27 cities join Katrina Anniversary Critical Mass for Climate Justice!
August 25th marks the day Katrina reached hurricane strength and slammed into the coast of Florida. It's also the last Friday of the month, widely observed by Critical Mass rides around the country.
The goal of this ride is to take to the streets with a reminder that the racist tragedy in the Gulf continues, a demand that it never be repeated, and to raise awareness about the role of the oil industry and global warming in environmental injustice. We'll also be fundraising at rides around the continent for advocacy and relief groups in New Orleans.
At least 23 Critical Mass rides across North America will be marking the event - it's not too late to get onboard.
August 25th marks the 1-year anniversary of Katrina reaching hurricane strength. In the days that followed the storm would strengthen rapidly over an unnaturally warm Gulf of Mexico, ultimately striking the coast and leaving thousands dead and homeless, victims of an uncaring government, centuries of racism, and an ever more chaotic global climate.
This year, let's take to the streets with a reminder that the tragedy in the Gulf continues and a demand that it never be repeated.
Why Critical Mass on Katrina Anniversary? Car Culture, Oil, and Environmental Injustice
Critical Mass is a celebration of bike culture, a meaningful alternative to car culture and greenhouse gas generating fossil fuels.
Looking closely, you can see a slick, oily residue connecting the dots of injustice from Colombia to Baghdad to the Gulf Coast.
Along Louisiana's coast, once stunning wetlands are overrun by oil canals and drills. Residents of Louisiana's "Cancer Alley", a corridor of oil refineries and petrochemical plants, suffer the highest cancer rates in the United States. During Hurricane Katrina, black gold flowed from these plants into urban areas, bathing backyards in a petrochemical gumbo.
For the oil industry, demand nothing less than global Climate Justice: the dismantling of decades of racist exploitation, violence and murder, toxic pollution, and denial of oil's role in climate chaos!
Climate Injustice: Katrina is just the beginning
As the climate chaos continues to escalate, the killer storms will become ever more frequent, sea levels will keep rising, and climate evacuees will go from thousands of millions. And the enduring racism in our society promises those suffering from these ecological disasters will continue to be the poor and people of color.
Climate change will affect all of us, but it will --and has-- affected some more than others. Combating this social and ecological devastation is the movement for Climate Justice.
Join Us on August 25th!
Rising Tide North America, a network of radical climate campaigners (including relief workers from Louisiana to New England) is working with Critical Mass groups around the country to draw attention to the movement for climate justice and the important relationship between climate change, catastrophic storms, and environmental racism.
Contact Rising Tide (email@example.com) and let us know if you are planning a ride so we can help spread the word about rides around the continent. Spread the word to friends and help organize this action!
Critical Mass – a worldwide movement of bicyclers reclaiming the streets. www.critical-mass.org (unofficial website).
Rising Tide North America - working to support and encourage people and grassroots groups in taking action against the root causes of climate change.
"Most notable as a major issue of concern is the nexus between climate change and the widespread prevalence of poverty in the world. The impacts of climate change will fall disproportionately upon developing countries and the poor persons within all countries, thereby exacerbating inequities in health status and access to adequate food, clean water and other resources."
- R. K. Pachauri, Ph.D, Chairman of the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change