SunHarvest Solar is proud to be taking part in this upcoming event. We hope you will join us!
On Saturday, November 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. more than thirty groups will be coming together alongside concerned community members in Civic Space Park in downtown Phoenix to send a message to political leaders that the time to act on climate is NOW. This event is taking place as a prelude to the Paris climate talks, which begin in late November.
The event, Act on Climate Arizona – Our Moral Obligation, will feature speakers, as well as interactive opportunities such as posing with the Pope (cardboard cut-out, not the man himself) and ‘hope for our planet’ prayer flag making. Attendees will also be able to sign on to the support statement supported by individuals and groups across the state.
Event organizer Patti Sills-Trausch, Director of Faith in Action Ministry at Franciscan Renewal Center says, “We wish to send a strong statement to our leaders at the local, state, national, and international levels that we must act on climate now.” she adds, “We understand it is our moral obligation to act, and if we can align ourselves behind this common goal, we expect our political leaders to do the same by forgoing their differences for the betterment of our planet and its inhabitants.”
Climate change is a big issue for Arizona and Arizonans. According to the 2014 National Climate Assessment issued last year, some of the climate change impacts in the Southwest include: increase in temperature, which, coupled with the heat-island effect in our cities, will mean higher cooling costs and increased threats (and the associated costs) to public health, and high levels of ozone in our air due to increased temperatures which exacerbate ozone levels in our communities and lead to asthma attacks, reduced lung function, and risk of premature death.
Low-income and underserved populations are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, which is why the Act on Climate Arizona participants are urging Arizona’s elected leaders, the U.S. Congress and the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), to sponsor and/or support measures that:
● Accept leadership responsibility for addressing the serious threats posed by climate change
● Reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a clear, transparent and effective way
● Develop strategies to reduce negative impacts of past and future greenhouse gas emissions
● Develop protections and adaptation support particularly for our most vulnerable populations
The event is free and open to the public. More info on the event can be found at:http://www.eventbrite.com/e/act-on-climate-arizona-our-moral-obligation-tickets-18673928222
Participants include: Franciscan Renewal Center, Citizens' Climate Lobby, Sierra Club, Arizona Interfaith Power and Light, SunHarvest Solar, Climate Smart Southwest, VUU Green Sanctuary, Arizona Faith Network, Sonoran Collaborative, People Power Now, City of Phoenix, St Francis in the Foothills UMC, Honor Society for Sustainability, Local First AZ, Desert Southwest Conference United Methodist Church, Saint Mary's Basilica, Environment Arizona, Arizona Asthma Coalition, Physicians for Social Responsibility -- Arizona Chapter, People Demanding Action -- Tucson Chapter, Climate Smart Southwest, US Green Building Council ASU Student Chapter, Rogue Green, Physicians for Social Responsibility -- Arizona Chapter, Green Party of Pima County, Chispa AZ, Creative Living Fellowship, Bootstraps to Share of Tucson Inc.