Moving Planet Event for Saturday to Draw Thousands from Around the World -- Will You Be There?

I love a big enviro event that doesn't require thousands of flight to Washington DC. Heading to the capitol is not the only way for us to be heard. That's why on Saturday I'll be at the Moving Planet event that's in my home city of San Francisco -- and chances are there is an event in ornear your community, too (or you can start your own event).

So what's Moving Planet? It's the latest consciousness-raising action from Bill McKibben and the good folks at 350.org. Here's how they describe it:

For too long, our leaders have denied and delayed, compromised and caved. That era must come to an end: it's time to get moving on the climate crisis.

Moving Planet will be a day to put our demands for climate action into motion -- marching, biking, skating -- calling for the world to go beyond fossil fuels.

Writing on the NRDC's blog Switchboard, Apollo Gonzales explains why this event is so important:

It is easy to believe that we are mired in conflict, indecision, and fear. If one considers the state of affairs surrounding the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it, it is easy to believe that we have come to an impasse and are standing still.

When faced with this reality, it is easy to despair. But if we would, even for a moment, choose to move through our community instead and see what people are actually doing, that reality would be shattered. Every day there are countless people in our communities taking the steps our politicians are debating. Every day there are more people biking to work than politicians debating whether building bike lanes is a good idea. Every day more people are buying their food from sustainable local markets than there are lobbyists for big agri business. Every day there are more people making their homes energy efficient than there are energy company executives hunting for new places to ravage for fossil fuels.

The Truth is and always has been this: we are a Moving Planet. There is no force strong enough to stop the people of this planet from making the positive change we need to live a sustainable existence. Not even fear.

You can learn more about where to find a Moving Planet event near you or how to start your own. And if you're in the Bay Area, check out this event with Bill McKibben, Michael Brune and more.  

AlterNet / By Tara Lohan

Posted at September 22, 2011, 9:33am

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