Friends of Blackwater participates in “Rise for Climate”
On September 8th, events around the world highlighted the importance of addressing climate change. Friends of Blackwater attended the Morgantown Rise for Climate event, a family-friendly event that emphasized climate solutions. The event took place in the Morgantown Farmer’s Market Pavillion, and was sponsored by the West Virginia Sierra Club, Morgantown Green Team, Mountaineers for Progress, Sierra Student Coalition and Solar United Neighbors. We would like to thank those groups for putting on a great event.
Friends of Blackwater volunteer Tom Rodd brought his climate science education materials, including props, posters and a CO2 meter to the September 8th event. Although the climate science education activities were designed for students, they can be fun for all ages, and fit in alongside other displays focused on solar power, renewable energy, and conservation.
The larger Rise for Climate movement is active around the world, with 900 events taking place in 95 countries. The focus of the events varies based on the location, culture and political context, but they all have the same basic message – that it is time to get serious about combating climate change. At the Morgantown event, groups focused on the idea that diversifying energy sources could be good for the economy, and help replace the jobs lost in the decline of the coal industry. A similar event took place in Huntington, sponsored by the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition.