Our Voices Can Change The World

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letter-photoIt’s pretty clear that our government cares more about protecting corporate profits than they do about protecting the planet for our future. Our voices, as the youngest generation, must challenge the way things are because The Way Things Are is threatening our survival. Our voices need to be heard…how we are impacted, what we fear, the vision we have for our future. We really can be the most powerful force on earth. Our stories hold power to awaken compassion and offer courage to our leaders so that, together, we can change our society so that it values nature and future generations more than short term profits and convenience.

The iMatter Campaign is focused on awakening youth to the reality that our lives are at stake, and, uniting together, we are building a movement to:
• end our dependence on fossil fuels and transition to clean energy so that the CO2 in our atmosphere can balance again by the end of the century and
• build up our local communities so that they are healthy, self-sustaining, and just.

The video you see, above, is the first in a series of stories about young people who are plaintiffs in our iMatter lawsuits. We are insisting that our leaders step up to protect the atmosphere as a public trust and put Climate Recovery Plans into place that reduce emissions and restore habitats. Scientists like Dr James Hansen tell us there is hope if we peak emissions now and begin reducing our use of fossil fuels by at least 6-8%/year. We trust him. We need to make sure it happens for the sake of our own future.

With a generous grant from the Threshold Foundation, we are revising our website (you’ll notice quickly that the rest of the site is still old…hang on…our new awesome site will be up soon) and building up our social media presence to organize campaigns and give youth a voice in their communities.

Sign up here to get involved. We’ll be creating a speakers bureau, organizing more marches and other actions, and collecting youth stories to send to judges and senators and CEOs. You can get started by helping to pressure President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands project that heads us EXACTLY in the wrong direction. Our voices matter.

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Youth are marching in the streets… Standing up in courts… And speaking out to their peers and leaders about climate change – the most critical issue of our time. iMatter is raising up a new generation of story-tellers and public speakers to inform and empower their communities to take action. Contact us more info or follow this link to fill out an application for the iMatter Youth Council.

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As we make links between our lives and the climate crisis, our stories can change hearts and minds of our leaders. Tell your story through writing, art or video and submit them. Each month, iMatter will release a new video and a new opportunity to share your story and organize an action in your community. Our voices must be heard.

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Okay, so here’s what you do: 1. Watch the video (above) highlighting one of the iMatter youth plaintiffs telling their story about how they are impacted by the climate crisis and what they’re doing about it. 2. Write a letter to President Obama telling him how the climate crisis impacts you. It can be a photo, artwork, a video, or a letter. 3. Upload it here.

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Then sign THIS petition. And forward it to every one of your friends. President Obama has an opportunity to stand up for our generation on October 8. He has the power to prevent the Keystone XL pipeline transporting tarsands oil to Valero Oil in Texas. We are sick of corporate profits being prioritized over our futures.

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Upload your stories and we will compile them along with the petition and a cover letter and deliver to President Obama, urging him to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. We will also share the stories (with your permission) as “declarations of harm” for our federal lawsuit, as evidence that youth throughout the world are deeply concerned about their climate and their future.

copyright © 2011 Kids vs Global Warming (a non-profit project of Earth Island Institute) P.O. Box 1762 Oak View, CA 93022

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iMatter March | Washington, DC


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DATE: May 8, 2011

TIME: 10:00 am-1:00 pm

START LOCATION: Capitol Hill Grounds (Louisiana & First NE)

END LOCATION: White House & US Chamber of Commerce

COMMENTS:

On May 8th the world will be marching to demand a sustainable future for the youngest generations. Marches will be happening worldwide from the Himalayas, to Mount Everest, to a 100 mile march in Bangladesh, to Antarctica, to Canada, to DC! Joining us in the streets of DC will be: – Dr. James Hansen (Top NASA Climatologist http://bit.ly/m1UbPC) & his grandchildren! – Aimee Christensen (CEO Christensen Global Strategies, http://bit.ly/lZXjWh) – Substantial Films (2010 Canada International Film Award Winner) Substantial Films is flying into DC to include footage of our march in a documentary! This Wednesday May 4 legal petitions were released in courts across the country by the youth plaintiffs and their lawyers! Join us this Sunday!


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iMatter March | San Francisco, CA


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DATE: May 8, 2011

TIME: 1 p.m. -4 p.m.

START LOCATION: Justin Herman Plaza

END LOCATION: Civic Center Plaza

COMMENTS:

Please join Alec Loorz the 16 year old youth environmental leader and founder of kids vs global warming and iMatter March, Ted Turner, Youth Speaks, rap artist AshEL Eldridge and other local youth leaders to march Market Street from Justin Herman Plaza to San Francisco Civic Center. WHAT YOU CAN DO: 1. Come to the iMatter March. Bring your friends, family and class mates. Pass this email along to your networks. DONATE. 2. Sign up at the SF iMatter event page on Facebook. 3. VOLUNTEER – Volunteers are needed for outreach and for day of coordination.Please contact Madhu Hans at (916) 548-1054 or mhans@maderagroup.net All other inquiries: Kath Delaney, Project Coordinator at (415) 531-1642; kdelaney@maderagroup.net


ORGANIZER BIO:

Kath Delaney is the founder of Madera Group a San Francisco Bay Area consulting firm. Kath is closely tied to progressive organizations and involved in vital campaigns for women’s leadership, environmental awareness and social change. Kath has been advising environmental organizations on environmental policy, communications and events for the past 20 years. Environmental consultant Susan Silber, Ambessa Cantave and Caroline Sandifer from Earth Team are the lead organizers in our effort helping to organize the march, shouting out to our leaders, “we matter!”

