It’s official! Williamsburg, Virginia will host a rally as part of the “Step it up 2007” National Climate Day of Action on Saturday 14 April 2007.
The threat of human-induced global climate change is the major issue of our time (see my previous post here), and time is a luxury we don’t have. That is why we–meaning the human race generally, and American voters specifically–need to get off our rear ends and act. On Saturday, April 14th people all over America will hold events in parks, churches, universities, state capitols, inside and out, with the goal of convincing Congress to enact legislation promptly to cut greenhouse-gas emissions, and to pledge an 80 percent reduction by 2050. There are now over 1000 events scheduled in every state in the Union. So I invite my locals to mark your calendars:
Saturday 14 April 2007
10 AM to 1 PM
Wren Yard, The College of William and Mary
The venue is the yard of the renowned Wren Building on the College of William and Mary’s campus, the oldest academic building in the United States (begun in 1695), in a classroom of which Thomas Jefferson himself puzzled over his lessons as a lad. The Wren building looks down Duke of Gloucester Street toward Virginia’s colonial Capitol, seat of the first representative government in the new world. A fitting place from which to send Congress the most important message of the modern era.
There will be opportunities to sign petitions and letters to your representatives, learn about compact fluorescent bulbs and other energy-saving practices, coloring for kids, and food. Mayor Jeanne Zeidler of Williamsburg will speak briefly and accept a plaque commemorating her signing of the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement.
Well-known climate scientist Dr. Bruce Wielicki of NASA will offer a concise summary of the scientific consensus on the state of current knowledge on climate change.
AND the event will feature musical entertainment by the Tidewater’s own beloved virtuoso guitarist and former national flatpicking champion Stephen Bennett.
Sadly, despite overwhelming consensus among the world’s scientists, there remains in America a deep division along party lines on issues of climate change, not only what should be done about it, but–remarkably–whether there is a problem at all. So, in advance of the meeting, you may want to bone up on the issues, and the arguments that are often trotted out by skeptics. To do so, I recommend Environmental Defense’s “Myths and Facts” about global warming, as well as Coby Beck’s excellent series “How to talk to a climate skeptic” at Grist.org.
Please join us at Step it Up in Williamsburg or at a related event in your neck of the woods wherever it may be (you can find the closest one here).