On September 20, 2014, I caught a flight up to NYC from Charleston to attend the big “People’s Climate March.” Early the next morning, I joined the crowd at 77th Street and Central Park West, just in front of the Museum of Natural History. As I approached the park, I overheard two French guys talking excitedly about “ la manif.” I had chosen this spot at the back of the 25- block-long parade because it had been designated as the anti-corporate section.
It was appropriate for me to begin my protest against fossil fuel next to the museum where polluter and climate-change denier David Koch has funded the famous dinosaur exhibit. Like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, I’m not crazy about Charles and David Koch. I’m not a big fan of David’s twin brother Bill, either. I corresponded with Bill back in the 1990’s when he was suing Charles and David. Bill used to be considered something of an environmentalist, but he has changed his stripes. See my petition which asks the directors of a Swiss zero-carbon technology park to expel six Koch-owned businesses from their city: www.change.org/p/directors-of-bluefactory-fribourg-must-expel-the-koch-brothers
Just south of the museum, I had an encounter with a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Grrrrrrr! Had it escaped from David Koch’s collection? A friendly German guy took my picture, and we had a nice chat about Freiburg im Breisgau, the “green” German city which is the sister city of Fribourg in Switzerland. It is in the Swiss city of Fribourg that Charles, David, and Bill Koch have companies that support their far-flung fossil-fuel businesses.