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CLIMATE CHANGERS WANT YOU IN D.C. FEBRUARY 17TH.
Here's what President Obama said about climate change during his address today:
“We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” Mr. Obama said on Monday at the start of eight sentences on the subject, more than he devoted to any other specific area. “Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.”
With words like that, it's easy to let ourselves dream that something major might be about to happen to fix the biggest problem the world has ever faced.
But we know that even if the President is sincere in every syllable, he's going to need lots of backup to help him get his point across in a city dominated by fossil fuel interests. And, given the record of the last four years, we know that too often rhetoric has yielded little in the way of results.
That's why we need you -- very badly -- to take a trip to our nation's capital on Feb. 17. We'll gather on the National Mall, in what is shaping up to be be the largest environmental rally in many years.
Click here to join us in DC: act.350.org/signup/presidentsday
Together we'll send the message loud and clear: 'If you're serious about protecting future generations from climate change, stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. If you can do that, Mr. President, we can all work together to help build a climate legacy that will be a credit to your critical eight years in office.'
Look -- numbers count. If 20,000 of us show up on February 17th, it will be noticed. We need you in that number. The President may have given us an opening, but it's up to us to go through it, and we need to do it together.
Thanks for all you've done to bring us this far, friends. Let's keep it up -- this is our chance.
P.S. - One more thing -- could you take a moment to forward this email on to your personal network? A lot of people will be hearing about the speech today, and it's important that everyone know there is a big effort under way to hold the President to these words.
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This will be your opportunity to be heard about the horrors we've all experienced from blowing up mountain tops to remove coal that benefts few but harms many as shown in the movie, THE LAST MOUNTAIN TOP:
The central front in the battle for America’s energy future, with enormous consequences for the health and economic prospects of every citizen, is the fight for Appalachian coal. In valleys and on mountaintops throughout the heart of the eastern seaboard, the coal industry detonates the explosive power of a Hiroshima bomb each and every week, shredding timeless landscape to bring coal wealth to a few, and leaving devastated communities and poisoned water to many. With politicians siding with their corporate donors, it falls to a rag tag army of local activists to stand alone for the welfare of their families, their heritage and for a principled and sound energy future. Our film is their film – the uplifting story of the power of ordinary citizens to remake the future when they have the determination and courage to do so.
– Bill Haney
See clips of the movie on Facebook at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlCfqC4oaWY
It will also be the time to be heard about why the Keystone Pipeline must NOT be allowed to go forward. There would be no need to allow the Keystone Pipeline to go forward if the funds were used instead to install windmills across the mountain tops instead of blowing them up, and if solar energy was given the same funds that Big Oil gets so it could get off the ground more quickly than it currently is.
We don't need all that oil anymore. We have enough stored. Our duty now is to go forward with renewable energy in a stepped-up pace.
350.org is expecting 20,000 people to show up on February 17th. I would hope to see that number doubled.
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