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  • Chesapeake Climate Action Network's Artists for the Climate and the Capitol Climate Action
    Featuring Wendell Berry, Bill McKibben, Janisse Ray, Terry Tempest Williams, Kathy Mattea and Here's to the Long Haul
    By Alexis Baden-Mayer
    Organic Consumers Association, March 2, 2009
    Straight to the Source

On Sunday, March 1, 2009, I attended an extraordinary event organized by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Artists for the Climate. Before the main event, I attended a more intimate gathering where I had the opportunity to meet Wendell Berry. I asked him about the next day's Capitol Climate Action, a direct action to shut down the coal plant that fuels the Capitol. He said he joined Bill McKibben in organizing the protest because coal is "tearing up the mountains in Kentucky and West Virginia, and destroying the forests, an unlimited resource, for the sake of the extraction of a limited one." As for speaking to organic consumers, he said simply, "Well, I hope they enjoy their food."

The next day's Capitol Climate Action was a great success, with 3,000 people participating in shutting down the Capitol coal plant. A section of the crowd marched under green banners that said "Justice" and showed a farmer tending his plants. We chanted, "Food Not Bombs, Plant a Garden on the White House Lawn!"

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