Saturday rally against offshore drilling

Saturday is Moving Planet Day and a group of local citizens are planning to gather at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront for a rally to oppose offshore drilling.  Details:

Citizens of Virginia Beach to Call on Lawmakers to Reject Offshore Drilling

Rally one of thousands across the globe calling for move away from fossil fuels

Virginia Beach, VA – On Saturday, September 24, 2011, residents of Virginia Beach and neighboring communities will flex literal muscles in a call for responsible solutions to our energy needs. Coming on bikes, on roller skates, or on foot, they will converge on the oceanfront to oppose offshore oil drilling and encourage
government officials and Dominion to work quickly to develop offshore wind farms instead.

Part of the Moving Planet day of action organized by 350.org, the rally will begin next to a mock oil spill and end at a mock wind farm to symbolize the shift participants want to see in the real world.

What: Rally to oppose offshore drilling and support renewable energy

Who: Oceana
Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Virginia Sierra Club
Ecocycling
Local business sponsors CROC’S Bistro and Abbey Road Pub & Restaurant
Former delegate Joe Bouchard, who will lead the ride

Where: Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Ride will start at 40th Street and proceed down the bike path adjacent to the
boardwalk to 17th Street.

When: Saturday, September 24, 2011, 11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m. – arrival, sign-in, and speakers
11:30 a.m. – ride leaves starting line
11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – riders expected to reach finish line at 17th Street

Visuals: Mock oil spill at 40th Street and citizens in hazmat suits “cleaning it up”
Mock wind farm at 17th Street with rows of three foot tall model wind turbines
Dozens of citizens on bikes wearing brightly colored T-shirts

The event in Virginia Beach is part of a worldwide day of action calling for a
fossil fuel-free world. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to participate
by moving their bodies toward solutions to climate change in nearly 2,000 events
across the globe ranging from 5 mile hikes to 350 hour bike rides. In Virginia, the
Virginia Beach ride will join events taking place in Alexandria, Fairfax,
Harrisonburg, and Richmond.

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