Fridays for the Future Global Halloween Climate March

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By Robert Bernstein

As I write this, countries from around the world are convening in Glasgow for COP26 to solve the Climate Crisis. It is 26 because for 26 years these meetings have been going on and the threat keeps getting worse. I first began talking about the Climate Crisis in 1981 when it was called Global Warming due to the Greenhouse Effect. Swedish Chemistry Nobel Laureate Svante Arrhenius first warned of this in 1896.

Fridays for the Future climate marches are happening all over the world to raise awareness of the crisis we are facing. In Santa Barbara, we had a special Halloween-themed event with participation by UC Santa Barbara’s Environmental Affairs Board, the Santa Barbara County Action Network, Sunrise Santa Barbara, the Society of Fearless Grandmothers Santa Barbara, Sierra Club Santa Barbara and 350 Santa Barbara.

Here are my photos.
The group gathered on the steps of the Santa Barbara County Administration Building and listened to a few short speeches which I recorded:

The speakers in order were:
Nadia Abushanab - SB County Action Network (SBCAN)
Michael Meredith, retired teacher (CalSTRS pension plan member)
Kat Lane - Environmental Affairs Board, UCSB Associated Students
Alyssa Jain - Sunrise Movement Santa Barbara

Nadia Abushanab called on people to ask President Biden to establish the Chumash Marine Sanctuary. She thanked Governor Newsom for establishing a 3200 foot setback zone for oil wells. But she called on people to ask him to stop allowing new fossil fuel development in California.

Michael Meredith called for divestment of retirement funds from fossil fuel industries. Even if it means losing some income short term.

Kat Lane tied together all struggles for justice as a unified movement. She talked of Senator Joe Manchin and his six million dollar conflict of interest on profiting from coal.

Alyssa Jain summarized the August Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report which U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres called a "code red for humanity". The past five years have been the hottest on record. Sea levels are rising. Oceans are becoming hotter and more acidic. These changes will soon become irreversible. Climate Change is no longer just about the future. It is happening right here, right now. Action is needed now while there is still hope to head off the worst of the coming crisis.

Rally participants then posed for photos on the steps of the Administration Building.


Then the group headed over to State Street and marched in a loop to De La Guerra Plaza and back.



Here is a short video of my clips of the march:

Here is more information about the global Fridays for the Future: https://fridaysforfuture.org/

As I was preparing to write this up, I was reading a review article in New Scientist magazine about a new book called "How to Blow Up a Pipeline" by Andreas Malm. He is saying that the time for peaceful protest is over. He compares the Climate Crisis to what it took to actually end past atrocities like slavery. You can read a short review here at Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/51686708-how-to-blow-up-a-pipeline

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PitMix Nov 02, 2021 10:46 AM
Fridays for the Future Global Halloween Climate March

If anyone had a good idea about the best thing to do to help, a bunch of us would be doing it. Minimizing your US carbon footprint is positive, but that still uses more energy than almost anyone else in the world. Not having children is really helpful, but that's not affecting the religious people that are encouraged to have a bunch to grow the faith.
Really I see no constructive way out of this mess.

CoastWatch Nov 02, 2021 08:05 AM
Fridays for the Future Global Halloween Climate March

LOL How many have kids that they brought into this over crowded world? Do they drive cars that roll on tires? Sit on sofas with foam? Sleep on a mattress? Watch a big screen plastic TV...? Take trips on airliners...? Hypocrites.

Babycakes Nov 02, 2021 07:53 AM
Fridays for the Future Global Halloween Climate March

Constructive Suggestion: Use public transportation if you are not already doing so. Unlike those 400 phony-phone-phones in the news today who are always telling us what to do:
"Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' £48million Gulf Stream has led a 400-strong parade of private jets into COP26 including Prince Albert of Monaco, scores of royals and dozens of 'green' CEOs - as an extraordinary traffic jam forced empty planes to fly 30 miles to find space to park."
Let that sink in the next time a Bezos, Prince Harry, or Greta starts going off on how you should live your life. What a bunch of money-grubbing hustlers.

Babycakes Nov 01, 2021 01:25 PM
Fridays for the Future Global Halloween Climate March

Great cause indeed, but our president arriving in an 85 vehicle convoy does not send the world a message that the US is serious about climate change. Neither do the hundreds of private jets flying in to deliver ultra-wealthy eco warriors getting wealthy over this "crisis." Nary a word about the Chinese Gubmint who are completely absent in Glasgow.

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