Starting Date: 08-05-2008
Ending Date: 08-11-2008
Louisa, Virginia 23093
United StatesThis summer, join people from throughout the Southeast and beyond for the second annual Southeast Convergence for Climate Action. After the resounding success of last year's convergence, we are excited to continue the struggle for climate justice in the Southeast with an engaging week of workshops, strategizing, and direct action! This year's convergence will be hosted in Virginia where communities are fighting uranium mining, nuclear power, mountaintop removal coal mining, and new (as well as old) coal plants. Once again we will unite to fight the coal industry's stranglehold on our region while rejecting the deadly nuke industry's attempt to position themselves as the solution to the climate crisis.
The convergence is a place to strengthen our movement, network with new allies, and take action against dirty energy while working to build a sustainable world. Workshops will include: community organizing, direct action 101, debunking false solutions to climate change, blockades, sustainable living systems, media, disaster response, fighting nukes and coal, and much more. The convergence will culminate in a collective action to confront the climate crisis.
This year we are excited to come together at a beautiful 200-acre site in Louisa County, Virginia.
To read about the action after last year's Climate Convergence that shut down the Bank of America in downtown Asheville, click here.
Want to get more involved? We would love help from groups and individuals in shaping this year's Climate Convergence! Get in touch with us to get plugged into the organizing collective or for more details.
For more information check out: www.climateconvergence.org
The organizers of the Convergence for Climate Action believe that anti-oppression work is vital to community organizing and to building a movement to eliminate the exploitation of people and the planet. The Convergence for Climate Action will have anti-oppression workshops and participants will be strongly encouraged to participate. In order to create a safe and productive environment for activism and community, we will not be tolerating behavior that demeans, marginalizes, or threatens people. Examples are offensive remarks about a person's gender, age, sexual orientation, race, mental health, culture, general appearances, income status, being a parent or a child, employed or unemployed, level of experience in activism, etc.... Any type of sexual, verbal, or physical assault will be taken especially seriously by the convergence organizers. On account of the short nature of the event and limited resources, convergence participants may be asked to immediately leave the event should they be accused of oppressive behavior. We thank everyone for helping to make the convergence a safe, comfortable, productive and super fun environment!
Dirty Energy / False Solutions Policy
The Convergence for Climate Action is committed to Earth-centered, community-based solutions to the climate crisis that foster local autonomy and self-sufficiency. We see corporate led, business friendly "solutions" to the climate crisis as inherently opposed to this vision. We do not accept alternative energy sources that externalize their costs onto human and natural communities in the name of reducing carbon emissions. This includes but is not limited to nuclear power, "clean" coal, large scale ethanol and biofuels, carbon sequestration, trading, or offsets, and large dams. These technologies have social and environmental costs that far outweigh any benefits they provide in regards to fighting climate change. We firmly believe that any conversation on alternative energy must address the issue of consumption. No future form of energy can be considered sustainable without drastic reductions in our energy and resource consumption.
Things Not to Bring
Bad Attitude (unless you mean bad as in good)
Geographical Scope: Regional