I forgot some of the coolest (and breaking) news!
At my panel earlier today, Bill McKibben "pre-announced" something exciting: On Nov. 3, a year before the presidential election, he will be organizing Step It Up 2: Revenge of the Nerds. OK, I made up the title, but not the news.
At the first Step It Up, McKibben’s Army asked that people gather in places likely to be affected by climate change.
For Step It Up 2, people will be gathering in places that commemorate great moments of American leadership: think Mount Rushmore, MLK Jr. High School, Washington Monument, etc. The goal is to push politicians to be leaders, not politicians.
This round of marches is going to have a bit more political meat on its bones. It’s going to ask politicians to sign a pledge with the following four planks:
- 80 percent cuts by 2050.
- 10 percent cuts in three years (hit the ground running).
- No new coal.
- Aggressive green jobs campaign. Train people to deploy the renewables we already have.
Naturally, the no-new-coal plank is the most significant, and probably the biggest hurdle.
Anyway, look for more news on this soon. But you heard it here first!