Join the flotilla for environment & peace in front of the Pentagon on Sept. 16, 2017

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One week before the #NoWar2017: War and the Environment conference, World Beyond War will work with the Backbone Campaign and other allies to organize a flotilla for the environment and peace, bringing kayaktivism to Washington, D.C.

Pentagon war making is a leading cause of world-wide environmental degradation — and of pollution of the Potomac River.

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. ET Saturday, September 16, 2017

WHERE: The Pentagon Lagoon right in front of the Pentagon.

Click here to sign up to join the flotilla.

Boating access to the Pentagon Lagoon is located at the boat launch area at the Columbia Island Marina. The Marina may be accessed by car from the southbound lanes of the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

The Lagoon has relatively still water, sheltered from the forces of the wind and the current in the Potomac River. We will paddle our kayaks, canoes, row boats, sail boats, and inflatable rafts a very short distance to the perfect spot for photographs. This is about the easiest boating experience imaginable outside of a swimming pool or bathtub. But we want safety to be the top priority. Everyone must have a life jacket. And we are offering two free optional kayak training sessions, on August 12 in St. Mary’s City, MD, and August 26, at the Columbia Island Marina (sign up for one or both when you click here to join the flotilla).

We may have already had more people sign up than we are able to provide with kayaks at the Marina. (We keep finding more kayaks, and more people keep siging up.) So, some of us will rent kayaks in Georgetown at 9 a.m. and paddle down to the Pentagon Lagoon and back. You should be a more experienced kayaker to take this option. When you sign up for the flotilla, you can choose to do so. We will cover the rental fees for renting from the Key Bridge Boathouse in Georgetown.  The boathouse is located at 3500 Water St NW, Washington, DC, about two miles by water from the Pentagon Lagoon.  Their website has excellent directions to get there. To expedite things at the boathouse, we recommend you fill out their Float Plan Agreement and bring it with you.  The boathouse opens at 9:00 am, enough time to allow us to arrive at the Pentagon Lagoon by 10:30.

Did you know that the U.S. military is the top consumer of petroleum around and would rank high by that measure in a list of countries, were it a country? Did you know that 69% of EPA Superfund environmental disaster sites were created by the military, or that the military is the third worst polluter of U.S. waterways, or that the United States could convert to entirely sustainable energy for a fraction of the U.S. military budget (and earn it all back in healthcare savings)?

While militarism is a top cause of climate change, control of fossil fuels is a top motivation for wars. Wars are not “caused by” climate change in the absence of any human decisions to go to war, but people who choose war often do so in response to the sorts of crises that environmental destruction is creating. Learn more here or at our conference. Pro-environment and pro-peace activists are learning to work together. This is an exciting time! Join our flotilla: click here!

When you sign up for the flotilla, you’ll indicate how many people you are bringing, whether you are bringing any boats, whether you want training, etc. We will be renting kayaks for those who need them. We will be paying $5 to the marina for each boat or kayak we launch. We will be making signs. We will be bringing people to D.C. from the West Coast. We will be providing free trainings. To help us with costs, please donate what you can when you click here to join the flotilla.

Please consider bringing signs and/or wearing appropriate shirts, such as these or these.

Some sign ideas:

Flotilla for Environment and Peace!

War or Planet: Choose!

Pentagon = Top CO2 Producer

War Harms Our Planet

Pentagon = Rising Seas

This Water Is Rising Because of That Building

Washington Will Sink Under Pentagon Spending

(make up your own!)

Please share on Facebook and Twitter.

 

You might also like to sign up for the NoWar2017: War and the Environment conference Sept. 22-24, 2017.

Click here to donate to support the flotilla (you need not be a participant).

Flyer: PDF.

Jay Marx was a legendary DC-based peace and justice activist who died in a terrible accident two years ago. Jay would have loved this action. Jay Marx Presente!

 

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