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Our Children's Future will feature art, music, educational opportunities on climate change

The free event will be held at Wealthy Theatre on Wednesday, April 11 from 5:30 to 9:45 p.m.
Members take part in the Hollyhock parade in 2017.

Members take part in the Hollyhock parade in 2017. /Submitted by Citizens Climate Lobby

Join us to celebrate “Our Children’s Future,” a free evening for all ages to enjoy art, music, and learning about climate change at the Wealthy Theatre on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 5:30 to 9:45 p.m.  

Sponsored by the Grand Rapids Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), the evening’s venue celebrates our beautiful earth and the call to protect her for future generations. Co-sponsoring groups will have tables with information about many ways to make our earth home cleaner, safer, healthier and better for all inhabitants. Earth Day is coming soon, and we can start celebrating now with art and heart!  

The big event of the night is center stage from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.: a live telecast with members of  "Our Children’s Trust,” a group of 21 children and young adults who have brought a landmark climate lawsuit against the federal government (Juliana v. U.S.) aimed at securing for younger generations, their legal/ constitutional rights to life, liberty and property. These young people make the case and are leading the charge in a big way to do something about the threats of unstable climate. You will be inspired and amazed. 

Following the live stream, former mayor of Grand Rapids, George Heartwell, will moderate a panel of presenters, discussing local sustainability efforts. Of the event, Mr. Heartwell said, "Our Children's Future" is a fun, positive event for everyone interested in a sustainable world for the future. You will see how people are working together toward that goal, no matter their political or religious affiliation or their ethnicity. It's a free event, so what are you waiting for? Join us!”

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a bipartisan national organization with a Grand Rapids Chapter, working to empower everyday people to engage in democracy. We meet with members of Congress and their staff, in DC as well as at local offices. Our purpose is to show the concern we have - we also call it ‘the political will’ - to take effective, big action on climate change before it is too late. We believe there are solutions that bridge political divides.  And there is every reason-especially our children’s future - to work together on the goal.

Enjoy live music, poetry readings, art exhibits, and the chance to network and take action with local non-profit sponsors, all dedicated to building a better world. There will be fresh, local pizza for sale for all dietary requirements, so come with an appetite and a little cash.

Everybody can do something about climate change in their own backyards. Join in our community’s many efforts to create and support clean, healthy environments now and for our children’s future! Show up on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at the Wealthy Theatre for a free, fun, and fact-filled evening!

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