Global Warming Rallies Thwarted By Cold Rain

Michael Bastasch | Contributor

Hurricane Joaquin has really put a damper on a number of anti-global warming rallies set for this weekend at several East Coast colleges.

With Joaquin heading north, environmental activists are opting to stay indoors, curl up and read a good book this Friday and Saturday, instead of protesting rallying for more policies to fight global warming. The group Know Tomorrow has planned climate rallies at schools across the country, but cold rain and an oncoming storm likely have many reconsidering.

Several rallies planned at colleges in the Washington, D.C., area have literally no one registered to attend on Facebook or on Know Tomorrow’s website. Rallies at The George Washington University, Howard University and Baltimore’s Morgan State University combined have only two people registered to attend.

It’s hard to blame people for not wanting to rally, as D.C.’s weather is 52 degrees Fahrenheit and raining. Cold rain is expected to persist through Saturday with possible flooding as Hurricane Joaquin passes by the East Coast.

In the Boston area, Know Tomorrow’s “Day of Action” with 17 local colleges has been moved from the Boston Common to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel because of the rain and winds, according to Politico. Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Ed Markey is set to speak to students and “implore students to build momentum for Paris and follow in the footsteps of past movements, including women’s suffrage, voting rights, and the movement to end apartheid,” Politico reports.

Students at North Carolina University, however, were determined to rise out the rain and rally against global warming. They just had to do it inside, according to photos from Instagram.

Know Tomorrow is part of collaboration between Cool Globes and The Climate Reality Project — former Vice President Al Gore’s activist group. Gore is actually set to speakto students at Stanford University Friday where he’ll no doubt push green energy and call for voters to put a political price on “climate denial.”

These aren’t the first global warming rallies to be met with inclimate weather — also called the “Gore effect.” Earlier this year, heavy snows and frigid weather forced a global warming rally at Yale University to be canceled.

In March, thousands of Canadians marched through the snow to protest global warming. This was shortly followed by another protest against fossil fuel investments at a University of Colorado campus that was met with snow.

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