People’s Climate March in Tampa

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Emissions from smokestacks at TECO's Big Bend plant in Hillsborough County. By Seán Kinane / WMNF News (2010).

A new website shows the effects of sea-level rise on U.S. cities based on current projections side-by-side with the reduced effects that would happen with drastic reductions in carbon emissions. It’s based on information published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

To draw attention to sea-level rise and other effects of climate disruption, environmental activists are holding a People’s Climate March in Tampa Wednesday afternoon. One organizer is Tim Heberlein, an organizer with the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign.

“Yeah, so we’re building off the energy from March when over half a million people were marching in New York. We’re having over 135 echo events across the country and ours is going to be here in Tampa. We’re going to start at the corner of Westshore and Kennedy at 5 p.m. waving signs in support to act on climate change. At 5:30 we’re going to march over to Senator [Marco] Rubio’s office and demand that he act on climate change. And ironically his office is just a few feet above sea level and so his office is very susceptible to the potential impacts of climate change. We’re going to have a few speakers to talk about the jobs implications, the environmental justice implications, the public health impact on climate change.”

There are also People’s Climate Marches Wednesday in Orlando and Miami.

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