Nine leading climate scientists urge you to attend the People’s Climate March.

At Slate

mt: Not going; too far, not really plugged in to a meaningful role, but supportive. Going to the local rally which may not amount to much…

I also urge you to go, especially if you’re on a train line that can get you to NYC or one of the other major sites in a few hours.


  1. This should be our first step in the Climate March!

    "As environmental science has advanced, it has become apparent that the human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future: deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities, and the spread of disease." Worldwatch Institute, "Is Meat Sustainable?"

    “If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetables and grains... the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads.” Environmental Defense Fund

    "A 1% reduction in world-wide meat intake has the same benefit as a three trillion-dollar investment in solar energy." ~ Chris Mentzel, CEO of Clean Energy

    There is one single industry destroying the planet more than any other. But no one wants to talk about it...

    Step by Step Guide: How to Transition to a Vegan Diet

  2. "The livestock sector emerges as one of the top contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global. The findings of this report suggest that it should be a major policy focus when dealing with problems of land degradation, climate change and air pollution, water shortage and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity. The impact is so significant that it needs to be addressed with urgency." UN Food and Agricultural Organization's report "Livestock's Long Shadow"

  3. OK, you are repeating yourself, enough.

    I saw Cowspiracy and disliked it; the divisive approach could have been designed by the Koch brothers. I may have an article about that but I'm so backed up on my writing at this point that I'm afraid my head is going to explode.

    I agree that feedlot beef is a problem and should be avoided.

  4. My nutritionist explains a vegetarian diet is bad for Homo Sapiens health. What I find really interesting is the human tendency to use a good idea (trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions) and hang extraneous and somewhat irrelevant points to what should be a focused effort.

    I plan to be at the local protest holding a sign which says "free Leopoldo Lopez". Why? I want to go on TV and explain he advocates an end to gasoline subsidies in Venezuela and was put in jail illegally. Some say this is the wrong focus, but I think it's more effective than advocating vegetarianism.

  5. I suspect there really may be agents provocateurs involved in the case of this film.

    The movie mentioned their funding being cut off from one source - they didn't say who but they also noticeably didn't say who stepped up to fill the gap.

    Is it not in the interest of the Koch brothers and/or their allies to have vegans upset at the main environmental organizations? Is this a coincidence?

  6. I am going. It's on Sunday and I can take the train to New York City from New Brunswick, which is quite close to where I will be.

    Give two days of relief from splinterers or petty arguments from anyone. This is our time, and hairsplitting and self-aggrandizement doesn't belong here.
    This Is My Time

    There is room for quite a variety of approaches to improving our approach to our home, including eating at the very least less meat and more local produce. Right now shooting at those who agree the planet is in danger, the ice caps are melting, cleaner energy is a good thing, exploitation by runaway profiteers, particularly big fossil, is getting out of hand, and so on, is a sure way to indicate that you have a beef with the best current expertise and advice, and a waste of everyone's time, and of the potential to improve our and by connection your future.
    People's Climate March

  7. Final count is just in: 400,000, and that doesn't count all the active bystanders (many with posters etc.) and every doorstep along the route. Shutting down New York City for the afternoon, and boy is there complaining about that. I have quite a few thoughts but no time to put them all down, except to remark that our joyous and motley crews were a celebration.

    Worldwide there must have been several million.

    For anyone interested, New York Times has promised Science Times tomorrow will focus on climate. There's a podcast with David Corcoran (science editor) and reporter Justin Gillis on agriculture, very thoughtful piece. It's not showing in a search but I'll find the link later.

  8. Worldwide there must have been several million.

    I doubt that. Maybe half a million:
    Accordding to German FAZ: Berlin 10000, London 40000, Paris 25000

    (The depressingly stupid reader comments at FAZ make me think: Yet another drop. Constant dripping wears away the stone. But sea level will rise faster.)

  9. Australia, and little ones all over the place. Being part of an unexpected 400,000 plus activist bystanders can be quite uncomfortable. It was a relief when the march began; wall to wall people for two miles, the avenues quite wide.

    Scroll down to the map

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