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Rise For Climate

Astrobiologist Cyprien Verseux and colleagues showed support to the global mobilization from the ever shrinking ice shelves of Antarctica, marching through below zero temperatures. From “#RiseforClimate: 900+ actions on 7 continents,”, 9/9/18.

For our less snowy Chester County observance, see “Rally for Climate Justice and Environment, West Chester, 9/8/18.”

As the photo caption notes, Antarctic ice sheets are melting. See “Antarctic ice loss tripled – should we be worried?,” Citizens’ Climate Lobby, 7/3/18. Short answer: yes, very. From that site:

(A rise of less than 1 centimeter in 25 years may not sound like a lot, but we need to remember: 1) 1 vertical centimeter is several horizontal feet in a marsh or estuary; 2) the rise is apt to accelerate as ice becomes water around the globe.

Heat waves took a deadly toll this summer

By Philip Finkelstein, Citizens Climate Lobby, 9/11/18

With the term “climate change” used more often than “global warming” these days, sometimes it’s easy to overlook one of the key changes we can expect: extreme heat. This summer, devastating heat waves swept across the Northern Hemisphere. From Japan to Canada, across Europe and the United States, extreme temperatures have taken hundreds of lives.

Extreme weather events, include heat waves, are becoming more frequent in response to rising levels of greenhouse gases increasing the earth’s average surface temperature. Periodic cooling and outlying atmospheric conditions may still occur, but in aggregate, the globe is warming at an alarming rate. This summer was no exception to the developing trend. With record heat waves on four continents and the hottest La Niña year ever documented, 2018 is incontrovertible proof of man’s pernicious impact on the planet….

read more at Citizens Climate Lobby

More on Sept. 8: photos, press release

Please see photos of the Chester County event on google drive (accessible to all) here, set up by Jess Cadorette of Penn Environment, but all are welcome to contribute photos. Samples (by Vince Moro):

Also, press release below:





For Immediate Release: September 10, 2018
For More Information: Jess Cadorette, 610-717-6680,

Chesco Citizens rallied with thousands across the country for national Rise for Climate, Jobs, & Justice movement

West Chester, PA – In solidarity with a national movement, 175 activists marched in West Chester on Saturday to call for bold climate action. Despite the climate’s clear warning signs, our federal administration continues to roll back critical environmental protections and even denies the existing climate crisis. From the raging heat waves and the burning wildfires, to the extreme downpours — it is an inescapable fact that our climate is changing before our eyes.

In response, the People’s Climate Movement organized a national day of action: the Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice. West Chester hosted one of the more than 250 events that occurred on Saturday as citizens across the U.S. rallied in solidarity to demand bold climate action. Over 100 community members gathered outside of the courthouse to hear from an engaging lineup of speakers that addressed a broad spectrum of environmental and climate issues.

Local activist Silvia Martínez Uribe spoke about injustices both here and abroad and how we need to hold industry accountable when they aren’t caring for their employees or the environment they reside one. George Alexander, local member of Del-Chesco United for Pipeline Safety, spoke to one of the most important local issues — the Mariner East II Pipeline. He noted the environmental tragedies that will continue to occur if this pipeline is permitted to be completed and used: increased fracking for natural gas in western PA, increased air pollution where the fracked gas will be processed and exported, and increased pollution in general as the pipeline’s end purpose is for materials to make more plastic.

US Army veteran, Sgt Gerald Brown noted how he’s always fought for his family, but his fight has changed: “I fought in Vietnam for the Red, White, and Blue. Now I fight at home to save the country from itself. Air pollution is affecting my family’s health and I work on educating people as well as getting them to help work toward eliminating burning fossils fuels. We can make a difference if people work together.”

Elizabeth and Vince Moro from Neighbors for Crebilly spoke about how they’re working together with their community to fight for the protection of local beautiful land from unnecessary development.

Reverend Kyle J. Boyer inspiringly spoke about the incredible need for more care, compassion, and proper stewardship of our natural environment before it’s too late.

Great Valley High School senior Saira Salyani had a powerful message for all: “It’s more than voting; it’s making your voice heard. Democracies don’t work until all citizens participate.” Salyani, who won’t be old enough to vote in this year’s election, had a message specifically aimed for young listeners: “Our age isn’t relevant. Consider the ways we can trade apathy and take action.If you’re a student, by the time you graduate, you’ll be living in a world shaped by the policies of right now. That means we all have a responsibility to our generation and the next…we’re going to use the power we have as citizens in order to make a difference.”

Keynote speaker Maya K. van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper and the leader of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, highlighted the need for a new constitutional amendment for our nation just like Pennsylvania’s green amendment.

“On Saturday, we gathered together to rise up in the face of climate and environmental injustice here and everywhere,” said van Rossum. “I was honored to talk about our unique and vital constitutional provisions protecting our right to clean air, pure water, and a healthy environment, and how Pennsylvania should serve as an inspiration to people across the nation and the world to fight for their environmental rights. The time has come to embrace our constitutional right to a healthy environment and demand a just future for all.”

After listening to the powerful speakers, the revved-up crowd carried signs, banners, and posters as they cheered and chanted their way through the streets. Led by former West Chester Mayor Jordan Norley, the rally marched its way to Everhart Park to convene and take action.
Local groups, including many of those making up the Chester County Environmental Alliance, provided ways to get involved, kids’ activities, and refreshments as attendees gathered after their afternoon of activism.

“Real change in America begins at the local level. It always has. We cannot wait for others to act on climate policy,” said West Chester Mayor Dianne Herrin. “Across the country, people and communities are mobilized for bold action on climate because we recognize that this is in all of our best interests. It’s about growing sustainable jobs, stabilizing the climate catastrophes impacting people, communities, and agriculture across the country and the world, and creating a hopeful future for our children.”

