Rise For Climate Rally

On September 8, the Rise For Climate rally was hosted in over 800 locations around the world, including Corvallis. Between 100 and 150 people gathered at the main fire station and marched to the beat of local drummer Bill Hayden, singing “Sing For The Climate,”from the riverfront to the Eric Scott McKinley Skatepark. 

The rally was organized by local action-oriented grassroots group 350Corvallis, however people from several other organizations, such as the Raging Grannies, the Free Radicals, and the Pacific Green Party were also present-—not to mention many other individuals.

The event began with speakers at the fire station: Ken Winograd and Julie Williams of 350Corvallis, Ashbrook School 8th Grader Linus O’Brien, and CVHS senior Aravind Sriram. 

Along with reading “Call Climate Change What it Is: Violence”, an essay by Rebecca Solnit, Williams emphasized that the rally was not a protest. “A protest is to stop something,” she said. “A rally is to get something going.”  

350Corvallis will continue to publicize the need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and will be present at the upcoming OSU Sustainability Fair on October 11, at 11:30 a.m. 350Corvallis regularly hosts Citizen Climate Lobby meetings at the North Corvallis Co-Op to discuss and influence political action to a safer and more stable climate. 

To get involved or find out more, visit http://350corvallis.org/.

By John M. Burt