ALTON — One year after the People’s Climate March, when 400,000 people filled the streets of New York City, the Illinois Sierra Club will hold a vigil as part of a 100-city National Day of Action to demand action on climate change from elected leaders.
The vigil will be at 8:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at First Unitarian Church, 110 E. Third St. Participants will gather with solar lights and candles around a large inflatable coal plant. Speakers include Laura Asher, chair of the Piasa Palisades Group of the Sierra Club; Shannon Fuller, president of Illinois Solar Energy Association; Eden Vitoff, president of Green LYFE; and Wayne Politsch, executive committee member Piasa Palisades Group of Sierra Club.
A Sierra Club press release states this is an important time for Alton to consider what sort of future the city envisions. Metro East air quality is among the worst in the nation. Dynegy’s aging Wood River coal-fired power plant and its coal ash pond sit on the banks of the Mississippi River.
“Now is the time to take climate action and make a plan forward for our community,” said Laura Asher, chair of the Piasa Palisades Group of the Sierra Club. “We are calling on our public officials to stand with us and take action now. Our community is home to an aging coal plant, but coal is being phased out in favor of clean energy every day across the country. That’s why it’s more important than ever that we come together to build a strong clean energy economy in Alton.”
In the buildup to climate talks in Paris later this year, Alton will join more than 100 cities in the People’s Climate Movement’s National Day of Action Oct. 14 to demand bold action on climate change and link local action to global action in Paris in December 2015.