FOSSIL FOOLS DAY: International Youth 'Just Say No' to fossil fuels

 

Canadians lead the clean energy revolution
Canadians lead the clean energy revolution


Raging Grannies, radical cheerleaders, Code Pink all get down at Peninsula Ford
Raging Grannies, radical cheerleaders, Code Pink all get down at Peninsula Ford


special radical cheers for Peninsula Ford
special radical cheers for Peninsula Ford


Oakland Broadway Ford adopted
Oakland Broadway Ford adopted


EPA's worst ranked automobile
EPA's worst ranked automobile


Gas masks at Ford- but no riot cops
Gas masks at Ford- but no riot cops


#1 in greenhouse gas emissions
#1 in greenhouse gas emissions


On April 1st activists from around the globe participated in a successful 2nd annual FOSSIL FOOLS DAY, created to raise awareness about dirty energy and sustainable alternatives. FOSSIL FOOLS DAY doubled in size this year with over 300 actions- 155 at Ford dealerships- in 43 US states. 7 Canadian provinces, Panama, and Nigeria. Over 40 human rights and environmental groups joined the energy revolution Friday.

On April 1st activists from around the globe participated in a successful 2nd annual FOSSIL FOOLS DAY, created to raise awareness about dirty energy and sustainable alternatives. FOSSIL FOOLS DAY doubled in size this year with over 300 actions- 155 at Ford dealerships- in 43 US states. 7 Canadian provinces, Panama, and Nigeria. Over 40 human rights and environmental groups joined the energy revolution Friday.

Billy Parish, a coordinator for Energy Action stated that “The excitement surrounding Fossil Fools day speaks to a growing number of people who feel they have no choice but to intervene in our addiction to dirty energy”.

Woody Harrelson transported energy activists to a Santa Fe Ford dealership in his bio-diesel van. Winnipeg students hosted an Emissions Olympics with breakdancing, bike-powered blenders, performances, and recycled art projects. California students camped out, created chalk art, and conducted a Fossil Fools award ceremony. Boston actors dressed as police officers and “ticketed” gas-guzzling SUVs. Energy engineers built a wind turbine at a homeless kids camp in Virginia. Summits, conferences, festivals, and convergences were organized in Washington, Maine, DC, and Vermont. St. Paul students fitted a dorm room with energy efficient lightning. From Morgantown, West Virginia to Honolulu, Hawaii and across Canada, Jumpstart Ford launched the Adopt-a-Dealer program at dealerships. The Raging Grannies had a hybrid-electric car parade in Palo Alto led by a 1912 Ford and featuring radical cheerleaders, a California Clean Air “cough-in,” and parody sing-a-long.

Events featured 'fossil fools' like Bill Ford, Jr. for producing North America's most gas-guzzling and greenhouse gas-emitting cars and trucks and Rush Limbaugh for saying “there is no reason to believe in global warming.” The fossil fools in Washington and Ottawa were not forgotten, with salutes to George W Bush for pursuing an “energy plan based on consumption” and Canadian Minister of Natural Resources, John Efford, for consistently caving in to industry pressures.

The Jumpstart Ford coalition joined Energy Action on April 1st to launch its Adopt-A-Ford-Dealer program. Concerned citizens will call on dealers to demand that Ford stop driving America's oil addiction by immediately improving its bottom-of-the-barrel fuel efficiency and respecting the right of consumers to drive zero emission vehicles.

Students led the way with actions at over 100 campuses Students organized demonstrations and teach-ins to educate their fellow students about alternative energy methods, and wrote letters to head's of their schools telling and to adopt sustainable energy solutions. The hubbub of activity on college campuses throughout North America demonstrates the importance of youth in the push for clean energy. Lindsay Telfer of Energy Action in Canada says, “The Liberal Government could stand to learn a few lessons from the Countries' youth; it's time to enforce strong regulations to meet our targets; it's time to be clear and to stand strong in our commitments to reduce greenhouse gases.”

FOSSIL FOOLS DAY was organized by Energy Action, an international coalition of student and youth clean energy networks.

To get involved with Energy Action visit www.energyaction.net.

To join the Jumpstart Ford campaign and adopt your very own dealer, visit www.jumpstartford.com.

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