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Climate Emergency Activists to Stage National Protests Calling for WWII-scale Mobilization to Save Civilization

Demonstrators to Call for Immediate Abolition of Democratic Party’s Carbon Gradualism


As the Democratic National Convention platform committee and establishment environmental activists negotiate disastrously inadequate measures to stave off the collapse of civilization, climate emergency demonstrators will stage actions across the country Sunday demanding the abolition of carbon gradualism and an immediate WWII-scale mobilization that eliminates America's net greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 and restores a stable, pre-industrial climate for humanity.

The members of the DNC platform committee are debating tepid environmental policies within a framework of 80 percent reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 -- a cowardly, wildly outdated approach that ignores the latest climate science, the rapidly intensifying global climate emergency, and the threat of a cataclysmic global "biological holocaust," in the words of the great biologist E.O. Wilson. While visionary FDR and Churchill-style leadership is needed to confront the global ecological emergency, the Democrats and their establishment environmentalist apologists appear hell-bent on emulating the catastrophic appeasement of Neville Chamberlain and Marshal Petain.

Climate emergency demonstrators will gather with politicians, environmental analysts, and community leaders to hold 15 actions demanding an immediate, WWII-scale climate mobilization at resonant locations across America, from the U.S.S. Midway in San Diego to the MLK Monument in Denver to the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol. At the Capitol rally, mobilizers will give a mock presidential 2020 "State of the Union" address describing the immense progress in drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions occurring nearly halfway through the climate mobilization.

Russell Greene, a DNC platform committee member and leading climate activist for the Progressive Democrats of America and People Demanding Action, said he planned to represent the Climate Mobilization demonstrators' perspective in his speech to the platform committee in Orlando today.

"Language appears to be failing us," Greene said. "What is urgent? When is immediately? We have lost touch. We are living in the age of consequences. We can no longer pretend otherwise. With our every action and non-action we leave our imprint on generations. There is no time left for gradualism. That window has passed. This is a climate emergency -- the moment to make a stand for the future. For each other. For our children. I will make every effort with my colleagues on the platform committee to act with this truth in heart and mind."

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is likely to speak at the public event for emergency climate mobilization at The Community Church in Boston. Other actions will include rallies, lectures and flotillas.

Emergency mobilization actions will also be held in Ann Arbor, MI; New York, NY; Democrat, KY; Sacramento, CA; Tampa Bay, FL; Naples, FL; Boston, MA; Sonora, CA; Play del Carmen, Mexico; and Berkeley, CA.

Date:Sunday, July 10
Location: Across America
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