Thursday, April 05, 2007

Step It Up 2007 is Coming

Before Tax Day there is Act Day!

Step It Up 2007: This April 14th, tens of thousands of Americans will gather all across the country at meaningful, iconic places to call for action on climate change. We will hike, bike, climb, walk, swim, kayak, canoe, or simply sit or stand with banners of our call to action: "Step it up, Congress! Cut Carbon 80% by 2050."

In Madison, blessed with our abundance of individuals willing to save planet, there are three staging points and there are 22 other sites in Wisconsin to rally against the chemical air pollutant carbon dioxide.

Option 1: Meet at Library Mall and march to the Capital.
Option 2: Meet at the Memorial Union Terrace then walk to the Capital.
Option 3: Meet at the Capital and mill about aimlessly.

You might ask: How can we cut carbon 80% by 2050? This is a valid question. In case a highly trained professional journalist asks the question, please stick to the official answer.

A: Right now, we're staying focused on our simple demand--that Congress pass strong, ambitious legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% from current levels by mid-century.

Our goal is entirely about putting political pressure on unprincipled legislators - so plan to have fun. Think of this outing as a way to pull your toys from winter storage and go play. No one will be pressured to voluntarily surrender your drivers license or recycle (not resell) your car. No one is asking that you cease using products made from mined and smelted metals like bikes and canoes. The precision engineered bearings in your in line skates and the custom molded plastics adorning your heads are not our concern. So don't think, don't worry, your job today is not to save yourself.

Finally it can still snow in Mid-April so bring along a jacket and gloves, just in case.