Taking action on climate change, near and far

'September is going to be a big month for climate'

"September is going to be a big month for climate," according to Monica Patel, policy specialist at the Ecology Center and coordinator of Ann Arbor 350.

At the international level, government officials and corporate leaders from around the world are meeting at the United Nations in New York City on Sept. 23 for the Climate Summit 2014.

"In advance of that meeting, organizations from around the globe are organizing the People's Climate March, during which tens of thousands of people will take to the streets to demand a world safe from the ravages of climate change," Patel says.

There are many ways local supporters can get involved in the movement.

In Ann Arbor, Tom Hayden will discuss "A Global Green New Deal" in a free, public presentation at Ann Arbor's downtown library at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 15. Hayden, a long-time political activist and politician, is director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center in California. In addition to his anti-war and civil rights advocacy, Hayden has a long record as an environmentalist. In the California Senate, he chaired the natural resources and wildlife committee, and his books include The Lost Gospel of the Earth: A Call for Renewing Nature, Spirit and Politics.

Local activists are also signing up for a bus to take them to the Peoples Climate March on Sept 21, organized by the Ecology Center, the Sierra Club and other local groups. More information about the buses -- e.g., cost, departure and arrival details, etc. -- is available by clicking here.

"If you're unable to ride, but would like to donate so someone else can ride, the option to do so is available on the form also," Patel said. Ann Arbor 350 is a project of the Ecology Center working for climate action and community resilience in Washtenaw County.

"We know that there are many people in our community who are interested in taking action at the local, state, federal and global levels to address climate change," Patel says.

For those interested in learning more about the People's Climate March, she recommends reading Bill McKibben's invitation in a recent issue of Rolling Stone.

"With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history," according to a statement on the People's Climate March web site. "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."

The march is being planned by a coalition of more than 500 local, national and international organizations, including labor union, religious groups and environmental organizations.

"Together we can make this march into an example of the ambition we want our leaders to bring to confronting the climate crisis. That means aiming high for September 21, but also taking that energy back home and into the many fights already underway," the organizers posted on their site.

EcoLink — August 2014
An online publication of the Ecology Center

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