Wow. Just wow. Unless you had turned off all electronic devices and spent September 21 in the beautiful wilderness, you probably heard something about the People’s Climate March. More than 25,000 Sierra Club members, volunteers, and leaders participated in the event in New York, joining tens of thousands of other marchers representing religious, labor, youth, environmental, and civil rights organizations. It has been called the largest march in climate change history! But the action was not confined to the streets of New York. Hundreds of supporters marched in solidarity events all across Texas. [Updated 4:00pm, 9/29]
Neena Satija, Texas Tribune, Sept. 30, 2014
San Antonio is one step closer to buying some of the most expensive water ever sold in Texas, just as the deal is drawing more critics. The San Antonio Water System board on Monday unanimously approved a $3.4 billion contract to pipe in 50,000 acre-feet, or 16 billion gallons, of water a year from underneath Central Texas' Burleson County starting in 2019. The contract is with two companies, Austin-based BlueWater and the Spanish company Abengoa, whose joint venture is called the Vista Ridge pipeline.
[Originally posted in Austin American-Statesman, Sept. 23, 2014] My son turned 12 years old this year. During his lifetime, the price of solar panels has dropped 70 percent. Texas has become the national leader in installed wind capacity, driving an economic resurgence in many rural communities. The blades turning in Texas have created thousands of jobs while also lowering the cost of electricity for businesses, schools and consumers. From large businesses to hard-working families, all of us are benefiting from the downward pressure Texas wind power has put on monthly electric bills.
While most media surrounding the official opening of San Antonio’s new solar panel manufacturing facility deservedly focused on its great economic impact and the city’s dedication to becoming a clean energy hub, solar industry publications picked up on another positive aspect. This facility is part of a growing global trend toward a more efficient type of solar panel. Mission Solar Energy’s new facility will produce “n-type” PV panels, which are more efficient than the more common “p-type” PV panels in widespread use today.
By Mayte Salazar-Ordonez, Sierra Club w/ contributions from Dave Cortez
All across the nation and the world tens of thousands of people are taking to the streets to greet world leaders at a gathering of the United Nations and to demand strong action on climate change. From flooding in Pakistan and Colorado to record superstorms in Indonesia and NYC, citizens are mobilizing to speak out as if in an escalating war against the polluters largely responsible for our rapidly changing climate, for polluting our communities with toxic chemicals, and for holding our economy hostage to a system built on extracted minerals and fossil fuels.
Right after the Earth, Wind & Fire Energy Summit, SXSW Eco kicks off in Austin (Oct 6-8). Use this code to receive more than half-off: reg-eco-gen7r_23nhju8ikj. SXSW Eco will feature three days of informative panels and workshops, inspirational speakers, intensive mentor and coaching programs, pitch competitions, workshops, networking events, receptions and much more.
The People's Climate March – held just days before the United Nations Climate Summit – just might be the biggest public outpouring of support for climate solutions this planet has ever seen. It is an unparalleled opportunity to let our world leaders know how urgently the public is calling for solutions to climate disruption, and how we need to move quickly from dirty fuels to clean energy. If you can’t make it though, there are many solidarity events in Texas.
Don’t forget to use #peoplesclimate if you’re tweeting from any of these events!