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The Fierce Urgency of Now: San Miguel Joins September 20’s Worldwide Climate Action Rally

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By Cliff DuRand

The public is waking to the fierce urgency of addressing climate change.

Extreme weather events, melting glaciers, rising sea levels, floods and droughts, wildfires, and intense heat waves all herald a global climate system out of balance that threatens human civilization as we know it.

July was the hottest month in human history. Last month, on August 2, Greenland lost 12.5 billion tons of ice in one day due to a record heat wave. There is enough ice in Greenland to raise the sea levels by 7.5 meters, or about 25 feet, and it is melting fast. Clear-cutting of the rainforest and wildfires are ravaging the Amazon, destroying the lungs of the planet. The melting tundra is releasing methane into the atmosphere, adding to the CO2 that is warming the planet.

While governments and fossil fuel industries have been slow to respond to climate change, the younger generation, whose future is at stake, recognizes it as an emergency. Inspired by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg’s school strike every Friday in front of the Swedish parliament, millions have joined her protest around the world. They are challenging us adults to respond to this existential threat to civilization. They call out, “Our house is on fire!” We need to act like it.

On September 20, youth have called for a global climate strike. Here in San Miguel de Allende, we will respond with the Climate Action Rally for the Future, joining millions around the world with a rally at noon in Parque Juarez at the kiosk. Speakers from Via Organica, Caminos de Agua, Center for Global Justice, and El Charco del Ingenio will explore what we can do in response.

Blessed with bright, sunny days throughout the year, México has great potential for alternative, clean solar energy. Via Organica has been promoting regenerative agriculture to draw carbon out of the atmosphere and enrich the soil to grow healthier food. The Coalición Agua Vida, which brings together some 13 NGOs in San Miguel, is working with the municipal government to create a planning document for the municipality’s water supplies. Nationally, the Mexican government has launched a massive reforestation program. These are just some of the promising initiatives.

In the US, progressive leaders have called for a Green New Deal on the scale of World War II’s mobilization, outlining an integrated plan to address the climate emergency. It calls to move our energy system away from fossil fuels to renewables like solar and wind, which also produce good union jobs in clean energy.

The challenge of climate change clearly requires massive action. It won’t just go away on its own, and it’s getting worse every year. The clock is ticking. The future for our children and grandchildren depends on what we do now. Join your voice with millions of our children on September 20.

 

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“The Fierce Urgency of Now”

Fri, Sep 20, 12pm

Parque Juarez at the kiosk

 

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