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It was a good day
in downtown Oklahoma City
Sunday afternoon.
Oklahomans who show their concern
about a warming planet
have gathered before.
But never as such a large
and diverse
crowd.
Hard to know the number
exactly. Perhaps between
300 and 400,
which is huge,
historically,
in this fossil-fuel producing
state; this state represented
in the U.S. Senate by the man
who literally wrote the book
on climate change denial,
calling it a “hoax.”
There were many groups,
some representing specific issues
around climate change.
There were groups historically
committed to protecting the natural world.
There were members of several religious groups
and churches marching.
There were indigenous people.
Of course Turtle Rock Farm,
who helped organize the event,
was glad to carry our banner
and the flag—that iconic image
of the beautiful blue marble
floating in space.
We joined with many friends
and colleagues.

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For an afternoon,
all these groups—
and many individuals—
came together,
to tell Oklahoma
government and corporate leaders:
Climate change is real.
It is caused predominantly by humans.
All humans must engage with the solutions.
We’re ready.

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The coming together
on a glorious September Sunday afternoon
heralds a new age
in Oklahoma’s consciousness,
in Oklahomans’ courage
to go public
with their concern for the environment.
Working together now,
we the people
are our greatest hope
for our continued life
on Planet Home.

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