Message to world leaders: “Put a Cork in It”
OCA rally in Port Angeles sends a message to Paris
Nov. 29 rally planned in Port Townsend
With so much at stake in the upcoming COP21 talks in Paris, climate activists around the world are demanding a global commitment to keep 80 percent of remaining fossil fuels in the ground and transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. Local climate-action groups in Port Townsend and Port Angeles are participating in this global push for action.
PORT TOWNSEND RALLY AT HALLER FOUNTAIN – November 29, 3-4 pm
Join the Green Sanctuary Committee, PT Songlines and friends as we celebrate the miracle of life and our commitment to leave a livable planet for future generations. This Global Climate March with 1,000,000 others around the world will demand that our leaders make a major commitment in Paris next month to preserve our environment and promote climate justice. Bring signs, songs, flags and sidewalk chalk (in solidarity with Paris). Ride a bike, bus or walk if you can and let’s push leaders our leaders to commit to 100% clean energy for everyone. Help make history – RSVP at https://www.avaaz.org/en/event/globalclimatemarch/?slideshow. Just type in Port Townsend, get inspired and sign up.
PORT ANGELES RALLY AT THE BOAT HAVEN – November 21, 12:15 pm
50 Olympic Climate Action supporters gathered on the Port Angeles waterfront Nov. 21 to call upon world leaders to “Put a Cork in It” and leave 80% of the world’s known reserves of fossil fuel in the ground in order to keep global warming within 2 degrees Celsius and thus hopefully avoid the worst of expected climate chaos. OCA’s rally was held against the backdrop of Shell’s oil drilling rig, the Polar Pioneer, back from an unsuccessful $8 billion gambit to drill for oil in the Arctic, in waters only recently uncovered due to the very warming caused by fossil fuels–an irony apparently lost on Shell. Speakers included former Clallam County Commissioner Ron Richards on what’s at stake in Paris and former Navy employee Brian Grad on the transition to clean energy. We called upon world leaders to get serious about a quick transition to clean energy, sang some songs written for the occasion, and literally “put a cork in it” with corks made by several local artists.