right_now_webRight Now!, a benefit event organized by We Are Music, is holding a one-night festival of events from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 1, at Brooklyn Boulders, 12A Tyler St., with 100 percent of ticket proceeds being donated to benefit rebuilding efforts in the Philippines post-Typhoon Haiyan via Architecture for Humanity.

This event will feature local and national musical talent, scientists, activists, policymakers, nonprofits, sustainability-oriented companies, installation artists and a host of New England beverage and food brands, including an open oyster bar from Island Creek Oysters.

The evening will begin with a panel discussion about building a broad youth movement to confront climate change. Featured speakers on the panel include Michael Mann, creator of the Hockey Stick Graph and author of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines. He is an American climatologist and geophysicist who also serves as director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University.  Jack Healey, called “Mr. Human Rights” by U.S. News and World Report, will also take part. He has focused his entire career on inspiring the world’s youth to support nonviolent activism that would push back oppressive governments and societies. A former 12-year head of Amnesty International, Healey now heads the Human Rights Action Center based in Washington, D.C.

Bill McKibben will make an “appearance” via a prerecorded 10-minute Skype video message projected to attendees of RightNow! He is an American environmentalist and journalist who has written extensively on the impact of global warming. He is also the founder of 350.org, which works in almost every country in the world on campaigns like fighting coal power plants in India, stopping the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S. and divesting public institutions everywhere from fossil fuels. The Boston Globe called him “probably the nation’s leading environmentalist” in 2010.

Brooklyn-based Escort will headline the musical portion of the evening. And Bearstronaut, voted Boston’s “Best Electronic Act in 2012” at the Boston Music Awards, will also be playing live. Local hero of the decks, Kon, will DJ alongside DJ Ryan Brown.

 

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