Rally on Sept. 8 to call for renewable energy to support climate, jobs and justice

Press release from event organizers:

On September 8, Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice.

The weekend before San Francisco’s Global Climate Action Summit, the People’s Climate Movement is leading a national mobilization for climate, jobs, and justice.

In Asheville, on Saturday, September 8 from 3-5pm at Pritchard Park, a rally is being cosponsored by Asheville 350 and the Sierra Club. Speakers will include Julie Mayfield of Asheville City Council and Mountain True, Brownie Newman of Buncombe County Commission, Michael Hayes of Asheville Green Opportunities, and Rev. Sara Wilcox of Land of the Sky United Church of Christ.

“Our focus is on moving Asheville forward to a 100% renewable energy resolution, joining Buncombe County and cities and counties all over the nation in a bold step to stop climate catastrophe. There will be drumming, music, banners, a giant sun, and people are encouraged to come and show their solidarity,” says Ann Kiefert, a spokesperson for Asheville 350.

“According to a study by the National Resources Defense Council, the renewable energy sector is already creating 5 times more jobs than the fossil fuel sector,” states Michael Hayes of Asheville Green Opportunities. “Asheville people need this kind of well-compensated jobs. That’s why we need to take big steps toward renewable energy for our city.”

Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice will be a moving demonstration of the breadth and depth of the climate movement. Across the country, tens of thousands of people will be hitting the streets, holding community forums, and educating voters about the issues – all to ensure that elected and private sector leaders make action on climate a priority.

September 8th is about showing that to change everything, it takes everyone; and it’s about committing to make climate action a part of the national dialogue in November and the months that follow.

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