Global Climate Strike calls us to. Join us today.



Climate Action for the Future

Fri, Sep 20, 12pm

Parque Juárez kiosk.

March from calle Cardo and Anchor de San Antonio, 10:30am


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