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Moving Planet March is Saturday in Winfield

A march will be held in Winfield Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 – 11 a.m. as part of the Moving Planet movement to bring awareness of environmental issues.

The march is one of many that will occur not only in the U.S., but around the world. Marches will take place in Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Marchers hope to draw attention to the climate crisis and how our use of fossil fuels is threatening the livability of our planet.

“We are at a critical crossroads. We have an over-dependence on fossil fuels. There are alternatives that are more planet friendly,” says Rick Cowlishaw, assistant professor of biology at Southwestern College.

Cowlishaw has teamed up with Ann Fell to organize the Winfield rally. The marchers will meet at Memorial Park and are encouraged to bring walking shoes, bikes, roller blades, etc. The route will take marchers east on 9th Street then north on College Street and east again on Warren Ave. The final destination is the new wind turbine on the Southwestern College campus. Speakers will then address the marchers on what to do to keep the movement going and will highlight people who have made a change.
           
“This is a call for people to get serious about the climate crisis,” says Cowlishaw. “It’s time for the U.S. and the world to develop existing energy technologies to power the global economy in a way that doesn’t jeopardize our children’s future.”

For more information, contact Cowlishaw by e-mail at richard.cowlishaw@sckans.edu or by calling (620) 229-6162.

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