Waking the World up to the Reality of Climate Change

Sep 26, 2011
By Beth Gunston

If the media’s not going to do it, somebody has to.

That’s seems to be the reasoning behind the upsurge in internationally organized events to draw attention to climate change. 

This past weekend, climate activist and founder of 350.org, Bill McKibben, drew massive crowds of carless people to the streets as part of his latest project - Moving Planet.  From San Francisco to Cairo, Los Angeles to Lima, thousands hit the streets on foot and on bike to draw awareness to the very real impacts of climate change – impacts that are affecting our communities around the world right now. 

McKibben’s event that took place simultaneously in 175 countries wasn’t the first global event around climate change this month.  Al Gore’s latest project, Climate Reality, launched a 24 hour event that moved to a new time zone every hour to highlight the impacts of climate change that are happening in all corners of the globe.  Here are some highlights:

CLIMATE 101 from The Climate Reality Project.

One of the many things that the two events had in common is their push to get people and the media to talk about climate change, rather than letting fossil fuel-funded deniers have the upper hand.  The muzzle is off – start talking and challenging the direction of our societies so that we can put the brakes on climate change before it’s too late!  And, use your voice to pressure government to make the right decisions when it comes to protecting our environment and our healthDon't let the dirty industries' lobbyists have the last word!




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