Tomorrow, I’m off to Washington DC! The Forward on Climate rally is on Sunday (February 17), but I’m heading down a day early. There are many Harvard student going, and I’ve heard that over 20,000 will be in DC…making it the largest climate rally in history. Check out www.forwardonclimate.com for more information.
As a reminder about why we need to stop Keystone, read this blog post from the NRDC blog, “Just the facts: Climate Impacts from the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline.” This paragraph is particularly poignant:
Expanding the exploitation of tar sands would significantly undermine efforts to reduce carbon pollution. The International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook includes scenarios with different levels of Canadian tar sands production in 2035. In the scenario that keeps atmospheric carbon at 450 parts per million (which results in a 50 percent chance of keeping the average global temperature below the 2 degree C threshold), tar sands production is 3.3 million barrels a day. The scenario with production at 4.6 million barrels a day — still below industry’s 2030 goal — estimates that global temperature will rise by 6 degrees Celsius with catastrophic results.
So on we go! I made this quick video below about why we need to go to DC this weekend. I’m not very talented with video-making, so please excuse poor quality.
I will blog about my experiences in DC when I get back on Monday!