Draw the Line: No to fossil fuel exports!
When: Sept. 21, 11am-2pm
Where: Myrtle Edwards Park on the downtown waterfront (just north of the Sculpture Park: our main gathering area will be just below the Thomas St. pedestrian walkway).
Who: You, and everyone you know who cares about preserving a vibrant world. Join Bill McKibben and 350 Seattle, in conjunction with 350's
National Day of Action: Two years ago, retired NASA climatologist James Hansen famously stated that if we allowed the development of Keystone XL, it would be "game over" for the climate.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, we're uniquely positioned to have an impact on fossil fuel use worldwide: we stand in solidarity with frontline communities scarred by extreme energy extraction, and communities already suffering the devastations of climate change, by challenging the fossil fuel companies to keep it in the ground. Join us to draw the line and say No! to risking the health of Puget Sound, the Northwest, and the planet with a flood of fossil fuel on its way to Asia. Burned here or burned there, we all feel the heat.
What: From 11-12:45, we'll have workshops (in two sessions) on topics including: an overview of all of the infrastructure projects currently on the table in the Northwest, tar sands in Washington State, the TPP, the current status of the coal train proposals, ocean acidification, a possible WA carbon tax, Nonviolent Direct Action, and Plant for the Planet. There will be kids' art-making and Plant for the Planet tents in both sessions; the whole event is family friendly. Following workshops, we'll have our keynote speakers, including 350.org founder Bill McKibben, introduced by Mayor Mike McGinn, Friends of the Earth president Erich Pica, and 350 Seattle coordinator Lynn Fitz-Hugh and her daughter Sara Grendon.
Bring: Water to drink any BRIGHT RED FABRIC (scarves, shirts, fabric 2 feet or more in length by 8 inches or more in width). We'll be encouraging people to hold these up to show where they're willing to do the work to help us all "Draw the Line", and after the speakers are done, we'll stand in a line for a group photo, between the tracks and the water, and hold up our red fabric - drawing a clear red line together - saying no to fossil fuel exports. We'll have some available for those without, but we're hoping for thousands of people, and we couldn't find that many used red sheets (not for lack of trying!).