San Francisco Climate Change Rally Participants are Delusional

Russ Steele

According to KQED,  a thousand people descended on San Francisco in an effort to stop climate change.

More than a thousand people marched down Market Street in San Francisco for the Moving Planet rally.

A little more than a thousand people marched in San Francisco on Saturday, chanting slogans, carrying signs and wearing costumes. But unlike many demonstrations that frequent the City by the Bay, the Moving Planet rally was one of hundreds around the world, calling for action and awareness to halt global climate change.

Organized by, the non-profit founded by author and activist Bill McKibben, the San Francisco rally brought together some predictable allies, such as the Sierra Club, Greenpeace and the Berkeley-based Ecology Center, but it also included groups with broader aims, such as the National Organization for Women, Food Not Bombs and 100,000 Poets for Peace. McKibben’s group is devoted to reducing carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere to 350 parts per million (from the current 387 ppm), a number that some scientists estimate could stave off catastrophic effects of climate change.

You can read full story about a 1,000 delusional people HERE. Who are these people? One is Bill Carney, president of Sustainable San Rafael, who helped to organize the event.

Falling back on a familiar metaphor with a global warming theme, Carney said, “Events like this really are the tip of the iceberg of public awareness that is really growing by leaps and bounds.”

Here is a perfect example of the global warming delusion I am writing about.  One thousand people marched. There are 7,150,739 people in the Bay Area who could have walk, rode bikes, or came by public transportation to this rally. But, only 0.1397% of that seven million bothered to show up.  That is one darn small iceberg. When recently asked by the PPIC what was most important to the citizens of California, climate change was not even mentioned. In poll after poll climate change is at the bottom of the list of things people are worried about. “Public awareness….growing by leaps and bounds,” now that is truly delusional.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

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