Citizen rally to call on Virginia leaders for climate action

earth-newVirginians are already experiencing the impacts of climate change on the commonwealth and the citizens of Charlottesville are calling on Virginia’s leaders to take swift action. That’s why a large crowd will be gathering for a Climate Action Rally at the Free Speech Wall on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall on Saturday, September 6 at noon.

In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the Clean Power Plan, an historic step to limit carbon pollution from power plants for the first time. Virginia’s leaders, Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, and Governor Terry McAuliffe, already understand that the science of climate change is real and impacting the state. At Saturday’s rally, citizens will urge our leaders to take further action, by supporting the EPA’s plan and push to grow Virginia’s clean energy industry with energy efficiency, wind and solar power.

The rally comes as Senators Kaine and Warner are about to head back to Washington, DC after the summer recess and may have to vote on amendments that will try to limit EPA’s ability to move forward with the Clean Power Plan.

The rally also comes just 2 weeks before hundreds of Virginians, and a bus load from Charlottesville and Central Virginia, plan to join over 100,000 people from around the country in world in New York City for the People’s Climate March, the largest climate demonstration in history.

WHAT: #ActOnClimate Rally to Support the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan
WHO: Speakers to include Vice Mayor Dede Smith, representatives from the office of Delegate David Toscano, Environment Virginia, the Sierra Club, Organizing for Action, and singing from Charlottesville’s Green Grannies.  Sponsored by Environment Virginia, Sierra Club, Virginia Conservation Network, Virginia Interfaith Power & Light, 350 Central Virginia, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Appalachian Voices, Organizing for Action.
WHEN: Saturday, September 6, 2014, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
WHERE: Free Speech Wall, Downtown Mall, 605 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA

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