*** Please note the new location for this event – Yarborough Branch Library ***
350 Austin Special Meeting – “The IPCC Report: Taking Action in Austin” THIS MEETING IS REPLACING THE READING GROUP FOR THIS MONTH ONLY.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Yarborough Branch, Austin Public Library, 2200 Hancock Drive, Austin, Texas 78756
You are no doubt aware that the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report last week on the necessity of urgent, systemic action on climate change that has finally gotten the attention of the mainstream media. The normally cautious and conservative body of scientists produced a report that left no doubt that if we do not cut greenhouse gas emissions fast – a target of 12 years – we won’t be able to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius. It is now clear that 2 degrees of warming will bring about devastating conditions for all of life.
Although it omitted key tipping points that indicate we likely have less than 12 years to act decisively, the IPCC report has nevertheless created a moment in which decision-makers may actually respond to the climate crisis.
At 350 Austin, we want to capitalize on this moment to make significant progress on our campaigns: push Austin Energy to be Fossil Free Faster; push the LCRA to shut down the Fayette Coal Plant; and encourage local institutions to divest from fossil fuels and invest in an equitable, low-carbon economy.
We are thus calling a special meeting to share ideas and visions on how to blow open the tiny window of opportunity the IPCC report has provided.
The 350 Austin Reading Group leader, Mike Ignatowski, has graciously agreed to share the time and space normally devoted to the reading group for our special meeting. The short article by George Monbiot that Mike had selected for the group provides a perfect springboard for our discussion. Is it time for Non-violent Direct Action (NVDA)?
If you can, read George Monbiot’s short article.
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