We brought 100 Sonoma County residents to the big NorCal climate march with us this past Saturday, Nov. 21 !
November 23, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release: Local Groups Join Worldwide Demand For Climate Action
Saturday November 21st, 2015, thousands of people came to Oakland from all over Northern California, including Silicon Valley, Sacramento and Marin to urge world leaders at the upcoming COP Climate Talks in Paris to put the world on course to meet the climate change challenge. Three local organizations 350 Sonoma County, Sonoma County Conservation Action and the Redwood Chapter of the Sierra Club organized three buses to attend the NorCal Climate Mobilization march and rally.
The three Sonoma County organizations also worked together to bring students from Sonoma State and Santa Rosa Jr. College to the march. 350 Sonoma County invited students from Sonoma State and Santa Rosa Jr. College to the march, and to participate in the “Redwood Revolution Community Climate Art Project” which produced a moving ”forest” of cardboard signs in the shape of redwood trees which were then carried in the march to deliver messages of hope and action. Students at both campuses -- often notoriously difficult to engage due to the pressures of working and going to school -- enthusiastically joined the project, which increased student participation in the Oakland march. Sonoma County Conservation Action fronted the money for the buses, and Sierra Club paid to subsidize reduced price tickets for students.
The Paris Climate talks offer the greatest opportunity in years for new international government action to address climate change. The Keystone rejection, new Obama Administration climate policies, China’s willingness to begin new climate programs, the moral force of Pope Francis, as well as increasing occurrences of climate disruption set the stage for real action in Paris. Without massive citizen action however, governments will not go nearly as far as necessary in signing serious binding commitments to curb global warming. The November 21 Climate Mobilization and similar events next weekend around the country and world will tell our leaders that significant action is needed now.
The three Sonoma County organizations will continue to work together and with other organizations in the county to help mobilize citizens for climate action.
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Sonoma County contingent: We brought three buses of people to the march! Sonoma County residents created a ”forest” of cardboard signs in the shape of redwood trees which we carried in the march to deliver messages of hope and action.
Rally and celebration after the march:
Packed crowd at the rally!
Bus ride home!