1140 Cowper St Palo Alto CA 94301 Sundays at 8:30am and 10:30am

Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice on Sept 8

People on every continent will come together to Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice.  There will be a march in San Francisco on Sat, Sept. 8, starting at 11 am at Embarcadero Plaza, and we hope to have a large contingent from First Pres take part.

NOTE: On Sept 2, after church, during the usual Cool Planet meeting time, we will meet in the Lounge to recycle some signs or make new ones for the march. We may also unveil our new banner!

Be sure to sign up for march and for carpool on the sign up sheets in the narthex or email Susan Chamberlain (suschamberlain@gmail.com). We are also looking for people who would be willing to host marchers coming from out of the area. There are also some volunteer jobs at the march that you can sign up for.

For those who want to carpool to the march:

We will meet at the First Pres parking lot for carpools to Millbrae BART station. From there we will BART to Embacadero.  There will be two different departure times.

For those who want to attend the Interfaith service at 9:15 am:

We will meet at FP parking lot for departure from there at 7:30. BART leaves at 8:21 (arrives Embarcadero at 8:59)

For those who want to arrive in time for the 10:00 line up for the march to Civic Center:

We will meet at FP parking lot for departure at 8:30. BART leaves at 9:21 (arrives Embarcadero at 9:59)

Return trip times will be according to the wishes of each carpool group.


Here is some background information from ca.riseforclimate.org:

On 8-9 September we will rise together in our neighborhoods to take action, telling the story of the communities we want, and showing governments how to follow our lead. We’ll connect all our local efforts globally to help make an unstoppable wave of people’s climate leadership – from our town halls, to our schools, and places of worship.

We are at a tipping point. 2020 is a threshold for meeting global targets to tackle the climate crisis. We are fast running out of time to act, but meaningful action from national governments has been slow at best.

With climate impacts escalating — we don’t have the luxury to wait to see what bureaucratic negotiations have to offer. We need our local leaders to step up and do everything they can right now to stop the fossil fuel industry and build 100% renewable energy for all.

We believe that the Global Climate Action Summit, being held in California on September 12-14 presents a unique opportunity to pressure local governments and institutions to raise their ambition and do more for climate action. Every city and local leader has been invited to make a commitment around the summit.

The goal of the Global Climate Action Summit is to showcase climate action taking place around the world, and inspire deeper commitments from each other and from national governments. It will be the largest gathering of its kind to take place, and we believe it’s an opportunity to pressure local leaders to step up and do much more to stop the fossil fuel industry and build 100% renewable energy for all.

This summit needs to be about more than just words. We need communities, cities, regions, governments and businesses, places of worship, to significantly increase their ambitions — and go beyond the Paris agreement, to close the gap left by slow national action. Tme is running out, the time for false solutions is over: we need a global, just transition away from fossil fuels and towards 100% renewable energy for all.

And in case you were wondering why climate change is a bad thing, check out https://www.climaterealityproject.org/blog/wait-why-climate-change-bad-thing