Wilton Go Green invites all to climate rally

Wilton Go Green is offering town residents “an invitation to change everything.”

The environmental advocacy group is organizing a trip into New York City on Sunday, Sept. 21, to join in the People’s Climate March, which is being put together by the organization 350.org. The march will precede the Climate Summit 2014 at the United Nations on Sept. 23.

Those from Wilton who would like to join the march may travel as a group on Metro-North. The Wilton Congregational Church is also rallying people to join in. Details are still being worked out, and those who are interested in learning more may email info@wiltongogreen.org.

Jana Bertkau, vice president of Wilton Go Green, said the organization voted in June to partner with 350.org for the march.

“One of our areas of interest is energy and energy conservation, and climate change has definitely been in the forefront, growing more apparent … this is something we should be paying more attention to. We support people reducing their carbon footprint by having energy audits,” Ms. Bertkau said.

“We have always linked to 350.org. When we heard they were bringing this to our backyard, we voted to partner with them in this event,” she added.

“We are trying to lead the charge in Wilton on something very important.”

Last month, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon introduced a United Nations-backed report outlining ways major industrial nations can cut their carbon emissions by the middle of this century. The Deep Decarbonization Pathway Project report was produced by research institutes in 15 countries. According to the U.N. website, it is the “first global cooperative program to identify practical pathways to a low-carbon economy by 2050.”

It emphasizes energy efficiency, low-carbon electricity and fuel switching. It also outlines steps “countries can take to meet internationally agreed target of limiting the increase in global mean surface temperature to less than 2 degrees Celsius.”

The secretary-general called for leaders around the world — in government, business, finance and civil society — to join at U.N. headquarters in Manhattan for the climate summit in September.

“By seeing what is possible, others can take inspiration and follow suit,” he said. “People need to understand why decarbonisation is necessary. They need to know it is possible. And they need to see that cutting emissions can benefit economics and people’s well-being.”

The group 350.org is dedicated to building a global climate movement through online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions.

The number 350 refers to the level of parts per million to which CO2 in the atmosphere must be reduced to for a “livable planet.” It is now at 400 ppm, the group says.

Information: wiltongogreen.org, 350.org.