"McKibben on Moving Planet 9/24/11: “If We’re Going to Win This Global Fight, We Need a Global Movement.”"
Moving Planet will be a day to put our demands for climate action into motion—marching, biking, skating—calling for the world to go beyond fossil fuels.
WHY: For too long, our leaders have denied and delayed, compromised and caved. That era must come to an end: it’s time to get moving on the climate crisis.
WHERE: All over the world [see map below for the event nearest you]
WHEN: September 24, 2011
WHO: You, your friends, your family, your neighbors
For more info, check the frequently asked questions page.
Bill McKibben of 350.0rg and TarSandsAction has more:
Hey friends –
We usually don’t send out emails on the weekend, but we’re just a week out from Moving Planet on September 24, and the excitement is really starting to build.
A few very cool actions are already underway — our friends in Indonesia have already started on the 350-hour bike ride that will carry them across much of the nation, and in India the Naya Swara Yatra (New Independence Journey) bike team has left Nagpur bound for Mumbai with their message, “it’s time to move past fossil fuels”.
Most places, though, people are still making last-minute plans: for the “human flood” of blue shirts across Cairo, for the parade of fuel-free floats across Cape Town, for the procession of the “Eco-lympic torch” across Rio de Janeiro via skateboard, foot, and pedal.
You will not want to miss out — here’s the map to help you find the event nearest you [see above].
If you find an event you want to join, take a moment to contact the organizer and see if you can help out in the final week.
If there’s no event near you to join, there’s still plenty of time to organize something quick and easy — and our team at 350.org headquarters has put together a guide to help you do just that: www.moving-planet.org/quick
And here’s the point of it all: if we’re going to win this global fight, we need a global movement. When you’re taking part in your hometown, millions of others will be doing the same thing: on different continents, in different languages, but with the same idea in their minds and hearts. We’re building local power and global power at the same time.
We know that the climate crisis is serious business — we know that even right now there are people suffering from drought and floods caused by climate change around the world. Our hearts are with them — and our bodies are going to be in motion, helping show our neighbors what the future can look like.
So: don’t just sign yourself up. Make sure everyone you know knows about it too.
Share the day however you can — and don’t forget to join us on Saturday. This will be too good to miss!
Bill McKibben for the 350.org Team
P.S. It’s heartening to think about people all over the world getting ready for the big day — making banners, putting up posters, fixing their bikes, and calling their friends, neighbors, media and politicians to get them out to local events. Check out the image below that just came in today from Copenhagen, Denmark, of people making stencils and signs. This network is strongest when we inspire each other — if you have an image you want to share with the 350.org network, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moving Planet art materials here: www.moving-planet.org/visuals)
– Bill McKibben of 350.0rg and TarSandsAction