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Portland Rising 350

Posted by anne on July 30, 2013 at 4:00 PM

The 350 movement is the most awesome thing I've seen in a while.  And, let me tell you.  I've seen some pretty awesome scenes!!

Scientists agree that 350 parts per million of carbon is the tipping point for climate.  We're now at 392, or perhaps since I last looked, we have passed 400.  We know we are in a tight spot, without the infrastructure for non devastating energy sources.  Yet the machinations of Mordor carry on, and in the Salish Sea (along the Pacific NW) a doubling of the sea traffic is now on the horizon.


Portland Rising Tide, and your own local 350rising organization, are on task to resist this.  Please go to the link above and find out about Portland Rising Tide and their work.


I had the wonderful opportunity to help film a direct action on the Columbia River.  For those of you who do not know, the Colombia is a massive river which splits the states of Washington and Oregon.  The action was impressive, 200 kayaks took the river like a critical mass, while folks marched across the bridge with signs and songs.  Suddenly three activists slid down on ropes they suspended from the bridge with a large sign reading "COAL OIL GAS//NONE SHALL PASS" .


It was a wonderful beautiful day, (if a little sweltering in the heat of the sun), and I was very inspired by the eloquent and impassionate entreaties of the speakers, the well organized workshops and the incredibly fluid coordinaton of 200 kayakers, some of whom had very little kayak experience!  


In feeling very helpless to do anything about the devastating possiblity of climate chagne due to the collapse brought about by the melting of the ice caps (etc) I have sought little corners to back iinto from which to take a stand.  Portland Rising felt like that corner: where people are unafraid, and even if the odds are against them, are willing to stand firm and resist the injustice that will be the undoing of us all unless we make major changes now.  

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