MONDAY JANUARY 14, 2013, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

On the State Capitol Steps in Olympia

Features Brief Speakers and a Human Mural

The public is invited to participate in a rally supporting the climate and urging the Washington State Legislature and Governor Inslee to take bold action.  The rally will occur on the first day of the 2013 legislative session, Monday January 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the steps of the Washington State Capitol Building.

“Extreme weather patterns throughout the world, historic rates of polar ice melt, and other realities confirm scientists’ increasingly strong findings that the climate crisis is already upon us,” said Bourtai Hargrove, one of the event’s organizers.  “Every person, local community, s! tate and nation must take bold actions to reduce climate disruption.”

The rally will include brief speakers, music, and dozens of persons in a human mural spelling out “NO COAL” because the organizers oppose exporting coal through Washington and Oregon ports to Asia, where it would be burned and would return to us in air pollution and climate damage.  Another human mural will spell out “350.ORG” because the nationwide nonprofit organization at  has done excellent work.

The organizers are recruiting 70 volunteers to commit themselves to participating in the rally’s human mural  Interested persons should contact Rod Tharp at (360) 951-1080

Several brief speakers include Paul Pickett, a scientist who currently teaches a climate course at The Evergreen State College; Zoltan Grossman, another TESC professor who recently published the book Asserting Native Resilience: Pacific Rim Indigenous Nations Face the Climate Change; Gar Lipow, author of Solving the Climate Crisis Through Social Change and Cooling a Fevered Planet.

When the climate crisis rally ends at 1:30 p.m., additional speakers may addre! ss other issues needing bold legislative action.

A “meet and great” component is being planned for the Columbia Room on the first floor of the State Capitol Building.  Information about this is available at  or from   The organizers are developing ideas for later proposals for climate-related legislation.

The rally is one of many activities organized by “Confronting the Climate Crisis,” the active project of the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), which works on a variety of issues related to peace, social justice, and nonviolence.

For information about this event contact Mike Coday at  or Bourtai Hargrove at (360) 352-6327   For information about the Olympia FOR contact Glen Anderson at (360) 491-9093  or visit  and