U.S. Climate Emergency Council, July 27, 2006


[Rachel's introduction: A protest and rally demanding climate justice will occur Saturday August 26, 2006 in the Washington D.C area. Organized by the Climate Emergency Council and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network]

WHAT: Protest and Rally Demanding Climate Justice and Truth Telling from the NOAA Leadership

WHERE: 1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910

WHEN: Noon -- 3pm, Saturday August 26

WHO: U.S. Climate Emergency Council and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network


Below and attached is information about an important action a month from now in the Washington, D.C. area. The climate action movement cannot let the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina pass without visible action in solidarity with Katrina survivors and for action on global warming!

We are looking for many more groups to endorse this action and help to build it in whatever ways you can. Please let us hear from you!

One year after Hurricane Katrina

Demonstrate August 26 in the D.C. Area at NOAA's National Headquarters

Join Us As We Demand:

** Justice for Katrina Survivors!

** NOAA Leadership, Stop the Global Warming Cover-Up!

Katrina survivors and noted national leaders will speak. Activists will read aloud the names of hundreds of people still missing from Katrina.

Hurricane Katrina caused over 1500 deaths. On Saturday, August 26, at 12 noon, outside the headquarters of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Silver Spring, Md., let's join together to remember and mourn for those who died while we demand action on the greatest source of future Katrina-like disasters: global warming. We will call for jobs, housing, health care, environmental cleanup and justice for Katrina survivors. We will demand that our government get serious about cutting the global warming pollution that is creating stronger and more frequent Category 4 and 5 hurricanes, according to scientists

Instead of protecting Americans, NOAA's leadership, in direct violation of the agency's mission to warn the nation about "dangerous weather" and "improve our understanding and stewardship of the environment," is steadfastly ignoring or distorting the growing number of scientific studies linking major hurricanes to global warming. Their actions are placing tens of millions of coastal Americans at greater risk of experiencing, over the coming years and decades, the kind of catastrophic impacts we saw in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina killed over 1500 people, displaced two million others and inflicted $200 billion in damages.

If NOAA's leadership continues to violate NOAA's mission, it's time for new leadership.

It's Time to Stand Up for Justice and Truth-Telling!

Initiated by the U.S. Climate Emergency Council,

www.climateemergency.org, 973-338-5398, 301-891-6844, usajointheworld@igc.org