This Changes Everything 

This Changes Everything based on Naomi Klein’s Book 
Hosted by NAACP, Indiana Environmental Climate Justice
Thursday, November 12 

7:30PM – 9:31PM

AMC Showplace  Traders Point 12 

5920 W 86th St, Indianapolis , IN, US, 46278 

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We would like additional tickets to share with communities most impacted by climate change.  
Contact Denise to discuss:  inecjnaacp@att.net

 

This Changes Everything

Immediate Release Indiana People’s Climate Movement 

People’s Climate MovementIndiana NAACP

For Immediate Release: October 14, 2015

Contact: Denise Abdul-Rahman, inecjnaacp@att.net

INDIANA, Indianapolis, Hammond [NAACP, Indiana in collaboration with Kheprw Institute, Faith Leaders of color, and other Frontline Organizations are hosting three events on October 14th, 2015] to Demand Action on Climate Change

October 14th 12:00 pm

Dr. Philip K. James – Pastor

The Historic Mount Zion Baptist Church

3500 N. Graceland Avenue

Indianapolis, Indiana 46208

Celebrating 146 Years, Doing Ministry that Makes A Difference – Redefining Forward

http://www.mzbchurch.org 

October 14th, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Imhotep Adisa, Executive Director

Kheprw Institute

3549 Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN

http://www.kheprw.org

 

October 14th, 7:00 pm

Rev. Alfred Weems, Jr.

Victory in Jesus Worship Center International

6243 Monroe Avenue

Hammond, IN

219-688-4377

 Comes Ahead of Critical Climate Talks in Paris

 Indiana, One year after the historic People’s Climate March, when 400,000 people crowded the streets of New York City, NAACP, Indiana today October 14, 2015 joined the People’s Climate Movement as part of its 100-city National Day of Action to demand action on climate change.

 

NAACP, Indiana, President Attorney Barbara Bolling-Williams says, “We want the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), Governor Mike Pence, Senator Donnelly, all of our leaders and African American Faith Leaders to know the urgency of climate action, and that the more inequality there is the more environmental injustice there is.”

 

“We have organized events in a few of our communities symbolic of our on the ground frontline communities that make up low income and communities of color. The most vulnerable to climate change. We will conduct a social media blast representing over 15 of our branch presidents and their members. I will be a NAACP, Indiana and Grassroots Global Alliance Delegate to Paris, representing our communities call for action at the COP 21,” said Denise Abdul-Rahman, NAACP, Indiana Environmental Climate Justice Chair

 

 

“As President of the Concerned Clergy of Indianapolis, and Pastor of Purpose of Life Ministries. I am in support of all efforts to protect Our Climate. Climate Change has and will disproportionately impact the least of thee, and I will continue to be a model in support and concern for the environment that we need to be good stewards of, “ said Rev. David W. Greene, Sr.

 

 

Rev. Dr. Philip Karl James, is Pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church of Indianapolis, IN.  

He says, “Climate Change has and will disproportionately impact the least of thee. It is time for just and equitable systems. Our communities need to be resistance and able to weather the storm. ”

 

 

Indiana People’s Climate Movement also comes in the buildup to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year. At this meeting, world leaders will make critical decisions that will impact generations to come.

 

“These actions across the country send a clear signal to the world leaders meeting in Paris that the time is now to act and act boldly to reduce carbon emissions and to make serious, binding commitments to fight climate change,” said Paul Getsos, National Coordinator of the People’s Climate Movement.

*****Rev. President Homer Clay Cobb, Hammond NAACP and Rev. Alfred Weems, Jr. Victory in Jesus Worship Center International quotes are available upon request

 

NAACP, Indiana Environmental Climate Justice Our mission is to Influence and impact Indiana Environmental, Energy and Economic policies that will lead to cleaner energy, healthier environments and green economic opportunities for our members who are predominately, People of Color (POC) and People of Low Income (POL) or the frontline community. Our communities typically live within the service area of coal-fired/fossil fuel power plants and are most negatively impacted by the energy decisions, such as, greenhouse gases (GHG) within the State of Indiana. Indiana NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program Overarching Goals: 1. Reduce harmful emissions, particularly greenhouse gases 2. Advance energy efficiency and clean energy 3. Improve community resilience and adaptation, http://www.facebook.com/indiananaacpecj @indiananaacpecj

 

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What is Climate Change?

By  Denise Abdul-Rahman, Environmental Climate Justice, NAACP, Indiana 

 
What is Climate Change?

Our climate (temperature and weather) are changing. It is changing because of carbon pollution (CO2) that is emitted into the air. 

These emissions come largely from industrial plants and from automobile emissions. Some studies even include meat consumption as a major factor. 

Whatever the cause we have huge gigaton of carbon emitted and it is warming our beautiful planet over 2 degrees Celsius and fast approaching 4 degrees Celsius. 

This warming causes the glaciers to melt and when the enormous glaciers melt the sea levels rise, this rise has and will create flooding. 

