[act-ma] Roll Against Coal - bike ride to Salem
Bikes Not Bombs
mail at bikesnotbombs.org
Fri Nov 5 17:18:37 PDT 2010
Join us for a bike ride from Boston to a rally in Salem, to help shut
down the coal plant that is Massachusetts' 3rd largest source of
carbon pollution, and put Massachusetts on a path towards 100%
Full info at http://bikesnotbombs.org/rollagainstcoal
RSVP at: http://members.greenpeace.org/event/view/3972/
The Salem Harbor Coal Plant has negative impacts on people and
environment. Salem Harbor is Massachusetts' third largest contributor
of carbon emissions, and damages local ecosystems through waste
discharge into the air and the Atlantic. There are 100,000 people who
live within 3 miles of this plant, and these people are directly
impacted by the plant. In 2001 The Harvard School of Public Health
preformed a study that estimated that Salem Harbor and its sister
plant, Brayton Point, cause 159 premature deaths, 43,000 asthma
attacks and upper respiratory irritation in 300,000 people across New
England. Governor Patrick has expressed interest in shutting down the
Salem Harbor Coal Plant, but the people of Massachusetts need to make
this issue a priority for the governor.
The Roll Against Coal will show Boston's solidarity with community
groups in Salem (SAFE - Salem Alliance for the Environment and
Healthlink) that have been laboring for more than a decade to shut
down this obsolete and dirty plant. Building ties between
organizations in Salem and Boston will be tremendously helpful in the
fight to shut down Salem Harbor. An immediate result from the ride
will be increased media attention to this issue.
--> Greenpeace Boston is the lead organizer, and is currently
campaigning against coal and for green jobs/energy. Shutting down
Salem Harbor is a powerful first step to making a clean energy future
a reality for MA.
--> Students for a Just and Stable Future is a student led volunteer
network. One of SJSF's primary goals is to take on dirty energy, and
in MA, students are campaigning for 100% clean electricity in 10 years.
--> Bikes Not Bombs (BNB) uses bicycles in local youth programs and
international development work, as a tool for environmental
sustainability and social justice. BNB is co-sponsoring the Roll
--> Salem Alliance for the Environment and Healthlink are Salem
environmental organizations that have been campaigning to shut down
this plant, and will be organizing the rally to be joined by the Roll
--> You! You can join the ride or rally to help Massachusetts take
the next step towards clean energy!
On October 13th at 9:30 am, activists will meet at Seven Hills Park
(behind Davis Square Station in Somerville). A light breakfast will
be provided, cyclists will be briefed by campaigners and bike rally
leaders, and at 10:00 am will begin riding towards Salem. Along the
way, cyclists will stop at designated rest stops to maintain group
formation, and meet with press. At 1:00 the cyclists will meet with
local Salem activists for a rally in Salem Square. After the rally
cyclists will return to Boston via the ferry and commuter rail (bikes
are allowed on both).
Each cyclist is responsible for his/her bike, and is required to wear
a helmet. Each cyclist should also bring snacks and water. Greenpeace
will provide "Quit Coal" campaign t-shirts, flags to attach to bikes,
and light snacks/water. Greenpeace has also designed a banner reading
"Roll Against Coal" that will be displayed at the Salem Rally.
Greenpeace will ensure that there is a mechanic, bike rally leader,
and safety car to provide support to the cyclists.
If you have experience riding in a group, either in Bikes Not Bombs
teaching programs or otherwise, let us know. We're looking to sign up
experienced riders to lead and marshal the group.
Arik Grier - arik at bikesnotbombs.org - 617-522-0222 x100
David Lands - dlands at greenpeace.org
Elsa Sebastian - elsa_sebastian at hotmail.com - 907-738-8879
Outreach Coordinator, Office Manager
Bikes Not Bombs
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