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Chappaqua Citizens Take a Stand for Climate

The climate rally in Washington DC last weekend was the biggest in US history. At least 10 Chappaqua residents braved the elements to participate.

Chappaqua was well represented in Washington DC on Sunday when over 50,000 concerned citizens traveled from near and far for what was the largest climate rally in US history. This time around, I wasn't the only one! At least 9 other Chappaqua citizens traveled along with me on two buses organized by WESPAC Foundation, a social justice and environmental non-profit advocacy organization based in White Plains.

Ever since learning about the Alberta Tar Sands in 2009, I’ve been following the issue and doing whatever small thing I can to convince my government to do the right thing. That included participating in civil disobedience, front of the White House in August of 2011.

I’ve kept up to speed on the issue of tar sands because based on my reading and research, this is one project that can increase the possibility of runaway climate change that could make much of the planet uninhabitable in the years to come.  The biggest mistake that President Obama can make would be to give the green light on the Keystone XL pipeline. There is nothing more important than keeping tar sands in the ground. Our children’s futures will be decided by the actions and inactions that we take. I’m not yet convinced that our president will do the right thing. While we were marching in the cold outside his house, our president was playing golf in Florida with a Texas businessman who has ties to big oil.

The climate rally on Sunday was a peaceful, perfectly legal event that included a march from the Washington monument to the White House. It was great fun and very inspiring to see all of the different groups of people who cared enough to show up and march on a cold windy day to protest a warming planet.

The environmental movement is not just a bunch of tree hugging, granola crunching hippies. I met 5th grade teachers, college professors, faith based organizations of all types, Occupy Wall Street, Sandy survivors from the Rockaways, moms and dads with small children, grandparents, Green Party candidates and members of Deep Green Resistance during the march. The movement is growing in width, depth and determination.

The rally was great fun. Hopefully next time, you will join us. I put together a little montage of some of the photos I took and turned it into a video. Hope you enjoy it!

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Jacqueline Mooney-O'Brien February 20, 2013 at 07:26 PM
My Chappaqua family of four participated in the DC rally for many reasons: • To honor the energy pioneers who are determined to put us on a path to renewable energy resources, despite the fossil fuel industry's persistent roadblocks to making renewable energy a real choice for Americans. • To give a voice to teachers, who, every day, are challenging their students to think creatively and problem-solve toward solutions to our dysfunctional finite reliance on fossil fuels. • To show gratitude for organizations like Mt. Sinai's Children's Environmental Health Center who have demonstrated the link between environmental toxic exposures and developmental disorders (which cost the country megamillions in services). • To allow my children to see democracy in action at a time when we are sliding backwards towards liquidating our planet, rather than using sustainable technologies to fuel our future. Teachers have been sharing renewable energy stories with students for many years now. Children are wondering whether these ideas were fantasies or reality-based capabilities. What is the incentive for kids to aim high for MIT or Stanford to engineer positive changes in our world, when renewable technologies are blocked, and our government favors investments in fossil fuels? Jacqueline Mooney-O'Brien
Cory Ethridge February 24, 2013 at 01:33 AM
Awesome video, Sue! It was a great day, indeed, and it is a wonderful thing to see so many people speaking up for the Earth! Let's keep the momentum going!

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