messenger_earth_lrg.jpgThousands of people are expected to descend on downtown San Francisco this afternoon for the “Moving Planet” parade and rally, which organizers say is a call for solutions to global climate change.

The Bay Area event is the flagship event of more than 2,000 similar rallies being held worldwide today that are demanding the adoption of clean, renewable energy.

Bay Area residents, business owners, faith leaders and members of conservation organizations, among others, are expected to unite to urge local leaders to move beyond fossil fuels.

State Sen. Mark Leno, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune and Bill McKibben–founder of the climate change website–are expected to attend.

The noon parade will begin at Justin Hermann Plaza and proceed down Market Street.

The subsequent rally in Civic Center Plaza is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Patricia Decker, Bay City News

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