Monday, November 8, 2010
Biomass Incinerator: Springfield City Council finally hearing our opposition?
More than a dozen of us are signed up for the speak-out portion of the council meeting tonight. We'll be focusing on the health impact a plant like this will have on our community. We didn't expect to stick around for the rest of the meeting, but now that there's actually a resolution, we'll stay and see what happens.
I am not so naive as to think our battle is won-- the developers are smarmy and they'll have plenty to say-- but it's a step in the right direction. I'll post about the results and next steps.
"We are talking about two grand projects in dispute. On the one side is the project of capital and imperialism, which signifies looting, which signifies death, and which signifies all of the false solutions to climate change that we reject entirely.
We assert that we need to change the system and not the climate. We assume the construction of another project: the project of life. A project based on principles that defend life, the Mother Earth, and that is based on another model of social, economic, political and cultural development. That is why we are here."
-Itelvina Masioli, a Brazilian leader of the international small farmer movement, La Via Campesina, speaking on April 20, 2010, at the People's World Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Ronnie Cummins is attending the summit as a representative of the OCA. Organic Consumers Organization
Photo from the City Project at Flickr.