The event would not have been possible without the help of the newly-formed Chester County Environmental Alliance — an alliance of almost 20 different environmentally-focused groups working in the Chester County area to preserve and protect our natural world. Learn more about the CCEA (and how to join) at

All of the speakers, chants, and voices of the day focused on one thing: the need for communities to join together and call for bold climate action so we can move towards a safe and healthy environment for all.

The afternoon was organized thanks to the following co-sponsors: Citizens Climate Lobby – Chester County group, Del-Chesco United for Community Safety, Don’t Spray Me!, East Goshen Safety and Environmental Advocates (EGSEA), Faith Alliance for Pipeline Safety, Neighbors for Crebilly, NextGen America, PennEnvironment, Ready for 100 Chester County, Sierra Club of Chester County, Sierra Club Youth Corps, Uwchlan Safety Coalition, West Chester Co-operative.

Rally for Climate Justice and Environment, West Chester, 9/8/18

Thanks to all the eloquent speakers pictured here:

Left to right: Jordan Norley (plus daughter Asha), Silvia Martínez Uribe, Rev. Kyle Boyer, Sheila Burke, Maya vanRossum (front), Sgt. Gerald Brown, George Alexander, Saira Salyani (not pictured: Dianne Herrin, Vince Moro).

Thanks to Ed Rodgers for filming the whole event and posting it on Facebook at Delaware Riverkeeper Network (under Posts; go to 9/8/18).

See also “175 rally to support climate, jobs and justice” by Bill Rettew in the Daily Local News, beginning:

WEST CHESTER—Voices and protest signs were raised at the historic courthouse during a rally and march to support the environment, Saturday afternoon.

Rain threatened, but none fell, during a 70-minute rally attended by about 175 environmental activists.

The event was one of about 250 similar marches and rallies nationwide recognizing a national day of action and the “Rise of Climate, Jobs and Justice.” The central rally was held in San Francisco where the Global Climate Action Summit starts on Sept. 12.

Delaware Riverkeeper Maya van Rossum told the lively audience from the courthouse steps that the public should demand justice for the environment. She said that corporations and elected officials are committing violence against the environment.

“There are real victims gathered here because of injustice,” van Rossum said. “Environmental violence takes many forms….”

Chester County March for Climate Justice and Environment – Sept 8, 2018

FYI: the rain is supposed to stop at 10:45 a.m. so we’ll definitely go ahead at 2 p.m. and let’s not worry about the weather! (Just bring a jacket in case of a casual shower.)

Please join us for the Chester County March for Climate Justice and Environment on Sept 8, 2018, rallying at 2 p.m. at the Chester County Court House in West Chester, marching a few blocks at 3 p.m., and reconvening at Everhart Park.

Chester County March for Climate Justice and Environment – outline

Saturday, September 8, 2:00 – 4:15pm

2 p.m. rally at the Historic Chester County Court House, 2 N. High Street, West Chester, PA 19380

Speakers in order:

Our moderator is Jordan Norley, Chairman of the Chester County Mayors Association, past West Chester mayor and past president of Borough Council. Chant master is Sheila Burke, Don’t Spray Me! Activist.

Dianne Herrin will welcome us to the Borough as mayor of West Chester (focus: what municipalities can do)

Rev. Kyle J. Boyer, local minister and educator (faith and environment)

Vince Moro, Neighbors for Crebilly (organizing for open space)

Silvia Martínez Uribe, former automotive, chemical and pharmaceutical industry employee, now educator and Reiki practitioner (focus: lack of concern about people’s health by big businesses)

George Alexander for Del-Chesco United (focus on pipelines)

Sgt Gerald Brown, Vietnam veteran and poet (focus: air quality and minority communities)

Saira Salyani, activist, senior in Great Valley High School (focus: today’s youth getting informed, taking action and demanding results from elected officials)

Featured speaker: Maya K. van Rossum, leader of Delaware Riverkeeper Network since 1994, winner of a watershed 2013 legal victory that affirmed the constitutional right of Pennsylvanians to a clean and healthy environment, and author of “The Green Amendment” (focus on citizen empowerment, PA Constitution, Green Amendment)

3 p.m. march from the Court House led by Jordan Norley, with banners and signs, to Everhart Park W. Union St between S. Brandywine and S. Bradford), where there will be tables, displays, refreshments by West Chester Co-op, children’s activities, yoga (bring a towel) with Local Yoga Café of 216 E. Market St. West Chester, and more.

Stand with us! Park as needed in the Borough parking garage 1/2 block south on S. High St. Rain date Sept. 9. This is one of thousands of Sept. 8 rallies that will be held in cities and towns around the world to demand that our leaders commit to building a fossil free world that works for all of us. Join all who care about climate and environment as we demand that local leaders walk the talk on environment action.

Please help us by RSVPing here.

This non-political event is co-sponsored by these member groups of the Chester County Environment Alliance:

Citizens Climate Lobby – Chester County group
Del-Chesco United for Community Safety
Don’t Spray Me!
East Goshen Safety and Environmental Advocates (EGSEA)
Faith Alliance for Pipeline Safety.
Neighbors for Crebilly
Ready for 100 Chester County
Sierra Club of Chester County
Sierra Club Youth Corps
Uwchlan Safety Coalition
West Chester Co-operative

Also co-sponsoring: NextGen America. Other groups at Everhart Park: PennFuture, West Goshen Sustainability Task Force.

This is one of thousands of rallies around the world (logo below) demanding that local leaders commit to building a fossil free world that works for all of us. Rain date Sept. 9.

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