FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 22, 2022
Contact: Karen Feridun, Better Path Coalition, 610-678-7726, email@example.com
As Climate Countdown Clock Ticks Down from 7 Years to 6, Coalition Calls on Pennsylvanians to Organize
Today, the time on the Climate Countdown clock ticked down from 7 years to 6. Pennsylvanians joined the Better Path Coalition and organizers of the Pennsylvania Climate Convergence to observe the moment and resolve to take action.
On the last day of the first Pennsylvania Climate Convergence last month, organizers installed a 6’ climate countdown clock in the East Wing of the Capitol. It is the second largest clock of its kind in the United States after the original climate clock in Union Square, NYC.
Today’s observance was part of a global action organized by Climate Clock and Fridays for Future. People were asked to reflect on two questions during the moment of silence. What do I love too much to lose? What am I going to do about it? They were then asked to post their answer to the second question on social media using the hashtag #MyClimateResolution.
Organizers of today’s observance in Pennsylvania invited state elected officials to take part. Senator Katie Muth was the only one to respond, joining the Zoom event to share her resolution “to keep fighting like hell like to make Harrisburg pay attention to climate change.”
The discussion featured climate leaders who shared their personal stories of how they got involved and descriptions of the work they do. Attendees were invited to share their climate resolutions during the virtual discussion via Zoom and FB live.
“This is our moment,” said Karen Feridun, Co-founder of the Better Path Coalition and one of the organizers of today’s observance. “Watching the time tick down is sobering, but our message today is that it should also be empowering. It has always been up to the people to make our government do right by us. This is not the time to grieve, but to organize.”
“Government officials have let us down time and again, not just falling short on environmental protection but actually prioritizing the profits of industry and their own personal political goals over ensuring all people have a clean, safe and healthy environment. By securing passage of constitutional Green Amendments and then enforcing them, ensuring that all people have an enforceable right to pure water, clean air, a stable climate and healthy environments that government can’t ignore, we the people are taking our power back, very literally,” said Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper, Founder of the national Green Amendments For The Generations movement and author of the book The Green Amendment, The People’s Fight For a Clean, Safe & Healthy Environment.
"In a country where fossil fuel executives profit off of our hopelessness, instilling hope in yourself and others is key in demanding meaningful change. Communal hope and trust is the basis of the climate justice movement- if even a small group of people think they can win, they will, and they must," said Elise Silvestri, member of Sunrise Movement Pittsburgh.
“We must pause the wild west mentality of spending $3.8 billion in fossil fuel subsidies for Fiscal Year 2019, or about $296 per Pennsylvania resident for fracking and plastic cracker plant expansion. The American people desire to use our creativity, intellect, resourcefulness and taxpayer dollars to meet our needs in an equitable fashion. We call on our legislation to address Pennsylvania's right to clean air and water with legislation that holds polluters accountable,” said Tamela Trussell, Move Past Plastic (MPP) Founder/Educator.
Studies show that despite growing concern about climate change, only 5% of the US population thinks that there is anything that can be done to reverse it. But there ARE real solutions to the climate crisis, and some of them are already being implemented across the world. We have the knowledge, skills, and power to redefine our relationship with the Earth, but we must fight for access to the resources that will make that transformation possible. We do that by organizing in our communities, educating each other about the solutions, and demanding that our government take real action that equals the urgency of the crisis, said Echo Alford, Community Organizer, Clean Air Council.
Rachel Mark, a longtime climate activist based in Hershey, shared her resolution. “What do I love too much to lose? My young family's future, all children's future, the natural world. I resolve to stay committed to climate action, direct and indirect.”
Pittsburgh’s Maren Cooke, who is active in many organizations and hosts monthly sustainability salons offered her resolution. “I will continue to fight for clean air and water and for a stable climate, toward curtailing plastic production and pollution, and for fair and human-scale systems including food production and retooling energy systems.”
"We are experiencing a climate emergency right now. People are already suffering. Economies are already being strained. There is no time to delay. If we want today's children to have a livable planet, we urgently need to reverse course! It is not hyperbole. We are in a climate emergency and the time to act responsibly is right now," said Tammy Murphy, Advocacy Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility PA, a founding member of the Better Path Coalition.
A recording of the observance and discussion is available here.
July 20, 2022
For Planning Purposes
Karen Feridun, 610-678-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org
Media Advisory: Climate Countdown Clock Ticks Down to Less than 7 Years to Act
Better Path Coalition and Pennsylvania Climate Convergence Planners to Lead “My Climate Resolution” Action, Friday, 7/22 at Noon
People across the globe will observe a moment of silence when the Climate Countdown Clock ticks down from 7 years, 0 days, 00:00:00 to 6 years, 364 days, 23:59:59. The second largest clock in the Americas is the 6’ clock installed in the East Wing of the Capitol on the last day of the Pennsylvania Climate Convergence last month. The Better Path Coalition and its Convergence partners are organizing an observance via Zoom that will be live streamed on Facebook.
ClimateClock.world and Fridays for Future, the organizers of the global observance, are asking people to use the moment of silence to reflect on two questions. What do I love too much to lose? What am I going to do about it? Following the moment of silence, people are being encouraged to share their answers to the second question on social media using the hashtag #MyClimateResolution.
