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Connect the Dots Climate Action 5/5

education April 19, 2012 2
Connect the Dots Climate Action 5/5

Fellow Earthlings -

As Bill McKibben explains below, the broad public is starting to recognize that the pattern of extreme weather everywhere ain’t natural.  Recognition is only a necessary first step, we need to organize public concern into fundamental change of the way industrial society  produces and uses energy.

Bill McKibben and friends are holding a global event Sat May 5 to Connect the Dots, from weird weather to greenhouse emissions to corporate polluters to negligent governments.
Our plan for Albany is to
assemble at 2:30 PM on the Foot bridge over 787 to Corning Preserve, and connect the dots
beginning with  the bike path by the Hudson that was flooded by Irene,
march to the Broadway office of Chesapeake Energy, the giant fracking corporation (fracking releases dangerous amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas),
and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (right across the street)
go 2 blocks up Broadway to the O’Brien Federal Building,
and rally from 3:30 – 4:30  in front of the State Capitol.

MAP:    http://maps.google.com/maps?daddr=Assemble%20on%20footbridge%20Broadway%20to%20Corning%20Preserve,%20Albany%2C%20NY%2012207

In case of inclement weather, the rally will be under the overhang on the State St side of the Capitol.

– Mark S.

Here’s the latest from McKibben:


Dear friends,

Good news this time.

At some point every one of us at 350 has thought to ourselves a little despairingly: is the world ever going to catch on to climate change? Today is one of those days when it feels like it just might happen.

A story on the front page of yesterday’s New York Times described a new poll — Americans in record numbers are understanding that the planet is warming because they’re seeing the “freaky” weather that comes with climate change.

And the story ends by describing the next step in this process: May 5, the giant Connect the Dots day that people are joining all around the globe:www.ClimateDots.org

When the zeitgeist conspires to help our efforts, we need to make the most of it. Two weeks is plenty of time to organize a beautiful photo for May 5, one that will help spread this idea. Are you in a place where flood and rain have caused havoc? Ten people with umbrellas can make a memorable “climate dot” for all the world to see. You’ll think of something appropriate for your place — and you can find lots of examples and ideas here.

This movement is growing quickly, and with not a moment to spare — new data from scientists like Jim Hansen at NASA shows that our carbon emissions have already made extreme weather many times more likely. We can’t take back the carbon we’ve already poured into the atmosphere, but if we work together hard and fast then we can keep it from getting steadily worse.

Earth Day is coming up this weekend, and there will be thousands of events across the US. Each one of them is a great place to spread the word about the big day of action on 5/5. When you’re on the front page of the Times it’s a sign that the message is starting to get through — but only one American in 300 reads that newspaper. Now it’s up to all of us to make sure that everyone around the world gets the message, and Connect the Dots day on 5/5 is our best chance to do that.Please join us. 


Bill McKibben for 350.org

P.S. It is key to remember that these photos from May 5 are not just for their effect on that day. We need a bank of images showing the human face of global warming — pictures we’ll use for the hard and direct political work of the next few years. If people don’t know there’s a problem, they won’t try to solve it. So let’s show them on 5/5. Here’s a heartbreaking example, from some local activists in Texas:



  • Poll: Americans are Connecting the Dots (New York Times Article) | go.350.org/IyR9Lr
  • March Heat Records Crush Cold Records by Over 35 To 1, Scientists Say Global Warming Loaded The Dice | ThinkProgress go.350.org/HRdwLb


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  1. Decay May 3, 2012 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Yess! This is very important.

  2. education May 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Please come to Occupy Albany 472 Madison at Willett Friday evening May 4 to help make signs.

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