1Sky Climate Activists Kicked Back at the Swanky South Beach “Pollution Party”
Saturday, February 12th in Miami- 60 plus climate activists showed up for the 1Sky Swanky South Beach Pollution Party at the Carlton Hotel on South Beach, who donated the space and low-cost drinks to folks who signed up to get involved with 1Sky’s cause. Guests came dressed as their most detested pollution. The costumes? South Miami Mayor Phil Stoddard attended as sweet, crude oil, dressed in a large, dark plastic bag, and his wife, Gray Read, wore a hat of plastic bags. 1Sky volunteer Albert Gomez and one of the party’s coordinators dressed in dark colors as dirty water, while 1Sky organizer Andrea Cuccaro dressed in a flight attendant suit with airplanes and exhaust cloud to signify the 3 percent of annual global carbon emissions from air planes alone. Jim Harper, a writer for The Biscayne Times, put a bunch of his junk mail on a necklace, while Erik Ofengand, a volunteer organizer for1Sky and Greenpeace was a nuclear waste handler complete with a lab coat and goggles, and signage. Other costumes included giant plastic rings like the ones on soda cans, medical waste, and plastic bottle necklaces.
Brian Scheinblum, owner of the Carlton Hotel, has spoken at a previous 1Sky press conference and is a supporter of the need for carbon reduction and clean energy policies along with 1Sky. He has restored the Clifton South Beach, just down the street from the Carlton, as an eco-chic boutique hotel. The Clifton takes advantage of solar panels, LED lighting, an energy management system and so much more to make it one of the greenest buildings in South Florida. “It was great to participate with 1Sky in another great event. We hope that the party was a fun break for those in our community who are working so hard to move our country toward non-polluting renewable energy sources. We truly appreciate all their efforts.”
For years, 1Sky organizers and volunteers have rallied for support around a federal climate bill which, though a minimum of 16,000 people petitioned U.S. Senators in Florida alone, was killed by the heavy spenders in the coal and oil lobbies, and fell off of the agenda in the U.S. Senate last August, even after passing through the U.S. House. 1Sky’s solutions to climate change include reducing carbon emissions in the timelines outlined by thousands of scientists worldwide who contribute to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports. According to the IPCC, we must reduce our collective global carbon 20 percent below what it was in 1990 by the year 2020, and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, and 1Sky mobilizes citizen voters and experts regularly to remind leaders in Congress. 1Sky also emphasizes the need for swift transitions away from fossil fuels to clean energy to make this happen. Because humans have burned too much carbon and other greenhouse gases- gases that trap heat in the atmosphere, we are changing the balance of our ecosystems and the temperatures that are related, and the way to change course is to set a quick new agenda for desired carbon levels, and using fuel from renewable power.
In 2007, The Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency could begin using The Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gases from coal-fired power plants- our nation’s largest single source of greenhouse gases and the biggest win to fight climate change. Now coal and other fossil fuel industries are heavily lobbying Congress to undo the ruling through legislation, as our government’s system of checks and balances allows. But a citizen movement can stop them by contacting congress in mass.
That’s why 1Sky supporters across the country have held parties and meet ups this month- to rasie awareness and energize citizens to visit Congress in mass in a few weeks and tell them “Protect the EPA’s authority to limit emissions under The Clean Air Act!” Other meet ups and house parties are taking place in Orlando and Tallahassee, to be followed by visits to local offices of Senator Nelson and Senator Rubio. Contact 1Sky to join and help organize a local office visit near you