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Rally for climate action

“Put a Cork in It:  Leave Fossil Fuels in the Ground”

Saturday, Nov. 21, 12:15 pm

Port Angeles Boat Haven east entrance

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.  Here on the North Olympic Peninsula, we’ll gather on the Port Angeles waterfront with Shell’s “Polar Pioneer” drilling rig in the background, to send a message to world leaders in Paris that it’s time to “turn the ship around and leave the fuel in the ground.”  This rig recently returned to our harbor after a failed attempt to start a big drilling operation in the Arctic, in a place that wasn’t accessible until climate change melted the sea ice–an irony that seemed to be lost on Shell.
At the rally, we’ll hear about what’s at stake in Paris, talk about why we care, sing a few songs, and then take a group photograph holding a big cardboard cork positioned to look as if it’s capping the oil rig, with our message to “Put a Cork in It.”  The event will be kid-friendly, handicapped-accessible, on Bus Route 26 and the Waterfront Trail, and it should only last about a half hour, so you’ll still be able to make it to the Farmer’s Market.  If you so desire, bring an umbrella, a musical instrument, and a sign with your message to our world leaders.

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Churchill on climate change

Photo Credit: zugaldia via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: zugaldia via Compfight cc

“In the face of the plainest warnings, we have now entered upon a period of danger. The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences. We are in it now…I see great reason for intense vigilance and exertion, but none whatever for panic or despair. If we can stand up to this…we may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including all we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age…One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and to run away from it. If you do, you will double the danger…Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that [in] a thousand years, men will still say: ‘This was their finest hour.’”

Anna Fahey, Channeling Churchill on Climate Change