Tags:An announcement from Active Students for a Healthy Environment:
At 2 PM on Thursday, December 1, there will be a day of action in Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville to promote clean energy in North Carolina. The event will serve as a follow-up to Bill McKibben’s speech delivered at UNCA the night before. City Council member Cecil Bothwell and Ken Brame of the Sierra Club will speak at the rally, bringing attention to the significant potential of offshore wind energy in North Carolina. The day of action will attempt to shed light on the involvement of Royal Bank of Canada in funding the Alberta tar sands project—$17 billion has been lent since 2007. It will also highlight the need for the Bank of America to start funding clean energy rather than an estimated $3.9 billion invested in the coal industry last year alone.
The rally intends to support bank lending to clean, renewable wind energy projects in North Carolina, particularly off the coast. North Carolina has the most potential for offshore wind energy production of any state on the east coast. North Carolina could export excess electricity after fulfilling its in-state needs if the wind energy potential is utilized. The rally will seek to make its point using the ultimate renewable energy—people power.
This action is sponsored by a coalition of local environmental working groups including Active Students for a Healthy Environment, Rainforest Action Network, Occupy Asheville's Meet Talk Act Affinity Group, and individuals committed to a clean energy future.
For more information, contact: Macon Foscue, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org