Friday, May 23, 2014

Meet Me in New York in September, Says Bill McKibben — Time for a Big March

Peoples Climate March (Credit: Shutterstock) Click to enlarge.
It’s not every day that Rolling Stone publishes a call for its readers to engage in a massive act of civil disobedience, but that’s exactly what happened Wednesday.  “This is an invitation,” the call read.  “An invitation to come to New York City.  An invitation to anyone who’d like to prove to themselves, and to their children, that they give a damn about the biggest crisis our civilization has ever faced.”

The call’s author, Bill McKibben (who is –  full disclosure — on the board of this publication) and, the organization he co-founded, are planning a protest in New York this September 21 and 22, which is, not coincidentally, at the exact same time and place as the next UN Climate Summit.  “You’ll tell your grandchildren, assuming we win,” writes McKibben — though some might argue that this discounts the very real possibility that, even in the event of a loss, enough marchers might survive through the floods, plagues, famines, and civil unrest of unchecked climate change to pass on the story, in post-apocalyptic Cormac McCarthy style.

Two years ago, McKibben published a very long article in Rolling Stone about the risk that carbon reserves pose to both the global economy and the globe, and it was one of the most read articles in the website’s history, even though it entirely failed to penetrate the secret life of Jack White. It went on to spark a student movement to divest college endowments from industries that are contributing to climate change.

The two-day event, as planned, will be a big, big one.  Like, March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom big.  Among the groups name-checked:  health care, transit, education, and construction unions, plus clergy, scientists, students, “plain old middle-class Americans” and executive types.

Unlike’s high-profile events outside the White House in 2011, which involved civil disobedience and mass arrests, the September march will be a permitted protest, 350 says.

Meet Me in New York in September, Says Bill McKibben — Time for a Big March

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