Over the last four days more than 200 people have been arrested in peaceful civil disobedience at the White House in Washington in the largest collective act of civil disobedience in the history of the climate movement.
The jailed include author and 350.org organizer Bill McKibben and Yale dean Gus Speth, an environmental advisor to multiple US presidents and the founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Over 2000 people have now committed to getting arrested by the end of next week. Celebrity endorsements include Mike Ruffalo, Margot Kidder and Daryl Hannah, with the latter promising to join the jailed later this week.
The demonstrators are urging President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline that would transport Alberta tar sands bitumen over 2700 km to American gulf coast refineries. The world’s most famous climatologist, NASA’s Dr James Hansen, has stated that if the pipeline is built and the tar sands are fully developed, it is essentially “game over” for the planet.
Hansen is also the scientist who has calculated that the safe level of carbon dioxide in the global atmosphere is no higher than 350 parts per million, a number which has inspired McKibben’s 350.org and thousands of supporting groups around the world including the Hamilton 350 Committee for Real Action on Climate Change.
OUR MEETING - Wednesday, Aug 24th, 6:30pm
Meeting time is Wednesday, Aug 24th 6:30 pm (we'll start with Pedal the Planet stuff)
Meeting place is Environment Hamilton board room - 22 Wilson Street (Sonic Unyon Building - 2nd floor)
-- Updates and news
-- Aug 27 aerotropolis ride
-- Sept 23-34 Carbon Cycle to Nanticoke
-- Pedal the Planet spoke cards (some ready)
-- Pedal the Planet t-shirts
-- Publicity, posters, flyers
-- Events including Open Streets Sept 18 and Edumacation Sept 12
-- September 24 Gore Park rally
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