They Matter (VIDEO)

A beautiful, moving video from the iMatter Earth Day March back in April, reminding us to love our kids, and our only home. Our children have some strong words for us to hear and honor. They depend on us to protect their future.

The children were protesting the proposal to expand coal exports through Seattle and the Northwest from 2 – 3 trains per day to 18 – 37 trains per day, so Peabody Coal can sell it as quickly as possible to Asia for the next few years. The additional CO2 emissions will more than equal the emissions from the Keystone XL pipeline if allowed.

Our PBS station created a wonderful documentary, COAL. Here’s a preview:

Solstice Parade “Procession For Our Future” Needs You to Stop A Coal Train!

Sign up for the parade or to make art here! for the “Procession for our Future” coal train vs. sustainable energy ensemble in the Fremont Summer Solstice Parade! Please join us for a workshop, the parade, or both!
Next Art Workshop is on  Saturday, June 1st 3:00-7:00 at the Powerhouse: 3940 Fremont Ave N. 
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This ensemble will have a coal train driven by skull masked people that transforms into beautiful murals when we implore the audience to help us stop it (photos above, but no words or letters will be allowed in the parade). There will be windmill stilters, and windmill props to carry, solar panel costumes, a tide turbine with people dressed as water making it move, animal masked and otherwise dressed up kids of all ages, beautiful fluttering butterflies, boats, flags and banners, herring and salmon puppets, a band, and more! You and your families are welcome to join us to create more art and to be in the parade!  
 
Save these dates:
Saturday, June 1, 3:00-7:00 at the Powerhouse: 3940 Fremont Ave N.
Monday, June 10th, 4:00-9:00 at the Powerhouse: 3940 Fremont Ave N.
Saturday, June 15th, Workshop and Rehearsal 10:00-4:00 at Sierra Club: 180 Nickerson St #202 (parking lot) 
Saturday, June 22nd Parade 3:00 in Fremont (be there by 1:30)
 
More information about the Art Workshop is below.
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Drop in to the art workshop any time, and stay as long as you’re having fun! Your contribution will be instrumental, so we invite you to be as much a part of it as you can! Even if you can’t join the parade, please come make art with us! Youth and adults welcome! (parents needed to help your younger kids.) 

What we’ll be doing: People of all ages will make paper mache puppet masks, cut out and folded-paper masks, paint windmills and solar panels, small flags with sun block prints in two colors on fabric, and more flags with drawings in fabric crayons. Teens, tweens, and adults will paint the last train car frames and perhaps rain barrels, and boat costumes on boxes. We’ll expand outside in clear weather.

Supplies we still need, please let us know if you have any:
primer latex paint
approximately 1″ diameter by 8′ to 10′ long bamboo poles for the windmills
top hats (for train conductors – will get stapled to skull masks)
large cardboard boxes roughly 2x2x3, 2x4x2, 2x2x4, 3x3x5, etc. (for buildings, boats, barrels for people to wear for costumes)
small bamboo or other stakes about 2′ lengths (for flags)
recycled or extra fabrics (for animal and bird costumes, sails, etc.)
yarn, raffia, trim, feathers, and ribbon (for the masks an costumes)
what else do you have that you think would make great costumes or props?
 
We’ll have a snack table, so please bring something to share!
 
 
This ensemble is supported in part by a grant from the Fremont Arts Council to create costumes and props. Additional images supplied by the Backbone Campaign and local artists.
 
Check out other great opportunities to get involved in the parade and learn skills here: http://fremontartscouncil.org/
 
Hope to see you soon!

Another One Bites the Dust as Coal Exporter Kills Terminal Plan

 The battle over coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest has shifted dramatically with the announcement on May 8 by Kinder Morgan that it would walk away from plans to build a massive coal export terminal near Clatskanie, Oregon, along the Columbia River.  

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Children block the coal train at the waterfront tracks during the iMatter March on Earth Day. It’s working!

The announcement is sending shockwaves across the Northwest, where coal export companies have faced unprecedented opposition from local residents, business owners, public health professionals, elected officials, farmers, conservationists, and many others.

