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Join a Climate Rally This Sunday


Crossposted on Tikkun Daily

By Rabbi Michael Lerner

The environmental crisis is the no. 1 spiritual challenge facing the human race in the 21st century.

Spiritual Progressives should provide leadership in this struggle. We understand the dimensions of the issue, understand that we cannot save the planet without defeating the globalization of materialism and selfishness which provides the engine for unlimited exploitation of the earth without regard to the future consequences, and understand that a serious environmental movement would not only be involved in the day-to-day challenging of the worst offenses (as will happen at the demonstrations this weekend) but would ALSO be seeking to change the fundamental underlying assumptions about what is rational, productive and efficient in our economy, politics, and daily life. That is what we do with our “New Bottom Line” which is at the center of our Spiritual Covenant with America, and with our proposed ESRA–the Environmental and Social Responsiblity Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

No wonder then, that the Network of Spiritual Progressives has joined with over one hundred other organizations to support the Forward on Climate Rallies this Sunday, not only in the big rally in D.C. but also in the many other rallies around the country. Below is a list of locations we just received. If you can, bring copies of the ESRA to the rally, and signs indicating that you are one of the many Spiritual Progressives involved in this struggle (because doing so will encourage other spiritual progressives to feel safe to come out of the closet despite the religiophobia many people report experiencing in some liberal, progressive and/or environmental circles–and it will help alert secular demonstrators that they have spiritual progressive allies in this struggle to save the earth).

Hope to see you there this Sunday at one of the many sites!

Forward On Climate Rallies Around the CountryThe Forward on Climate rally in DC will be the largest climate rally in history and put enough pressure on our leaders if every single person who can make it turns out — but sometimes traveling all the way to Washington, D.C., just isn’t in the cards. Here is a list of solidarity rallies around the country. If you absolutely can’t make it to Washington on February 17, RSVP for the rally near you!California

Los Angeles

When: Sunday, February 17, 1:00 p.m.

Where: Start at the South-West Side of Paseo De La Plaza in Olvera St. (Between North Los Angeles St. & Main St.)
Destination: South side steps of City Hall, 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA

What: City Hall events include Prayer for the Earth, songs, dance, speakers, and closing ceremony

Sponsored by: Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign, Tar Sands Action Southern California, Food and Water Watch, and other organizations

To RSVP or for more information:


When: Sunday, February 17, 12-2 p.m.

Where: Window on the Bay Park, Del Monte Avenue at El Estero, Monterey CA 93940

What: Forward on Climate Solidarity Rally. Signs provided; participants are welcome to bring their own. Blankets and picnic items for sharing are encouraged. Let’s strive to make it a zero waste event!

Sponsored by: Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice – Faith in Action/Legislative Ministry, Progressive Democrats of America Monterey County, and Sierra Club Ventana Chapter

To RSVP or for more details, including a map and contact info:

San Diego

When: Sunday, February 17, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Mission Bay Park Visitors Center, 2688 East Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 921095 and I-5 overpass

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