Following the hearing about fracking in Cullowhee with over 80 people speaking eloquently against it, the historic people’s climate march attracted over 400,000 people in New York. At least 75 people from Western North Carolina attended that march and a support rally in Pack Square.
I rode that bus to New York, and it was thrilling to see the diversity of support for a clean energy future, from indigenous peoples to trade unionists to inner city youth. There is unprecedented momentum in the effort to stop fossil fuels and win climate justice.
Now it’s time to ask, “What would the world look like with a transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy?”
Rainforest Action Network is launching a new program to do exactly that. It’s an invitation to think hard about what it would actually take to stabilize the climate and create a just transition to a post-carbon future. This program is kicking off with a series of climate-focused workshops and visioning sessions called “Change the Course” in 14 cities across the country, including Asheville.
Put all together, a detailed vision will emerge of what a sustainable and just future would look like as well as the strategies and tactics that will get us there.
“Change the Course” is co-sponsored by Lenoir-Rhyne University and will be held in its board room upstairs across from the Asheville Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, Oct. 25, and Sunday, Oct. 26, from 1-6 p.m.To register for this free weekend event, visit ran.org/changethecourse. For more information, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.