The Michigan Land Use Institute and Sustainable TC are teaming up to offer northern Michigan activists a chance to attend the upcoming Forward On Climate rally in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 17. We are chartering a bus to leave from Traverse City on Feb. 16 for an overnight drive to the nation's capital and the rally. We will drive back to TC overnight on Sunday with a return set for Monday morning.
We have room for 56 people to hop on board. The full fare is $90 to pay for the bus charter, assuming it's full, but we don't want the cost to prohibit anyone from making the trip. We are working on soliciting sponsors to make this available to everyone who's interested.
Here's the tentative schedule:
Departure from TC: 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16th. Park is available in Lot Z behind Inside Out Gallery, and is free over the weekend until Tuesday. We will load and unload at the Visitors Center
Arrival in D.C.: Approximately 8 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17
Forward on Climate Rally: Noon-4 p.m.
Departure from D.C.: Approximately 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17
Arrival Back in T.C.: Approximately 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18
I can't afford the $90 but I still want to go. What do I do?
We are trying to raise sponsorships to offer reduced fares for students. Please select the option to "Apply for Reduced Student Fare" and we will contact you by Feb. 12 to confirm a reduced rate and your spot on the bus.
What's the timeline
The plan is for the bus to leave Saturday evening (2/16) around 6pm and arrive in DC on Sunday morning around 8am. That would give people 4 hours to get breakfast, walk around the mall/ DC before the rally at noon. Rally ends at 4pm; we would depart by 7pm and arrive back in TC early morning (9-10am) on Monday 2/18 - Presidents Day.
Where do we meet the bus?
We will gather in Traverse City's warehouse district behind Inside Out Gallery (Lot Z). Parking is free over the weekend, and we have been assured that cars will not be ticketed Monday morning before 10am as it is a holidy.
Where do we sleep?
On the bus! To be honest, this is not a cushy vacation trip--although the bus is quite comfortable, it's not the Hilton. It means sleeping on a bus two nights in a row. This is a trip for the dedicated activist!
Can I bring my kids?
The more the merrier! All we ask is that anyone under 18 has someone OVER 18 to watch out for them. We will have permission slips for anyone under 18.
What do I bring?
Warm clothes, snacks for the bus, signs, and your dedication to the cause.
What is the Forward on Climate Rally about?
The Forward on Climate rally on Feb. 17 is organized by 350.org, a global grassroots movement launched by our good friend and author Bill McKibben to solve the climate crisis; the Sierra Club; and the Hip Hop Caucus. It’s shaping up to be one of the largest climate rallies in history, and the Michigan Land Use Institute is teaming up with Sustainable TC to send motivated activists to DC from northern Michigan.
But why now? What’s at stake?
This March, the permit application for the Keystone XL pipeline will once again reach President Obama’s desk. The pipeline would transport ‘tar sands’ oil from Alberta, Canada, through the U.S. to Texas, to be processed into crude oil. MLUI and other environmental advocates know the process of digging up and processing tar sands oil uses up vast amounts of water, and that its silty consistency means the pipes often break, polluting the surrounding watershed.
Tar sands also have a huge carbon footprint—much more than typical fossil fuels.
But MLUI is also concerned that the Keystone pipeline simply puts too many resources into a dirty and dying form of energy. By continuing to dig up and burn fossil fuels instead of transitioning to renewable energy, we contribute to the growing climate crisis that threatens us all.
Just ask the folks in New York and New Jersey. It’s crucial we support alternatives—energy efficiency, solar, and wind power, among others—to cut down on our greenhouse emissions.
So we will be joining the thousands in Washington D.C. on Feb. 17 to do what’s in our power: send a strong message to President Obama that it is his moral responsibility to deny that permit.
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