Hundreds Join Global Climate Strike Rally

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By Robert Bernstein

Greta Thunberg has awakened a Climate Crisis movement in the past year in a way that may finally lead to real action. This 16-year-old Swedish student is angry that she has had to leave school to wake people up to this crisis and to demand action. She traveled from Sweden to the United Nations in New York by sailboat.

She spoke at the United Nations to shame the "adults" into taking action on the Climate Crisis. And to express the outrage and injustice that it is the young and the poor who will bear the effects of the crisis. Even though they had little or nothing to do with creating it.

September 20 was a global Climate Strike that she called. And September 27 was another Climate Strike.

Here are my videos and photos of the September 27 event in Santa Barbara.

Hundreds of people gathered at noon in De La Guerra Plaza to listen to a series of speakers and to talk to a range of organizations that tabled in the plaza.

Unitarian Minister Julia Hamilton talked about the importance of being part of an organization to be more effective at bringing about change:

Supervisors Das Williams and Joan Hartmann were on hand to talk about what Santa Barbara County is doing and yet needs to do. Very important is to have local control over how energy is produced and distributed in the region through "community choice" energy.

Luz Reyes-Martin posed with Mayor Cathy Murillo

Luz holds many positions locally, including being a trustee for the Goleta Union School District. She has worked hard to provide the school district with more sustainable energy in a variety of ways.

Many came to express solidarity with Greta Thunberg and the powerful movement she has helped create

People of all ages were out in force

While President Obama promised a Green Jobs program, little came of it in the long term. But the Green New Deal is becoming a detailed plan that will put millions to work with good jobs in sustainable transportation and sustainable energy. Implementing the Green New Deal on a national scale was a major rallying cry.

Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees Vice President Jonathan Abboud was one of many who addressed the massive crowd

UC Santa Barbara Sociology Professor John Foran gave the final speech urging that we must think of all that must change to stop the Climate Crisis. "System Change - Not Climate Change" was his message.

Then the crowd peacefully moved out into the street. This short video shows the scene as people headed out of De La Guerra Plaza and down State Street

And here was the view from the overpass as people got to lower State street

By the time the march was headed down State Street it was almost 2PM on a Friday afternoon. Quite an impressive turnout and a strong sense that this movement is here to stay.

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Alexblue Sep 30, 2019 01:13 PM
Hundreds Join Global Climate Strike Rally

And by the way--how you "know" that the water is in the same place? Really? Have you measured it? Love to hear about your version of science on this one.

Alexblue Sep 30, 2019 12:05 PM
Hundreds Join Global Climate Strike Rally

It's hard to be respectful with people like you because your willful ignorance is so disgusting. You've heard of Florida, right? You know that people are abandoning homes because they know they will just be flooded again and again.

PitMix Sep 30, 2019 09:19 AM
Hundreds Join Global Climate Strike Rally

Love how the people that believe their eyes instead of the vast majority of scientists want the people that support strategies to mitigate what we are doing to the climate to be pure of heart and deed. As if they would listen to Jesus if he came back and was in the march. To me Hendry's looks pretty skinny at the end of the summer when it is usually at its widest. But I am very impure of heart and deed so don't listen to me.

a-1593906499 Sep 29, 2019 03:29 PM
Hundreds Join Global Climate Strike Rally

Wait a sec. Where's the commenter who always sneers "So. Did they all walk to this event or drive their cars?" C'mon, man. You're falling down on the job.

mp805 Sep 29, 2019 05:10 PM
Hundreds Join Global Climate Strike Rally

Didn’t they inform everyone that with Obama buying waterfront property this whole climate thing is over ; ) is that good enough 329pm

a-1593906499 Sep 29, 2019 03:01 PM
Hundreds Join Global Climate Strike Rally

OK, lots of people were out there with signs. What exactly was their measurable impact on earth’s climate? Has the earth’s temperature decreased at all as a result of this event? Will it ever? Maybe earth’s temperature will actually increase because of all of the energy these people used getting to and from the event. What they are proposing is that we need to invest tens or even hundreds of trillions of dollars in order to control earth’s climate. Unfortunately not a single one of them has even the slightest clue how to go about doing this.

Alexblue Sep 30, 2019 12:07 PM
Hundreds Join Global Climate Strike Rally

Right, nothing matters, nothing changes, nothing is meaningful, no one should do anything about pollution or the destruction of vast swaths of our planetary resources. Yep, just crawl in the nearest McDonald's and chow down, bro.

a-1593906499 Sep 29, 2019 02:24 PM
Hundreds Join Global Climate Strike Rally

This looks like it was quite a fun event. Thank you Madame Mayor Murillo for everything you do to help our environment! And Das, what can I say other than thank you, thank you, and thank you so much for all of your hard work, time, and effort.

PitMix Sep 30, 2019 09:21 AM
Hundreds Join Global Climate Strike Rally

Hey Kohn, is everyone that disagrees with you always wrong and deserve blasting with your snide putdowns? Let me know when you actually add something to the discussion.

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