Step away from the screen – Rise for Climate!

Today I remembered the image on an old t-shirt, and dug it out.

All of us seeing the world via a screen — for our entertainment and information. While the real world struggles by, ignored like the penguin (and other memorabilia) surrounding our screens.

Are we staying home, watching idealized nature films on our big and small screens? While we slowly lose our waterways, our sliver of life-sustaining atmosphere, and our planet with its abundant life forms?

Watching it all go down via a screen?

Heck no! We’re rising for climate, jobs and justice this Saturday. Across the globe, we’re rising for an earth to call home. There is no rehearsal for this rise. The time is now!

Please join us tomorrow as we #RiseforClimate; details below, RSVP here.

Guest post by Meenal Raval, @mtairygal, @meenal19119

No more stalling, no more delays: it’s time for a fast and just transition to 100% clean and renewable energy for all.

On September 8, people from across the Philadelphia area will join allies all over the world in taking action to protect a livable climate and build a just and sustainable society. Please join us for a special march and action, plus a town hall forum and training!

  • 9:45  Meet at LOVE Park, 15th & Arch St, Philadelphia, PA
  • 10:00 Opening Remarks
  • 10:15 March departs from LOVE Park and proceeds through Suburban Station
  • 11:00 Gather at First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA

We will gather at LOVE Park for a welcome and introduction. Then we’ll march through SEPTA’s Suburban Station.  In support of the Fossil Free SEPTA campaign, we’ll call for SEPTA to transition to renewable energy, challenge SEPTA’s construction of a polluting gas-fired power plant in the Nicetown community, and lift up a vision of expanded, improved public transit.

Our march will end at the First Unitarian Church, where our Rise For Climate, Jobs & Justice teach-in & town hall will begin. For later attendees and those with mobility limitations, we recommend arriving at the Church directly.

At 12:00, two optional break-out sessions will be offered: an educational teach-in about the growing movement for climate justice in Southeastern Pennsylvania (1:30 end time), or a non-violent direct action training hosted by Earth Quaker Action Team (3:00 end time).

About the Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice Mobilization

September 8th is the Saturday before the Global Climate Action Summit, a gathering of elected and private sector leaders to discuss and announce their commitments to address climate change. We know what those commitments need to achieve — a fast, fair, and just transition to 100% renewable energy.

On this day, thousands of actions in cities and towns around the world are taking place to demand our elected leaders commit to fighting climate change by building a world that puts people and justice before profits.

Real climate leadership rises from the grassroots up. It means power in the hands of people and communities, not corporations. It means economic opportunity for workers and justice and dignity for frontline communities that are the hardest hit by the impacts of the fossil fuel industry and a warming planet.

We will not go backwards! Let’s move to make our communities cleaner, healthier and safer for generations to come.

Event Co-Sponsors: 350 Philadelphia, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, EQAT (Earth Quaker Action Team, Food and Water Watch, Fossil Free Penn, Neighbors Against the Gas Plants, Organizing for Action, PA Interfaith Power & Light, Penn Environment, Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility, POWER, Sierra Club — Southeastern Pennsylvania Group, Sunrise Movement Philadelphia, Trash Academy

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