On August 26, from noon to 2:30 p.m., La Crosse area residents concerned about the climate crisis will gather at Western Technical College to press the need for elected officials to #ACTNOW ON CLIMATE in federal priorities and budgets.
Two bills - a bipartisan infrastructure bill and a larger reconciliation bill that more fully addresses climate action - are moving forward in the House and Senate, but there are many challenges ahead. People who believe the IPCC report (Code RED for humanity) must continue pushing for immediate meaningful climate action which will address the threats and causes of increasing global heating.
At noon on Thursday near the Western Technical College Integrated Tech Building (the courtyard area), community members are invited to create a handprint banner and rock art with rocks from their homes along the Mississippi and Driftless Region.
Immediately following the community art portion of the event, there will be a press conference at 1 p.m. followed by a march to deliver the message to US Congressman Ron Kind.
The Driftless Region of Wisconsin is already facing severe flooding, droughts, and many threats to safe drinking water. In our country and world, carbon emissions are making areas of Earth uninhabitable, forcing millions to flee their homes. Billions of animals are burning, cooking to death, and starving because of human-caused global heating. We must do a U-turn on fossil fuel use right now to stop the worst scenarios from occurring and the window of opportunity is very small.