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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Wit's End Goes To Washington! 10:10:10 activities in Washington, DC

From the comments section of Joseph Romm's Climate Progress blog, today:

Wit'sEnd says:
Direct Action:

On 10/10, I am going to Washington with a big banner with painted red caps: KOCH KILLS.

I am going to wear my tuxedo tee-shirt, a top hat, and zombi makeup. I’ll hand out big phony 100 bills that say on the back:

Climate Zombies bought YOUR vote! and a link to the New Yorker article about the Koch demons.

If anybody wants to join me, let me know – I’ll get you a tuxedo tee and top hat!
Wit'sEnd says:

I’m planning to go to this event (note, our own JRomm will be speaking!):

*White House Work Party and Solar Delivery*
10 October 2010, 1:00–2:30 p.m.

Come one, come all! Let’s give President Obama a hand in making the White House green. This will be a BIG job, and we’ll need a lot of help from other concerned global citizens who care about Earth’s (or “Eaarth’s”) future. On Sunday, October 10th, 2010, at 1 p.m., GWEN* will be helping to coordinate a national White House work party and solar delivery in Washington, DC. We are working with a coalition of more than 30 climate-concerned groups.

We are inviting local, national and international climate organizations and concerned citizens to symbolically help President and Michelle Obama “green up” the White House. We’ll be bringing insulation, CF and LED light bulbs, solar panels (like President Carter once had), and a wind turbine. We’ll be suggesting bike racks, more bike lanes, geothermal power and more to President and Michelle Obama. Suggestions are welcome.

NEW! Among the climate heroes speaking at this event are famed climatologist Dr. James Hansen, illustrious Bush Administration climate science whistle blower Rick Piltz, celebrated Climate Progress blogger Joe Romm, and acclaimed “Plan B 4.0″ author Lester Brown.

While one goal is making the White House green, to serve as an example for other Americans, our key request of President Obama is to please be a strong, protective, proactive leader. We want him to tell misinformed citizens about the real, serious and urgent need to deal with climate change. In a democracy, citizens must understand why we need to rapidly shift to non-fossil fuels in order to forestall devestating consequences for us all in the coming years.

You can also encourage President Obama to lead by signing our petition at global_warming_education_network. Our goal is 10,000 signatures by 10.10.10!
joyce says:

Wit’s End, will you be at the Lafayette Park Rally? It’s confusing just what time it will be. I’ve read 10-11 on one website, 2–6 p.m. on another, and another with another time I can’t remember at the moment. I’d love to meet up with you. I will happen to be there, coming cross country for a reunion that weekend.

Don’t have any zombie costume, though. Maybe I can dress like a burned up tree…

And for those who liked the video she linked -- that’s Severn Suzuki (yes, David’s daughter) when she was 12, talking to the Earth Summit in Rio. She raised the $ through an environmental group she started at school and went there to deliver the message. She’s just as amazing now.
Wit'sEnd says:

Yay Joyce! I would love to do the whole day!

October 10, 2010: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Over 30 years ago President Jimmy Carter brought solar to the White House. This October 10th – the day of the 350 Campaign’s 10/10/10 global work party – we’re determined to bring it back.

No leaders need to get to work on climate change more quickly than our leaders in Washington. That’s why the DC 10/10 Coalition – a partnership of over a dozen organizations – have united to organize a city-wide series of projects showcasing the range of ways DC is getting to work on climate solutions – namely clean energy, energy efficiency, public transit, and local agriculture.

The centerpiece of the day will be a press conference and delivery of solar panels to the White House. In conjunction with the Global Work Party, the 350 campaign is working on the “Put Solar On It” campaign – an effort to get the world’s leaders to show their commitment to fighting climate change by putting solar panels on their residence. President Obama has yet to take up the challenge. So as we get to work in DC on October 10th, we’ll challenge the president to join us, and we’ll even bring him the materials.

But we need a compelling messenger to help us issue the challenge. And who better to do that than the man who originally put solar on the White House, President Jimmy Carter. In addition to President Carter, invited speakers include Al Gore, Van Jones, Phaedra Ellis Lamkins, and Reverend Lennox Yearwood.

Confirmed Speakers include climatologist Dr. James Hansen, Joe Romm, Lester Brown, DC Councilmember Mary Cheh, Reverend Lennox Yearwood, and Bush Administration climate whistle blower Rick Piltz.

Here’s the schedule of the day’s events:

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.:  City Wide Climate Service Projects and Solutions Fairs

***1 p.m.:  White House Solar Panel Delivery**
                Open to Public (Lafayette Park)

5 p.m.:  Community Potluck

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