Do you have heelies, rollerblades, a tandem bike, inflatable raft, or a pogo stick? Great, because tomorrow we are moving beyond fossil fuels! On September 24, 2011 you, your friends, your neighbors, your family’s friend’s neighbors, and 350.org are going to get moving on the climate crisis by participating in the Moving Planet day. Everyone in the whole world is participating in this global movement, find an event near you or start your own! For those in Milwaukee, The UWM Office of Sustainability and Sandburg Dorms will be hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Solar Decathlon house Septmember 25th. This house will be used for educational purposes on campus (more details). For those in northeast Ohio, there is a bike rally through Kent to raise awareness against fossil fuels and a march through the Kent State campus to find support for a composting program to make the university more eco-friendly (more details). Some more information about the event and from 350.org can be found below.
“We’ll show that we can use our hands, our feet, and our hearts to spur real change. In many places, people will ride bicycles, one of the few tools used by both affluent and poor people around the world.” -Bill McKibben
Why focus on moving away from fossil fuels?
The global fossil fuel infrastructure is a threat to our future everywhere, and a common target for our movement. It’s polluting our oceans, our land, our communities, our air, and our children’s lungs. It’s corrupting our politics with over $600 billion in subsidies globally, and hundreds of millions in campaign contributions in the United States in the last 10 years. And looming largest, the continued burning of coal and oil is what will tip climate change into climate catastrophe – getting off fossil fuels is the number one thing we need to do to get below 350ppm. Fossil fuels connect to many issues—sustainable agriculture, transportation, and water to name a few. But please don’t feel limited by this focus, and feel free to organize around the climate issue most relevant to where you are.
What are we moving towards?
To get below 350ppm, we know we need to get off fossil fuels right away, and move to a sustainable, democratically controlled, and renewably-powered future as soon as possible. All mobilizations for Moving Planet are encouraged to pick a clear and strategic demand to deliver to their local governments that day.