Scientists say in 50 years islands like Haiti, Dominican Republic will be engulfed by water. Washington, DC and U.S. states have water for borders will be pushed further inland. 

There are extreme weather consequences too. This impact the most vulnerable people, low income and communities of color. These communities are face few resources, no preparedness plans, high unemployment, thus poverty and no reserves.  These communities reside in food deserts, most negatively impacted by high rising cost of agricultural yield, due to droughts and floods. 

These are reasons why there is a climate change agreement among 46 nations to reduce carbon pollution. This meeting is called Conference of Parties and this December in Paris, France, will be the 21st meeting and thus it is called COP21. 

The challenge is developed countries like the U.S. and China emit far more than underdeveloped countries therefore we should do more to reduce carbon pollution. This COP21 Climate agreement is voluntary and it should be mandatory. 

We should act on climate change with a fierce urgency of now to reduce our carbon emissions individually, locally, nationally and globally. 

We should act on climate change now!  It is a moral, civil and human right. 

IN NAACP on Amos Brown discussing the President Obama’s Clean Power Plan

President Obama On Clean Power Plan/ Getty, Also on the program, reaction from a top local environmental leader to President Barack Obama‘s Clean Power Plan, announced Monday that’s designed to reduce Global Warming and pollution by 2030. The plan has already been bitterly attacked by Governor Mike Pence who vows to defy the President’s proposal and fight it in court. Denise Abdul-Rahman, of the Indiana NAACP’s Environment Committee explained the President’s plan and why it would be beneficial for our African-American community. Abdul-Rahman believes that the opportunity for jobs in solar power and wind power would greatly benefit the Black community under the President’s proposal.
Click here IN NAACP on Amos Brown

 The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST For Tuesday, August 4, 2015 Runs 102 Minutes ©2015 WTLC/Radio One. PODCAST Starts After Brief Video Ad.

Indiana NAACP stands with Broad Coalition Rejecting IPL Increase

Denise Abdul-Rahman, Chair of Indiana’s NAACP Environmental Climate Justice, added “It is unfair for communities of concern to continue to host and bear the burden of an antiquated infrastructure and fossil fuel energy source. Now they are subjected to the possibility of paying more, when they are already surviving by employing energy efficiency tactics out of necessity. ”
http://www.citact.org/sites/default/files/7-28-15-PR-Reject_IPL_increase_vulnerable_population.pdf

Indiana NAACP supporters Stand up for #EnergyDemocracy and #JustEnergy

It was standing room only, but the Indiana NAACP #Just Energy Freedom supporters had front row seats, saved with blue square-cut outs with red words ”JustEnergy Freedom, Indiana NAACP” this is the campaign slogan for opposition to HB 1320.

The supporters are representatives of Gary Branch NAACP pictured from right to left (Leona Chandler-Felton, Gary Environmental Climate Justice (ECJ) Chair & Fred Buckley), Indiana NAACP ECJ Chair, (Denise Abdul-Rahman) Minority Business Enterprise Solar Development (Keni Washington, Earth-Solar), and an Indianapolis, IN resident, who is a member of the Indianapolis NAACP Branch (Rita Gousman).  The supporters are passionate regarding their opposition and their support of Indiana NAACP position on  HB 1320 and “showed up and showed out” at the Utility and Telecommunications Committee Hearing held on February 18, 2015.

The bill is indicative of attacks on Net Metering policies across the country. The word is organizations like ALEC and Edison Electric Institute are the “Ghost Writers” or playbook for all of the attacks on the Clean Energy Distributed Generation. This playbook has created a “Great Debate” that low-income and minorities are and will suffer on their electric utility bill,  because they are “subsidizing” others that distribute clean energy across the grid.

The bill was authored by Representative Koch and it initially set out to impose fixed rate charges on customer that are energy receivers and customers that generate energy. This section of the bill was referred to as “Section 8” and was removed and considered a victory.  However, the bill still proposes a  tariff on distributed generation.

Somehow the varying lobbyist managed to obtain resolutions and such, that validated the subsidy claim.  These resolutions were presented at the hearing.  The first was presented by Representative Koch a resolution from the National Policy Alliance, then upon later a resolution from the American Association of Blacks in Energy.

There were 42 persons and some representing organizations signed up to provide testimony, including 5 supporters of the Indiana NAACP position.  Only 8 persons representing organizations were allowed to speak in opposition of which the Indiana NAACP ECJ Chair, Denise Abdul-Rahman was allowed to speak, but had arranged for the IN NAACP advocates to speak.  There were 2 speakers in a neutral position and only 2 spokesperson for the bill, Indiana Energy Association (IEA) and Industry Manufacturers Association.  This was unsettling particularly since, the Gary Branch ECJ Chair had traveled from Gary, IN.  The State NAACP Chair stood up and requested that Our Representatives be heard with no avail. 

NAACP is Standing up and Representing Our Communities.