Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice rally and march is Saturday

A march and rally, Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice, will be held starting at noon Saturday, at WKFL Park.

The event begins with speakers and is foll0wed by a march to Mariner Park on the Homer Spit. There, participants can interact with Dream, the 2018 Burning Basket.

Mavis Muller, lead artist and founder of the burning basket project, will give a talk, and then participants may place ribbons for climate justice on a special installation that will be attached to the basket before it is burned at sundown on Sunday.

Nonprofit organizations also will have information booths about advocacy activities at Mariner Park. The Homer Trolley will be available to shuttle people back to town from 2-3 p.m.

Speakers include Kat Haber, Lydia Olympic, Rep. Paul Seaton, Rob Rosenfeld, Hal Spence and Loretta Brown. Haber is a Climate Reality mentor.

Olympic, an Aleut and Yupik Eskimo, served on the Board of the Native American Rights Fund, served on the Igiugig Village Council and ran the Igiugig Environmental Office, and worked with The Wilderness Society as a tribal advocate.

Seaton serves in the Alaska House of Representatives for District 31.

Rosenfeld works as an Independent Consultant with Tribal Governments, Inter-tribal organizations, and the Native American Rights Fund, and is the former Director of the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council. Spence is a former reporter at the Homer News and current member of the Homer-based Citizens AKtion Network. Brown will be speaking about the Stand For Salmon ballot initiative.

The Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice Rally and March in Homer is coordinated with the international action on Saturday through the Rise For Climate nonprofit organization.

Event also are held in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau.

For more information, visit https://riseforclimate.org/.

Sponsors of the Homer event include Kachemak Bay Conservation Society and the Alaskans Know Climate Change education campaign, Cook Inletkeeper, Homer Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby, and Homer Council on the Arts. The Homer event is also in partnership with Mavis Muller and the Burning Basket Project.

For additional information, contact Elisa Russ at 907-399-1721 or elisa.russ68@gmail.com.

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