350.org put out a call to action stating, “From Vietnam to Vermont, people around the world will come together on 5/5/12 to connect the dots between extreme weather and climate change.” Pushing for policies and practices which will end our dependency on fossil fuels, 350.org organized a day of day of action to stress the urgency of the climate crisis.
Waitsfield, Vermont hosted the flagship event, inviting folks from across the state came together to “connect the dots” between climate impacts and the changing climate. Much of the focus of the day was on the devastation caused Hurricane Irene on the state.
Along with Bill McKibben, Bernie Sanders, and Governor Shumlin, Gears of Change founder Lindsey Gillies was invited to speak as a keynote at this event.
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Gillies’ keynote speech touched on the lack of action at international climate summits, the shrinking of civil society’s voice within official policy-making spaces, and the need to end industrial infrastructure and mega energy projects.
Gillies received a standing ovation for her simple suggestions to the solving the climate crisis: “Keep the coal in the hole. Keep the oil in the soil. And keep the tar sands in the land.”