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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Climate change protest on Saturday

Targets National Grid
Climate Action RI

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As part of a series of thousands of protests sponsored by 350.org and taking place in cities and towns around the world this Saturday, Climate Action Rhode Island (CARI), the Rhode Island affiliate of 350.org, is holding a rally and march to protest the inaction by Rhode Island utility giant National Grid and by our local and national leadership in the face of the ongoing climate disaster caused by the failure to move away from fossil fuels.

As part of this international protest, Rhode Island’s event will begin adjacent to this Saturday’s Waterfire event which is being sponsored by National Grid:

Saturday September 8, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Roger Williams Memorial site at 282 North Main Street in Providence

Our event will include a march and other forms of dramatic protest for the attention of folks attending Waterfire as well as our political and business leadership.


While the climate crisis is accelerating out of control, we are going backwards:  National Grid is pushing to build an LNG facility on the Providence shoreline near low-income residential areas, and our political leaders are considering building a plant in Burrillville powered by natural gas produced via fracking.

But what is required locally and nat ionally are dramatic steps to move away from fossil fuels and instead move to serious, long-term solutions such as renewable energy sources, dramatic conservation policies, carbon taxes, etc. There is no time for business as usual.

The climate crisis poses an existential threat to humanity and to Rhode Island in particular, and our survival depends on taking bold action to ratchet down carbon emissions by quickly ending our dependence on fossil fuels, and thus move our society towards an environmentally sustainable future.

The CARI website:   https://world.350.org/rhodeisland/. The 350.org website is https://350.org of course.