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Maria Duca's Great letter - Taking climate change to the streets
August 20, 2014
Taking climate change to the streets
On Sept. 21, people from all over the country, from all walks of life, will unite in New York City in what is predicted to be the largest climate march in history. There will also be hundreds of coordinated actions around the world. Locally, many of the environmental groups will be providing buses for those who want to be part of this march.
World leaders will be convening in New York at that time for a historic U.N. summit on the climate crisis. These leaders have recognized what scientists have been proclaiming for some time – that our future is on the line. Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that man-made climate change is a reality: carbon pollution is warming our planet and creating the extreme droughts, flooding, wildfires and super storms that we’ve been experiencing. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of United Nations is urging governments to support a global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.
The march will serve to underscore the urgency of the meeting and the dire need for a global treaty. It also serves to push-back to the rhetoric of the climate change deniers, among them, the entire Republican leadership in the House. These same Representatives have signed a pledge devised by the Koch Brothers’ nonprofit group “No Climate Tax,” preventing lawmakers from addressing the problem. We need to remove the politics from this issue as we have no time to waste.