At least five people from the Valley were among the thousands who marched against climate change in Philadelphia July 24. “The march was huge,” Paki Wieland of Northampton told the Valley Post on July 26. She traveled to the march with four other Valley residents. “I am here with CODEPINK,” Wieland said. CODEPINK is a women-led group that works to end U.S. wars and militarism, support peace and human rights initiatives, and redirect Americans' tax dollars into healthcare, education, green jobs and related programs.
The march was organized by a group that has a web site at www.AmericansAgainstFracking.org.
According to the Guardian newspaper, “The U.S. military is widely thought to be the world’s biggest institutional consumer of crude oil, but its emissions reporting exemptions mean it is hard to be sure.”
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The world's leading scientists say climate change is a major threat to earth's ability to support human life. Paki Wieland participated in mass movements in the Valley that in recent years closed the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, and stopped construction of a proposed fracked gas pipeline.