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Longmont Activists Preparing for Renewable Transportation Rally Saturday

September 7, 2018

In this photo taken in January, sales consultant Marcos Perez prepares to unplug a Nissan Leaf from the charging station at Valley Nissan, 1005 Ken Pratt Blvd. An electric vehicle caravan and rally will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday in Longmont.

If you go

What: Electric vehicle caravan and rally

When: Saturday

• 12:30 caravan launch from northwest corner of Boulder County Fairgrounds parking lot

• 1 to 2 p.m. rally at Sixth and Main streets (parking at Sixth and Coffman streets)

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People in Longmont might notice a caravan of electric vehicles winding its way through the city midday Saturday as local activists and organizers attempt to raise awareness about the damage fossil fuels pose to the environment.

Members of Sustainable Resilient Longmont are teaming up with people who attend the Longmont Leads With Love weekly vigil at Sixth and Main streets to hold an electric vehicle caravan and rally on Saturday.

The Longmont event is part of a global Rise for Climate day of action to advocate for using renewable energy rather than fossil fuels.

Electric vehicle drivers are encouraged to decorate their cars for the caravan and rally. The caravan will start from the northwest corner of the Boulder County Fairgrounds parking lot at 12:30 p.m., wend its way downtown via Boston Avenue and end at Sixth and Coffman streets for the 1 to 2 p.m. rally at Sixth and Main streets.

Kathy Partridge — organizer of the weekly Longmont Leads With Love vigil — said activism against climate change is an important part of the social justice work vigil-goers are trying to encourage.

“This is a vision of the world we want and a way we’d like to see Longmont go in the future,” she said. “So many of our problems that we address with our presence each week at the vigil have to do with the undue influence of the fossil fuel economy and corporate-political life in the country. We want to look at a world with 100 percent renewables and puts people and community over profits.”

Sustainable Resilient Longmont was successful this year in getting city council to adopt a goal of moving to a 100 percent renewable energy supply by 2030.

Abby Driscoll — Sustainable Resilient Longmont chairwoman — said the caravan and rally are an important way to address how to do transportation without using fossil fuels.

“This is an opportunity to raise awareness that (fossil fuel-fueled) transportation contributes significantly to climate change and send the message that we will continue to pressure our politicians on how important it is to limit fossil fuel use and adopt renewable energy systems,” Driscoll said.

In a Sustainable Resilient Longmont news release, Driscoll stated that local proof of climate change includes the smoke drifting in from wildfires, record-breaking heat this summer and potential pollution of air and water from oil and gas operations.

“We can not afford to wait. We must act now to take Longmont to 100 percent renewable energy,” she wrote.

There will be two speakers at the rally — local environmental activist Shari Malloy and local electric vehicle advocate Steve Szabo.

Karen Antonacci: 303-684-5226, antonaccik@times-call.com or twitter.com/ktonacci

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