Some of the San Antonians who have most consistently and visibly protested CPS Energy’s decision to meet future energy needs with nuclear power have marshaled from the offices of the local social-justice institution known as the Southwest Workers’ Union. Now, SWU is packing off two of its staff members — Jill Johnson and Diana Lopez — to agitate in Denmark at the historic two-week climate meeting in Copenhagen. Over the next two weeks, Johnson and Lopez will be peppering Queblog with their observations on efforts to forge an international agreement that — circumventing climate hell and high water — also does right by the planet’s less affluent and most climate-vulnerable nations.
“While politicians in the U.S. have consistently shied away from taking any meaningful action, I feel that I must represent grassroots communities inside the U.S. that not only are demanding bold action but are also already suffering from living on the frontline of dirty fossil fuel industry.”
— Jill Johnson,
Organizing Director, SWU
“I feel it is necessary, as a young person, to be at the forefront of the climate justice movement, because it will be my and future generations who will bear the burden of today’s weak climate legislation and who will ultimately pay for the profits of today’s companies.”
— Diana Lopez,
Environmental Justice Organizer, SWU