Mid-September 2011 brought about an interesting start to the Occupy movement which went on to spread worldwide into a passionate and powerful statement. By October, protesters were present on every continent with the exception of Antarctica and in November a staggering 64000 Americans signed up to participate in what was called Bank Transfer Day and moved their money from large capitalistic banks into local credit unions and private banks.
By the end of November environmental organizations across the world joined in full force to host Occupy Rooftops. The day was focused on projects in communities by taking photographs in front of buildings that they want help go green and get solar power.
What protesters are saying is crystal clear, “We the commoners, the little guy, the man on the street and most normal people agree that Wall Street’s money has corrupted democracy”. What protesters are demanding, for the most part, is forward movement and taking action to end political and financial corruption.
Environmental leaders and organizations are merging climate activism with the Occupy movement and placing a clear emphasis on the outrage over rising inequities. Respected climate blogger Stephen Lacy wrote “as an all-encompassing economic, environmental and political issue, climate activism has the potential to become a key piece of the protests.”
Renowned 350.org added a page to their site explaining the connection between the climate organisation and Occupy Wall Street. As one of many environmental groups, 350.org partnered with solar company Solar Mosaic to host Occupy Rooftops.
Solar power and solar products are the fastest growing industry in America. By harnessing the Occupy Movement’s momentum together with focus on the solar industries, Occupy Rooftops hopes to help people push forward in creating job producing projects within their communities.
Author: Jacqueline Freer
For Green College Online
Source: Huffington Post