On May 5 Gorge area residents are invited to join with thousands of communities around the world to "connect the dots" between climate change and extreme weather conditions
People of all ages will gather at sites in fire ravaged Australia, drought stricken Texas, tornado wracked areas in the Midwest, Himalayan communities threatened by glacier melt and thousands of other locations to put a human face on climate change and demonstrate the urgent need for a shift away from the burning of coal, oil and gas.
"Our best and brightest scientists tell us that the burning of these fuels is emitting carbon dioxide into our atmosphere, which is trapping heat and causing extreme weather conditions throughout the planet," said Vicky Stifter, an event organizer. "Wildfires are fiercer, violent storms are more frequent and nations across the globe are setting all time high temperature records. We need to wake up to this reality and change course now…there is no time to waste."
Local actions will take place near the train tracks in Bingen and Hood River to demonstrate the link between proposed shipments of coal through the Gorge and climate change.
"Our kids will breathe coal dust here as it passes through on trains, and children worldwide will be harmed as it is burned in China and adds to the warming of our planet. We need to stop the trains, leave the coal in the ground and turn to clean, renewable energy now," said Katrinka Hibler, an organizer of the Bingen event.
Participants will meet at the "Park n' Ride" lots in Hood River (across from China Gorge) at 10:00 a.m. and in Bingen (just west of Hood River bridge) at 9 a.m. on May 5.
Those of all ages are welcome.
For more information visit climatedots.org