Step It Up 2007 is the brainchild of Bill McKibben, a wonderful author and environmentalist whose books make me think and inspire me to change our world.
His group spearheaded the National Day of Climate of Action on Saturday. Tens of thousands of Americans gathered across the country in the largest-ever demonstration against global warming. Over thirteen hundred rallies, demonstrations and actions were held in all fifty states to call on Congress to cut carbon emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050.
Check out Grist's report on some of the amazing rallies!
We thought about going to the big rally at the nation's capitol but decided instead to intend our local march. On a day that threatened rain but managed to stay sunny, the Takoma Park/Silver Spring action began with an inspiring performance by the always-inspiring duo Emma's Revolution!
After they finished a couple of songs, they headed to the Capitol and we began to prepare for a three mile march through the streets of Takoma Park and Silver Spring.
We were joined by a giant puppet and the puppet maker on stilts (who looks amazingly like shawl designer Sivia Harding):
and by the Rhythm Workers Union:
We followed many colorful and powerful banners:
One child wanted to give the world a hand:
The march route took us by a park with ancient trees that activists fought to keep alive, an eco-friendly co-housing village, Walter Reed, and two urban gardens.
The joyful celebration of the earth ended with a drumming circle...
...while some of the children made the trees their companions for the afternoon: