The Cowboy Indian Alliance is riding into Washington on April 22nd and setting up camp to make a statement: Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline and Protect the Earth. They will be joined on April 26 by thousands of people who share that message. It’s a critical message, and I personally think that John Kerry understands it. I think that Barack Obama understands it. It’s our job to give them the political cover to do the right thing. It’s as simple as that. It’s our job to refute the lies from the special interests and to overwhelm the forces of reaction with reason, our voices, our votes and our support for organizations and candidates that know the hour is late.
The President himself said last June in his major climate speech, and eloquently: “Convince those in power to reduce our carbon pollution. Push your own communities to adopt smarter practices. Invest. Divest. Remind folks there’s no contradiction between a sound environment and strong economic growth. And remind everyone who represents you at every level of government that sheltering future generations against the ravages of climate change is a prerequisite for your vote. Make yourself heard on this issue.”
Maybe see you in Washington on the 26th.
Meanwhile, we’ve got good old Earth Day coming up in ten days. There are events everywhere. Renew your old ties to the earth or make new ones.
Even before that, there’s a big launch happening this Sunday. Showtime will be screening the first episode of an epic series: Years of Living Dangerously will feature an impressive array of journalists, activists and star entertainers acting as correspondents on the climate change beat, around the world and covering the spectrum of issues. As you know, it’s a very big story and it appears that the YLD people are committed to covering it deeply and well. You join or start a watch party. Get with your friends on this. See their trailer now and, if you can’t tune in Sunday, watch their episodes on the web.