New  Haven marks International Day of Climate Action

Over 200 people braved rain and wind on the historic New Haven Green October 24 for International Day of Climate Action. After some speeches and music, a human “350” was formed, signifying the immediate decrease in carbon footprint that must be achieved in the world, down from the present 385 which is melting the artic icecaps. An evening program featured more speakers and a potluck dinner. Students and community activists mingled together, joining with similar actions taking place on all continents.

Organizers of the campaign are calling for a rapid reduction in carbon emission. They hope to influence work on a United Nations treaty scheduled for completion this December at a conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. They support a high enough price on carbon to cut down usage and measures to insure a fair chance for developing countries. In 2007 they helped organize over 2,000 demonstrations in the United States, which leads the industrialized world in per capita emissions, which succeeded in the first Congressional action to reduce carbon dioxide.

Photo: Justin Haaheim


Joelle Fishman
Joelle Fishman

Joelle Fishman chairs the Connecticut Communist Party USA. She is a Commissioner on the City of New Haven Peace Commission, serves on the executive board of the Alliance of Retired Americans in Connecticut and is an active member of many economic rights and social justice organizations. She was a candidate for Congress from 1973 to 1982, maintaining minor-party ballot status for the Communist Party in Connecticut's Third Congressional District. As chair of the CPUSA Political Action Commission, she has played an active role in the broad labor and people's alliance that defeated the ultra-right in the 2008 elections and continues to mobilize for health care, worker rights and peace.