Global Climate Strike Day  at Gualala Community Center Friday, September 20

Global Climate Strike Day at Gualala Community Center Friday, September 20

     Why is it important to attend this event at the Gualala Community Center on Friday, September 20th from 12 noon to 4:30 pm?  Because the kids have asked us to back them up.  Because the Earth is heating so fast.  Because we need to stop the buildup of greenhouse gas emissions.  Because we need a Green New Deal.  Because Exxon knew way back when.  Because solar power is so cheap now.  Because young people who are least responsible will suffer the most.  Because you want to show how concerned you are.  Because, because, because…

     The theme of this event, "The First Gathering of Keepers of The Coast" is to encourage the community to come together for an inaugeral dialogue in light of future community gatherings -- as global warming will not be going away for a long time.  The keepers are north coast groups and individuals that care for the Earth and its wildlife, including the land keepers such as Redwood Coast Land Conservancy, the whale watch keepers like Mendonoma Whale and Seal Study, and food keepers such as Oz Farm.

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     Speakers at the event include Richard Charter, Sr. Fellow at the Ocean Conservancy and coastal hero who has prevented oil drilling off of our coast for decades, Rieta Hohman of Greater Farallones Association, Ted Williams, Mendocino County 5th District Supervisor, Scott Mercer of Mendonoma Whale and Seal Study, Dean Fernandez of Oz Farm, and more.

     Tables will be set up from noon until 2:00pm where you can talk with many of the keepers mentioned above and, in addition, the Gualala River Park Campaign, ACORN Partners in Education, Friends of Pt. Arena-Stornetta Lands, Redwood Coast Med. Services, Anchor Bay Amateur Radio Club, and more.

     A march will begin at 12 noon, meeting outside at the Farmer’s Market area at 11:45am before the march starts.  Signs will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring one of your own.  The purpose of this peaceful march is to bring greater attention and awareness to the climate crisis, an existential threat to humanity.

     The forum begins at 2:00pm inside the Gualala Community Center.  Keynote presentations and voices of the community will tell how climate change and environmental harm have affected the Earth.

     Learn what you might do to help slow this accelerating crisis through adaptation, transformation, resilience, relinquishment, and restoration.  Sign up to participate in an ongoing community climate change dialogue to learn more about these concepts.  And because many people are feeling helplessness, fear, and fatalism resulting in PTSD, anxiety and depression; RCMS will be there to gather names for a discussion group to cope with these feelings.

     Show your concern for our planet and attend the Global Climate Strike Day event with the rest of the world on Friday, September 20 from 12 noon to 4:30 pm. It’s where our community comes together and where community dialogue begins.  But it doesn’t end here.  See you there.

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