The Society of Fearless Grandmothers Santa Barbara, in cooperation with 350 Santa Barbara and the Greta Thunberg Fridays for Future international organization, is sponsoring its second monthly SHOE STRIKE FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE on Saturday, August 29, 2020, from noon to 1 PM at the County Administration Building at 105 E. Anapamu in Santa Barbara.
CLIMATE CHANGE = RECORD HEAT & MORE WILDFIRES!
With hundreds of wildfires currently burning in California, Governor Gavin Newsom recently stated that “(c)limate change is real.” Last week saw record breaking heat with 1300 F in Death Valley. Newsom said, “If you are in denial about climate change, come to California.” However, the Governor has approved more than 1,500 new permits for drilling oil and gas wells in 2020! He has ended a fracking moratorium, approving hundreds of new fracking events. These fossil fuel projects increase the greenhouse gas emissions which are responsible for climate change, taking us in the opposite direction we need to be going. We call on the Governor to decide whether he will continue to cater to the industry that is fueling the climate crisis, OR whether he will be a climate champion, protecting future generations with bold action NOW.
WE DEMAND that our elected officials at ALL levels of government must
- DENY any new permits for fossil fuel projects,
- FOCUS responses to the COVID-19 crisis on a just transition from the fossil fuel economy,
- PROTECT people and the environment — not corporate profit,
- END systemic oppression to stop the long history of racial and economic injustice.
SHOE STRIKES are a covid-safe means of holding a demonstration without the need for large in- person gatherings. Modeled on the SkoStrejk movement that started in Sweden, now spreading across the world, Shoe Strikes display shoes to represent the people who, but for the covid-19 pandemic, would be demonstrating in the streets. We can observe social distancing while making our message visible: “People demand climate justice!”SHOE STRIKES are being held worldwide on the last Saturday of each month to raise awareness of the need for Climate Justice and to demand that elected officials at every level of government take immediate action to address the climate crisis and the social and economic impacts of climate change and the covid-19 pandemic. These two unprecedented crises require unprecedented action to protect our citizens and our planet.
THE SOCIETY OF FEARLESS GRANDMOTHERS-SANTA BARBARA is a group of calm, peaceful, loving, courageous older women who understand that the time to stand up for current and future generations is NOW. The group was formed out of a shared concern for the future of our planet and the need for climate justice. We are committed to nonviolence and believe that grass roots movements incorporating nonviolent civil disobedience are the best means of achieving the change needed to address the climate crisis. We recognize that the impacts of climate change disproportionately affect people of color and vulnerable populations. We can no longer tolerate a planet where anyone’s right to breathe is compromised – whether by police brutality, pollution or wildfire smoke.
To avoid the need for in-person viewing of the shoe display, images of the Strike for Climate Justice will be posted on our Twitter feed and on Facebook.