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Updated: Mar 23, 2020

Sunrise Movement Asheville knows that we need to take immediate action to address the climate crisis. In August 2019, we began asking The City to declare a Climate Emergency and pass a resolution that would initiate the planning process for a municipal Green New Deal. We collaborated with SACEE and city representatives, creating a resolution that outlines Asheville's plan to address the crisis. It includes a 2030 timeline for ending citywide GHG emissions, a structure for accessible public information hearings and listening sessions, acknowledgement of the unequal harm that climate change and government apathy impose on communities of color, and a commitment to calling upon the state and federal government to join in taking immediate action to address the climate crisis and give us a chance for a dignified future. We were happy when the climate emergency resolution was unanimously passed by city council in January 2020, but we know that this is just the beginning and we will continue showing up to fight for progress!

Last Sunday, we trained 70 PEOPLE at our @sunrisemvmt 101 training! What a way to start off 2020 and the decade of the Green New Deal!! 🌅🙌

Big thank you to everyone who came out to get trained and all our amazing trainers!❤️

Missed the training and still want to get involved? Come to one of our Green New Deal Launch Parties happening all around Asheville. Link in bio!

Photo credit: @jeffrey_decristofaro_official

Strategic racism is at the intersection of the climate crisis, which MLK deeply recognized. As we spend this day honoring his critical work in the civil rights movement and fighting white supremacy, here are just a few examples that demonstrate his connection between racial justice and climate justice. We must build an interracial, intergenerational, poor and working class coalition to defeat climate change and achieve justice for our planet and our people.

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