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Title: Rolling Black Out! Critical Mass Bike Ride! 6pm
START DATE: 8/27/2010
Duration: 2 Hours
Location: Jackson Square
Location Details:
We Ride 2 hours and ~15miles (with breaks) every month, to steamroll car culture of New Orleans.
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Event Topic: Transportation
Event Type: Bike Ride
Contact Name: critical mass
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Our society's oil addiction is an overwhelming issue. But it can be tackled in million ways-- transport is one way to beat the sauce, to stem the river of oil flowing into our streets. Luckily, we have a proven, efficient technology in the bicycle.

The oil industry a four-point threat to those of us that live, work, and play in Southeast Louisiana, because we host much of the nation's oil and gas infrastructure.

1) In the short term, oil production and refinement--including the regular spills--harms the health of our citizens by poisoning our food, air, and water.

2) In the longer term, oil pipeline canals, which make a spiderweb across south Louisiana, have destroyed our wetlands. These swamps, marshes, and barrier islands are nurseries for our local food as well as our hurricane protection from storms.

3) New Orleans is North America's own "island nation." Refinery emissions and their products foul our atmosphere with greenhouse gases, making Louisiana the most carbon-emitting state per capita in the United States, the world's leading nation for per-capita carbon emissions. Louisiana's damaged wetlands are sinking, and cannot face the stress of the new climate's rising sea.

4) the United States' oil politics have cost our humanity, our military and our economy dearly in the cost of failed wars and displaced peoples. Our obvious oil addiction weakens our relationships with other countries, as a government and as citizens.

What are we waiting for? Louisiana cannot expect to survive, playing the Oil and Gas industries' game. New Orleans is flat and compact and perfect for cycling. We have the potential to be a wonderful city for a clean energy future. We must take the lead if we expect the rest of the country and the world to support our continued existence on the slow-motion Mudslide we call home.

Let's Ride For Our Lives!

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