(April 25, 2017) — This year, labor, environmental, community of color and other organizations have been working together across Washington state as part of the People’s Climate Movement to organize an Earth Day to May Day Week of Action, running from April 22 to May 1. This is related to the People’s Climate March coming up this Saturday, April 29 in Washington D.C., as well as in Seattle, Bellingham, and other cities in this Washington.
Locally, the week of action is focused on drawing more people and organizations into an inclusive and equitable climate action movement, recognizing the importance of collaboration and solidarity in addressing climate change and promoting broadly-shared prosperity.
There are many events taking place this week, but in particular, there are two events that union members and community supporters cannot miss:
People’s Climate Action Summit — A half-day of workshops, arts, and skill building after the Seattle People’s Climate March on Saturday, April 29, this summit will build understanding of what it means to fight climate change from a perspective of justice and offer tools for taking action. Organize, share, and deepen relationships between communities and organizations working to build intersectional climate action with workshops and discussions throughout the day from noon to 5 p.m. at Seattle University. Highlights will include:
No Jobs on a Dead Planet: Why Equitable Climate Action is a Labor Issue presented by April Sims and Stephanie Celt, BlueGreen Alliance and WA State Labor Council (1 p.m. in Room 2)
Make it Global: Using Trade Policy to Fight Climate Change presented by Gillian Locascio and Selden Prentice, WA Fair Trade Coalition (2 p.m. in Room 3)
Slashing Carbon With Justice and Prosperity presented by Steve Garey and Sameer Ranade, Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy (4:30 p.m. in Room 1)
Solutionary Rail – Decarbonizing Transportation presented by Bill Moyer, Backbone Campaign (4:30 p.m. in Room 3)
And many other important workshops to choose from. See the full summit workshop agenda.
Climate Justice Feeder March in Seattle to the May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights (get details), and support workers and immigrants marching on May Day in Yakima. Union members will be out in full force at those marches — and The Stand will be providing more details about them tomorrow — but you should know that advocates for climate action and a just transition will be supporting those marches as well on Monday, May 1.