McKibben slates November 3 for "Step It Up 2" rally.

Author:Scheer, Roddy
Position::THIS WEEK - Bill McKibben

August 13, 2007

Following on the heels of the nationwide climate rallies last April, environmental writer and activist Bill McKibben announced plans for fall follow-up events aimed at lobbying politicians to pass meaningful legislation to regulate emissions of greenhouse gases. On November 3, thousands of activists and concerned citizens are expected to gather at places across the country named after historic leaders to demand that Congress address four key priorities to stop global warming.

"A year before the next election, we're asking people to organize rallies large and small in their communities," says McKibben. "Each one should take place in some spot that commemorates great leaders of the past," he says, adding that people have already committed to climbing New Hampshire's Mt. Washington, meeting in Chicago's Lincoln Park, gathering at the Rhode Island church where John F. Kennedy was married, and in front of a site honoring Navajo elder and activist Roberta Blackgoat. He expects hundreds of additional locations to be announced during the two-month ramp-up period, and encourages any and...

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