News » News Etc.

Local activists to attend Copenhagen



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

Support Local Journalism.
Join the San Antonio Current Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the San Antonio Press Club for as little as $5 a month.