Step It Up

On April 14, 2007, if the organizers of Step It Up accomplish their goal, they will hold not only the largest climate change action in the United States but also the most widespread.

The brainchild of writer and environmentalist Bill McKibben, Step It Up has a simple structure. There is one message: to urge Congress to cut carbon emissions 80% by 2050. The rallies taking place across the country on April 14 will range from thousands of people gathering in cities to just a couple protestors with signs in small communities. They will take pictures of their actions and link electronically to form what organizers hope will be the most dispersed political action in U.S. history.

A group of divers will hold their action underwater near an endangered coral reef off the Florida coast. Hikers will gather at the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska. High school students will hold a lunchtime rally in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Maple sugarers will come together in Craftsbury Commons, Vermont to save the maples.

To find out about an event near you or to organize an action of your own, go to: http://stepitup2007.org/.

John Feffer is the co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the International Relations Center.