One of my sons lives in Sacramento, California, where every year the fires get closer. The extreme drought -- the worst since the late 1800s -- is predicted to continue in California into the foreseeable future, paving the way for the next inevitable wave of wildfires. At the same time, the West in general is experiencing the worst megadrought in 1,200 years: a direct result of our increasing carbon emissions. Here in Pennsylvania the fossil fuel industry, supported by subsidies from our state legislature, continues to extract methane from the ground, continues to seek new uses for its fracked gas feedstock, continues -- despite increasingly dire warnings -- to play its shameful role in the heating of our planet. The Climate Convergence is our chance to come together, on the streets of Harrisburg, to tell our legislators they are failing us.
We are all connected. What we do here in Pennsylvania impacts the world. It impacts my son. This is why I'm going.