Earth Day 2014, Teach-ins for Trees

I hope you were able to get out and enjoy Easter in the sunshine, or volunteer to restore parks or clean beaches. So many activities to choose from on Earth Day and all of them good for your body and soul.

Let’s thank our student ambassadors who are hosting assemblies, cleanups or fairs this week. Some of them organize fundraisers to plant trees though Earth Day Network, or Plant-For-The-Planet, a great way to get 150 trees planted where they are needed most, in poor countries and neighborhoods that rely on trees not concrete. Of course you can donate to plant a tree any day of the year, but inspiring people to donate today makes a big difference.

To the students who are spreading good messages and inspiring grownups to take better care of your planet until you are old enough to be in charge, “Keep up the good work!”

Today let’s also celebrate the delay on a decision for Keystone XL. Over 2 million people submitted comments to the State Dept. People power works, as long as we keep up and keep growing. Let’s work against all the other pipelines and trains coming out of the tar sands. It’s crazy to think that you and me are the only thing stopping corporations and governments from poisoning unchecked the world our children will inherit.

But it’s true, so let’s get to work.

And remember to sign up for next Sunday’s teach-in at Seattle U,… you can hear the ambassadors speak!Connecting The Dots Flier

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:

Great photos from the iMatter Earth Day March!

Thank you Alex Garland for these wonderful photos. You can see the whole album here!

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For young people who want to get connected to local iMatter actions, please check back here at climatechangeforfamilies.com.

iMatteryouth.org needs your signatures on petitions to the President, whose plan to host a national climate summit seems completely derailed. He needs to hear from you to follow-through on his promise to make climate change a top priority.

350.org has a new 42-minute movie online, documenting the amazing movement building across the country right now. Very inspiring, watch it today!

Backbone Campaign offers trainings for activism.

Idle no More hosts public actions protesting the pipelines, coal trains, and much more. The indigenous rights of native tribes might stand as the last best legal defense against the continued expansion of industrial devastation in Canada and the U.S.  We all need to support and expand the amazing efforts of Idle No More!

Photo Gallery: iMatter Now Earth Day March

I snapped some photos along the way, what a beautiful march!

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!