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Archives for February 2020
Phone Bank Campaign
Come join us to call our Phoenix City Mayor and Councilors to urge them to declare a Climate Emergency! Our families, youth, and community cannot wait any longer!
In concert with our demand for the City of Phoenix to declare a climate emergency, Extinction Rebellion, Mi Familia Vota, the Sunrise Movement, and AZ Youth Strike have begun a phone banking campaign with a focus on city counselors, the mayor, and an emergency declaration. This will be an ongoing campaign until our needs are met. Thus, we plan on calling our representatives, expressing our concerns about the climate crisis and demanding a declaration of emergency.
If you are comfortable with these types of calls, you may use a sample script below, or create your own, and use the table further below for councilor contact information. You can call from the comforts of your home or if you want some coaching, contact Jean Boucher at email@example.com or Arlinda Bajrami at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phoenix City Council – Phone Bank Scripts for Climate Emergency Declaration
Note: _These phone banking (or email/tweeting) scripts are only guides; you can say whatever you want. Near the end is is more free-flowing. Try to make an appointment if you can and we will support with personnel from our organizations. These two sample scripts are almost identical, but the first script does not ask for an appointment.
My name is ———— and I live in district x (or Phoenix metropolitan area) and I feel ——— (fill in how you feel, e.g., worried/concerned/frustrated/angry/anxious/scared) because I’ve been following the climate change science and our future is looking pretty unlivable. But if humanity could quickly change its environmental behavior future generations might have a chance. Is anyone doing anything? I think Phoenix has the potential to be one of the leaders in addressing the climate crisis and I want a climate emergency declared–like Los Angeles and New York did–and for us to also ramp-up our climate action plan. Can you tell me a little on councilor ——‘s position on this?
My name is ———— and I am a constituent living in district x, Valley of the Sun, and I am really worried about air quality and drought due to climate change. Our future without immediate action looks pretty grim. If we could make quick changes in our environmental behaviors, future generations might have a chance at life as we know it. What are you doing to help? I think Phoenix has great potential to be one of the leaders in addressing the climate crisis. I want Phoenix to declare a climate emergency, like Los Angeles and New York, and to ramp-up a climate action plan for the Valley. I’d also like to meet with you to discuss what we can do to protect our future. Could you tell me the openings in your schedule?
District 5/ Vice Mayor
Please, just stop funding big oil. Fossil fuel is the largest cause of global warming and all the climate change that goes along with it. It’s an industry that will die as renewables forge a new path forward, or it will die along with the rest of us. Continued oil production ensures that your children and grandchildren will struggle to survive in a bleak world they didn’t create. It’s wrong to destroy God’s awesome and delicate creation just to make it cheaper to drive our kids to school, or easier to drink Coke on the road.
So we, Extinction Rebellion and our allies are going to help you to come to the right choice in this matter. We are going to suggest to your customers that they divest. Pull their money out of Wells Fargo accounts. We’re talking closing checking accounts, savings accounts, retirement accounts, refinance loans, cut up credit cards. There are plenty of credit unions and community banks that would treat them, their money, and the earth much better.
Think about it this way. If you were to announce tomorrow that you are divesting of all future oil projects, you will be immediately heralded as a champion of our future, you can steer the economy toward a clean energy future. You’d be heros! AND you’d be able to sleep at night knowing you’re not responsible for the destruction of ecosystems and for the deaths of BILLIONS of animal and human lives. Let’s face it, after the way you’ve been screwing with your customers (and scapegoating your employees), you could use some social capital right now.
Oil dependence is like smoking. It feels good at the time, but you know it’s killing you. So just go ahead and quit, cold turkey. It will only hurt for a little while, while your lungs work out all that tar and as your body and the earth slowly come to realize that it can breathe again. Until then you’re just delaying the inevitable, and slowly, or maybe quickly as in the case of Australia, you’re choking us all out in the process.
We have hope, we believe that you’ll come around sooner or later. Until then we, along with some of our friends, will be around to help make that decision just a little bit easier for you. We’re here, and we’re not going away until you stop financing oil.
Until next time,
“Joker” star Joaquin Phoenix has linked with environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion and non-profit organization Amazon Watch for a short film sounding the alarm around deforestation and global wildfires.
“Guardians of Life,” which Variety reveals exclusively above, also stars Rosario Dawson, Matthew Modine, Oona Chaplin, Q’orianka Kilcher and musician Albert Hammond Jr of The Strokes – all of whom play a medical team racing to save an unseen patient dying of heart failure on the operating table.
Describing the two-minute film as a call to action, Phoenix said: “I did it to raise awareness about the meat and dairy industry’s effect on climate change. The fact is we are clear cutting and burning rainforests and seeing the negative effects of those actions worldwide.
“People don’t realize there’s still time, but only if we act now and make sweeping changes to our consumption. We can’t wait for governments to solve these problems for us. We can’t wait until the election to try to make these changes. We have a personal responsibility to make changes in our own lives and act now.”
Phoenix delivered a rousing acceptance speech at the BAFTAs on Sunday, calling out “systemic racism” in the film industry, just hours after he led a protest in London with animal activists, advocating for veganism.
The actor was last month arrested for his part in a Washington D.C. protest with Jane Fonda, where he again discussed the link between climate change and animal agriculture.
“Guardians of Life” is the first of 12 films exploring the effects of climate change. The series is led by Extinction Rebellion and Mobilize Earth, and funded by a variety of organizations, including the U.K.-based Catalysts Foundation, as well as the global Climate Save Movement. Additional supporters include the Artists for the Amazon campaign and Environmental Media Association. Donations from the film go towards Amazon Watch and Extinction Rebellion.
Director Shaun Monson said he felt compelled to make the film in the style of a narrative short as documentary-style PSAs aren’t always effective in moving audiences to take action. “Instead of focusing on deforestation, ice melting and species extinction, we use a story as a metaphor,” he explained.
“The Amazon has been called the lungs of the world, or the heart of the world, but instead of documentary footage we proposed an ER setting with doctors and nurses trying to save an unseen patient with systemic heart failure. The twist is not only who one of the paramedics is, but what they were really fighting to save all along.”
Actor Matthew Modine added: “Children (are) inheriting a world unrecognizable to the one I was born into. This PSA is one way of opening people’s eyes to see what is actually happening right in front of us.”
Gail Bradbrook, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, said the film demonstrates how Hollywood is using its influence to take on the climate and ecological crisis. “There is still a disconnect between how bad things are and the action that needs to happen. But that gap is narrowing. There are more significant people starting to break ranks, to tell the truth and act as if it is real.”