[act-ma] Climate Change and Woody Guthrie

Murphydalzell murphydalzell at aol.com
Mon Aug 20 15:11:13 PDT 2012


Event:  Sunday service, August 26....     It's free

Where:  Unitarian Universalist church, Falmouth, MA   (Cape Cod)

Time:   9:30 AM

WHAT'S HAPPENING?    The summer of 2012 has been hell for millions of Americans.   Droughts, heat waves, massive power failures, crop failures, and extreme weather events have been reported in most regions...   James Hansen and other scientists blame climate change.   Others say  "this is what climate change looks like."    How do progressives respond?

While waiting for Congress and the United Nations to take action, grassroots groups have started to organize relief efforts at the local level....  Activists  demand better services for low-income people.
No more utility "shut offs" that deny access to water and electricity.  Provide adequate shelter.    Educate people about the health effects of  extreme heat and provide protection  and   necessary services to the vulnerable groups.   Including the elderly,  the very young, and working people who are at special risk.     (Think about construction workers, landscape crews,  sanitation workers,  agricultural workers,  etc.    Including  many immigrant workers.)

This year marks the 100th birthday for Oklahoma's Woody Guthrie.    A good time to reflect on the Dust Bowl conditions of the 1930s and the need for economic and environmental justice.

Jim Scott will provide Woody Guthrie songs.   Bob Murphy, who spoke at the Environmental Justice Summit in Worcester, will speak about  "the long hot summer" and  why it matters.

The August 26 event is part of a multifaith service at a Unitarian Universalist church.   There will be a discussion after the church service.

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