By Carolyn Fortuna (occupy.com)
On April 29, 2017, advocates for solutions to the climate crisis will gather together in Washington, D.C., and other sites around the nation. The goal is to show national leaders and the world that attacks on U.S. citizens, communities, and the planet cannot continue.
This date will coincide with the 100th day of the Trump administration. The People’s Climate March on Washington will be a full-scale mobilization to defeat Trump’s fossil fueled agenda, push forward a progressive vision of a clean energy economy, and build real political power.
WHY A PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH?
The People’s Climate March is an opportunity for individuals who are concerned with the significant and harmful effects of global warming on our communities, our health, and our climate to come together. Informed citizens know that we cannot wait to take action to address global warming, as, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, “the consequences will continue to intensify, grow ever more costly, and increasingly affect the entire planet — including you, your community, and your family.”
By joining the People’s Climate March on April 29, you will help to strengthen the climate change resistance movement. You will have the chance to demonstrate your power and share your voice as the White House looms before you, both literally and metaphorically. You will make visible the problems that affect our nation’s communities, and you will become part of a group that seeks solutions to global threats to peace.
You will speak out and demand action from the leaders in Congress, joining together with thousands of like-minded individuals.
WHAT ARE THE MAJOR REASONS FOR THE PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH?
The People’s Climate Movement is a project of over 50 organizations that are working together to solve the climate crisis and address the growing pollution of our air and water. It is also part of an initiative to assure the creation of good jobs in our communities. These people and organizations invite you to join the People’s Climate Movement on Saturday, April 29th. Together, a climate action community will march to:
- Advance solutions to the climate crisis rooted in racial, social and economic justice, and commit to protecting front-line communities and workers;
- Protect our right to clean air, water, land, healthy communities and a world at peace;
- Immediately stop attacks on immigrants, communities of color, indigenous and tribal people and lands and workers;
- Ensure public funds and investments create good paying jobs that provide a family-sustaining wage and benefits and preserve workers’ rights, including the right to unionize;
- Fund investments in our communities, people, and environment to transition to a new clean and renewable energy economy that works for all, not an economy that feeds the machinery of war; and,
- Protect our basic rights to a free press, protest, and free speech.
WHO WILL BE COMING TOGETHER?
One hundred thousand people have already signed up to march, and 250 sister marches are being planned across the country. (If you can’t make it to Washington, click here to find the closest Sister March to you.) Students, workers, faith communities, Indigenous nations, environmental groups, and even a delegation of career fishers who will arrive in Washington, DC, by boat are all joining together to make this day historic.
You can join in, building the resistance to Trump’s climate-denying agenda. Together – and only together – can we chart another path for our country: away from Trump’s agenda for a cruel, polluted, and divided country and towards a clean energy economy that works for everyone. At the end of the first 100 days of Trump’s administration, April 29 is a crucial moment to make it evident that the people who stand for climate action, justice, and jobs are a force too great to ignore.
HOW CAN I GET THERE?
On the 100th day of Trump’s Presidency, tens of thousands of people are surrounding the White House to make it clear that resistance to Trump’s fossil-fueled agenda isn’t going anywhere. 300 buses are already booked, coming from across the country.
You can travel safely and efficiently while saving fuel by taking mass transportation. Find a bus near you: http://www.peoplesclimate.org/find-a-bus
If you’d like to arrive early, there are many other events taking place. Visit the Week of Action page on the People’s Climate Movement website for more details.
HOW CAN I HELP PUBLICIZE THE EVENT?
Click here to RSVP and say you’ll march on April 29th.
The hashtag for the event is #climatemarch. You can follow the movement on Twitter at @peoples_climate.
The organization’s website is www.peoplesclimate.org. And you can share or follow the People’s Climate March through its Facebook page.
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING AS I SPREAD THE WORD?
The Union of Concerned Scientists sums it up best: “The good news is that we have the practical solutions at hand to dramatically reduce our carbon emissions, slow the pace of global warming, and pass on a healthier, safer world to future generations. With your help, we can accomplish it. Even in these difficult times for climate action, we can make a difference. Together, we can tackle global warming.”
Check out their Climate Accountability Scorecard for an in-depth analysis of 8 leading fossil fuel companies and the findings that none of them has made a clean break from disinformation on climate science and policy.