People's Climate March: A Demonstration For Human Survival

The Liberal Curmudgeon  |  September 21, 2014  |  by Jeff Tone

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I must express deep respect for the many people who traveled far distances in order to attend today's People's Climate March in NYC.

It's one thing for me to take the subway to the march; it's quite another to plan and pay for the trip and travel from throughout the country. That clearly shows a deep commitment to reversing the threat that climate change poses to us all and to future inhabitants of the Earth.

The environmental movement faces two tremendous challenges. It is calling upon companies like BP and Exxon to leave trillions of dollars' worth of fossil fuels in the ground, because burning those fuels will raise the global temperature to an unsustainable level. Another challenge comes from our corrupt political system, in which massive polluters like the Koch brothers pay legal bribes to politicians in order to continue polluting on a massive scale, as well as fund climate-denial "research" that contradicts the overwhelming scientific consensus confirming climate change.

Despite these challenges, we can't give in to despair. There's too much at stake. While demonstrations alone aren't enough to stop climate change, they are part of changing the popular consensus. Marches were a crucial tactic in the Civil Rights and anti-war movements of the Sixties. It was heartening to see hundreds of thousands out in the streets today demanding changes that are key to human habitation and survival.

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PAUSE, People of Albany United for Safe Energy
PAUSE is a grassroots group of individuals who have come together to promote safe, sustainable energy and fight for environmental justice. We engage the greater public to stop the fossil fuel industry’s assault on the people of Albany and our environment.