Just in time for the second hottest June on record, the resistance to the fossil fuel industry has never been bigger. As President Obama has finally unveiled aMessage 1 of 1 , Jul 20View SourceJust in time for the second hottest June on record, the resistance to the fossil fuel industry has never been bigger. As President Obama has finally unveiled a plan to address climate change, across the country activists are taking inspiring stands in unprecedented numbers.
We know that strong public pressure is key to stopping the worst fossil fuel projects. That's why our friends at 350.org have organized Summer Heat. Working with local groups, they're mobilizing activists at a dozen actions across the country in the next few weeks to stand up against Keystone XL, coal, fracking, toxic pollution, and the industry that brings them to us.
On SATURDAY AUGUST 3, the Bay Area will come together to challenge international corporate criminal Chevron at the gates of its Richmond, California refinery.
The event will commemorate the infamous explosion and fire of a year ago, whose toxic mushroom cloud sent 15,000 Richmond residents to emergency rooms and is still causing serious health problems.
Chevron has failed to replace the sulfur-corroded pipes that led to the explosion, and it plans to bring in yet more high-sulfur, carbon-intensive tar sands crude for refining, with serious potential impacts on Bay Area air quality. Be a part of this family-friendly event to say NO WAY to tar sands and even dirtier fracked crude, and demand a swift, just transition to a sustainable clean-energy economy -- click here to join: joinsummerheat.org/bay
This high-profile mobilization, part of 350.org’s nationwide Summer Heat campaign, brings together over 50 local and national organizations: the Richmond Progressive Alliance, Communities for a Better Environment, the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, the California Nurses Association and many local unions, as well as national environmental networks and social justice organizations.
Here's the plan: first we will march (led by a children’s brigade) through Richmond to the refinery gates, then rally together with folks like Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and climate champion Bill McKibben. Along the route we will hear moving testimony from survivors of the Richmond refinery fire.
The rally will conclude with nonviolent direct actions carried out by affinity groups, some involving sunflowers, known for their ability to absorb heavy metals from the soil. These actions will be carried out peacefully, carefully, and only by those who wish to participate -- everyone is welcome, even if you don't wish to risk arrest.
This is the Bay Area’s largest climate action this summer -- I hope you can be there.
Bay Area Keystone Action Council / 350 Bay Area
P.S. - The night before the action in Richmond, Bill McKibben and a group of social justice, health and labor leaders will be meeting for a public discussion about the future of our movement together, held at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco. I'm expecting a powerful and necessary discussion about how we can get stronger together -- get details and tickets here: cityboxoffice.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1853&c=18&pg
Life is self-organizing and knows what it’s doing. As cosmologist Brian Swimme says, “Take hydrogen and leave it alone for 13.7 billion years and it turns into rosebushes, giraffes and humans.”