Left to right, Larry Buell, alias ​19th-century farmer Lucius Spooner​;​ Mary King, pipeline activist; and Pat Larson, coordinator of the North Quabbin Energy group, plan the program for the North Quabbin People's Climate March to be held Sunday, Nov. 29, from 1 to 2 p.m., at the uptown common, Athol.   

People's Global Climate March in Athol Sunday

ATHOL — As Paris, France, prepares for next week’s gathering of world leaders to act on global climate crisis, a range of citizens from the North Quabbin region will join with over 2,500 other groups from around the world to stage the Global People’s Climate March for the Earth. The North Quabbin People’s March will take place on Sunday, Nov. 29, from 1 to 2 p.m., at the uptown common.

The common purpose of the international marches is to push leaders at every level of government to commit to 100 percent clean energy. The Global People’s Climate Marches are part of an international climate justice movement organized by the digital group at www.avaaz.org/en/event/globalclimatemarch.

Quabbin region groups and individuals are in the throes of fighting the proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline through the area. With a strong history in the area of environmental justice campaigns and local initiatives, the November march will bring together various groups to show solidarity for more sustainable energy use and higher environmental quality standards. The march is hosted by Earthlands of Petersham with co-sponsorship from North Quabbin Energy, NQ Pipeline Action, Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, Petersham Energy Committee, North Quabbin Women in Black, Sacred Earth Network, Ritual Expressions, and Common Grow.

The program at the uptown common will be moderated by Mary King, ​core member of NQ Pipeline Action, and Larry Buell, of Petersham, who will don his familiar 1840s character, Lucius Spooner. Speakers include Allen Young, local news correspondent; Rev. Don Erickson, Community Church of North Orange and Tully; Steve and Janice Kurkoski of the NQ Energy group; Bill Pfeiffer of Sacred Earth Network; and Katja Esser of Ritual Expressions. Local musicians Moonlight and Morningstar, of Erving, will provide songs that speak to the theme. Other invited speakers include, David “Tall Pine” White of the Nipmuc Tribal Council, Nikomo Peartree of the Freedom School Movement, and local singer/songwriter Mother Turtle of Wendell.

Pat Larson, ​founding member ​of the North Quabbin Energy group and vocal opponent of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline, says, “The People’s Climate March places our North Quabbin region in strong solidarity with others around the world combating climate injustice at all levels. Strong voices in opposition to the pipeline will be magnified when spoken at Sunday’s march and rally.”

All are welcome to join the free and open-to-the-public march and can bring signs, banners, hand drums, string and wind instruments or just come to witness and support the marchers. For information contact, Buell at larrybuell@earthlands.org or call 978-724-0412. For international information on the march and updates on the North Quabbin march, visit www.avaaz.org/en/event/globalclimatemarch.

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