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Fridays for Future Rally – Sept 24 at 4:30pm
September 24, 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
In support of the Global Climate Strike organized by Fridays for Future, Fearless Grandmothers will rally in front of the Santa Barbara County Administration Building from 4:30 to 5:30pm along with students from UCSB. Other local organizations are co-sponsoring the rally: 350 Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Community Action Network, Women’s March Santa Barbara, and more. Please join us!
The theme of the September 24th Global Climate Strike is #UprootTheSystem.
The Global North needs to cut emissions drastically by divesting from fossil fuels and ending its extraction, burning, and use. We need concrete plans and detailed annual carbon budgets with roadmaps and milestones to ensure we get to net-zero with justice and equity in the time needed to address climate change.
In Santa Barbara County, the system for approval of fossil fuel projects has been in place for a long time. Although the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors approved a Declaration of a Climate Emergency in January 2020, the County has thus far failed to act accordingly. We demand that the complacency of planners and public officials be replaced with an urgency appropriate to the scale of the climate emergency.
Recently County Planning Commission staff issued a recommendation to approve a proposal by ExxonMobil to truck oil at the rate of 70 trucks a day, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year–except when it rains! Exxon hopes to restart three oil platforms and truck oil until the ruptured Plains All American Pipeline, which caused a disastrous oil spill along the Refugio coast in 2015, is rebuilt.
Exxon’s plan is dangerous. It is also unjust, not only to the local communities that will be affected by trucking accidents, oil spills and air pollution, but also to the people of the world who will be affected by rising greenhouse gas levels causing ever-increasing climate disasters.
Santa Barbara is part of the global north, we have benefitted and grown wealthy from the fossil energy we have enjoyed, but now is the time to cut our emissions drastically and say no to all new oil projects. We must phase out fossil fuel extraction fast while rapidly transitioning to renewable energy.