Ted Glick

Ted Glick is the national policy director for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. Past writings and more information can be found here.

A Powerful March on Blair Mountain

“There will come a time, I know, when people will take delight in one another, when each will be a star to the other, and when each will listen to his fellow as to music. The free people will walk upon the earth, people great in their freedom. They will walk with open hearts, and the heart of each will be pure of envy and greed, and therefore all humankind will be without malice, and there will be nothing to divorce the heart from reason. Then life will be one great service to humanity! His/her figure will be raised to …

Tim DeChristopher and the March on Blair Mountain

“I went in thinking that I was sacrificing my freedom by taking such an action. This is not really the case. The sacrifice had happened before: when I had spent years being obedient to a system that is powerful and destructive; when I accepted the myth I had no power to change things; when I voluntarily disempowered myself. “The moment I fully resisted this system, I discovered real power and liberation. I would never go back.”      -Tim DeChristopher on his peaceful derailing of an oil and gas auction in December, 2008. For the full interview:  http://www.redpepper.org.uk/time-to-be-honest   I …

Not So Starry-Eyed Anymore

Oh why can’t you see It’s my life that’s at stake When you sell out our world You are stealing my future. Can you look in my eyes As you gamble our lives? When will you stop the lies So that we can survive? If you represent me Not the fossil fuel industry You must stop wasting time Chasing your dollar signs. Oh, say will you listen to Our generation? If you refuse to hear us now Then we have to shut you down.               -sung to the tune of the Star Spangled Banner   There were two nonviolent …

Global Heating Causes Earthquakes

Number of earthquakes worldwide in 1990: 16,590—-number in 2008: 31,777                        -U.S. Geological Society National Earthquake Information   I have to say that when I first started hearing about this possible connection a couple of years ago, I was kind of a skeptic. Part of me reacted, “Hey, we’re already contending with head-in-the-sand people—like the vast majority of national Republican elected officials—who deny that global heating is even happening. Now we’re supposed to carry the argument that it’s causing not just more and more destructive storms, hurricanes, rains, floods, droughts, sea level rise, desertification and agricultural failures but earthquakes and …

Appalachia Keeps Rising

Without question, one of the most rewarding organizing experiences I have ever been a part of was the “Appalachia Rising” mobilization in late September of last year. Appalachia Rising consisted of three very successful days of action in Washington, D.C.: a two-day weekend conference, followed by a Monday morning march of 2,000 people to the White House demanding an end to mountaintop removal coal mining. At the White House 118 people were arrested in front of it.   The next morning there was a huge color picture on the front page of the Washington Post of the nonviolent civil disobedience …

World on the Edge, a book review

“The world now has the technologies and financial resources to stabilize climate, eradicate poverty, stabilize population, restore the economy’s natural support systems, and, above all, restore hope. The United States, the wealthiest society that has ever existed, has the resources and leadership to lead this effort.” -Lester Brown World on the Edge, a just-released, 200-page book by Lester Brown, is important for many reasons. For those who still don’t understand the depth, immediacy and urgency of the climate crisis, World on the Edge makes that case clearly and understandably with a wealth of hard information. World makes the connections between …

A possible win during the lame duck?

Sen. Maria Cantwell has taken an initiative, supported by 26 other senators, that is an immediate, lame-duck-session issue.  It has to do with the extension of a program, the “Section 1603 Treasury Grant Program,” that has played an important role over the last couple of years to build the renewable energy industry. See the link here for more info: http://cantwell.senate.gov/news/record.cfm?id=328729 This program will expire at the end of this year. If it is not extended, it will be a “hit” on the renewable energy industry. In the words of a statement signed by 26 U.S. Senators in support of extending this program, “Absent an extension …

Appalachia rises: Let's do the same

Media reports of the massive and important One Nation Working Together demonstration at the Lincoln Memorial yesterday reported on its diversity, the mix of cultures, and issues represented. Indeed, when compared to the Tea Party/Glenn Beck, virtually-all-white event on August 28, the contrast is striking. This isn’t surprising, of course, given that the Tea Party is essentially re-packaged, big money-supported, ultra-right-wingism: hostile to affirmative action, immigrants, an African American president, low-income people, the idea of health care for all, equality, justice, and much more. Regarding diversity at yesterday’s rally, the Washington Post commented in its news story that “members of …

Let a thousand carbon taxes bloom!

Are you frustrated by the inaction in Washington, D.C. on the deepening climate crisis? Are you trying to figure out what more you could do, in addition to what you’re already doing, to advance a much-needed clean energy revolution in the USA? Here’s an answer: work to enact a local tax on carbon polluters in your area. It can happen, and it doesn’t take forever! In May of this year, in Montgomery County, Md., the County Council became the first county government in the country to enact a carbon tax. The owners of an 850 megawatt coal plant in the …