A Shoe Strike for Climate Justice!
Announcing: A Shoe Strike for Climate Justice!
WHAT: Shoe Strike is a COVID-proof protest with shoes & protest signs
WHEN: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 17, 2020
WHERE: Eagle Park (Corner of Grand Central & 30th, Vienna, WV)
WHO: you and everyone you know
Bring your shoes and protest signs for Climate Justice to Eagle Park in Vienna, WV at 8:00 a.m.
Why a Shoe Strike?
Changing conditions from drought to floods to wildfires to massive hurricanes are leading to millions of climate refugees all over the world. Twenty-four million people were displaced by climate disasters in 2019, and the World Bank projects that climate change will displace 143 million people per year by 2050, unless we do something about it right now.
While the USA is among the biggest polluters causing greenhouse gas emissions, we seem to be unable to take responsibility for the consequences of our actions. Across the world and in the US, it is people of color who are being most negatively affected by climate change.
Since we cannot gather safely in large numbers due to the pandemic, Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action has been holding Shoe Strikes for Climate Justice over the past several months. Shoe Strikes are modeled on the Sko Strejk movement that started in Sweden and is now spreading to other parts of the World. Local people donated their shoes and protest signs for this and previous Shoe Strikes to represent themselves and those who would gather to speak out about climate justice, but cannot because of COVID-19. More than 400 pairs of donated shoes have stood in for climate justice seekers at MOVCA-sponsored strikes in Parkersburg, Williamstown, and Marietta. The Vienna Shoe Strike will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 17th at Eagle Park in Vienna (corner of Grand Central and 30th). When the Shoe Strikes conclude, the donated shoes will go to Cobbler John (Marietta, OH), to be part of an international humanitarian effort.
The Shoe Strikes sponsored by Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action are in coordination with Fridays for Future and other Shoe Strikes for Climate Justice! in the U.S.
For more information, go to FridaysforFuture.org.
With an ongoing tragic corona pandemic and economies in free fall, our federal decision makers are busy today. But strong leadership is also about being able to look beyond the chaotic present and act now to address a far greater challenge: the climate crisis.
While many US cities are implementing strong climate action and adaptation plans, our federal government has backed out of our country’s commitments to the international Paris Climate Accord.
In the Paris Agreement, 194 countries agreed that the average temperature increase should be limited to well below 2 degrees with the aim of limiting it to 1.5 degrees. Despite this, greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase. Since the industrial revolution, we have already raised the average temperature by 1.2 degrees.
The warming means not just elevated sea levels, but also dehydrated agricultural land and greater evaporation of our precious water. Clearly these outcomes are unsustainable. Water availability and food production are projected to drop even further in Central America, and corn production is shifting northward into Canada.
There are plenty of things that individuals do to reduce their carbon footprints. Our state and federal representatives need to take the bigger steps towards a sustainable and secure society.
At the end of 2019 the European Investment Bank (EIB) announced that they will stop making loans for projects involving fossil fuels. The World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and other major global financial institutions are now considering whether to follow the EIB’s example.
Perhaps our cities should build a more sustainable future by divesting from fossil fuels, before their value plummets. Perhaps our government leadership should build a more sustainable future for us all, by investing in the coming technologies of wind and solar power.