The People’s Climate March scheduled for Sunday, September 21, 2014, in New York City is shaping up to be the largest climate march in history.
As a lead-up to the big day, the planners just released Disruption, a 52-minute film made by and for the climate movement.
This powerful, heartrending, yet hopeful film weaves together stories of climate change impact, mobilizing for the People’s Climate March, and how social movements can influence government policy. Everyone should watch it.
Click the poster to watch the movie.
Forward on Climate Rally – 2013
Last year, 350.org., the Sierra Club, and the Hip Hop Caucus joined forces to organize the Forward on Climate Rally in Washington, D.C. Over President’s Day weekend, more than 50,000 people braved the February cold and marched to the White House to demand President Obama reject the Keystone XL Pipeline project and take action on climate change. It was the largest climate rally ever in held in the United States.
“All I’ve ever wanted to see is a movement to stop climate change, and now I’ve seen it!” —Bill McKibben, co-founder 350.org
“Today’s the day when our movement takes off!” —Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club
People’s Climate March – 2104
The upcoming People’s Climate March is a coalition of environmental, indigenous, social justice, faith, labor, student, science, and other organizations powered by 350.org’s exceptional event planning machine and social media prowess.
The date selected for the march, Sunday, September 21, 2014, is significant. World leaders will be gathering in New York City to attend the United Nations Climate Summit 2014 two days later on September 23. President Obama says he plans to attend the summit. What a great opportunity to capture the attention of not only the President, but of heads of state from all over the world, and demand they take action on climate change.
Imagine the complexity of pulling off an event of the magnitude of the People’s Climate March: coordinating with local authorities, mapping out the route, obtaining equipment, helping people find transportation and lodging, getting the word out, directing volunteer activities, and dealing with the media.
Now picture yourself walking peaceably down 6th Avenue past Times Square with thousands of like-minded people, carrying a poster emblazoned with your climate message, and being part of a historical moment. Wow, I wish I were going to be there.
For those of us who will not be in New York City for the People’s Climate March, we need not be idle. Besides being there in spirit, we can spread the word, and we can take actions of our own.
At the very least, watch Disruption and pass on the link.
- 350.org – a Global Grassroots Movement to Solve the Climate Crisis
- 4th of July – Be a Green Citizen
- Hands Across The Sand for a Clean Energy Future
- Hip Hop Caucus – Civil and Human Rights for the 21st Century
- President Obama’s Speech and Climate Action Plan
- Sierra Club – Explore, Enjoy and Protect the Planet
- The Green Collar Economy – Book Review