Tucson, AZ, USA | Joined Mar 2012
In the 1970's, I wanted to be a solar power engineer. Sadly, nearly 40 years later, we are still generating less than 3% of our energy from solar power in Arizona, a place where the Sun shines more than 320 days a year. What would the world be like if we had succeeded in creating a renewable energy revolution back then?
Well, it may be late, but there is still time to avoid the worst of the damages from unchecked climate change. Join us in fighting for 350 ppm of CO2 equivalent, the goal that climate scientists say is the upper limit for a liveable future.
I have been leading climate justice movement activities since 2007, when I organized a Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America National Teach-in at the University of Arizona. With former Representative Gabrielle Giffords as the keynote speaker, the event was a success, drawing hundreds of students of all ages. Scotty Johnson of Defenders of Wildlife presented the Inconvenient Truth slideshow, and more than a dozen University of Arizona professors, community activists and others gave talks in their specialties.
While I am not a trained social change leader, my 2009 degree in Sustainable Community Development along with my former engineering and research career experience puts me in a good position to understand the science and the movement. Please join me in creating the political will for a livable future!
Since this second start, my personal commitment to creating the political will for strong action on climate change has included a broad range of professional and personal actions. My recent activism has included participating in events as broad ranging as the recent United Nations Climate Adaptation Futures conference, to witnessing Tim DeChristopher's (Bidder 70) trial and sentencing in Salt Lake City, to the 5 day March on Blair Mountain, to the Tar Sands Action, and the Tar Sands Blockade.
My participation in 350.org associated events has included earlier organizing at the northwest Unitarian Universalist church in Tucson, to last fall's Moving Planet Bike Rally, up to the recent Connect the Dots Climate Impact Day Rally and Press Conference on the health effects of the use of coal at Tucson's Sundt Generating Station at Irvington Rd and Alvernon Way on the south side of town, just a short distance from the Los Ninos Elementary School.
I hope to continue to build this dynamic and wonderful, peaceful growing movement to bring about a livable world today and for our childrens' future. As the book Blessed Unrest says, we are part of the world's largest social movement ever!