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Global Climate Justice Day of Action – Saturday, October 24

October 19, 2009

This Saturday there will be millions of people participating in over 3,700 different actions in 162 countries demanding climate justice. Grand Rapids is among those communities who have joined in to participate in this historic action.

A group of mostly GVSU students have organized an event in conjunction with the International group 350.org. The Grand Rapids event will start at 11:00am at Rosa Parks Circle with information tables, music and a few speakers. At 12:30 there will be a march to Calder Plaza and at 2pm there will be a Critical Mass bike ride to a local energy company. The local 350 group has a facebook page where you can get more details and sign up to participate.

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These actions are all taking place just weeks before the big international climate conference that will be taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. The heads of state from around the world will gather to decide on what actions to take to reduce carbon emissions, but as Bill McKibben – one of the 350.org organizers says, “the politicians have failed us” on climate justice. Environmental activist Vandana Shiva talked with us last week about climate justice and she affirmed McKibben’s point by saying, “climate justice must be citizen-led.”

Another group, Beyond Talk, is asking people to commit to taking action, even participating in civil disobedience. Beyond Talk is encouraging people to join affinity groups and use a consensus-based process to determine actions. They also have great resources on Direct Action, organizing tools and legal support

2 Comments leave one →
  1. george permalink
    October 21, 2009 6:59 pm

    If the group that is organizing the action is “mostly GVSU students,” who are the rest? It seems like a relevant detail.

  2. Jeff Smith permalink*
    October 21, 2009 7:04 pm

    George, the other people that I know of in town involved are not with any particular group, just individuals who want to organize around this issue, so it didn’t seem that relevant to just say “other Grand Rapids individuals.”

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