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Entries in Peoples Summit (2)

Friday
Jun162017

The People's Summit: Winning Clean Energy and Climate Justice for All

I wish you could have been with me at the People's Summit. Over 4,000 people came together to make the world a better place. It was a big love fest, ending with us all singing This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land. I was so moved I just had to hug the woman standing next to me, a stranger no more.

Although Bernie Sanders wasn't asked my question about food during the Q&A after his speech, I asked it myself at the session on Winning Clean Energy and Climate Justice for All. The session was moderated by Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and CEO of Hip Hop Caucus. (Don't you love his hat? Science Not Silence!) Just before I asked my question, he answered a question on financial divestment like this:

I think it is very important for all of our organizations, labor unions in particular, even our green organizations, to divest immediately from fossil fuels. We cannot be a clean energy movement and still rely on dirty fossil-fuel money. There are no jobs on a dead planet. That isn't a slogan, that's a real deal. We as a movement have to do that and make it happen.

Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. of the Hip Hop Caucus and Linda Watson of Cook for Good

What a great lead in! When the microphone came my way, I said ...

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Thursday
Jun012017

The People's Summit: Bernie Sanders, Divest Your Plate!

I'm thrilled to be going to the People's Summit in Chicago next week. Today, the organizers gave us a chance to submit a question to Senator Bernie Sanders, who will be the keynote speaker on Saturday. Here's what I wrote:

Dear Senator Sanders, our diet feeds climate change, high health care costs, and personal misery. According to the United Nations, animal agriculture is the largest source of greenhouse gases. Few Americans eat enough fruits and vegetables to ward off preventable cases of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and early death. What steps would you take to change our agricultural subsidies, public food purchases, and nutrition education to move Americans toward a more plant-based diet?

This question seems more important than ever now that the United States has shamefully pulled out of the Paris Climate Accords. If our government won't work with the rest of the world to avert environmental disaster, then it's up to us. We can make a real difference by voting with our forks.

Divest Your Plate: Local, Organic, Plants, Fair Labor, Less Waste

My Dream Answer

Here's an answer that would have me dancing in the aisle at the People's Summit. Bernie, please feel free to use it. Everyone else, please share.

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