Interfaith Climate Action group candlelight procession lights up downtown Edmonds

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According to event organizers, more than 100 individuals showed up to express their support and commitment to taking positive action on climate change, and to call on world leaders currently meeting in Paris to find the spirit of courage and cooperation to take meaningful action.

More than 100 individuals came together on Monday evening at the Edmonds United Methodist Church to call on the world leaders currently meeting at the Paris Climate Summit to find the courage and strength to effectively address global climate change.

As the evening got underway, music was provided by flutist Eric Leberg and harpist Ginny Burger.
As the evening got underway, music was provided by flutist Eric Leberg and harpist Ginny Burger.

Sponsored by Interfaith Climate Action, a recently-formed ecumenical group comprised of individuals concerned about climate issues, the evening included songs, music, prayer and remarks by local church leaders calling for meaningful action at all levels to address climate issues.

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Participants listen to Mayor Dave Earling.

After the opening session, the group lit the streets of Edmonds with a candlelight procession through downtown to Centennial Square where Mayor Dave Earling addressed the crowd. In his remarks Earling expressed his strong support, praising the numerous positive actions being taken by the government and citizens of Edmonds to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, our carbon footprint, and promote green energy.

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Earling stressed his personal commitment to positive action addressing climate change. Citing the recent conversion of all police vehicles from gasoline to propane, he pledged that this will continue throughout other city departments. Earling had particular praise for our community’s progress in implementing solar technologies, citing the solar panels now in place on the Frances Anderson Center and the numerous residential solar projects already installed and being planned throughout the community. “And we’ve only just started,” he said. “We will continue to move ahead to keep Edmonds in the forefront of cities taking positive action to address climate change.”

— Photos by Larry Vogel

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