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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Arlinda Bajrami at email@example.com.
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
“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.”