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Beyond Coal!

Ignition Green tabled at the Beyond Coal event cohosted by Sierra Club and Climate Action SA in San Antonio, Texas! We worked with 22 other organizations and discussed how to transition San Antonio to coal-free by 2030, including retiring San Antonio’s two current coal plants: Spruce 1 and Spruce 2.

Coal is one of the most dangerous fossil fuels because its combustion is extremely inefficient, meaning that relatively large amounts must be burnt to produce adequate energy. Additionally, coal combustion releases greenhouse gases (contributing to global warming) as well as toxic particulate matter, which contributes severely to air pollution.

Stay tuned for more Ignition Green adventures!

 

Featured Image: Ignition Green members Sebastian Lopez, Benjamin Walls, Jackson Monas, and Calli Recore with some Beyond Coal swag!

Climate Action SA

Ignition Green joins Climate Action San Antonio, dedicated to ensuring community involvement and climate justice in San Antonio!

Climate Justice

You may ask, what is climate justice? The term frames climate change as an issue that is not only environmental, but also ethical, social, and political in nature. Specifically, the ability of a community to adapt to climate change is shaped by factors like race, income, social class, and political representation. Low-income communities and communities of color have the least resources available to combat climate change and, in times of crisis, often receive less disaster relief and recovery assistance.
Thus, climate justice calls for a “human-centric” approach to climate change, protecting our most vulnerable communities and sharing the burden of climate change (and our world’s resources) equitably and fairly. Climate justice also encompasses other concepts like human rights, gender equality, and education. To learn more about climate justice and its role in the climate movement, visit:
The Bali Principles of Climate Justice http://www.ejnet.org/ej/bali.pdf
The Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice https://www.mrfcj.org/principles-of-climate-justice/

Sustainable San Antonio

Along with climate justice, Climate Action SA is working to incorporate greater use of carbon-free energy in San Antonio. This includes:

  • Going coal free by 2025
  • Closing San Antonio’s two remaining coal power plants, Spruce 1 and Spruce 2
  • Transitioning San Antonio to 100% carbon-free energy generation by 2030

In the coming months, we’ll be working closely with local communities to mitigate climate change and address climate justice issues faced by San Antonio’s most vulnerable demographics. Visit Climate Action SA here.

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Video Shoot!

Lights, camera, Ignition! Led by Director of Marketing Benjamin Walls, Ignition Green members met this past weekend to film a video on our mission, purpose, and story. Stay tuned for the video to be uploaded to our website soon!

 

Featured Image: Marketing director Ben Walls and his assistant Peyton Pfeiffer fiddle with the audio setup.

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We go to Rawlinson Middle School!

Ignition Green went to Rawlinson Middle School in San Antonio, Texas to spread our mission of climate awareness! We educated students on climate change, its causes, and its ramifications, and we held group discussions on how individuals can make a difference for the environment. We hope the students will take these valuable lessons home and help their families and households be more eco-friendly.

But wait, there’s more! This trip marks the beginning of Ignition Green’s new outreach program for middle and elementary schools! High school members of Ignition Green will be taking regular trips to local elementary and middle schools to spread climate awareness and love for Earth to the younger generations. Stay tuned for our future excursions!

 

Featured image: Ignition Green members Gabbie Gonzalez, Kate Cazares, Catherine Gibson, Dafne Villanueva, and Steven Maclin (left to right) pose for a selfie in the car after the Rawlinson trip.