Obama’s Inaugural Address on Climate

A Message from 350.org and Bill McKibben:

T0day the President said the right things about climate change in his Inaugural Address:

We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity.  We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,  Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.

With his lofty words, it’s easy to let ourselves dream that something major might happen about the biggest problem the world has ever faced.

But we know that even if the president is sincere in every syllable, he’s going to need lots of backup to help him get his point across in a city dominated by fossil fuel interests. And, given the record of the last four years, we know that too often rhetoric has yielded little in the way of results.


That’s why we need you — very badly — to take a trip to our nations capital on Feb. 17. We’ll gather on the National Mall, in what looks like it may be the largest environmental rally in many years.

Together we’ll send the message loud and clear: if you’re serious about protecting future generations from climate change, stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. If you can do that, Mr. President, we can all work together to help build a climate legacy that will be a credit to your critical eight years in office.

Look — numbers count. If 20,000 of us show up on February afternoon it will be noticed. We need you in that number. The President may have given us an opening, but it’s up to us to go through it, and we need to do it together.

Click here to join me in DC: http://350.org/Feb17

Thanks for all you’ve done to bring us this far, friends. Let’s keep it up — this is our chance.

Bill (McKibben)

from 350.0rg


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