Though this year’s edition of the Rhino Records calendar sadly fails to mention it, we’ve recently learned that April 14th, 2007 has been declared National Day of Climate Action! And, our friends over at Grist are helping to plan and promote a climate change rally here in Seattle on this very same day – Saturday, April 14th. Here’s the scoop on what they’ve got planned…
Bill McKibben, a well known environmental author and one of Grist’s board members, has started a national campaign called Step it Up to raise awareness for the climate change issue. The goal is for it to be the largest climate change protest in US history, and to put pressure on elected officials to commit to an 80% reduction in green house gases by 2050. So far over 900 events are planned in all 50 states for Saturday, April 14th. It was just written up in the NY Times, and Bill has been posting weekly dispatches on Grist for over a month now.
In Seattle, there will be community rallies happening on the morning of 4/14, and at 2p everyone will meet downtown at Occidental Park to march down Alaska Way to Myrtle Edwards Park. At Myrtle Edwards, a rally and fair will be held from 4p-6p, with speakers, entertainment, local companies and non-profits that are working to stop global warming. The speakers are being confirmed now and will consist of notable politicians and community leaders that have been active supporters on this issue. Here’s the link to the local website that has more info, and will continue to get updated as more details get confirmed. Our goal is for thousands of people to participate so we can send a strong message to other members of Congress.
And, if you don’t live in Seattle, you can find an event near you right here.
So, hey, see you guys at the rally, huh?
(The omission of National Day of Climate Action on the Rhino calendar is somewhat mitigated by this same calendar’s big picture of the cover of the Willie Nelson: The Complete Atlantic Sessions boxed set for the month of April…)