Category Archives: Environment

Let’s take a moment to dwell in The Peace Of Wild Things

The Peace Of Wild Things – Poem by Wendell Berry

When despair grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

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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What about climate justice?

From Rise for Climate.

What about climate justice?

Climate change is both a result of, and a cause of injustice. We simply cannot solve the climate crisis without building a new economy that is fair, equal and works for all of us.

The weight of the climate crisis falls on those who have the least to do with perpetuating it, including indigenous communities, frontline communities in vulnerable countries, low income communities of color, and poor communities who are bearing the brunt of fossil fuel extraction, overburdened with unsafe and unfair levels of exposure to pollution, and are on the frontlines of the climate crisis.

A fast and fair transition away from fossil fuels to a renewable energy economy must protect the most vulnerable communities, including where that shift immediately impacts people and their city or state. Workers must be truly heard by companies and governments – working together to develop employment plans that include training, support and, if appropriate, re-skilling of workers. The shift away from fossil fuels is urgent and it must happen without harming some of the most vulnerable people.

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