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“I can’t understand why there aren’t rings of young people blocking bulldozers and preventing them from constructing coal-fired power plants.” – Al Gore

Tomorrow, Monday, March 2, 2009, the largest mass civil disobedience for the climate in U.S. history will take place in Washington, DC. Thousands of young and old are going to converge to march on the Capitol Coal Plant in Washington in a demonstration to shut down all coal power plants in the nation and the world.

The Science is non – negotiable. We are on a planet that is running a fever and serious action needs to be taken NOW!. The story of the Climate Change is going to be the story that defines 2009. This is the largest global movement ever and it is growing by thousands everyday. We as journalists need to tell their story, get their message out and help ensure the survival of all nations and all people.

Endorsed by Nancy Pelosi and Dr. James Hansen, the Capitol Coal Action is the first of many mass demonstrations for Climate Change that this world will see this year. If you are in the Washington area, it begins at 1:00pm on March 2nd, at the Spirit of Justice Park in Washington DC (C St SW & Capitol St SE). It is near the Capitol South Metro.

by Robert vanWaarden at 2009-03-01 14:06:33 UTC (ed. Mar 3 2009 ) Amsterdam , Netherlands | Bookmark | | Report spam→

02 Mar 2009 00:03
I suppose those thousands of young and old are going to drive and fly there using…ummm… carbon-releasing fossil fuels…

by Martin Mraz | 02 Mar 2009 07:03 | Mumbai, India | | Report spam→
" we as journalists" should watch the hyperbole….

by richard sobol | 02 Mar 2009 13:03 | | Report spam→
Martin, it seems that you are missing the point, this action came on the heels of Power Shift, the largest youth conference for Climate Change in the US and took advantage of thousands already in town. The contacts, experience, and energy that came out of this action and the conference will by far outweigh any emissions that occurred in the travel to Washington. (For a globe trotting photographer to be complaining about people flying is a bit sad.)

Richard, I admit that there was perhaps some exaggeration in that post, but I feel that the need to motivate the media and especially photographers around this issue justifies the hyperbole. I believe that Climate Change is the most pressing issue that faces the world and the lack of coverage by photographers (no images were present in the World Press winning) is disturbing and needs to change.

by Robert vanWaarden | 03 Mar 2009 23:03 | Amsterdam, Netherlands | | Report spam→
Must’ve been a fizzle, not even a footnote on the local news Guess, the mini-blizzard put them all off :)

by Aaron J. Heiner | 04 Mar 2009 17:03 (ed. Mar 4 2009) | Baltimore, MD, United States | | Report spam→
A quick search shows that Associated Press (AP), TIME Magazine, CNN, Huffington Post, The Hill, Alternet, USA Today, Metro Weekly and countless others covered the event.

by Robert vanWaarden | 04 Mar 2009 20:03 | Amsterdam, Netherlands | | Report spam→
Yet, nothing was in USAToday, Washington Post, Washington Times, New York Times, any of the smaller Gannet properties, as well as CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, or FOX.

I was in town all day to cover Lor Brown’s visit and can’t recall seeing anyone out in protest in the general area. Also a quick search of DC Indy Media showed nothing as well. Most of the city appeared shut down thanks to the 7" of snow we got.

EDIT: I take that back, DC Indy posted an event notice on the 3rd that there will be an event on the 2nd (a day late there guys) which was a rather generic PR.

by Aaron J. Heiner | 05 Mar 2009 00:03 (ed. Mar 5 2009) | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Instead of arguing about the coverage, we should be asking ourselves why a story like this doesn’t get more mainstream media coverage and why there are not more photographers covering Climate Change stories.

by Robert vanWaarden | 05 Mar 2009 00:03 | Amsterdam, Netherlands | | Report spam→
Actually as I type this CNN is doing a special report on itself as to the lack of coverage on last Monday’s protest. One of the angles they covered and I am pretty inclined to believe is that people overall are burnt out on hearing about it. On the list of “out words” for 2009, “Green” was at the top of the list. With the global economic crisis in full swing, the environmental movement has become as far off the radar as thew war in Iraq.

Do try and realize the sheer number of protests that occur on a daily basis in DC. Just Thursday alone walking across downtown for lunch, I passed a group of fifty women protesting the FDA for, “Stem cells for breast cancer research”, followed by a group of Korean Americans protesting the state department for crimes again humanity by North Korea, and about two hundred on The Mall, probably from UDC with “Out of Iraq” signs. Last week, I even saw a group protesting the FAA for “The Truth About Lockerbee” and another group protesting against Coca Cola killing Columbian farm workers.

Considering there was nothing sent to the local media outlets, or even DC Indy, I’m likely to believe that there was little to no, or poorly organized event. Tie that with the 8" of snow. (2" is enough to essentially close everything in the district) I do realize that global warming may be an issue that is close to you, as all the stated above protests is close to those who partook in such events, but there is a limit to what is considered to be newsworthy for the day. And Monday the big news was Lord Brown’s visit, (The UK was critical of the cancellation of some of his scheduled events due to the weather) the markets, and the economy.

by Aaron J. Heiner | 07 Mar 2009 23:03 (ed. Mar 8 2009) | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
“I wanna photo opportunity, I wanna shot at redemption, don’t wanna end up a cartoon, in a cartoon graveyard…”
- Paul Simon, “You Can Call Me Al” from the Graceland Album (1986)

A song that is seeming more prophetic by the day …

by BignoseTW | 08 Mar 2009 03:03 | Manila, Philippines | | Report spam→
global warming d.c. protest canceled due to massive snowstorm ?
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Not again! Big DC March Snowstorm Set to Greet ‘Largest public protest of global warming ever in U.S.!’ – 1 Foot of Snow Possible, Bitter Cold, Blowing and drifting snow!

