About the Walk
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. We will also be delivering water to the East Chicago neighborhood most impacted by the lead crisis.
WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.
WHERE: The route is 10K (or 6.2 miles). The walk will begin at Purdue Northwest and proceed north through Hammond and East Chicago. We will pass by the West Calumet Housing Complex which has been evacuated due to lead contamination from smelters which previously made lead additives for oil refined at the Whiting refinery. The walk will end at Todd Park, near the BP refinery, in view of petroleum storage tanks. Lunch will be provided. Walkers will be shuttled back to their cars.
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, and for the sake of our children’s future.
WHO: The “Walk the Line” 10K Pipeline Walk is organized by 350 Indiana-Calumet.
About 95% of the walk route will be on public sidewalks. Should anyone be unable to complete the walk route, vans will be available to transport them to the walk finish and/or to their personal vehicle. Walk organizers will try to accommodate special needs if they are communicated early. For questions, email INCal350[at]yahoo[dot]com.
About our Sponsors
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.
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.
Progressive Democrats of America works both inside the Democratic Party and outside in movements for peace and justice. Our goal: Extend the victory of Nov. 2008 into a permanent, progressive majority.
Progressives in Action NWI advocates for civil, human and environmental rights by engaging with our elected officials and uniting community members with the goal of transforming the political landscape.
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.
Midwest Wind and Solar, a leading installer of renewable energy systems in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Minnesota, is proud to now offer Wind-Solar Hybrid Systems from Pika Energy. Installing a made-in-the-US Pika turbine on your property is a bold declaration of energy independence, and now it makes even better financial sense. Combine wind and solar power to create a well-balanced home energy solution. Get a free site assessment from Midwest Wind and Solar today to find out how much energy you can make with a Pika Hybrid System.
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.