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iMatter March | Salt Spring Island, Canada


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DATE: May 7, 2011

TIME: 11:00am-12:30pm (Salt Spring Time)

START LOCATION: Dagwoods Diner

END LOCATION: Centennial Park

COMMENTS:

The iMatter March is a youth-led campaign to mobilize the youngest generation (and those who love them) to stand up for their rights to a habitable planet. Hang out after the march, and eat your own picnic lunch down at Centennial Park with us.


ORGANIZER BIO:

Hi, I’m Sam Brunt, a 17 year old gymnastics coach. I became very passionate about the environment last year, and have been on a mission to make a difference ever since. I am inspired by the works of GreenPeace, and other young people who are passionate about the world, and are ready to make a change. I say…BRING IT ON! WE’RE READY FOR IT.

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iMatter March | San Diego, CA


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DATE: May 8, 2011

TIME: 10:00-12:00

START LOCATION: San Diego High School Baseball Field

END LOCATION: San Diego High School Baseball Field

COMMENTS:

The March is going to start at the San Diego High School Baseball Field, near Balboa Stadium. We will leave the Baseball Field promptly at 10:00 am and walk down Park Blvd to the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden at Balboa Park. We will return to the Baseball Field as a group. See the March Flyer for Start Location details. We have 50 posters that we will distribute. We also encourage you to bring your own. If you have any questions, don\’t hesitate to email maxhjames@gmail.com.


ORGANIZER BIO:

Max James has enlisted the help of the Save the World on Friday’s Club at San Diego High School and organized the iMatterMarch – San Diego. Join Max and other Southern Californian Climate Champions at Balboa Stadium (behind San Diego High School) on Sunday, May 8th @ 10 am. “I want my voice to be heard, for the voices of my peers to be heard. We have a stake in preserving this planet we’re going to inherit. March with us. Pledge to make a difference!” ~Max James

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iMatter March | Paterson, New Jersey


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DATE: May 7, 2011

TIME: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM

START LOCATION: PCCC Paterson Campus, 1 College Blvd

END LOCATION: Paterson NJ, City Hall

COMMENTS:

Check back for updates and comments.


ORGANIZER BIO:

Let us come together for once and make a difference. On May 7th we will join hands against global warming and the people responsible for the disaster going on in our world.

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iMatter March | Mt. Everest, Nepal


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DATE: May 5, 2011

TIME: April 27-May 5

START LOCATION: Lukla, Nepal

END LOCATION: Everest Base Camp

COMMENTS:

May 3. We are in Dingboche for a a day of acclimatization and tomorrow trek to Lobuche. We will spend the night there and the next day, May 5, will reach Everest Base Camp, our march destination!! We are a group of 16 physicians and nurses who are supporting keeping Nepal clean! We are educating trekkers about purifying their own water and not buying plastic bottles of water. 2011 has been a big year in the Khumbu region of Nepal with the focus on environmental awareness. We are marching in support of saving the forests, decreasing the a mount of trash left behind be trekking groups, and not buying plastic containers of water or juice as plastic is not recycled in Nepal.


ORGANIZER BIO:

I am a person with a passion about the wilderness. I teach wilderness safety, survival, and wilderness medicine while adventuring around the world. It is important to me to protect this beautiful earth for our children and grandchildren so that they will have the opportunity to enjoy it just as I have been so fortunate to do.

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iMatter March | Missoula, Montana


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DATE: May 8, 2011

TIME: 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

START LOCATION: Anderson Park

END LOCATION: X\’s on North Higgins

COMMENTS:

Join us on Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the UM FLAT (633 S. 5th St. E.) for an art party! We will be making signs, banners, flags, and bandanas for Sunday. We will have some supplies, but please bring anything you think would be useful (poster board, markers, paint, etc.). Also… Art Party Part Deux – Come make puppets, signs and floats to use during the Wild Walk and iMatter March at a public art making party. Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 801 Ronan St. #5


ORGANIZER BIO:

Born and raised in Montana, I have seen the quality of our unique landscape compromised by natural resource extraction and non-renewable energy production. In the last year, I have found a life-long calling to work for climate change mitigation and adaptation. I study sustainable food and agriculture at the University of Montana, as well as being enrolled in the climate change studies minor. My organizational affiliations include University of Montana Climate Action Now (UM CAN) and 1000 New Gardens. I look forward to mobilizing Montanans to march for comprehensive state and national energy conservation and climate change policy. Join me on May 8th!

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iMatter March | London, ON


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DATE:

TIME: 11:30 AM-2:00 PM

START LOCATION: City Hall

END LOCATION: Covent Garden Market

COMMENTS:

Join young Londoners and those who love them as we take to the streets to be heard! Let’s remind everyone that we need to live as if the future matters. We’ll start at City Hall and make our way to Covent Garden Market, where there will be young activists, entertainment and displays by other eco-organizations. Follow us on Twitter (@iMatterMarchLdn) or on our Facebook page (see below).


ORGANIZER BIO:

Leslie Garrett is an award-winning journalist, author and mom of three kids. Together with a great volunteer committee, she’s joining with local youth to create an event that will rock London, Ontario. We aim to raise our voices to remind local, provincial and national leaders that they need to create policy as if these kids matter…and their future matters.

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