Despite the earlier forecast for rain and the fact it was Father’s Day, on June 21 close to two-hundred people gathered at the First Pittsburgh Climate Action rally on the Northside (see the video). Opening the event was a Proclamation of the Climate Action day by Pittsburgh Councilman Dan Gilman, followed by a powerful speech by Mayor Bill Peduto who stressed the importance of the messages in Pope Francis’ Climate Encyclical. Speakers from a diverse group of organizations then outlined the risks associated with the coming climate crisis, and some steps that we can take, including institutional divestment, a carbon fee, and an effective state-wide green energy program. See photo gallery produced by Mark Dixon.
In the morning a pilgrimage above the Ohio River connected the air pollution from the Neville Island coke plant to climate change, and to conclude the day’s events there was a procession from the rally to the fountain at the Point. The day’s events were organized by ‘Pittsburgh350’, with thirty co-sponsoring organizations.