DC under Winter Storm Warning: DC faces up to 1 foot of snow, bitter cold, blowing and drifting snow

‘Largest public protest of global warming ever in U.S.’ set for Monday March 2, 2009 at U.S. Capitol w/ NASA’s James Hansen – Fox News – Feb. 27, 2009

by Aaron J. Heiner | 10 Mar 2009 21:03 (ed. Mar 11 2009) | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
The often reported fact that it snowed is never followed up by the fact that three days later the city was in t-shirts. It is called ‘Climate Change’.

The fact that the chief NASA Climate Scientist is willing to take a direct stand on climate change and perhaps risk his job (although it was a strictly non-partisan action) is indicative of the extent of the climate crisis. The 2007 IPCC report is out of date and we are facing greater consequences and changes then ever predicted. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7935159.stm)

I still wonder why more photographers are not focused on climate change issues. If, as claimed on this list, it isn’t being covered because the public doesn’t want to hear about it, I then ask, when has the fact that the public doesn’t want to hear about something ever stopped photographers and journalists reporting on it? Photography is a major vehicle to raise public awareness. The Climate and Financial Crisis are linked and if the big push in the US is for Green Jobs, why aren’t photographers covering the story of the climate more?

by Robert vanWaarden | 10 Mar 2009 22:03 | Amsterdam, Netherlands | | Report spam→
This is typical DC March weather. It’s always been like that in March here. Doesn’t mean there’s a grand conspiracy or, it’s spring. There’s over a hundred years of collected meteorological data to show that.

As for why more photographers are not covering the client change issue, I could ask the same thing why aren’t more photographers covering, Breast cancer awareness, the poverty in the inner cities, or the crisis in Tibet"

The public no longer cares about this as an issue. It had its turn to be the crisis of the month, and now everyone is burned out on it. The media can’t sell climate change, and advertisers no longer see it as a viable attention grabber for revenue.

On a side note: I apologize for the NASA insert. I had clicked and copy the entire column which included the older article, and had not caught that I dropped it in to the post until reading the reply. That had no bearing to the discussion at all which was simply to explain the turnout of Monday’s event.

by Aaron J. Heiner | 11 Mar 2009 10:03 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Am I the only one who sees the slightest bit of irony in a “Global Warming Protest” in the midst of an 8" snow storm… Science aside, that would have been a great photograph.
PHOTO OP HERE IN IRAQ NEXT WEEK…. The Society To Stop The Rain will hold their annual rally in protest the upcoming rainy season. According to the group the rain ruins the pretty designs in the dried up sand, and unfairly distributes water that should only go to those whom they see fit. The rally will be held 10 miles west of the Town of Al Musayyib, Iraq (Google it… oh, its the desert, trust me, don’t ask). DIRECTIONS. Drive east 10 miles from town center till the road stops… proceed in any direction for as long as you would like… Plenty of parking available. Be sure to bring something to sip on.

by Bryan Woolston | 11 Mar 2009 10:03 (ed. Mar 11 2009) | Baghdad, Iraq | | Report spam→
Agreed ‘client change’ or the weather is not a conspiracy. However, once again the media decided to focus on one element of the story and missed the real one.

- As I walk down the streets of Washington, I am constantly faced by these pathetic Chevron ads talking about using less energy and emitting less GHG’s. When oil companies are green washing their image, it is pretty obvious that it is still viewed as a method of advertising.

- The coal spill upriver from Washington today is drawing even more attention to the dirty coal industry.

- The Obama administration just hired a special advisor on green jobs, Van Jones.

- Climate Change has been headlined as a major priority of the new administration.

- In fact, Congress is currently debating whether a climate bill will be part of the budget or a stand alone bill because it will regulate the entire economy.

These issues, ads, bills, and disasters would to me suggest that the statement that the Climate Change interest is dead is the understatement of the century.

If all these things are hitting the US right now, why aren’t photographers looking at Climate Change stories? In 9 months from now, a meeting that is being billed as the most important ever will take place in Copenhagen. Without a solid framework at COP 15, the ‘public’ we know now is going to be drastically different.

by Robert vanWaarden | 12 Mar 2009 02:03 (ed. Mar 12 2009) | Washington, United States | | Report spam→

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Participants

Robert vanWaarden, Photographer Robert vanWaarden
Photographer
Amsterdam , Netherlands
Martin Mraz, Photographer & Translator Martin Mraz
Photographer & Translator
Prague , Czech Republic ( PRG )
richard sobol, photojournalist, author richard sobol
photojournalist, author
(www.richardsobol.com)
[undisclosed location].
Aaron J. Heiner, Photojournalist Aaron J. Heiner
Photojournalist
(Sleeping his life away)
Baltimore, Md , United States ( IAD )
BignoseTW, Videographer/Photographer BignoseTW
Videographer/Photographer
(Tobie Openshaw)
Taipei , Taiwan
Bryan Woolston, Photographer Bryan Woolston
Photographer
(www.bryanwoolston.com)
New York , United States


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