A small but dedicated group of people gathered in solidarity with the People’s Climate March in downtown Bel Air near the Courthouse and rallied support among people of Harford County for sustainable energy and policies that promote clean energy and reduced carbon footprint. Carrying signs and shouting “Climate Justice Now!” and “Clean Green Energy for All!” the group marched down Main Street, to Pennsylvania Avenue and into Shamrock Park where they paused near a shady tree and collected signatures from passersby.
Many people thanked the group for coming out and giving them a chance to show their support for clean energy. The letter, addressed to Maryland legislators read:
Scientists warn us that climate change could accelerate beyond our control, threatening our survival and everything we love. We call on you to keep global temperature rise under the unacceptably dangerous level of 2 degrees C, by phasing out carbon pollution to zero. To achieve this, you must urgently forge realistic global, national and local agreements, to rapidly shift our societies and economies to 100% clean energy by 2050.
We stand united for clean energy and social and environmental justice for all.
Some of the comments people made while signing:
“I am a grandmother and I want to see that we leave a livable world for our grandchildren.” (NASA’s site on Climate Change)
“I can’t afford a Prius. What can the government do to make clean energy affordable for someone like me?” (More on government policy and electric and hybrid vehicles.)
“Other communities have already faced the disasters resulting from climate change. We have to do something about it.” (More on climate refugees.)
“We can reduce our carbon footprint by changing our diet.” (More on the carbon footprint of food.)
“We need a revenue-neutral carbon tax.” (More on revenue-neutral carbon tax.)
“Our minister is riding a bicycle from New York to Washington DC.” (More on the People’s Climate Bike Ride.)
It was an uplifting day standing up and speaking out in support of sustainable development and climate justice and finding so much support in Harford County to take action to make clean energy a reality.
NEXT STEP: Deliver the petition in person. Congressperson Any Harris has an office in Bel Air. If you would like to be there when we go to speak to him, please leave a comment and I will write back to you.
Here are some scenes from the Courthouse on Main Street and Shamrock Park:
The Harford County People’s Climate March brought together ordinary people to raise a collective voice in favor of sensible policies for a better world. Some of the people who took part came from local organizations including Dine Kind and the Sierra Club Maryland chapter.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
9/21/2014 12:00 pm
Harford County People’s Climate March
45 South Main Street, Bel Air, MD 21014, USA
Bel Air, MD
Harford County Marches in downtown Bel Air in Solidarity with the People’s Climate March. Bring signs and practical ideas for reducing our ecological footprint. Attend Bel Air Festival of the Arts in Shamrock Park afterwards. On Sunday, September 21st, just days before a landmark climate summit at the UN, Avaaz members around the world are taking part in a People’s Climate March. World leaders don’t believe enough of us care about climate change, that’s why they’re still not yet rising to the challenge of saving our planet. But on September 21, we have an unprecedented chance to prove them wrong, with the largest climate mobilisation in history.
Directions Meet at the fountain in front of the Courthouse in downtown Bel Air. Some of us are going early to mobilize at the Arts Festival.
See you there!
Yes, even we had a little Shakespeare Camp here in Bel Air. Just a bunch of kids having fun with a few pages from Shakespeare and the wonderful amphitheater in Shamrock Park.
Here you go … an excerpt from a scene from Much Ado about Nothing and another from King Lear:
At our book club meeting in the library yesterday, we had the pleasure of hearing from the author of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, our novel for this month. We got to ask the author questions and many also shared personal experiences people about themselves, their children & imaginary friends.
Some interesting moments -
Describing his writing process, Matthew said, for example, that he himself did not know for sure what the epilogue meant. Shall write the next two sentences in white, highlight if you wish to read. In one interpretation, Budo has died and meets Dee, who has also died, in some kind of afterlife or heaven. In another interpretation, Dee had not died and Budo has become the imaginary friend of Dee. Read more…
Just finished reading the book club book for July, Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks. Khiyali and I have already had a couple of discussions about this book -she read parts of it and I told her the story as well. It was definitely very intense for her and I am not sure she would have liked to read the entire book. She would have gotten very emotionally involved with the characters. Even with the bits she has read and hearing the rest of the story from me she found it intense.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,000 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 50 trips to carry that many people.
We were in town in the winter of 2009-10 and got enough snow to make up for all the years we missed. I’m told it hasn’t snowed much since, so we haven’t missed much … until now.
Well we haven’t had this kind of excitement since the new phone books came and they haven’t been coming for years …
[Tell the young people what “the new phone books are here” is …. is … oh, and also tell them what phone books are.]
So now, you really can walk to almost anything from Idlewild Street! Read more…
Come on! You know you want to … rural but not too rural, urban but not too urban. A town with an actual Main Street still functioning. If you use your imagination, while strolling on Main Street near the court house and fountain, you can imagine you are in any city of the world.
… and now you have your chance. #34 Idlewild Street is for sale. How do I love Idlewild Street? Let me count the ways! Read more…