To the editor: The Alaska Sunrise Movement strives to encourage our communities in educating themselves on the issues that will impact us the most. It should concern us that the Environmental Protection Agency is working to eliminate the “Clean Power” plan and replace it with the “Affordable Clean Energy” plan. It’s just one way of many that a profit-driven system is attempting to pass the buck on to its consumers. Instead of focusing on transitioning into clean energy, it seeks to prolong our coal power plants by requiring them to make small “efficiency upgrades.”
It’s time people understand that climate inaction is impacting every resident’s right to a livable future. What we have been seeing from decades of “trickle down economics” is the American dollar being invested further in oil development, in the name of growing GDP, without considering the impact we are having on the land and thus future generations. That is why the youths are rising in the message of demanding a “livable future.” While the baby boomers have seen the climax of oil production in their generation, they appear to have little motivation to bail us out of the messy situation that the youths are currently waking up in.
The Democratic National Committee’s recent proclamation that political debates won’t be focusing on climate is strong evidence that neither of the two major parties is stepping up to represent the issues that impact us most. That is why the Sunrise Movement is stepping up to organize by changing the debate and political common sense by focusing on two factors: building people power and political power.
If possible, we must challenge the political establishment and elect leaders who are not influenced by fossil fuel money, and we do this by growing our people power. Locally, we must continue to fight for clean air, and if that means breaking up our energy utilities, then by all means we must, because a livable future is just the bear minimum of what we owe the future inhabitants of the planet.