I got an email from Clean Water Action about a demonstration going on today from noon to 2:00 PM. I figured I'm downtown anyway so I might as well show up for it.
It wasn't a rowdy demonstration, no bricks or tear gas. It was a group of maybe 20 individuals standing in front of Amy Klobuchar's office, to remind her (before she goes on Senator Summer Vacation) about citizens' concern with global warming. People were encouraged to show up with canoes, fishing poles, and other outdoorsy equipment to make a visual statement. I biked up from work, so I implied my mountain bike could count as outdoor gear.
A couple people gave short speeches, one of whom was Paul Townsend (in picture, middle), founder of Cool Planet. Also, Sen. Klobuchar's outdoor and ecological liaison (in picture, right), whose name I don't recall because I'm terrible at names, spoke a bit and thanked the group for the poster of photos (in picture), which was a collage of images sent by people expressing their concern with global warming, Minnesota wildlife, and their own experiences with getting out and enjoying it all.
Ultimately? It was people talking to people who already agreed with them, presenting no new information. I really dislike vague statements like, "as a result, the devastation will be something nobody can predict." That phrase covers every outcome from zero measurable effect to total world destruction. Yet it gets applause because the audience wants it to represent a variable somewhere between bad to awful. I think I shouldn't go to protests and demonstrations because I get distracted from the core issue by focusing on the logical fallacies and poor word choices.