July 21: Youth march for climate justice

This Is Zero Hour:  Youth Rise for Climate Justice
On July 21, youth all over the United States, including Pittsburgh, will march for the demands that were delivered to our leaders in Washington D.C.  This is a call to our politicians to stand with us and with our future.

Here in Pittsburgh, the march will start at at Senator Toomey's office (310 Grant Street) and go past the offices of County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Mayor Peduto.  Along the way we will hear from incredible young activists working in our region.  Our action will highlight the voices and stories of youth on the front lines of the climate crisis.

The march will end in Mellon Square.  There we will celebrate our work and our power, and build community. There will be food trucks, festivities, and fun because this movement is built around hope!  The young people in this country and this region are rising- join in!  While we are centering youth voices, everyone is welcome!

In Pittsburgh we ask that our elected officials on every level of government stand with us and enact strong climate policy:
1.  We ask Mayor Peduto to speak out against the proposed Shell Ethane Cracker Plant in Beaver County because of the devastating effects it will have on the city of Pittsburgh, and on climate.
2.  We ask County Executive Fitzgerald to stop the expansion of fracking in Allegheny County and to form a committee focused on finding renewable energy and clean industry alternatives for Allegheny County.
3.  We ask Senator Toomey to stand with science and state his belief in climate change science -- and vote to support the EPA, and fund climate science in Washington DC. 

12-3 p.m. downtown (starting at 310 Grant St.).  ASL Interpretation will be available.  More info on the national march: thisiszerohour.org/the-march .  If you have any questions or concerns, or are interested in getting more involved, email WeRise412@gmail.com .  And you can connect on Facebook here.

Sponsored by 350Pittsburgh, NextGen America, Youth Power Collective, Free the Planet, Fossil Free Pitt Coalition, Center for Coalfield Justice, Marcellus Outreach Butler, and PennEnvironment.  

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