Local hunger striker readies for environmental awareness rally
GREENFIELD — Self-described global warming activist Douglas Wight plans a parade and rally Sunday, with the idea of brainstorming solutions to environmental dangers.
Participants are asked to gather at the town common on Main Street at noon then proceed to Beacon Field, off Sanderson Street, for the bulk of the event.
Wight recently concluded a planned 30- and then 40-day liquid diet to call attention to climate change, advertising his “hunger strike” on the town common, but has decided to prolong his fast until the rally, in a softened form. For the final 16 days he said he has begun consuming soup — as opposed to plain broth — and fruit.
At the park, Wight and others are scheduled to speak before the crowd disperses into small groups to discuss solutions from the local to the national level, then regroup to share their ideas.
The top three ideas at each level, including personal, local, statewide and bio-regional will then be adopted and promoted on the Internet via YouTube and social media, according to Wight.
Scheduled to speak are former Congressman John Olver; State Rep. Peter Kocot, D-Northampton; Lynn Benander, president of West Hatfied-based Co-Op Power; Deb Katz, director of the anti-nuclear power group Citizens Awareness Network; Dan Finn of Pioneer Valley Local First; Sandra Boston of Greening Greenfield; Bill Gran, a Greenfield Community College adjunct professor; Daniel Smith, a former professor of environmental studies and speakers from the Sierra Club.
Also in the plan is the planting of 500 signs during the rally, some made by volunteers or paid teenagers during his recent time on the common, an attempt at the Guinness World Record for keeping a large balloon in the air, and the collective declaration of Aug. 25 as “National 100-Percent Renewable Energy Revolution Day.”
The parade to the park is scheduled to begin around 12:20 p.m. and the event concludes at 5 p.m. Wight said he knows of 75 planning to attend and hopes for 150 to 250.
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