Moving Planet USA
Molly Haigh, US Communications Coordinator
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Massive Bike Rallies Organized in 700 US Cities as part of Global Call for Solutions to Climate Change
179 countries hold mass bicycle rides and rallies for “Moving Planet” global day of action to move beyond fossil fuels.
September 20th, 2011
Contact: Molly Haigh, firstname.lastname@example.org, 907-750-1999
Moving Planet: Over 700 Bicycle Rides & Marches in all 50 States for Climate Action
On bicycles, unicycles, and foot, nearly 170 countries are gearing up to rally for solutions to climate change as part of the “Moving Planet” global day of action this Saturday.
Washington, DC-- On bicycles and in kayaks, on foot and by public transit, 700 U.S. events and nearly 2,000 events across the planet will take part in this Saturday’s “Moving Planet” day of action to move beyond fossil fuels. While President Obama and Congress continue to drop the ball on the climate crisis, the grassroots climate movement will use mass bike rides, interfaith processions, puppets, and more to pave the way for solutions to climate change at all levels of government.
Highlights in the U.S. include:
- In Minneapolis, a mass bicycle ride and interfaith procession including more than 5,000 people and colorful puppets will rally in front of the State Capitol.
- In New York City, thousands will bike to the UN headquarters for a rally with the Vice President of the Maldives, leaders of indigenous communities, and NASA scientist James Hansen.
- In San Francisco, thousands will rally with bikes, boats, and electric cars for a rally outside San Francisco City Hall with 350.org’s Bill McKibben, and the Sierra Club’s Mike Brune.
- In Boston, 5,000 people using bicycles, public transit, and their own two feet will rally on the waterfront with 15-foot puppets of politicians who have voted against clean air and climate.
- In Denver, thousands of cyclists will tackle the ride from Boulder to Denver stopping at two dirty coal plants along the way and ending in a massive rally in front of the State Capitol.
- In Columbus, 500 cyclists will join “Bike to the Future” a mass bicycle ride and festival.
- … and many more.
Visuals: Bicycles, large crowds, arrows representing a move beyond fossil fuels, large numbers of people forming “350” and “arrow” shapes with their bodies, signs calling for 100% clean renewable energy, solutions to climate change, and a move beyond fossil fuels.
Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, sees the massive day of action as the natural result of inaction by both President Obama and Congress, “The planet has been stuck for too long--governments doing nothing about the biggest problem we've ever faced. This is the day when people will get the earth moving, rolling towards the solutions we need. People in record numbers are waking up to the fact that if President Obama isn’t leading, we're going to have to.”
“Moving Planet” is a global day of action where rally goers will move their bodies with fossil-fuel-free transportation to demonstrate their commitment to moving beyond fossil fuels. This event is 350.org’s third global day of action.
Partners for the “Moving Planet” day of action include: 350.org, Sierra Club, The Alliance for Biking and Walking, Energy Action Coalition, MoveOn.org, National Organization or Women, the League of Women Voters, and many many more. For a complete list, see: http://www.moving-planet.org/partners
350.org is an international grassroots climate campaign named after the safe upper concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, 350 parts per million. Right now, the atmosphere contains 392 ppm of CO2. Scientists say immediate action is necessary to address the crisis.