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Houston’s Irreverent Climate March

Posted by Ryan Hall
10.07.14

Making Houston Hotter: the Irreverent People’s Climate March

CNV organizers and other joined together on September 19th where approximately 100 people showed their reverence for all life through irreverence. Tackling the issue of climate change with wit and a dash of sarcasm, they took to the streets with costumes and signs. “Who cares about Galveston?” one signed asked. Yes, we marchers care about this coastal city. It took a hard hit in 2008 during Hurricane Ike and their friends there know what sea level rise will mean for their coastal community. A group of marchers wore shirts saying “No KXXXL,” protesting Enbridge’s new pipeline which will carry about 800,000 barrels per day of tar sands diluted bitumen to the Texas Gulf Coast. It’s like the KXL, but even larger.

They marched through the heart of the Petro Metro, Houston, Texas, the fossil fuel capital of the world. They chanted “Change the system, not the climate!” and, in solidarity with their friends across the Gulf Coast, “The seas are rising and so are we!” They had some impromptu chants – one where mosquitos encouraged global warming and one where it was suggested that we could move to asteroids. As they marched through downtown, they made 5 stops: first at the offices of Enbridge, a pipeline company that recently completed the twinned Seaway Pipeline. They then marched to the office of Lyondell Bassell, a company that recently completed an expansion of its refinery in Houston to take in tar sands oil. From there, they marched to a military recruitment building in downtown, where they made the connection between climate change, fossil fuel extraction, and war. They then marched to the Houston office of Anadarko, a company well known for its practice of fracking in Texas and Oklahoma. Their last stop was at the offices of KinderMorgan, another pipeline company involved in tar sands operations. They concluded their march where they started, at City Hall, where their government is open for business.

Press:
Prior to the Event – Free Press Houston: http://www.freepresshouston.com/make-houston-hotter-an-irreverent-climate-march-this-friday/
Post Event – Channel 39: http://cw39.com/2014/09/19/houstonians-protest-man-made-climate-change/
Daily Kos: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/20/1331163/-Houston-climate-change-march#
And in the spirit of the march: http://www.tarsandsblockade.org/kxxxl/

More photos on their Flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tarsandsblockade/sets/72157647907537396/

Photo Credit: Tar Sands Blockade

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