Sierra Club, Civil Disobedience
Enviros respond to Obama’s inaugural call with “history’s biggest climate rally”
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Far left environmental groups, fomenting for societal change and headed full-speed for a gathering they describe as “the largest climate rally in U.S. History” and “history’s biggest climate rally” will take their place on the world stage in Washington, D.C., 12 noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17.
That’s the day when Sierra Club USA, along with 84 other activist groups, is pulling out all the stops and calling for ‘peaceful‘ civil disobedience.
This article was written by Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, which first appeared on his blog at the Sierra Club’s website, on Jan. 22, 2013.
“If you could do it nonstop, it would take you six days to walk from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden Pond to President Barack Obama’s White House. For the Sierra Club, that journey has taken much longer. For 120 years, we have remained committed to using every “lawful means” to achieve our objectives. Now, for the first time in our history, we are prepared to go further,” Brune blogged.
How much further the activists will go remains to be seen on the 17th.
“For civil disobedience to be justified, something must be so wrong that it compels the strongest defensible protest. Such a protest, if rendered thoughtfully and peacefully, is in fact a profound act of patriotism. For Thoreau, the wrongs were slavery and the invasion of Mexico. For Martin Luther King, Jr., it was the brutal, institutionalized racism of the Jim Crow South. For us, it is the possibility that the United States might surrender any hope of stabilizing our planet’s climate,” says Brune.
Sierra Club USA can count on help from environmental groups outside the country.
Sierra Club Canada touts the call for “civil disobedience” organized by the Sierra Club in the United States, stating on a media release this morning. “We hope it will bring about a change of policy in the United States” (Sierra Club Canada).
“Since the history of inaction on climate change in Canada is similar to the record in the United States, Sierra Club Canada is undertaking an internal dialogue to reassess its rules concerning civil disobedience in future campaigns and will make a decision at the appropriate time.”
The groups are responding to the call for dramatic change in President Barack Obama’s January 21st Inaugural address.
Sierra Club USA terms Obama’s call for change on climate change “eloquent” and the words he used to describe it as stirring”:
“As President Obama eloquently said during his inaugural address, “You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time, not only with the votes we cast, but the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideas.”
“We are watching a global crisis unfold before our eyes, and to stand aside and let it happen—even though we know how to stop it—would be unconscionable. As the president said on Monday, “to do so would betray our children and future generations.” It couldn’t be simpler: Either we leave at least two-thirds of the known fossil fuel reserves in the ground, or we destroy our planet as we know it. That’s our choice, if you can call it that.”
Are Sierra Club USA and their supporters providing Obama with the crisis he needs to destabilize the USA?
Groups supporting “history’s biggest climate rally” on Feb. 17:
Air Alliance Houston
Alliance for Climate Education
Americans for Transit
Better Future Project
Center for a New American Dream
Center for Biological Diversity
Center for Health, Environment & Justice
Chesepeake (Sic) Climate Action Network
Citizens Climate Lobby
Clean Water Action
Climate Change Initiative of Howard County
Climate Reality Project
Coalition Against Nukes
Council of Canadians
Democracy for America
Earth Day Network
Energy Action Coalition
Environmental Defence Canada
Fast for the Earth
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Food and Water Watch
Forecast the Facts
Friends of the Earth US
Global Community Monitor
Green for All
Green Party of New York State
Hip Hop Caucus
Indigenous Environmental Network
Institute for Policy Studies, Sustainable Energy and Economy Network
Interfaith Moral Action on Climate
International Forum on Globalization
International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative
Just Foreign Policy
League of Conservation Voters
Moms Clean Air Task Force
Natural Resources Defense Council
National Wildlife Federation
Nebraska Farmers Union
New Jersey Environmental Lobby
New York City Audubon
North Texas Environmental Voters
Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
Oil Change International
Organic Consumers Association
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Rebuild the Dream
Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Coalition
Sane Energy Project
Sierra Club BC
Sierra Club Canada - Prairie Chapter
Tar Sands Blockade
United for Action
United for Peace and Justice
US Climate Action Network
Vermont Natural Resources Council
Washington Peace Center
WE ACT for Environmental Justice
The Wilderness Soceity(Sic)
The William C. Velasquez Institute
Women Donors Network
Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus