GD Action: Join the People’s Climate March

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September 21st, 2014—A day we will all remember forever…

A date for the history books, and a “moment in time” that we will treasure and that we will share with our children and grandchildren.

This is the date for The People’s Climate March, an event that organizers expect to become one of the largest demonstrations of the people, by the people, for the people, in modern history…

This march is a “call to arms” intended to encourage, push and demand that our world leaders get serious about climate solutions. The Secretary General of the United Nations has invited world leaders to New York City on September 23rd, to talk climate solutions. Two days before, on September 21st, 2014, the world will be “knocking at the door in NYC to show our world leaders that we are watching then and we want solutions, not just talk!

On July 21st, exactly two months shy of Climate March, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced (NOAA) the June average global temperature: 61.2 degrees – 1.3 degrees higher than the 20th century average. The June average temperature of the world’s oceans was the hottest temperature for our oceans—of any month—ever recorded. June 2014 was the 352nd consecutive month with global temperatures above the 20th century average. So, if you’re 29 years old or younger, you have never seen a month where the global temperatures have been below what they were on average in the 20th century.

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In mid July, ten prominent Floridian scientists called out Governor Rick Scott, asking for the opportunity to explain what’s at stake for Florida, which because of climate change, is one of the most threatened and vulnerable locations in the United States, and in the world. Other chilling facts, Almost half of all the 3.0 or greater earthquakes in the United States his year have occurred in Oklahoma, a state with a surge in fracking and fracking wastewater storage and scientists have confirmed the link between increased seismic activity and fracking. Unfortunately, the US is successfully exporting our “fracking knowledge and expertise,” all around the world.

But as we see regularly and what we love about our Green Goddesses, is that they make sure to show us that the glass “half full” and that there are many very positive angles to look at, that our climate crisis has opened up. In many countries around the world, renewable energy has achieved grid parity and with the proper regulations in place, the use of fossil fuels (one of the main drivers of climate change) will decline. Climate solutions are driving innovation and job creation in many places around the globe.

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In anticipation and in preparation for the Peoples Climate March, the “whole” world seems to be coming together, a diverse, multi-cultural, dynamic sea of people from all walks of life and corners of the world. Climate change isn’t discriminatory, it impacts and effects as all. To be successful in this epic fight for our future and that of our children, we all must be involved. And for this instance, for the Peoples Climate March on September 21st, the momentum is building and it seems we may really be at a turning point in our history…

The climate movement is growing, something it MUST do if we are to put the breaks on the crash course we are headed for with our natural world. We will and can and change our course to a brighter, renewable, more thoughtful path…’

Will you be part of history?

Tell the world you are joining us here.


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About the author / 

Green Diva Harriet

Harriet Shugarman is the Executive Director and Founder of Climate Mama and a long time Climate Leader and Mentor with The Climate Reality Project. Speaker, writer, presenter and "mom-activist," Harriet travels the country educating, informing and rallying audiences around the realities of climate change and how people can feel empowered to take individual and collective action - in their homes, businesses and in their communities. Harriet has worn many hats over the course of her life: ski instructor, orchard worker and even one time skydiver! Harriet spent most of her professional life working as an economist and policy analyst, including 13 years as a representative for the International Monetary Fund at the United Nations. Harriet sits on several boards and chairs numerous regional and local environmental committees, including her New Jersey town's Environmental Commission and works regularly with national, state and local organizations to lobby for legislative change on climate and environmental issues. She is the mother of two teens who are her inspiration and motivation for everything that she does!

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