1:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m.
1-2 acres of Amazon rainforest are destroyed every second. Humanity has eradicated 68% of all wildlife since 1970. Species are disappearing at a rate 1,000-10,000x faster than the background extinction rate. 99% of coral reefs will die by 2100, and we could see mostly fishless oceans as early as 2048 if we don’t take drastic action, starting immediately.
The path to a carbon-neutral future that avoids catastrophic climate change is a precipitous cliff that assumes humanity will successfully reduce carbon emissions by at least 5% of 2021 emissions levels year after year for the next 20 years. But even if, after decades of failing to take sufficient action to merely level off global carbon emissions, we were to achieve this ambitious goal, there would still be a 50% chance of climate catastrophe.
As Greta Thunberg so stirringly declared during her iconoclastic UN speech in 2019, “a 50% risk is simply not acceptable to us — we who have to live with the consequences.” But what if we fail to do what must be done? What if, despite the best efforts of our leading climate scientists and the most impassioned pleas of our fellow activists, we fall short?
This Animal Freedom Month, we would like to not only mourn the death of the trillions of creatures and thousands upon thousands of species extinguished at humanity’s hands, but also remind ourselves of the sheer direness of the situation before us: if we fail to take bold, drastic, immediate action, this funeral march is naught but a dress rehearsal for the overwhelmingly devastating mass planetary extinction a largely nonvegan world in 2056 would herald.
Join us as we fight against the trends pushing us ever closer to ecological oblivion. Join us as we fight to rappel down that precarious cliff before it collapses under its own weight, crushing us in the process. Join us as we fight for a livable future for all life on Earth.
WHAT TO WEAR:
This march is first and foremost a solemn occasion, a funeral procession during which we will mourn the loss of the countless trillions who have suffered and died needlessly as the hands of humankind. We therefore strongly encourage you to dress in weather-appropriate funereal garb. If you don’t have a comely tuxedo or a mournful black dress to wear, opt for an all-black wardrobe. Please wear nice shoes, sorrowful headpieces, and anything else you would ordinarily wear to funerals if you can.
PLAN OF ACTION:
We will meet in the large public parking lot behind Gokul Indian Restaurant, gathering by the entry sign and small trees near the entrance to the parking lot. After the march, we will enjoy a nice vegan meal at Gokul; they have excellent vegan options.
Please wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose at all times during the event, and do your best to practice social distancing. Hand sanitizer will be provided.
Volunteers needed! If you’re interested in helping out at this event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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