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Peterborough Climate Change Rally

For Our Grandchildren in Peterborough is organizing a Climate Change Rally on Sunday, September 22, from 11 AM to 12 NOON at Millennium Park to kick off the Purple Onion Festival.  We are aiming at attendance of over 1,000 people, the biggest such rally in Peterborough’s history, to bring to the attention of our politicians the need for action NOW on climate change.  We know it is happening already, but we have to do everything in our power to minimize it, For Our Grandchildren! Wear purple for a photograph at noon to set the Guinness book of records for people wearing purple. Read about the Rally event on the 4RG web site. Visit the Rally Event on Facebook and share it with your friends.

The world’s atmosphere is almost at the concentration of CO2 to cause a 2 oC increase in the average global temperature.  At this point, climate change could spiral out of control.  Yet the amount of known fossil-fuel reserves would produce about FIVE TIMES the amount of CO2 required to reach this 2 oC critical point. We cannot let this extra carbon get burnt!

We will get 1,000 people to the rally if each of the 40 of us in the Peterborough section of For Our Grandchildren will commit to find 10 others who will commit to come to the rally, AND persuade each of them to commit to bring 2 MORE.  That is 40×10 = 400, and 400 + 800 =1200.  We can do it!  Better get started … we have less than a month to get there. Your personal contacts are going to get us there.

There are posters for the event at the Peterborough Resources link on the 4RG web site.  Please print and distribute them, or let Alan or Linda know if you need copies for posting; we have plenty of printed copies of the one with the purple background (for the Purple Onion Festival), but you can use the one with the white background if you want to print your own and save printer ink.  PLEASE advertise with every group you know, such as faith communities, service clubs, book clubs, ….

Visit the Rally Event on Facebook where people can indicate they are coming, to give us some idea of the number committed. Share the event with your friends. Like the event. Add links to it on your own Facebook page. Here is the Facebook Page Link all spelled out.
Please put this link on your Facebook page and share it with everyone you know.

Also on the Peterborough Resources link there is a sheet of “tear-off” announcements of the rally that you can print, cut out, and give to everyone you meet.  Take some to the market with you; take them to your faith community, carry them with you everywhere.

Please let Alan or Linda know if you can help on September 22.  We need you for crowd assistance (tell people to stay off the road and where the benches are for the elderly), to hand out purple headbands, etc.

Thanks for your commitment.  We need to change policies in Peterborough, Ontario, and Canada and, together, we will!

Waking Up to Catastrophe

For Our Grandchildren is hosting a series of talks on Saturday, May 25, 2013. Please join them to hear experts discuss the impending effects of climate change and to discuss how our actions can make a difference.

Climate change is the defining challenge of our generation. Climate change contributes to extreme weather such as heavy rainstorms that have caused serious flooding in Peterborough on three occasions in the last ten years.

Everyone, but particularly grandparents and senior citizens, can help meet this challenge.

The first part of the event will be a Climate Change Forum, featuring these speakers:

  • The Honourable Jeff Leal, Minister of Rural Affairs and MPP for Peterborough
  • Gord Miller, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
  • Alanna Mitchell, author of Sea Sick: The Hidden Crisis in the Global Ocean

The second part will be a Community Town Hall Meeting, featuring a discussion of concrete actions that we can take as individuals and groups. Participants who attend will network with each other, discuss the issues and develop a plan for action.

If you are a group that would be interested in partnering on this project, please contact us at .

To register for this event please click here.