Fire Drill Fridays: Forests Can't Wait!

Civic DC • 15 December 2019
Event date 27 Dec '19 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Event location United States Capitol • First St SE, Washington, 20004, DC, United States
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Every Friday, Jane Fonda is leading a weekly rally at 11am ET followed by a civil disobedience on the southeast lawn of the US Capitol to demand action to address the climate emergency.

Week 12 of Fire Drill Friday is all about FORESTS Here’s why:

Forests are a key ally in combating climate change – and we need to join together to be allies for the forest. Simply put: we can’t solve the climate crisis without protecting forests. Forests are like great big climate stabilizing systems that do so much good: they regulate ecosystems, provide habitat and protect biodiversity, play an integral part in the carbon cycle, and are home and livelihood for millions of people around the world. When forests are healthy, they absorb a good chunk of the CO2 released from burning fossil fuels, but when forests are burned - often to clear land for destructive agricultural practices and biofuel – CO2 is released and climate change is accelerated.

It’s this simple: to maximize the climate benefit of forests, we must keep more forest landscapes intact, manage forests sustainably, and restore those that we have lost. And, we must protect the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local traditional communities who live in and depend on forests. Many studies have documented that forests are healthiest when the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities are honored and respected. Instead, these communities are too often threatened and forest defenders are harassed and even killed as they seek to protect forests that we all need to survive.

We stand in solidarity with forest defenders from the Arctic to the Amazon, the Canadian Boreal to Indonesia to the Congo. Together, we can protect the forests and the communities who depend on them which, when it comes to climate change, includes all of us.

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WHAT: #FireDrillFriday rally & civil disobedience

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Forests Can't Wait!

WHEN: Friday, December 27, 11am - 12pm ET

WHERE: Southeast lawn of the US Capitol

WITH: Jane Fonda, Greenpeace USA's Diana Ruiz & Daniel Brindis, and more

HOW TO PARTICIPATE REMOTELY: Spread the word on social media by following @FireDrillFriday across platforms and using the hashtag #FireDrillFriday.

LEARN MORE: firedrillfridays.com/events/forests-cant-wait

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WHAT: #FireDrillFriday webinar teach-in

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Forests Can't Wait!

WHEN: Thursday, December 26, 7pm - 8pm ET

WHERE: facebook.com/firedrillfriday

WITH: Jane Fonda, Greenpeace USA's Diana Ruiz & Daniel Brindis, and more

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3 weeks agoAdd to Calender 2019-12-27 16:00:00 2019-12-27 16:00:00 Fire Drill Fridays: Forests Can't Wait! Every Friday, Jane Fonda is leading a weekly rally at 11am ET followed by a civil disobedience on the southeast lawn of the US Capitol to demand action to address the climate emergency. Week 12 of Fire Drill Friday is all about FORESTS Here’s why: Forests are a key ally in combating climate change – and we need to join together to be allies for the forest. Simply put: we can’t solve the climate crisis without protecting forests. Forests are like great big climate stabilizing systems that do so much good: they regulate ecosystems, provide habitat and protect biodiversity, play an integral part in the carbon cycle, and are home and livelihood for millions of people around the world. When forests are healthy, they absorb a good chunk of the CO2 released from burning fossil fuels, but when forests are burned - often to clear land for destructive agricultural practices and biofuel – CO2 is released and climate change is accelerated. It’s this simple: to maximize the climate benefit of forests, we must keep more forest landscapes intact, manage forests sustainably, and restore those that we have lost. And, we must protect the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local traditional communities who live in and depend on forests. Many studies have documented that forests are healthiest when the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities are honored and respected. Instead, these communities are too often threatened and forest defenders are harassed and even killed as they seek to protect forests that we all need to survive. We stand in solidarity with forest defenders from the Arctic to the Amazon, the Canadian Boreal to Indonesia to the Congo. Together, we can protect the forests and the communities who depend on them which, when it comes to climate change, includes all of us. ------------------------ WHAT: #FireDrillFriday rally & civil disobedience THIS WEEK’S THEME: Forests Can't Wait! WHEN: Friday, December 27, 11am - 12pm ET WHERE: Southeast lawn of the US Capitol WITH: Jane Fonda, Greenpeace USA's Diana Ruiz & Daniel Brindis, and more HOW TO PARTICIPATE REMOTELY: Spread the word on social media by following @FireDrillFriday across platforms and using the hashtag #FireDrillFriday. LEARN MORE: firedrillfridays.com/events/forests-cant-wait ------------------------ WHAT: #FireDrillFriday webinar teach-in THIS WEEK’S THEME: Forests Can't Wait! WHEN: Thursday, December 26, 7pm - 8pm ET WHERE: facebook.com/firedrillfriday WITH: Jane Fonda, Greenpeace USA's Diana Ruiz & Daniel Brindis, and more United States Capitol America/New_York public Climate #climateaction #FireDrillFriday