Step it Up! 2
A Call for Federal Action on Climate Change
Saturday November 3
Rally 12noon - 2pm in Washington Square Park
US Representative Anthony Weiner, US Representative Yvette Clarke, Lt. Governor David Patterson, NYU Physicist Emeritus Martin Hoffert, Environmental Defense scientist James Wang, young leaders from NYC and two bands: Peter and J, The Woes.
Last April 14th, 3,000 New Yorkers gathered in Battery Park to send Washington a clear message: cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050! The event, named Sea of People by Solar One organizers, was the largest of over 1,000 such events that were taking place in all 50 states on the Step It Up national day of climate action. The event received considerable press and was successful in pushing this ambitious but achievable and necessary goal onto the national agenda. Just one week later, 2 top-tier presidential candidates endorsed this goal. You can view highlights of the day here.
On Saturday November 3rd, Solar One is partnering with a number of committed citizen organizers to produce Step It Up Washington Square Park as part of a second national day of action. In addition to the "80 x 2050" goal, two other demands have been added to the Step It Up platform :1) a moratorium on new coal-burning power plants, a leading source of greenhouse gases; and 2) a public investment to create 5 million new 'green collar' jobs by 2015.
The event will feature a take action station, where rally-goers can write and submit letters urging NYC's two Senators to support the Step It Up goals. Participatory eco-Installations designed by Solar One educator Chris Kennedy will fill out the site.
The more in attendance, the stronger the message. Join us on Saturday and help push serious climate solutions onto the national agenda!