“There is a thin blue line separating Asian coal markets and the coal mines in Wyoming and Montana,” says Bruce Nilles of the Sierra Club. “In these blue states of Washington, Oregon, and California there are tens of thousands of activists, an army of lawyers, and a growing number of elected officials who are ensuring that this line is never broken and coal exports never materialize. Mr. Buffett and others pushing these deadly coal exports: it is time to take your toys and go home. Accelerating climate disruption is not negotiable.”

Originally there were six proposed coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest, and now three are either dead (Grays Harbor, Washington and the Kinder Morgan’s St. Helens proposal in Oregon) or tabled (Coos Bay, Oregon).

The terminals, the coal barons’ last best chance to revive an industry dying in America, would enable the vast coal deposits of the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana to be shipped to Asia.

But climate change advocates have joined with Oregon and Washington residents concerned about coal dust and traffic tie-ups caused by mile-long trains.

A Hopi Elder Speaks

These are Ten Considerations gathered from 5 Hopi Elders, accompanied by other wise words from unnamed elders. Sweetwater and Denise shared these words at the youth rally as we prepared to march through Seattle. Those of us in the crowd repeated the words back line by line, and now I find myself still reflecting on these thoughts long after the march.

“You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour, now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour.  And there are things to be considered . . .

Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your garden.
It is time to speak your Truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.”

Then he clasped his hands together, smiled, and said, “This could be a good time!”

“There is a river flowing now very fast.  It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid.  They will try to hold on to the shore.   They will feel they are torn apart and will suffer greatly.

“Know the river has its destination.  The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above water.   And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate.  At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, Least of all ourselves.  For the moment that we do,  our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.

“The time for the lone wolf is over.  Gather yourselves!  Banish the word struggle from you attitude and your vocabulary.  All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”

— attributed to an unnamed Hopi elder, Hopi Nation, Oraibi, Arizona

Seattle iMatter Now Earth Day March!

APRIL 2OTH, 2013, 11AM at Pike Place Market

More than a march for kids, Seattle iMatter Now March celebrates the launch of a local youth-led climate justice movement! Young people hold absolute moral authority on climate change, reminding grownups just how much we care. Come join other like-minded young people to create a network of environmental activists and be  the change we need in the world!

Seattle iMatter Now March

  • Gather at the Totem Pole just north of Pike Place Market in Victor Steinbrueck Park to meet friends,  hear youth speakers from Seattle and from First Nations rally us to reverse global warming, and begin our March for climate justice!
  • We’ll march down to the waterfront where we’ll take our human-powered “coal train” across the tracks and transform it into a beautiful work of art! Then on to Olympic Sculpture Park where we’ll join the Earth Day for Kids celebration for food music activities and more speakers.

Want to be involved?  Here’s how!

  1. Meet us at the Totem Pole at 11am, 4/20. Invite friends and get creative, make signs and wear something red or a costume that’ll make a great statement against climate change. (salmon, orca, eagle, frog, creatures we endanger as we heat up the planet…)
  2. Speaking of art, everyone’s invited to come Build ART for the March. Join us in Fremont at the Powerhouse (next to BF Day Elementary) on April 7th and 14th (Sundays) from 10am to 4pm.  Make fun skull masks out of milk cartons, salmon puppets to wave, and help build our “Coal Train” !! Thanks for all the amazing leaders from Backbone Campaign, Get Money Out of Politics, and the Fremont Solstice Parade for pulling this together and making the kids’ march so Artful!
  3. Join an online network of like-minded youth:  Sign up with iMatter youth.org to become part of the national movement. And once the local website is up and running, sign up to become of the local movement.
  4. Also look for my Climate Change For Families slideshow events coming up this month. Come learn more about the climate crisis and how young people around the world are leading the revolution for a clean livable planet.
  5. VOLUNTEER! Leave a comment or question if you’d like more information about how to get involved volunteering for the event. This is people-powered, so offer to help any way you like!