In an inspired display of web-fueled activism, six recent college grads have organized the first ever day of national action on climate change. Dubbed the Step It Up campaign, the event is actually a sort of do-it-yourself mass protest, which has snowballed to encompass 1,333 events in all 50 states taking place this Saturday, April 14.
The campaign has a concrete and laudable goal: to promote passage of legislation that would cut carbon emissions 80% by 2050.
Getting involved couldn’t be easier. Just go to the web site and find the event occurring closest to you. Feeling fired up? Start your own event. Step It Up provides the tools and information you’ll need to put your town on the climate change map.
Those six kids have been working under the helpful guidance of environmental guru Bill McKibben. McKibben has been charting the progress of the campaign for the past twelve weeks over at Grist. He will also be appearing at the massive Sea of People rally in downtown Manhattan. After the rally, waves of participants will march a course that defines the “projected eastern and western 10-foot waterlines that may one day redefine lower Manhattan.” Hopefully I’ll see you there.
(Hat tip to reader Jon Warnow.)