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September 30, 2011

Moving Planet - Oklahoma City

OK Moving Planet  Local businesses, universities, community and state organizations raise awareness about the connection between health and sustainability

On September 24th, 2011, at an event called Moving Planet OK, nearly 200 Oklahomans came together for a common goal: to revitalize the health and sustainability of the state.  Using their own self-powered transportation, such as walking, skating or biking, citizens proceeded through Oklahoma City, creating art symbolic of clean air and water, public transportation and healthy communities.

“It was really neat seeing and meeting all the people who wanted to make a difference,” said Casey, a junior at Edmond Santa Fe High School. “I liked how everyone wanted to work together to improve the state for all Oklahomans.”

Currently, Oklahoma is ranked one of the lowest states when it comes to being healthy and sustainable.  The rankings are based on the overall health of Oklahomans, from having clean air to walkable and bikeable communities. The participants of the Moving Planet OK event are hoping to move Oklahoma toward becoming a top-ten state in health and sustainability.

Having this event was just one step in achieving this goal. Fortunately, Oklahoma has many dedicated individuals, universities, organizations, and agencies working together to improve their communities. At the event, they set up tables and activities to educate the public about initiatives currently in progress, and ways to get involved.

At the end of the event, participants walked away energized and ready to make a difference. “Overall, it was a pretty inspiring day.” says a member of The Youth Environmentalist Club who plans on using the tools she learned to work and make her school more sustainable and healthy. 

 

"Sierra Club’s mission is to explore, enjoy, and protect the planet. We are proud to be a partner in this grassroots movement to improve our air and water quality, transition to clean energy, build public transportation and increase access to healthy, local food.  All these objectives, in addition to building bikeable and walkable cities, are achievable if Oklahomans continue to work together." said Vicki Rose, Chair of the Cimarron Group of the Sierra Club

In this international day of action, people of different nationalities, religions, colors, and views paraded side by side to promote the message of a healthier, more sustainable future. With public support and involvement, this goal can become reality.

The Sierra Club’s Oklahoma Chapter and Oklahoma’s Beyond Coal Campaign leaders and volunteers were excited to meet new people who were interested in learning more about the Club’s initiatives and getting involved in campaigns.  The diverse coalition of community partners involved with the event expanded the horizon for coming together for future efforts. 

Getting involved with Oklahoma Sierra Club’s activities is easy.  You can visit Oklahoma.sierraclub.org or sierraclub.org/coal/ok to sign up to volunteer for any of the numerous events or campaigns. 

-- Hoda Katebi, Sierra Club Oklahoma intern.

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