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On next Saturday, July 19, a determined group of concerned citizens in the midst of a 3,000-mile cross-country march to raise awareness about climate change will set off from an historic church in Marquette, Nebraska in the morning, and walk 10 miles through picturesque farmland to the renewable energy-powered barn near the town of Bradshaw that Bold Nebraska built last summer on land in the path of the Keystone XL pipeline.
The marchers have met folks all across Nebraska, engaging in conversations about climate along the way. They stopped for a bite at the Haigler Country Cafe; marched in the Culbertson 4th of July parade; held a vigil in McCook for the 47 people who died last year in the oil train explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec; hosted a potluck dinner and community climate conversation in Holdrege; demonstrated their solar cooking ovens to a TV news crew in Axtell; and collected signatures in Kearney for a petition calling for public disclosure of dangers from oil trains and pipelines.
Saturday, July 19: Climate March Visits the 'Build Our Energy' Barn
- 8:30 AM: Participants in 10-mile walk arrive at barn for shuttle to church
- 9:00 AM: 10-mile march from St. John's Church to the barn begins
- 12-1 PM: Participants in 1-mile walk arrive at the barn, walk to 1-mile marker
- 1:00 PM: Marchers set off on final 1-mile stretch of walk
- 1:30 PM: All marchers arrive at the barn
- 2:00 PM: Activities at barn: painting #NoKXL billboards for landowners in the route
- 3:00 PM: Dedication of Nebraskans for Peace "Peace Park" at the barn
- 4:00 PM: Raising of "No Permit, No Pipeline" flag at the barn
- 5:00 PM: Community meal (food truck, veggie/vegan options available!)
- 6:00 PM: Speakers including Senate candidate Dave Domina, Bold Nebraska director Jane Kleeb, climate marchers
- SUNSET: Exclusive outdoor screening of Keystone XL documentary "Above All Else," featuring an introduction and Q&A with Texas landowner Julia Trigg Crawford, who appears in the film and fought eminent domain and KXL all the way to Texas Supreme Court
Along with Julia Trigg Crawford, we are also excited to be joined at the barn next Saturday by U.S. Senate candidate Dave Domina, also the lead attorney representing landowners fighting Keystone XL at the Nebraska Supreme Court.
The afternoon at the barn will include family-friendly fun activities, including the chance to help paint some new #NoKXL billboards that will be placed with landowners inside the pipeline route — and then photographed and turned into postcards to send to Pres. Obama and Sec. Kerry.
We're excited to welcome the climate marchers to the solar-powered barn for a fun-filled day that will see farmers and ranchers join climate change advocates, to highlight the science that tells us why President Obama must reject the Keystone XL pipeline.
Look forward to seeing you next Saturday!
Mark Hefflinger and the Bold Nebraska team
@BoldNebraska on Twitter
Bold Nebraska on Facebook
208 S. Burlington Ave. Ste. 103, Box 325
Hastings, NE 68901 US