Step It Up, a National Day of Climate Action - 4.14.07

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photo by Stephanie Suter

As you’ve probably heard by now, KEXP has been airing tips on how you can make changes in your daily life to help stop global warming. In addition to individual actions, bold leadership from Washington is also necessary to drive the large-scale changes needed to stave off the catastrophic effects of climate change. It’s up to us as individuals and concerned citizens to send a strong message that we want our elected officials to step up and face the global warming challenge.

In an effort to raise such awareness and spur action, environmental writer and scholar Bill McKibben started a grassroots movement called Step It Up, a nationwide campaign comprised of nearly 1,400 actions being held on April 14, 2007, as part of a National Day of Climate Action. The goal is for it to be the largest day of citizen action focusing on global warming in U.S. history. Rallies are planned in every corner of the country, in all 50 states, by people from all walks of life, to demonstrate the widespread demand for quick and dramatic change on the issue of global warming. Get the behind-the-scenes story on the Step It Up campaign via weekly dispatches that author and organizer Bill McKibben is writing at Grist.org.

Why should you care? As Bill McKibben noted, “From melting glaciers to unseasonable and erratic weather patterns, we are already feeling the impact of global warming. If we don’t act now, scientists tell us we’ll face an entirely different planet. This is a global crisis that will affect all of us and requires immediate and bold action. But while global warming presents us with our most pressing challenge, it also presents our most inspiring opportunity.” And if that’s not enough, summer’s (almost) here and the time is right for dancing in the streets! Come find your next ex.

Now all we need is you! Find an event in your neck of the ‘hoods. Don’t see anything nearby? Then organize one yourself! It’s easier than it sounds. Find out how. In Seattle, a march will begin at 2 p.m. from Occidental Park and culminate with a rally and solutions fair at Myrtle Edwards Park at 4 p.m.

We’d love to see a critical mass of creative, dedicated, intelligent, and all-around stupendous Kexp listeners participate in these events. Oh, and bring your camera -- Step It Up will be posting pictures on the web from every event, so the whole world can see the impact of our actions.

To get you motivated, here’s a modern remix of a Pink Floyd classic with an eco-themed video:

See you out there!

Your friends at Grist.org

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