The Georgia Climate Change Coalition’s (GC3) first project is to connect with 350.Org’s “Moving Planet,” worldwide rally on Sept 24, join their call for action and reduce carbon consumption while urging solutions and adaptations to build durability within a climate of extreme variability. The 350.org is an international environmental organization, founded by author Bill McKibben, who built a global, grass roots movement to raise awareness of man-made climate change, confront climate change denial, and promote cutting carbon emissions to slow the rate of global warming. McKibben has tasted some success: on Oct. 24, 2009, 350.Org hosted the world’s “most widespread day of political action,” with 5,245 actions in 181 counties.
We’ll be departing from our assembly point near the south end of the DW Brooks Mall at 11:00 (arrive early!) and marching north past the UGA coal plant to City Hall, where we’ll be presenting the leadership of Athens-Clarke County with a list of appeals for action and backing up those appeals with a list of actions that we are willing to take to reduce our water use and carbon footprint. Please take our pledge and add your commitment to our total!
UPDATE: Info on the BikeAthens ride
Would you rather ride than march? Bikeathens is organizing a group ride to coordinate with our rally, with stops at either end of the march. Here’s a map (GIF) or a map (google) with the route.
UPDATE: Our march route:
The closest public parking to the beginning of the march are the Carlton Street Deck and lots S-10 and S-16 (Map) near the intersection of Ag/Brooks Drive and Cedar Street.
The most reliably-available downtown parking near the end of the march would be the city decks on College Avenue, Washington Street, or behind the Georgia Theatre.