Palo Alto UCC to march to San Francisco for the climate

Wells Fargo is the self-proclaimed largest funder of the fossil fuel industry. It is hoped that if they divest, other banks will follow suit. The United Church of Christ in Palo Alto (First Congregational Church of Palo Alto) and some of their neighboring churches are looking at planning and leading a three-day march from Palo Alto to the Wells Fargo world headquarters in San Francisco, March 16-18, 2019. The goal is to get public and media attention to their request of Wells Fargo Bank, that they stop giving loans to the fossil fuel industry.

Members and friends of Niles Discovery Church as invited to help plan and to participate.

“Specifically, that the bank should deny funds to a proposed pipeline that would transport oil 1,000 miles from Alberta, Canada, to Wisconsin,” explained organizer Laura Wilson, a member of First Congregational Church of Palo Alto. “The project, named Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline, is similar in size and scope to the recently defeated Keystone XL pipeline.”

Ralph King of 350.org said, “If you stop the flow of money, you stop the flow of oil.”

An organizing meeting is scheduled at First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, 1985 Louis Rd., on Saturday, December 8, 3:00-5:00 p.m. If you are interested, feel free to show up. You might want to tell Pastor Jeff and he will try to connect interested people.

Immediate action is need. In the effort to stave off massive climate change, “Winning slowly is losing,” King said.

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