Better Path and its partners have invited elected and appointed officials to join the public in observing the moment of silence and sharing their resolutions. The public officials, public, and press are invited to join an informal discussion following the moment of silence when we’ll monitor the hashtag on social media for responses from our elected officials, share stories of people who have taken action on climate, and hear resolutions from people who’d like to share theirs. The program will begin at 11:55 on Zoom and will be livestreamed on the Pennsylvania Climate Convergence’s FB page.
What: What Do I Love Too Much to Lose & What Am I Going to Do About It? – Climate Emergency Day Observance
When: Friday, July 22, 11:55 – 1 p.m.
Where: Zoom and FB Live (Register for Zoom at bit.ly/ClimateEmergencyDayPA or find the livestream at https://www.facebook.com/pennsylvaniaclimateconvergence)
Who: Climate Leaders who will share their stories include:
Maya van Rossum of Green Amendments for the Generations
Ilyas Khan of Sunrise Pittsburgh
Kearni Warren of the Energy Justice Network
Tamela Trussel of Move Past Plastic
Echo Alford of Clean Air Council
Elise Silvestri of Sunrise Pittsburgh
The session will be moderated by Karen Feridun of the Better Path Coalition. Government officials and members of the public are invited to join the Zoom to share their resolutions.
PA Climate Convergence Press Kit
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2022
Contact: Karen Feridun, Better Path Coalition
Debra Smit, Breathe Project
300 People Marched on the Capitol at the First Pennsylvania Climate Convergence 2022
Grassroots Activists Call on Leaders Monday to Take Action on Climate Change, Install a 6' Climate Clock in the East Rotunda of the Capitol to Remind Harrisburg Leaders We Can't Wait
Harrisburg, Pa. – It's time for our Pennsylvania elected leaders to take decisive action on climate change.
At noon on Monday, the Pennsylvania Climate Conference installed a Climate Clock designed by Greg Schwedock that is designed to communicate what must be done to tackle the climate crisis and by when.
The window to take action is ticking away.
The Climate Clock displays three lifelines in blue-green. One lifeline is the percentage of energy produced worldwide from renewable sources. Another is the amount of money committed to the Green Climate Fund, a global fund to support developing countries in limiting the effects of climate change. The third lifeline is the amount of land protected by Indigenous people worldwide. More information on the clock can be found at www.ClimateClock.WORLD
More than 300 people attended a 3-day event in Harrisburg this weekend, June 11-13, culminating in a rally and march around the Capitol on Sunday. Today, Monday June 13, individuals and groups held face-to-face meetings with elected leaders and delivered a 16-foot scrolled petition with 6,000 signatures to Gov. Tom Wolf demanding that our government do more for Pennsylvania to be a part of the solution to one of the biggest crises faced by the planet. The petition will also go out to House and Senate leaders and agency chiefs.
The petition demands that our government STOP:
· Denying climate change;
· Subsidizing fossil fuel production;
· Ignoring hazards to communities from fossil fuel production;
· Prioritizing jobs in a dying industry rather than training for a new generation of jobs in clean, renewable energy;
· Talking about cutting greenhouse gas emissions while ramping up fracked-gas extraction, production and pipelines.
The 6-foot Climate Clock will be installed in the Capitol's East Rotunda to continually remind elected leaders that time is quickly ticking away on climate change. People have been hearing excuses about gas as a bridge fuel for over a decade. It's time that we are across that bridge to renewable energy, not fossil fuel band-aids.
“In a system that benefits from our disengagement, education and hope are key to empowering young people to advocate for change in their communities," says Elise Silvestri (she/her) of Sunrise Pittsburgh.
"Our demand is simple, inspired by the singular clear demand for action made by climate leaders like Greta Thunberg." said Karen Feridun, lead organizer for the PCC 2022. "Our message is one that allowed us to bring together people representing a wide array of climate issues who, individually, have many demands, but can speak this message with one voice. This will be the first in a series of sustained actions until we get the climate action we demand."
NOON, Monday June 13, 2022
Installation of the 6' Climate Clock
East Rotunda, Harrisburg Capitol
In Person and Live Streamed on Facebook
Photo Credit: Maren Cooke
Climate Convergence Advisory, June 2022
Climate Convergence Release, June 1, 2022
About the Pennsylvania Climate Convergence
Key Points Related to Southwestern PA Hydrogen/Carbon Capture and Sequestration Hub
National Air Toxics Assessment and
Cancer Risk in Allegheny County Pennsylvania Updated – May 2021
In the News
Poll: 75% of Pennsylvanians accept evidence of climate change
The planet's alarm clock is blaring but PA politicians hit the snooze button | Will Bunch
Activists bring climate clock to Pa. capitol to urge lawmaker action (WHYY)
Activists bring climate clock to Pennsylvania capitol to urge lawmaker action (StateImpact)
New Climate Clock on Display at State Capitol
Pennsylvanians march through Harrisburg, urging for climate action
Festival for the Earth celebrated in Harrisburg
Here's Why I'm Going to the PA Climate Convergence. How about You?
PA Climate Convergence Takes Over Harrisburg This Weekend
Huge climate change rally/event planned for Harrisburg June 11-13
Harrisburg settles with ACLU over conditions for climate event
Harrisburg comes to agreement with climate change group that sued the city
Civil rights group sues Harrisburg over public gathering restrictions | Five for the Weekend
Harrisburg sued over permitting for demonstrations
ACLU-PA files federal lawsuit against city of Harrisburg claiming unconstitutional permitting process