It was 35° or so in Monument Square Saturday night, when about 35 high school students -- mostly from Walden III but also a few from Horlick -- demonstrated their concern about global climate change with a candlelight rally.
Not wishing to interrupt the Christmas carols being sung at the other end of the square, the kids stayed quietly across Main Street, at the entrance to Sam Johnson Parkway -- holding lighted candles and a few hand-written signs warning about the increase in CO
The Racine demonstration was entirely peaceful; the students held their candles and signs up for passing motorists to see, and engaged in conversations with many stopped at the stoplight, and with a few pedestrians who walked over to ask what was going on. This was local high school students' second rally on the issue since October, a protest held in conjunction with similar events worldwide organized by 350.0rg. Their Oct. 24 rally here joined 5,200 others, in 181 countries.
Tonight's candlelight "Vigils for survival" around the world will be followed by the ringing of church bells, the beating of drums and the blowing of horns -- all for 350 times -- on Sunday, led by communities of faith: "Churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, and all kinds of spiritual groups are invited to 'sound out' the 350 call to action led by the World Council of Churches."