By Mark Gould of Citizens Climate Lobby in Charleston
On April 29, Charleston will experience a King Tide again, and the people around South, Drake, and America Streets will again be sandbagging their homes and walking though water. This is caused by rising sea levels, which is caused by climate change. What can you do?
Join hundreds of concerned people of Charleston at 9:00 on April 29 at the Royal American 970 Morrison Drive for the Peoples Climate Parade. We will walk from the Royal American to the St. Julian Devine Community Center, in solidarity with the climate marchers in Washington DC on the same day.
There will be art installations, informational talks, and music. The parade is being organized by Enough Pie and other organizations fighting to reduce the impacts of climate change.
Why walk? The City is going to spend lots of money to protect valuable property against rising seas. The East Side and other low-income neighborhoods will be most threatened by sea level rise, and the City needs to hear from us. Come and be seen, be heard and join with neighbors to protect our vulnerable communities.
Climate change is caused by burning coal, oil, and gas, adding billions of tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere each year, which traps heat like a blanket on a hot night. This will lead to flooding of Charleston and other cities, more famines, refugee crises, and bigger storms. Citizens Climate Lobby fights for clean energy (like wind and solar), and modernizing electrical grids and transportation. This will slow the rate of climate change and create good jobs. So join us on the 29th, for Charleston and for the Planet!
This op-ed is part of AWAKENING V: King Tide, a month of public art and events from April 29 – May 26 presented by Enough Pie. All events are free. For more information visit enoughpie.org.