About the Walkathon
WHAT: Join us in walking along the path of the tar sands pipelines that pass through our communities to raise awareness and support for a just transition to a renewable energy economy.
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. (arrive by 8:00 a.m.)
A second 10K walk will happen in Spring 2018 to complete the path of the pipeline to Whiting.
WHERE: The route is 10K (or 6.21 miles). The Walkathon will begin at the Hoosier Prairie Nature Preserve (135 E Main St, Schererville, IN 46375), just west of the Enbridge Pipeline Co.entrance. The walk will end at the Hessville Park shelter on Kennedy and 173rd. Shuttles will return walkers to their cars. (The exact route will be published to registered walkers.)
WHY: We are on the cusp of a Green Energy Revolution and Northwest Indiana needs to be at the forefront of that movement, for the sake of our economy, for the sake of our health, for the sake of our communities, and for the sake of our children’s future.
WHO: The “Walk the Line” 10K Walkathon is sponsored by 350 Indiana-Calumet
About 95% of the Walkathon route will be on public sidewalks. Should anyone be unable to complete the Walkathon route, vans will be available to transport them to the Walkathon finish and/or to their personal vehicle. Neighborhood businesses will provide water along the route. Walkathon organizers will try to accommodate special needs if they are communicated early. For questions, email INCal350[at]yahoo[dot]com.
About the Charities
Profits from the Walkathon will go to the following charities. Walkers can designate a charity and the profits from their sponsors will go to that charity. If you would like to add your organization to the list, contact us at INCal350 [at] yahoo [dot] com.
350 Indiana-Calumet (Tax ID: 82-1221777)
350 Indiana-Calumet works for a just transition from fossil fuels to a renewable energy economy in Northwest Indiana, with a special focus on environmental justice, so that the communities most impacted by the fossil fuel industry are the first to benefit from the renewable energy economy.
The Community Strategy Group is a un-bought and un-bossed citizen-led group of residents and allies of the USS Lead Superfund Site in East Chicago Indiana.
NWI Resistance is a coalition of activist groups across the Northwest Indiana area, brought together to collectively resist government and corporate negligence.
SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability.
Dedicating to working for social justice in Northwest Indiana and promoting the Unitarian values, including the inherent worth and dignity of every person, justice, equity and compassion in human relations, and respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
The Environmental Club is an active student organization at Purdue Northwest.
Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is the only rehabilitation center located in NW Indiana that admits injured and orphaned native mammals, reptiles, amphibians and migratory birds. We cover all of NW Indiana for wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and education programs.
Ask Lake County Indiana Mayors and Town Councils to Support the Paris Climate Agreement
In December 2015, world leaders gathered in Paris and signed the first global commitment to keep warming to below 2℃ and to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy. The landmark agreement allowed each country to set their own emission reduction targets and to adopt their own strategies for reaching them. In June 2017, the Trump administration announced its intention to withdraw from the Paris agreement, making the U.S. only one of three countries in the world that does not support the Agreement (the other two are Nicaragua and Syria).
In the absence of leadership from Washington, others, including states, counties, and cities, colleges and universities, businesses and investors—together representing a significant part of the U.S. economy—are stepping up, committing to ambitious goals to reduce emissions and working together to ensure that the U.S. remains a global climate leader. While there is no formal mechanism for sub-national entities to join the Paris Agreement, hundreds of mayors and city councils have already committed to honor and uphold the Paris Climate Agreement goals through tangible local-level action, including Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, as well as the mayors of Indianapolis, South Bend, Fort Wayne, and Bloomington, Indiana.
Accordingly, we, the citizens of Lake County, Indiana and the surrounding Northwest Indiana region, demand that the other Mayors and Town Councils of Lake County join other local leaders supporting the goals of the Paris Agreement by implementing a local Climate Action Plan:
- Develop a community Greenhouse Gas inventory (an accounting of the amount of total greenhouse gas emissions from all sources in the city over year);
- Set near- and long-term targets to reduce emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, while maximizing the economic and social benefits of such action;
- Develop a Climate Action Plan aligned with the city’s targets; and
- Resource city-led activities to demonstrate year-by-year progress.
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