GWAC column (time sensitive) for the MM Oct. 15, 2009 issue.



Join the Largest-Ever Climate Rally on the Planet


On Saturday, October 24 at 2 pm, join the throngs who will be walking, biking, and driving to the Old North Bridge at the Minute Man National Historical Park, Concord, to lend their support for strong worldwide actions to preserve the planet from the devastation of climate change. Bring your children to this historic regional Energy Revolution Rally so they will have the experience of taking part in a movement that will so dramatically affect their future—the largest-ever climate rally on the planet.

This extraordinary International Day of Climate Action was organized by Bill McKibben to encourage a bold, fair, and binding international climate treaty at the United Nations Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December. (See www.350.org for details.)


In the Lexington-Concord area, where the American Revolution began, people from more than 20 Metro-West towns, will be converging on the Old North Bridge, much like they did on April 19, 1775, but this time, in 2009, to confront a modern enemy—global warming and its threat to the planet. Countless volunteers are helping to orchestrate this unique multi-community, cooperative effort to help send a clear message to our elected officials in Boston and in Washington, asking for their leadership on climate initiatives and legislation in order to preserve a livable climate for present and future generations.


In a recent message, Al Gore describes how on October 24th, ordinary citizens from around the globe will come together in a series of events, rallies, demonstrations and public art projects all designed to do one thing— bring awareness to an important number: 350 parts per million (ppm) of carbon dioxide.”


He explains that during the last two years, the scientific community has made it very clear that 350 ppm is the maximum safe level for carbon in the atmosphere, at least if we want to have a planet "similar to the one on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted." People In more than 140 countries, are organizing thousands of actions that will take 350 ppm and sear it into the planet's consciousness.


For example, says Gore, “On the melting slopes of Mt. Everest, Pemba Dorje Sherpa, who holds the record for the fastest ascent of the world's highest peak, will be spreading banners and signs. On the dying coral reefs of the Maldives, the government's entire cabinet will don scuba gear and hold an official underwater meeting to pass a 350 resolution to send to the Copenhagen summit. On the shores of the fast-drying Dead Sea, Israeli activists will form a giant human ‘3’ on their beach, Palestinians a ‘5’ on theirs, and Jordanians a ‘0’—reminding us we need to unite on this vital issue.”


Here in Lexington, you can take part in a Revolutionary Bike Ride to Concord. Bike riders will gather at the Lexington Green at 12:15 pm and depart at 12:30 pm. (See RevolutionaryRide.blogspot.com) Save energy and carpool with friends. There will be expanded parking at both the Monument St parking lot and the Liberty St parking lot at the Minuteman National Historical Park.


Besides you, your friends, and family, we will be joined by a distinguished group of speakers. And wear your tricorn hats for the group photo that will be taken at 3:15 pm and be shown, along with group photos of fellow participants around the world, on the huge JumboTron screen in NYC's Times Square. The photos will be posted on the 350,0rg website. There will also be a massive tug-of-war style "Pull for The Planet" at 3pm. For more information on our regional event go to www.gwenet.org or to http://mass350.org.


This column is brought to you by the Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition (LexGWAC). For more details about the “Energy Revolution Rally”and other LexGWAC events, becoming a LexGWAC member, and things you should know about taking action on climate change, visit our website at www.lexgwac.org.