When the Climate Fight is Close to Home
Last month, more than 6 million people took to the streets to demand action on climate in the largest-ever global climate mobilization.1
And in New Hampshire, residents came together to stop the coal-fired power plant in Bow, the last major coal-fired power plant in New England without an expiration date.
People across the globe are rising up for climate action. But the fight is also happening right here on the ground in the Northeast, in communities dealing with the reality of dirty fossil fuel energy. And they won’t take no for an answer: 67 people were arrested at the coal plant in Bow in the state’s largest civil disobedience since the 1970s.
Rod Munroe was one of those who took a stand in Bow. He recently fought off a gas pipeline in Middlebury, Vermont. And he knew that, like all fossil fuels, coal pollutes the air we breathe and exacerbates the climate crisis. He knew that he needed to join with his neighbors—and folks across the region—to come together to close the coal plant down. And make sure when they do close down the coal plant, they can’t replace it with a fracked gas power plant either.
Like you, Rod knows that we need to be doing everything possible to protect our health and our climate. It’s time to transition to clean, local, renewable energy. And we know that our movement is strongest when the people most impacted by dirty energy are leading the way to a clean energy future.
That’s why we’re working with groups of neighbors and residents resisting fossil fuels at the local level. And that’s why we’re grateful to have your support.
1 Climate crisis: 6 million people join latest wave of global protests, The Guardian, Sept. 27, 2019
Photo by Josh Lent.