Press release submitted by Lisa Hixon|
Vigil in Quad Cities connects the dots between extreme weather and climate change
Davenport - The word HOPE was spelled out with lighted candles at A Service of Solidarity with Earth and One Another. The vigil was part of "Climate Impacts Day," an effort led by international climate campaign 350.org and embraced by the ecumenical Earth Keepers of the Quad Cities. The vigil was one of over 1,000 events in 150 countries in an attempt to "connect the dots" between local changes, like extreme weather events, and the broader climate crisis.
"As people of faith, we are deeply concerned about the effects of climate change, and we are compelled by our traditions and collective conscience to take action together on this deeply moral challenge," said Earth Keeper Karen Neder. Local organizer Lisa Hixon of Edwards UCC added, "As people of hope, we call on our leaders in this community, this state, this country, and this world, to make every effort possible to move to sustainable, clean energy, and stop the burning of fossil fuels."
Over the last year, heat waves, flooding, drought and other extreme weather events have helped raise awareness of climate change around the world. Here in the Quad Cities we have enjoyed a short winter and pleasant, warm spring, but other parts of the world have suffered. From torrential rains in Central America, to terrible drought in the United States south and Russia, to devastating flooding in much of Asia, millions of people are already feeling the effects of the climate crisis.
Author Bill McKibben wrote The End of Nature, the first book about global warming for a general audience in 1989 and is the co-founder of 350.org, the international climate campaign that organized today's events.
"We just celebrated Earth Day. May 5 is more like Broken Earth Day, a worldwide witness to the destruction global warming is already causing," said McKibben. "People everywhere are saying the same thing: our tragedy is not some isolated trauma, it's part of a pattern. It's time for the fossil fuel industry to take responsibility for the damage its carbon it causing, by cleaning up its act before this spreads any more widely."
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