The UN Climate Summit will take place this year in Paris, starting on November 30, 2015 and ending on December 11th. On December 12, 2015, South Bay 350 Climate Action Group will be hosting three events, as part of a worldwide effort to send a unified message: there are some things that we as environmental activists can not and will not compromise. These are our climate RED LINES. We demand that it is time to keep 80% of fossil fuels in the ground and ensure a just transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050. In other words, it is time to “Turn Off” our dependence on dirty, dangerous energy like coal, oil and gas and “Turn On” to renewable energy, like rooftop solar, wind farms and energy conservation.
The South Bay and Harbor are front line communities. We are home to 6 oil refineries, the 3rd largest oil field in the U.S. (Wilmington) and the largest port in the world. We have some of the worst air quality in the world. Some of our schools near the Ports and the refineries have asthma rates as high as 25%. Therefore, South Bay 350 Climate Action Group has decided to have several smaller actions which will target local fossil fuel polluters.
Our first event of the day will take place in Palos Verdes from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We will gather at the ARCO Station located at 27301 Hawthorne Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274. This is a busy intersection (Hawthorne and Silver Spur.) Participants will use red ribbons and signs at the gas station on the corner to create a “Red Line” event. This event will be supported by Occupy PV and Environmental Priorities Network.
Facebook link to event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1052432248141118/
We will then move to Torrance for our next event which will take place at Sur La Brea Park (Sur La Brea Tank Farm), 23610 Cabrillo Avenue, Torrance, CA. We will gather from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sur La Brea is a large family park visited by local families and in a residential neighborhood. There is an oil tank farm and active oil wells in the corner of the park, literally steps from the playground and soccer field. We will be rallying at the park and using red ribbons and red chalk to “draw a red line” as a symbol that we must keep these kinds of facilities out of our neighborhoods. This event will include some special “visits” as part of street theater.
Facebook Link to Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/487550564752363/
Our final event will take place from 2:30 p.m to 4:00 p.m. at the Rancho LPG Facility, located at 2110 N Gaffey St., Wilmington, CA 90744. This facility houses 2 tanks with up to 25 million gallons of butane plus over 100,000 gallons plus of propane. The facility is located on Gaffey Street, next to the AYSO soccer field (Field of Dreams) and across from commercial shopping centers with Target, Home Depot. It is also near many residences as well as several schools. The residents of San Pedro and Rancho Palos Verdes have fought these tanks for years; first from being installed, and later, to have them moved away from such highly populated areas. The “best case” scenario is that the butane tanks have a blast radius of 1/4 mile. The more realistic assessment is that the blast radius is several miles. These are considered “soft targets” by Homeland Security and remain within steps of homes where tens of thousands of people live, work and shop. We will stand together and “draw a line” that such types of facilities have no business being placed in residential communities. Our event will include some brief speakers, chants and street art and theater.
Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/178612692486220/
Hope to see you on December 12th at one, two or three of these special events!!