Delawareans Facing Impacts of Climate Change Head to the Largest Climate Solutions Rally Ever in Washington, DC on February 17
Crippling drought; Devastating wildfire; Superstorm Sandy; Climate change has come home—and Delaware residents get it. On Sunday, February 17, hundreds of Delawareans will travel to Washington, DC for the Forward on Climate Rally – the largest climate solutions rally in U.S. history. The goal is to get President Obama to take strong action on climate change starting by rejecting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
Tar sands have local implications for Delaware as it is being transported through the state by rail, and processed at the PBF Refinery in Delaware City.
“The health of people in Delaware City and surrounding communities is being put at an even greater risk with this toxic fuel which is much more carcinogenic than traditional crude oil to refine”, said Stephanie Herron, staff of the Delaware Sierra Club chapter. Tar sands also has much larger global climate impacts, as it creates three times as much climate-disrupting air pollution."
“The climate crisis is real and urgent here in Delaware, as we saw with the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy,” said Paul Hughes, owner of a small business involved in cleaning up brownfields for solar development and converting fleets to solar-charged Electric Vehicles. “I’m traveling to DC tell President Obama that we don't need dirty energy like tar sands, when we can run our cars off the sun!”
More than 200 hundred students and faculty from St. Andrew's School, a 9-12, co-ed boarding school located in Middletown, are planning to attend the rally as part of the School’s mission to further the cause of environmental sustainability. “The rally provides a perfect opportunity for students to engage in the discussion around climate change and the complex questions of how we as individuals, a country, and global community can live more sustainably,” said St. Andrew’s Director of Sustainability Diana Burk. “We have classes on Saturday, so we are thrilled that more than two thirds of the School have volunteered to travel to Washington to make their one day “off” a day “on” for the environment.
Who: Local groups including the Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club, UD Students for the Environment, the Green Party of Delaware, Occupy Delaware, Wilmington in Transition, Delaware Interfaith Power and Light, St. Andrews School
What: Forward on Climate Rally in Washington D.C.
When: February 17, 2013 from 12:00- 4:00 p.m
Where: Two chartered buses will be leaving Christiana Mall at 8:30am on February 17th. Carpools will also be leaving Dover and Lewes.
In addition to a march on the White House which will feature a human "pipeline", the Forward On Climate Rally will feature inspiring speakers like Michael Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director; Bill McKibben, Co-founder 350.org and Van Jones, environmental/civil rights activist, author and founder of Rebuilding the Dream. The rally is being organized by the Sierra Club, 350.org and Hip Hop Caucus and has over 100 other endorsing groups signed on from all around the country.
For more information:
Forward on Climate Rally DE bus sign-up - http://forwardonclimatedelaware.eventbrite.com
Forward on Climate Rally website - http://action.sierraclub.org/site/PageServer?pagename=nat_signup_feb17&c...
Sierra Club, Delaware Chapter- http://delaware.sierraclub.org
St. Andrews School: http://www.standrews-de.org/schoollife/environmental-sustainability/inde...
Green Party of DE - http://gpde.us
UD Students for the Environment - http://udel.edu/~amendala/s4e
Wilmington in Transition - Forward on Climate MediaAdvisory.docx
Occupy Delaware - http://occupyde.org
Delaware Interfaith Power and Light - http://www.deipl.org/
Sierra Club - http://www.sierraclub.org
350.org - http://www.350.org