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Bill McKibben: Don’t just sit there fuming CO2 over global warming, DO something!

The Most Important Thing You Can Do To Stop Global Warming
By Tara Lohan, AlterNet. Posted February 1, 2007.

Environmentalist Bill McKibben explains that forcing Congress to take action on climate change is the top priority. Fortunately, he has a plan.

It has been a winter for the record books in the Northeast and Midwest. People are golfing in Michigan instead of ice fishing, sap is running in Vermont, and cherry blossoms are blooming in Washington, D.C.

People are waking up to spring in January and the stark reality of climate change.

“Hurricane Katrina blew the door open and Al Gore walked through it with his movie,” environmental writer Bill McKibben said. “Now we have to take that education and turn it into action.”

Americans finally understand that climate change is real — and it is a problem. So, now what?

“People are ready to do something — to do something more than change their light bulbs,” said McKibben, “they understand the need for quick and dramatic political action.”

McKibben is spearheading what will be the largest public demonstration against global warming our country has ever seen. “On April 14, instead of doing a march on Washington — which would burn a fair amount of carbon,” said McKibben, “we will have a nationwide rally, occurring more or less simultaneously, in all the places that people love around the country.”

The goal of the action, Step It Up 2007, is to demand that Congress enact immediate cuts in carbon emissions and pledge an 80 percent reduction by 2050.

This is not your typical protest…


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