Climate change march happens Sunday in Hood River

A Columbia Gorge climate gathering and march takes place Sunday in Hood River at Riverside Community Church, Fourth and State streets.

The screening of a film on climate change, “Disruption: Climate. Change,” at 1 p.m., will be followed by a march in downtown Hood River.

When and Where

Climate change film and march: Sunday at 1 p.m., Riverside Church, Fourth and State streets.

The Hood River event is simultaneous with the Peoples Climate March organized for New York City to begin at 2 p.m. Other marches are scheduled for cities around the country, including Portland and Bend.

“The purpose of the Climate March is to draw attention to the pressing problem of global warming and the need to reduce use of fossil fuels in order to reduce the risk of catastrophic consequences,” said John Boonstra of Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network (CGCAN), which organizes the event.

In addition to showing support for the Climate Summit in New York City, CGCAN organizers hope to engage Columbia Gorge leaders at all levels to create goals that reduce use of fossil fuels, according to Boonstra. “Solutions must be forthcoming in order to lessen the serious impacts of climate change to our security, economies, and health,” he said. “The United States is struggling to take Federal action on reducing carbon emissions. Many feel that this is largely due to the influence of fossil fuel companies. Billionaires and corporations have financed a huge misinformation and climate denial campaign that not only rejects the concept of climate change, but also ignores the role of fossil fuels as a cause.” He noted that the United Nations IPCC, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, composed of some of the most respected climate scientists in the world, has determined that most of the changes to climate are due to humans’ use of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and gas, and resultant carbon emissions. (5th Report, IPCC, United Nations, 2014).

“They state that the window of opportunity to address climate change is narrowing quickly,” Boonstra said.

The film “Disruption” takes the viewer on a fast-paced journey through the tangled world of climate change: the science, the politics, the solutions, and the stories that define this crisis at this pivotal point in human history.

CGCAN is a network of local educators, organizers, faith communities, community environmental organizations and civic leaders. They meet the third Mondays of every month at Riverside Church from 6 to 8 p.m., and the community is welcome.

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