Yesterday people across the globe came out to make their voices heard about our collective need to trim down fossil fuel consumption. There are amazing and uplifting photos posted from every corner of the planet on the Moving Planet site.
Living in San Francisco, I didn't want to miss out on what our creative Bay Area citizens would contribute to the cause of our lifetime. Not surprisingly, it turned out to be the massive and colorful show of support we've come to cherish about our little left coast global village.
Some thoughts, impressions, and clips of a bikelicious day on the bay below the squiggly cloud.
But first, a huge hat tip and deep regards to the unstoppable and beaming light of can-do spirit that is boatsie. Without her, this and many other series highlighting environmental activism would never make it to Daily Kos. The inspiring Moving Planet series this weekend was no exception.
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I hopped on the BART train and went down to Justin Herman Plaza where the march up Market Street to Civic Center was scheduled to start at noon.
The first person I ran into was this guy, one of my all-time favorite activists, a good omen for the day.
Aside from Gandhi I couldn't find anybody at the "official" Justin Herman Plaza, so I figured these two ladies would lead the way to our destination.
Sure enough, on the other side of the plaza, right across the Ferry Building, a pretty good crowd had already gathered.
Watching people get ready is always one of my favorite parts...
Cyclists are going to play a huge part in this movement, and they were well represented...
all the signs...
the creative costumes...
that sign belonged to Bill, one of the organizers, whose bike I really liked...
But it wasn't just hard core activists. These guys from Sungevity, a residential solar panel installer, were rolling out their gigantic statement on a piece of linen...
And yes, you saw that right, that's a zipline above that has been flying 750 feet across the plaza for a few months now. Next thing I knew, a guy with a big 350 sign comes flying right above...
You know you're effective with your messaging when you get the tourists' attention...
Almost ready to march. Just some last minute pep talk...
"I quit my job to become an activist. It was a stupid move, but I had to do it for my children."
and then we were off...
Old and young...
And all different species...
I really liked how many young folks were making their voices heard...
Here's a video I made of the street vibe:
Just for once, cars had to yield Market Street to pedestrians. Why not all the time?
This is what a street without cars but lots of transportation looks like...
We got up to Powell Street shopping district where "Consume Less" said hello to "Consume More"
If all the shoppers played chess instead, we'd be so much more energy-smart!
Jesus met with the generation that will finally free America from the tyranny of oil...
Just a great and beautiful crowd...
A sight to behold!
There were powerful statements, both verbal...
and some distinctly San Francisco...
Frank Chu in action
The Naked Guy
Then we got to our destination, Civic Center...
where the solar-powered stage had been set up.
The large crowd had gathered...
SF Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi talked about how San Francisco was the first city in the world to ban plastic bags and how each city can make a huge difference in bringing down global carbon footprints.
State Assembly Man Mark Leno talked about Community Choice Aggregation to put clean power in the hands of the people, and urged Governor Brown to pass AB 684, a bill that allows farmers to grow industrial hemp.
Sierra Club Director Michael Brune talked about the importance of SB 375, a new California law that requires California's Air Resources Board (CARB) to develop regional reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), and prompts the creation of regional plans to reduce emissions from vehicle use throughout the state.
Then Bill McKibben came on, and told us about all the great events happening around the world. Here's my video...
I know some folks say that these events don't do much and that it's all just preaching to the choir. That may be true to some degree, but a lot of folks hear about these issues for the first time when they're out and about town and ask what's going on. But even more importantly, it's a way for those of us who are trying to inspire these changes to connect with each other and realize we're not alone.
I like the internet and all that the multiple twitters and tweets and likes and shares can do, but a computer screen just never evokes the same kind of feeling as being in the flesh, with real human contact. Ultimately, what we're talking about here is what's happening in real life on this very real and 3-dimensional planet, so to me that's where the real solutions must take place. It doesn't always have to be a rally.
Many of the solutions take place every day, and much less spectacularly. It's when we're talking to our neighbors, growing our tomatoes, riding our bikes to work, helping out a random stranger, buying fresh produce from our local farmer, that we are transforming the world one step at a time, without much fanfare. But sometimes it's nice to come together on a big stage, compare notes, make our voices heard in amplified fashion, and celebrate and commiserate together on our big journey we share on this magical planet.
So keep on keeping on, there is no problem too big, no step too small, and no voice too unimportant. Let's move the planet back into harmony with all its inhabitants.
crossposted at A World of Words
Earthship Thursday Eve Launching MovingPlanet@KOS
Friday, September 23 ALL TIMES EST
Moving Planet Launch Post 9/22 by boatsie
9 am -11 Enviro Writer: Taking the Reins of the Climate Movement
11-1: Jill Richardson: A Story of Sheep & The Climate Crisis
1-3 Kelly Rigg, Global Campaign for Climate Action, A Tale of Two Cities
3-5: R. Fox: Moving the Planet with Just a Bicycle
5-7 Richard Register, Ecocity Builders, Freeways for Bicycles, as in the Old Days
7-11 Franke James, Environmental Artist, What Can One Person Do, When 6.8 Million are Frying the Planet?
11-1 Ellinorianne: Moving Planet: Transition is Moving Me
Saturday, September 24 ALL TIMES EST
7-9: B Amer: Moving Planet Bangkok
9-11 Bill Mckibben: Yemen This Morning
11-1: Nicole Gheo, Sierra Club: From India to the Heart of Appalacia
1-3: Ulookarmless: Poems for the Trip
3-5: Adam Siegel: Killing or Creating The Future: Solar at two ends of the Mall ...
5-7 rb137: Moving Planet: Fossil Fuels Aren't Cheap
7-9: WarrenS: Variations on a Moving Planet Theme: Two LTEs
9-12 citisven: Liveblog Superheroes: Report In
Sunday wrap ups
Peggy Duvette: WiserEarth, A Wiser 350
Earthship Pick ups throughout day of report ins
Post Carbon Institute (TBD)
Coverage @ Kos