Oct 6, 2007
Take the Plunge, Make a Pledge, and Get Into Energy Conservation!
On Day 3, you spent some time with the ENERGY STAR@Home interactive tool, and made some changes around your home. Hopefully, you're seeing how easy it is to cut your energy use, and even challenging yourself to find other ways to put a dent in your utility bills.
Of course, it's always easier to keep these kinds of commitments if you share them with others - that's part of the thinking behind the Green Living Journal. For seven years, the ENERGY STAR program has also offered an opportunity to make a public commitment to lowering your energy use: The ENERGY STAR "Change a Light, Change the World" campaign. It's a simple idea: you simply pledge to change one light bulb in your home to one that's ENERGY STAR-qualified. Then, of course, you do it!
If you want to get into this effort even more, take a look at the campaign's community page. See which states and organizations are leading the way in pledges, read success stories by participants (or submit your own), and listen to a podcast on the 2006 Change a Light Day event.
Your Action for Today:
Take the Pledge
Take the pledge to change a bulb (and change the world), and do it! If you want to find out more about ENERGY STAR qualifications for lighting and fixtures, check out these sections of The Green Life Guide.
Tomorrow: Driving green
The GO Team
May 26, 2006
Call for Weekend of Resistance Against the "Green
Scare" June 9 - 11, 2006
by Jeff Free Luers
This June marks my 6th year in prison. From behind
these walls I have strived to remain an active part of
this struggle; from contributing to the dialogue and
discussion of tactics, to furthering the debate on
climate change in the public. Perhaps most importantly
I am proof that prison cannot crush the spirit of
This year has seen an increase in state repression
against activists and radicals alike. It is truly a
scary time. We all know about the "Red Scare" - the
government's attempt to justify repression by labeling
dissidents "communists" back in the 1950's. Today we
see their "Green Scare" attempt to crush resistance by
labeling them "eco-terrorists."
For the last three years, June 11th has been
celebrated as an international day of solidarity with
me, Jeffrey Luers. I have been overjoyed with a sense
of love & pride at the support I have received from
around the world. My deepest and sincerest thanks go
out to all of you.
Right now there are more than a dozen people sitting
in American jails (or on strict bail release) accused
of Earth/Animal Liberation Front actions. Six people
were originally arrested. These arrests were based
almost entirely on the testimony of one police
informant, Jacob Ferguson. Bill Rodgers - accused of
multiple arsons - took his own life in a jail cell.
Unfortunately, several of those arrested are now
cooperating with the state.
These defendants are facing ridiculous charges and a
draconian amount of time.
This June, I ask you to show them the solidarity that
you have shown me. I ask that foremost in your mind be
the thought that the state is trying to break this
struggle with repressive and intimidating arrests and
sentences. I hope you understand that it's not just
those of us in prison being punished with these
sentences; they are designed to be examples to you, to
frighten you into compliance. This June I'm asking you
to demonstrate that you can't be intimidated.
Celebrate your dissent, give it voice. Be loud. Be
visible. If you have the ability, organize a reclaim
the streets party or a critical mass.
If you are going to host a fundraiser or venue event,
I ask that you donate all proceeds to the legal
defense of those recently arrested who maintain
integrity in the face of repression, whether they are
innocent or guilty.
This June, show the world that the voice of truth will
not be silenced by fear.
Contact Friends of Jeff Luers, PO Box 3, Eugene, OR
97440 USA or email firstname.lastname@example.org for
June 9 - 11, 2006, is a Weekend of Resistance Against
the Green Scare. There is no central organizing body
or group to check in with but the Jeff Luers Support
Network can help by providing you with flyers,
graphics, and merchandise such as videos, zines and
stickers about Jeff and allies in the struggle. Begin
planning your event now. Read more about the Green
Scare defendants here. Plan an action that makes sense
for your area: a demonstration, treesit, music
festival, teach-in, stenciling campaign, rally,
protests at an American consulate/embassy overseas or
public forum. Circulate petitions. Contribute to the
legal defense for the defendants. Do what you think is
appropriate. But please remember when planning an
action or event think about how it could affect the
upcoming court cases. Ask yourself: does this help or
hurt the defendants? Does this strengthen the movement
or weaken it in the long-term?
East Coast contact:
Friends of Jeff 'Free' Luersemail@example.com
West Coast contacts:
Free's Defense Network -PO Box 3, Eugene, OR 97440,
San Francisco Jeffrey Luers Support Network-
Brighton Anarchist Black Cross- PO Box 74, Brighton,
East Sussex, BN1 4ZQ, UK, firstname.lastname@example.org
May 26, 2006 8:53am
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