Sunday, September 07, 2014

Rochester, NY groups join efforts to get locals to People’s Climate March

 

CCHelpComingSMore than 20 organizations in the Rochester area are helping to boost awareness that getting local folks to the People’s Climate March is absolutely crucial. Business as usual is not acceptable anymore. Rochester’s efforts, the Western New York hub of the People’s Climate March, joined over twenty groups, businesses, organizations of faith, and labor organizations, to support getting Rochesterians to the ‘Largest Climate March in History.’ Already, Rochester People’s Climate Coalition gets big local press coverage:  

  • Connections: Climate Change “Coming up on September 21, the People’s Climate March takes place in New York City. The organizers describe the event as the largest single event on climate ever organized. The march is designed to get the attention of world leaders about the issue. Our guests today will tell us about the march and discuss the issue of climate change: Susan Spencer, Ph.D. candidate at RIT, Susan Smith, Dr. Abigail McHugh-Grifa”
  • Coalition recruits climate marchers  On September 21, hundreds of thousands of people will march through Manhattan to show leaders from around the world, particularly US politicians, that the American public supports and demands action on climate change. (September 3, 2014) Rochester City Newspaper

If you don’t get your butt to the People’s Climate March and back your leaders’ substantial actions on Climate Change, you can kiss it “Goodbye!” Look, for those who pour scorn on the Peoples Climate March as being some desperate symbolic measure by some frustrated liberals to change the world, let them be accountable for less than a great outpouring of humanity to demand that greenhouse gases be lowered, and done so fairly. If, after you have gotten out of your chair and out from behind your excuses, and joined with hundreds of thousands at the People’s Climate March in New York City, then you can carp with righteous self-importance about how you did your part.

To better understand the implications of how wimpy leadership on Climate Change threatens our ability to adapt to Climate Change, read this special investigative series “Water’s Edge” from Reuters (not exactly a bastion of liberal, bleeding-heart journalism). Despite the rage against the inconvenience of addressing Climate Change, against the climate science, the clogging affect of our ineffective politics, and the distraction of our loud but loony ideologies, the rising seas near our most populated regions are relentless. Let me repeat “relentless” (persistent, unyielding, unremitting, inexorable, insistent, harsh, unrelenting, ruthless, and uncompromising). We are going to have to understand the role of government and insurance and private property and a whole lot more in this world of warming.  This Reuters story proves we don’t get Climate Change yet: 

As the seas rise, a slow-motion disaster gnaws at America’s shores Part 1: A Reuters analysis finds that flooding is increasing along much of the nation’s coastline, forcing many communities into costly, controversial struggles with a relentless foe. WALLOPS ISLAND, Virginia – Missions flown from the NASA base here have documented some of the most dramatic evidence of a warming planet over the past 20 years: the melting of polar ice, a force contributing to a global rise in ocean levels. The Wallops Flight Facility’s relationship with rising seas doesn’t end there. Its billion-dollar space launch complex occupies a barrier island that's drowning under the impact of worsening storms and flooding. NASA's response? Rather than move out of harm’s way, officials have added more than $100 million in new structures over the past five years and spent $43 million more to fortify the shoreline with sand. Nearly a third of that new sand has since been washed away. (September 4, 2014) Reuters

Back six years ago, many, many folks in New York State thought Fracking was inevitable and Governor Patterson’s Fracking moratorium would quickly dissolve. But that did not happen. Folks from all over the state, including the heroic work of R-Cause in Rochester, blocked that Fracking nonsense—at least for the time-being. People getting together en masse can make big changes and the People’s Climate Change march ain’t nothing; check this out:

This is an invitation to change everything. In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution. With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities To change everything, we need everyone on board. Sunday, September 21 in New York City. Join us.” (People’s Climate March)

Join with the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition in our effort to get local folks to the march. Contact me [FrankRegan@RochesterEnvironment.com] to sign on.

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