Locals and climate activists protest Vanguard at Covanta Incinerator in Plymouth Township during “Points of Destruction” Tour
On Saturday, January 8, over forty people of all ages gathered outside the gate of Covanta’s Conshohocken incinerator to highlight the role of big money in perpetuating pollution and dangerous greenhouse gases, like those emitted by the facility.
MALVERN, PA -- Today, EQAT, Fossil-Free Penn, and local climate groups held a rally and art-filled action to call attention to Vanguard’s billions invested in fossil fuels and other climate destructive projects. A group of about 50 participants held signs, sang, and chalked around Vanguard’s Malvern campus, naming the firm's climate-destructive business practices as a threat to a sustainable future. While many rallied, a small cohort from the group attempted to deliver a letter to Vanguard CEO Mortimer Buckley, demanding that Vanguard be part of the solution by making an ambitious climate plan that 1. Takes its money out of fossil fuels and 2. Makes meaningful investments that will rapidly address climate change, in time for the much anticipated COP26 talks in Glasgow. Vanguard refused to receive the letter and instead called local police on the peaceful protesters. Today’s rally was one of many in the Fossil Free Future global day of action.
Activists set up 3AM camp on PECO’s plaza, protest PECO’s new 5 year climate-destroying, community-destroying energy plan
After a week of fasting in spiritual preparation, at 3am today activists from the Power Local Green Jobs (PLGJ) campaign set up camp on PECO’s plaza under a giant tent banner that read “PECO has no climate plan”. Later in the morning, dozens of activists from across PECO’s service area marched and car caravanned from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) to PECO to call attention to PECO’s dangerous new 5-year energy plan.
Canoe Catamaran and Flotilla of Kayaks Take to the Schuylkill River with Call for PECO to Forgive Bills, Address Climate Change
Wednesday August 19th saw a flotilla of 11 kayaks, and a canoe catamaran displaying an enormous round banner, paddle up the Schuylkill River to a meet-up with PECO ratepayers who are calling on PECO to forgive utility bills accumulated during the pandemic and to take action on climate change.
On Thursday, August 6th the PA Public Utility Commission rejected PECO’s proposed bill relief plan in a 2-2 vote. In this time of sky-high unemployment in low-income communities, payment of utility bills has become an impossible burden for many residents. They are faced with the dilemma of trying to pay for electricity and gas with money they don’t have vs. watching their arrearages mount into the hundreds and thousands of dollars and threatening future shut-offs.
PHILADELPHIA, PA — Yesterday, leaders from the Power Local Green Jobs (PLGJ) Campaign sent PECO a roadmap the company could take to transition away from electricity generated by fossil fuels. Since 2015, the PLGJ campaign has demanded that PECO create a plan to source 20% of its electricity from local solar projects in a way that prioritizes community-owned solar and the creation of thousands of new jobs. In response to PECO’s inaction, PLGJ members released a plan of their own, naming that PECO’s inadequate investment in renewable energy sources and local job creation has stalled any real action on climate change.
The climate is changing, why isn’t PECO? Since 2015 activists in the Power Local Green Jobs (PLGJ) campaign have been pressing PECO to plan a transition away from energy generated by dangerous fossil fuels. Yet business-as-usual thinking continues to dominate the company's actions.
Prayer Vigil at the Pennsylvania PUC Spotlights Climate Crisis and Need for a Local Solar Energy Transition
HARRISBURG - Today activists gathered at the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to pray for prompt action to reduce the use of fossil fuels for electricity and accelerate the transition to renewable energy sources, particularly solar. Since 2015, activists from the Southeastern Pennsylvania-based Power Local Green Jobs campaign have been pressing their utility (PECO) to lead the way in transitioning away from electricity generated by fossil fuels. The Campaign is demanding that PECO buy at least 20% of its electricity from local solar projects by 2025, in a way that prioritizes community-ownership of solar panels and local green jobs creation in PECO’s territory.
PHOENIXVILLE, PA — On Wednesday, December 11, four EQAT activists were arrested for blocking traffic at a PECO service center in Phoenixville, PA. The activists were joined by over a dozen ratepayers, led by local climate justice organization Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT). The concerned ratepayers say that even though utility provider PECO plays a key role in disaster preparedness and mitigation, it has refused to prepare for climate crisis. They asserted that PECO should aggressively respond to climate change — a growing cause of weather-related disasters that impact the region — through local renewable energy sourcing.
Adults Answer Call of #YouthClimateStrike with Action: It’s Time to Hold Corporations Accountable to the Future
PHILADELPHIA, PA — On Thursday, Sept. 26, dozens of adults and elders descended on PECO’s headquarters with a pressing question: “Climate is changing. Why isn’t PECO?” These activists, including educators and grandparents, were moved to action by the tremendous call of youth leaders around the world, and in particular the thousands of children who poured into the streets of Philadelphia this past Friday. Thursday’s action included speakers from communities affected by PECO’s negligence, and activists participated in civil disobedience to call attention to the current climate crisis. “As adults who care about and love the young people in our community, we know it is our obligation to continue to challenge our region’s electric utility, PECO, to share its plan for avoiding climate catastrophe. Adults can no longer sit back as corporations like PECO continue to cash in on the future of Philadelphia’s youth,” said Dwight Dunston, a Philadelphia educator and board member of Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT)