More than 400,000 people turned out for the People's Climate March in New York City in September 2014. Photo courtesy of Huffington Post.
Nov. 23, 2015
Dallas will host its first Climate March Sunday, Nov. 29, at 2 p.m. at the Continental Avenue Bridge, joining a global day of action in advance of the United Nations climate change conference in Paris. North Texans who’ve followed increasing climate disruption year by year have the opportunity to show their concern by walking, talking, singing, hearing speakers and being videoed in a message to the Conference of Parties, the supreme decision-making body of the convention, who are meeting Monday.
COP 21 is the twenty-first annual global gathering of world leaders charged with developing a response to climate change, convened by the United Nations.
This one is the biggie. Since the late 1970s, scientists and even Exxon Corporation’s research department have warned of petroleum-propelled climate change and by the late 1980’s, cautioned that only 15 to 20 years remained to cut emissions before our planetary climate would go off the rails.
350.org, the worldwide nonprofit for climate awareness and action, hosts web posting space for citizen events around the globe. As of Monday, Fort Worth, Austin, Nacogdoches, Galveston, Georgetown, Odessa and Lubbock were the other Texas cities with climate marches scheduled.
“I went online looking for a Dallas march and there wasn’t one ” says Molly Rooke, long-time Dallas Sierra Club leader. “So I decided to start one.”
A visiting Californian in Texas for Thanksgiving and also searching for a march here connected with Rooke and offered to set up a Facebook page.
Rooke is joined by Gary Stuard, head of the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of System Change Not Climate Change, which works for climate justice and strives to connect citizen groups for minority, labor, economic and other issues with the environmental movement.
“Our hope is, this will kickstart a community discussion to get Dallas City Council talking about climate disruption,” says Stuard. “It’s shocking…that we don’t have a city climate change and adaptation plan.” “And yet,” Rooke adds, “the city has lots of sustainable initiatives.”
Dallas Climate March’s Facebook page takes RSVP’s and provides details.
The previous 20 COP meetings have not yielded binding limits on CO2, the most common greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. The hope stated on websites for climate demonstrations is that a worldwide public outpouring will encourage negotiators to step up to the task.
DALLAS CLIMATE MARCH
WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 29, 2 p.m.
WHERE: Continental Avenue Bridge and West Dallas Gateway, 109 Continental Ave., Dallas.
PARKING: Parking is on the west side of Continental Avenue by the Trinity Groves entertainment complex, behind the Trinity Groves lot.
RSVP on Facebook