Climate Marches

In New York
In New York

"There are lots of simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint…{car pooling, using public transportation, more efficient light bulbs, fewer plane trips}

In the end, though, experts do not believe the needed transformation in the energy system can happen without strong state and national policies. So speaking up and exercising your rights as a citizen matters as much as anything else you can do.”

from New York Times Dec. 1 "Short answers to Hard Climate Questions," by Justin Gillis

At the close of November, to support and send a strong message to the members of the Paris Climate Change Conference of the Parties, hundreds of thousands of people world-wide exercised their rights and stepped up to join in climate marches.

In California
In California

Representatives from the Organization of Nature Evolutionaries were found  speaking up for the rights of Earth and all her beings  in New York , in California and on the little island of Martha's Vineyard.

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From Oakland California, Donna Watson writes:

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 Around 5000 people gathered in Oakland for a Northern California Climate Mobilization.  The Climate Mobilization demands a global agreement to implement dramatic and rapid reduction in global warming pollution. Keep fossil fuels in the ground! 100% clean, safe, renewable energy!

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Over 200 environmental, faith-based, labor, and social justice groups came together to march. In Sonoma County, 350.org, the Sierra Club, and Sonoma County Conservation Action organized some buses for over 90 participants. Forty cardboard green redwood trees with messages made for a good visual in the march.  Native Americans offered ceremony at the rally for the Ohlone land the march and rally were held on. The Hubbub Band from Sonoma County brought up the rear of the march. Samba Funk provided some participatory dance movement. Among the speakers were Josie Camacho, Secretary/Treasurer of the Alameda Central Labor Council, with 109 affiliated unions, and Martha Cole of the California Nurses Association. Cole stated that, with the pollution and toxic emissions, this is a public health emergency. At the rally some of the environmental victories cited were the cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline, and the halt of Arctic drilling for oil.

We all have lots of work to do to create a world united to repair the ravages of climate change and a world with an economy that works for people and the planet.

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