Editor’s Note: Australia’s Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has just said that the entire country of Australia is being "challenged by nature". I think it’s a sad way of looking at what we’re facing — it’s as if we’re the innocent victims. Rather, I think nature is being challenged by us. Nature is having a hard time ‘keeping it together’ in the face of all we’re throwing at it. We are entering an age of potential runaway feedback loops that can render all our good work redundant, and yet at the just-ended World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the key focus was still, predictably, about stimulating more economic growth. I don’t for a minute expect corporate-bought political systems to react appropriately, but I think a massive turn-out for a rally like the one below can at least give some hope for discussion on the issues that matter — an opportunity for systemic solutions to get their day in the sun.
On Monday during the inauguration, President Obama opened his term with a clarion call for action on climate change. Our response?
Time to organize.
President Obama said, “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.”
These are great words, in a big speech. But pardon us if we’re not sitting on our hands basking in the glow of a job well done. We’ve seen good talk before, and the President’s talk – while very good in this case – is not the same as action.
So it’s time to hold his feet to the fire. Luckily, we’ve got a great opportunity to do just that.
Oil Change International is proud to partner with 350.org, the Sierra Club and many other organizations on the upcoming Forward on Climate rally in Washington, DC, a rally that, with your help, will be the largest climate-focused event in U.S. history.
The proposed Keystone XL pipeline – that zombie project that keeps coming back from the dead – will be on the President’s desk sometime in the next few months. And we need to show him, without a doubt, that if he’s serious about tackling climate change he must reject this pipeline.*
Will you join us in DC on February 17th to ensure we move Forward on Climate? (Don’t live in DC? Not to worry – organizers are in the midst of arranging buses and other transportation options to bring folks in. The best way to keep up to date on these options is to sign up!)
This is an event you won’t want to miss. You’ll be hearing from us again soon with more details…but for now, be sure to sign up to join us in DC.
* Last week Oil Change International made headlines when we released our latest report: "Petroleum Coke, the Coal Hiding in the Tar Sands" exposing the fact that the greenhouse gas estimates of the pipeline have been significantly underestimated.