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David Whiteside
Why I Am Marching

I am from Alabama where my family has fought courageously for civil rights for over 140 years.  My great uncle, U.S. Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr., helped integrate Alabama, legally disbanded the Ku Klux Klan here, and ordered Governor George Wallace to allow the famous civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery.  Civil rights, environmental justice and marching is in my blood.  As Robert F. Kennedy Jr., points out, the struggle for a safer environment is the new civil rights battle of our time…that’s why I started Black Warrior Riverkeeper in Alabama and that is why I have joined the virtual march against global warming.

Extreme global warming could cause a future in which chaotic weather and rising sea levels create grim scenarios of drought, famine and flooding.  The majority of experts agree that the effects of global warming are at least partly responsible for the increase in intensity and duration of the destructive power of hurricanes.  Primarily, it will be the poor and minorities who will be least equipped to shelter themselves from the effects of global warming.

Pursuing solutions to global warming also will provide our country with opportunities to embrace American ingenuity and to re-vitalize our economy, while decreasing our costly addiction to fossil fuels.

America’s political leaders and corporate executives need to get serious about curbing global warming.  The longer we wait, the more difficult it will be to address these problems.  These are the civil rights issues of our time...join this virtual march against global warming today!

David Whiteside
Founder Black Warrior Riverkeeper 

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