Why I’m going to the People’s Climate March
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This Sunday, September 21, thousands of people will gather in New York City for the People’s Climate March. Americans who want to see a future filled with healthy families, clear air, clean water and safe communities will march through the streets to bring awareness to the fight of our time: averting climate disruption. Every voice counts as we demonstrate to move the United Nations towards meaningful action during their 2014 meeting in New York.
Will you be going? Here’s why we will.
“I’m going to the People’s Climate March because the lack of political will to address our unjust economic world order is unacceptable and there’s no better way to demonstrate the scale of our collective indignation and exasperation than by coming together en masse. I’m rather weary of hearing that we don’t have the power to change anything on a meaningful level; that sort of complacent attitude is at best lazy, and at worst morally reprehensible. I hope this moment will serve as a wake-up call to all those who are not paying attention. I also look forward to a great time with hundreds of thousands of Friends!”
-Luísa Abbott Galvão, Climate and energy associate, Friends of the Earth
“The diversity of people, places, and issues represented in the People’s Climate March demonstrates how climate change impacts everyone, albeit in different ways and at different scales. I look forward to marching in solidarity with those who seek meaningful action from each other and our leaders to mitigate and adapt to climate change. To paraphrase Senator Paul Wellstone, the future does not belong to the cynics or those who stand on the sidelines, the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams and are willing to work hard to make them reality. The People’s Climate March sends a clear message to world leaders gathering for Ban Ki Moon’s Climate Summit: we have a collective dream of climate resiliency and justice for all, and the time has come to make that dream come true before it’s too late.”
-Marissa Knodel, Climate change campaigner, Friends of the Earth
Climate disruption is not merely an ‘environmental problem’ — it is the greatest existential threat of our time, and its root causes lie in an unjust and unsustainable economic system. I am not convinced that our political leaders, entrenched in a corporate-led economy, can deliver the changes we need in the timeframe we need them. But I am convinced that in order to bring real solutions rooted in justice and equity we need to gather, in public, early and often, to loudly and boldly envision and enact the way forward, together. That is the opportunity before us with the People’s Climate March.
-Jeff Conant, Senior international forest campaigner, Friends of the Earth
“I’m going to the People’s Climate March because only one percent of Americans turned out in the streets during the Civil Rights movement, and they changed the world. Sea level rise, health problems, water shortages and the proliferation of refugees are justice issues that affect us all. Far less than one percent of the world’s population — the heads of the fossil fuel industry — caused this problem. Imagine if one percent of the population stood up to demand change? That’s why I will march — because I want to be a part of the statistic that makes a difference.”
-Kate Colwell, Communications specialist, Friends of the Earth
“I am proud and excited to join Robin Hood and his Merry Women and Men at the People’s Climate March. I am marching for a tax on Wall Street — a solution that will generate desperately-needed funds to help the world’s poorest cope with the impacts of climate change.”
-Michelle Chan, Director, Economic policy program, Friends of the Earth
“The impacts of climate disruption are already being felt and the world wants action. Yet world leaders continue to let corporate money drown out the will of civil society; perhaps they believe that money is more powerful than people. Time is running out and we need to shout louder, organize more effectively and be even more committed. I’m going to New York to be part of a movement of people demonstrating that we are not going to accept climate inaction.”
-Ben Schreiber, Director, Climate and energy program, Friends of the Earth
“I’m going to the march because America, and Americans, for too long have been a part of the climate problem. All eyes will be on New York this Sunday, and it’s up to us to show up and hold our leaders accountable for their lack of action in confronting the climate crisis. It’s time for us to be part of the solution.”
-Carrie Mann, Digital membership coordinator, Friends of the Earth
“This weekend I will be in New York at the People’s Climate March to demand that strong action be taken to prevent dangerous climate disruption. We can no longer afford to wait. The United States and the rest of the world must stop subsidizing the fossil fuel industry and start rapidly transitioning to clean, renewable energy like wind and solar.”
-Kate DeAngelis, Climate and energy campaigner, Friends of the Earth
To learn more about the march, visit PeoplesClimate.org/March
To find transportation to the march, visit here.
To join the Robin Hood Tax rally before the march, join the Facebook group here.
We hope to see you there.