Saturday, February 14, 2009

GREENPEACE - Article on Global Warming

Susan Sarandon Video Supports Capitol Climate Action in Washington, DC

In this video, Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon evokes the sacrifices of Gandhi and Martin Luther King in calling on Americans to join the Capitol Climate Action, the country’s largest show of civil disobedience about global warming in history, at the Capitol Power Plant on March 2nd 2009.

Says Sarandon:

Gandhi. Martin Luther King. They were willing to stand up for what’s right, even if it meant peacefully breaking the law. Civil disobedience can overcome great challenges. And global warming is the greatest challenge of our time.”

This video brings another nationally respected voice to America’s call for government action to address the climate crisis. The Capitol Plant is a symbol of the country’s dangerous reliance on coal-fired power plants—the biggest source of global warming pollution in the U.S.

The Capitol Climate Action has been organized and endorsed by over 50 conservation, faith-based, social justice and labor groups with over 1,000 participants already scheduled to attend. Coal-fired power plants are the biggest source of global warming pollution in the U.S. Surandon joins Dr. James Hansen, one of the world’s leading climatologists, in calling for Americans to participate in this historic event.

The video is available here.

Full Script

“Gandhi. Martin Luther King. They were willing to stand up for what’s right, even if it meant peacefully breaking the law. Civil disobedience can overcome great challenges. And global warming is the greatest challenge of our time. On March 2nd, thousands will come together in Washington, DC for a historic protest on the climate crisis. Many will continue our tradition of peaceful civil disobedience. The American people will take a stand at Congress’ own coal-fired power plant, a glaring symbol of coal’s hold over our government. Coal plants are the largest single contributor to global warming emissions in the United States. To stop global warming, we must stop coal-fired power plants. Since our government has yet to act, we must take action. So take a stand on March 2nd at the Capitol Power Plant. Demand real change. I’m Susan Sarandon and I urge you to join the protest CapitolClimateAction Dot org.

Background

The Capitol Power Plant, which is owned by Congress and sits just blocks from the American seat of power, burns coal to heat and cool numerous buildings on Capitol Hill. The facility no longer generates electricity but its reliance on coal has made it the focus of political controversy and a powerful symbol of coal's impact on the environment and public health.

CONTACTS: Daniel Kessler, Greenpeace, cell: 970.690.2728; email: dkessler@greenpeace.org

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