50 people came out to Vigil to End Climate Silence at Government Center in Boston last night, October 23rd. The Vigil was kicked-off by rousing speeches by special guest Gus Speth, BU Public Health Professor Richard Clapp, and Better Future Project Executive Director Craig Altemose. Gus Speth, author and current professor at Vermont Law School, and whose positions have included Chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality under Bill Clinton, Keystone XL protester/arrestee, and founder of Natural Resources Defense Council, joined the vigil on the day his 6th grandchild was born.
Reverend Reebee Girash led the group in a grounding meditation, Marla Marcum led the group in singing “Gentle Angry People” and Dean Stevens in other songs.
Many passersby stopped to talk to vigillers, signed the guest book, expressed appreciation and pledged to return later this week. Words were exchanged in Spanish and Swahili and someone gave the group $20 to buy coffee.
Around 10pm, a family from Kenya emerged from the T at Government Center and made a b-line to participants of the Vigil. They excitedly shared that they volunteer for 350.org at home and were thrilled to meet Americans standing up to address the climate crisis.
By midnight Lisa Purdy, Ben Thompson, Dorian Williams, Anna Lello-Smith and her mom, Denise Lello, John Griese, Roman Madaus, Marla Marcum, and one other settled in for a cold, but dry, 6 hour long night shift. Bonnie Cockman arrived at 6am this morning to relieve them and to start the first shift of day 2.
Between 5:30pm and 6am this morning, the Brown and Warren Campaigns had already gotten 5 phone calls from the Vigil to urge them to end their climate silence during the last debate on October 30th.
More to come!