Let's put the political in Earth Day! Join us in a march for Climate Justice and the Earth on April 19. Starting from Justin Herman Plaza and ending at the UN Plaza, a rally with speakers will follow at 1pm. Bring your non-carbon polluting form of transportation—bike, electric vehicle, or your feet!
We are honored to host global climate leader, noted environmental author and founder of 350.org, Bill McKibben, who will speak at the Rally, along with:
- Mark Hertsgaard, environmental author
- Andrés Soto, environmental justice organizer with CBE
- Melanie Harrison, outspoken environmental scientist
The EARTH DAY ACTION PARADE will be in sections with corresponding messages:
- Our Future: Children's Brigade and faith groups
- Environmental Justice: Impacted Communities & workers, Health impacts of Fossil Fuels
- Problems/Dangers: Keystone XL, Fracking, Big Oil refinery expansions, Extreme Weather,
- Solutions: Solar, Wind, Mass Transit, Bicycles, Electric Vehicles (EV's), Resilient Communities…(Note: Electric vehicles meet at 11 AM at Mission and Steuart Streets to line up)
Which message do you want to send? Let's get creative! Get unique. Small floats are encouraged.
- 10:00 Monitor Training (volunteers sought)
- 11:00 Attendee Arrival @ Justin Herman Plaza
- 11:15 Opening of Parade
- 11:30 Start of Parade/Bicycle Arrival Time
- 12:00 Last of Parade marchers Start
- 12:15 Bicyclists Start
- 1:00 Rally Start @ UN Plaza
- 1:30 Rally End
- 3:00- 3:30 Speakers' Dome "Climate Time"
Check out the Earth Day San Francisco Festival for all sorts of eco-friendly interactive activities, products, music and more!
Get active, let people and organizations know (see the docs below), endorse (orgs and individuals) and volunteer. You can list your demands for Earth Day (what you see needs to happen). For more information contact John Anderson (see below).
Sponsors and Endorsers
WHENApril 19, 2014 at 11:30am· 587 rsvpsWHEREJustin Herman Plaza
1 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94105
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The Bay Area emits 100 million tons of greenhouse gasses (GHGs) per year. Scientists tell us that to avoid catastrophic warming we must cut GHG emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050 (down to 17.6 million tons in the Bay Area). California aims to reduce GHGs to 1990 levels by 2020. It's a start, but not nearly enough. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) has the power to regulate over 50% of all the GHG emissions in the Bay Area. The Air District needs to lead the way to bring those emissions down to safe, sustainable levels. If the progressive, environmentally aware Bay Area can't lead the way, who can?
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Mission is “to protect and improve public health, air quality and the global climate.”
We petition the Air District to use its authority to:
- Declare that catastrophic climate disruption is an escalating emergency
- Act on its mission by adopting aggressive programs by July 2014 to reduce Bay Area greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050*.
*This is the level that the National Research Council determined as a worldwide goal in order to keep global warming from exceeding 2 degrees Celsius.