At a rally at the White House this Sunday, October 10, speakers including NASA climate scientist James Hansen will call on President Obama and other political leaders to adopt global warming and clean energy policies on a scale that truly matters. Climate Science Watch Director Rick Piltz will also be speaking at the rally. We are told this will be one of thousands of events in more than 150 countries on that day, spearheaded by 350.org, “an international campaign that's building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis--the solutions that science and justice demand.”WHERE: The White House, Lafayette Park, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
WHEN: 1PM – 2PM
Keith Harrington, Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Mary Cheh, DC Councilmember
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO, Green for All
Lester Brown, President, Earth Policy Institute
Joe Romm, ClimateProgress.org
Scott Sklar, President, Stella Group
Roger Shamel, Global Warming Education Network
Rick Piltz, Director, Climate Science Watch
Reverend Lennox Yearwood, President, Hip-Hop Caucus
350.org is coordinated by an international team of organizers, including co-founder and author Bill McKibben.
Our mission is to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis—to create a new sense of urgency and of possibility for our planet.
Our focus is on the number 350--as in parts per million CO2. If we can't get below that, scientists say, the damage we're already seeing from global warming will continue and accelerate. But 350 is more than a number--it's a symbol of where we need to head as a planet….
350.org says of the White House rally and Washington DC ‘Work Party’:
This October 10, 2010 the 30+ organizations of the DC 10/10 coalition will unite for a city wide series of work parties to showcase the many ways Washingtonians have been getting to work on climate solutions.
The centerpiece of the day will be a “White House Work Party” featuring the man who brought us the number 350…Dr. Hansen will call on the President to get to work on leading a national and global policy push toward 350. We'll celebrate president Obama's recent decision to put solar on the White House roof and call on him to show the same kind of leadership when it comes to passing strong climate policies nationally and internationally.
In “The Invitation – 10-10-10” McKibben writes:
Circle 10/10/10 on your calendar. That’s the date. The place is wherever you live. And the point is to do something that will help deal with global warming in your city or community….
Since we've already worked hard to call, email, petition, and protest to get politicians to move, and they haven't moved fast enough, now it's time to show that we really do have the tools we need to get serious about the climate crisis.
On 10/10/10 we'll show that we the people can do this--but we need bold energy policies from our political leaders to do it on a scale that truly matters. The goal of the day is not to solve the climate crisis one project at a time, but to send a pointed political message: if we can get to work, you can get to work too--on the legislation and the treaties that will make all our work easier in the long run….
[T]here are already over thousands of groups in 150+ countries around the world scheduled to do something great that day. We'll knit all these groups together with a powerful mosaic of photos, videos, and stories from around the world. You wouldn’t want to miss it.