Seattle Environmental Activists were out today in full support of the Power Past Coal march in opposition to coal export through any of the proposed Northwest ports. An estimated 300+ people joined the march from Golden Gardens along the Burke Gilman Trail to Ray’s Boathouse, one of the businesses that would be adversely impacted by the 9 coal laden trains per day that would supply a proposed Gateway Pacific Port near Bellingham. Many cars passing along the route honked in support of the ralliers.
Below are a few photos that capture the fun, energy and impressiveness of the event and SEA’s involvement.
Some of the SEA members who crowded the beach to hear from Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and the director of Puget Sound Keepers speak about the need to prevent coal exports through the Cherry Point Terminal and the other four proposed ports in Washington and Oregon. L to R: Mark, Ellen, Janet, Dan, Bruce, Mike, Mary D and Susan.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn was one of the three speakers at the pre-march rally at Golden Gardens Park. He expressed his strong opposition to exporting of coal and its adverse impact on our communities and the earth’s climate.
Here Robin Everett, Sierra Club Power Past Coal organizer joins some SEA members at the post march celebration at Ray’s Boat House to discuss the success of the event! A few minutes later a BNSF coal train went by on the tracks just outside the window heading north along the path we had just walked as it headed to Canada for export.
It was a great day of support from the Seattle Environmental Activists for the 350.0rg and other activists across the country to bring about a policy shift away from the use of fossil fuel based energy.