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Contact: Stephanie Herron at Stephanie.Herron@sierraclub.org or (302) 468-4550

January 31, 2013

Delawareans Joining Feb. 17 Climate Rally

Foresee Massive Turnout Organizing Locally

WILMINGTON, DE—Crippling drought. Devastating wildfires. Superstorm Sandy. Climate change has come home—and the American people get it. On Sunday, February 17, Delawareans will join tens of thousands of Americans heading to Washington, D.C. to make Forward on Climate the largest climate rally in history. The goal is to get President Obama to take strong action on climate change starting by rejecting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and already over 20,000 have signed up online.  Tar sands have local implications for Delawareans concerned with the especially dirty fossil fuel now being transported by rail to be processed here in Delaware at the PBF Refinery in Delaware City. In addition to the larger implications for climate change worldwide, tar sands refining is much more carcinogenic than traditional crude for local air quality.

Local groups, including the Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Green Party of Delaware, Occupy Delaware, Wilmington in Transition, Delaware Interfaith Power and Light and many more will be attending the February 17 Forward on Climate Rally. The rally will be held from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. near the National Mall in Washington, D.C and will include a march to the White House. Organizers are urging folks planning to attend “to reduce both the hassle and your carbon footprint” by signing up for a chartered bus leaving Christiana Mall at 8:30 a.m. on February 17th. The cost is $25 per person and seats are limited, so anyone wanting to secure a seat is urged to sign-up at the link below, by visiting gpde.us, delaware.sierraclub.org or occupyde.org or by contacting Stephanie Herron at (302) 468-4550.  Those desiring to meet up with the Delaware contingent in DC or get information on carpools from Kent and Sussex counties should also contact Stephanie Herron.

In addition to the march on the White House, the Forward on Climate Rally will feature inspiring speakers like Michael Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director; Bill McKibben, Co-founder 350.org and Van Jones, environmental/civil rights activist, author and founder of Rebuilding the Dream. The rally is being organized by the Sierra Club, 350.org and Hip Hop Caucus and has around 100 other endorsing groups signed on from all around the country.

For more information:
Forward on Climate Rally DE bus sign-up – http://forwardonclimatedelaware.eventbrite.com/#
Forward on Climate Rally – http://action.sierraclub.org/site/PageServer?pagename=nat_signup_feb17&chapter=DE
Sierra Club, Delaware Chapter- http://delaware.sierraclub.org
Green Party of DE – http://gpde.us
Occupy Delaware – http://occupyde.org
Wilmington in Transition – http://wilmingtondeintransition.org
Delaware Interfaith Power and Light – http://www.deipl.org/
Sierra Club – http://www.sierraclub.org
350.org – http://www.350.org

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