Saturday, May 30, 2015

You're either on the climate bus, or ...

Thye "I Will Act on Climate" bus tour comes to Philly this morning.

You’re either on the climate bus, or ...

If you’re near Independence Hall this morning, look for a big bus depicting wind turbines and such.

Philly is today’s stop for the “I Will Act on Climate” bus tour, a nationwide effort to rally support for climate change legislation.

It will pull up at People’s Plaza - Market Street between Fifth and Sixth — and at 11 a.m. the speeches will begin.

Here’s who’s lined up:

  • Katherine Gajewski, the city’s sustainability manager
  • City councilman Kenyatta Johnson
  • Ryan Boyer, business manager of Laborer's District Council of Philadelphia
  • Gretchen Dahlkemper-Alfonso, National Field Director, Mom's Clean Air Force
  • State Rep. Greg Vitali of Delaware county
  • State Rep. Jordan Harris of Philadelphia
  • John Johnson, President, TWU Local 234
  • Shawn M. Garvin, EPA Region 3 administrator

The bus is on a 27-state tour of the nation, and in various cities it takes on the flavor -- sometimes literally, as when a chef showed up to cool local fare — of local concerns and local initiatives.

The theme is an echo of President Obama’s State of the Union Address in February, when he told the nation, “But if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will.”

Recently, GreenPhillyBlog posted two local views of why Philly is an important stop for the bus.

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Sandy Bauers is the environment reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she has worked for more than 20 years as a reporter and editor. She lives in northern Chester County with her husband, two cats, a large vegetable garden and a flock of pet chickens.

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