1000 people. 7,000,000 steps, 246 days, 3000 miles. Somehow, the enormity of this action feels like it begins to match the enormity of the crisis/opportunity that, let’s face it, we signed up for in advance when our souls flew into these bodies and agreed to play our parts in what may be the defining moment of human history on our dear Planet Earth.
July 25, 2013
by Rolly Montpelier
The Great March for Climate Action (non-profit organization) was launched on March 1, 2013 by former Iowa lawmaker Ed Fallon. “Since probably 2007, I’ve identified the climate crisis as the most serious challenge facing our planet, and I’ve been pondering ways in which I could most effectively help address it,” said Fallon at the time of the announcement. “Climate change is not the prevailing issue confronting our society – it is the prevailing crisis!” says Fallon. “This needs to become the defining issue of this century.”
The goal of the Great March for Climate Action (excerpt from website) is to change the heart and mind of Americans and their elected leaders. On March 1, 2014, 1,000 climate marchers will set-out from Los Angeles, walking 2,980 miles across America to Washington, DC, inspiring and motivating the general public and elected officials to act now to address the climate crisis. This will be the largest coast-to-coast march in American history.
This will be this generation’s ultimate call to action against an enemy which threatens the very survival of our species. We must not fail, “because if we fail to fix this, we fail on everything,” says Dr. Peter Carter of Uprage.
This following video was published by Zach Heffermen on July 15, 2013. Zach is a member of the Climate Leaders Training Group.
Climate Change is not the prevailing issue facing society, it is the prevailing crisis.“This needs to become the defining issue of this century.”
Like those before us, we have some steps to take.
As far as I have to, as long as it takes, for my children, for my grandchildren and the future of life everywhere.
View this video ~ Published on July 15, 2013, Director, Producer and Chief Editor: Zach Heffernen
Why a March? ~ Ed Fallon speech, March 1, 2013
“Why a march? Throughout history, marches have been powerful tools to mobilize people – physically, spiritually, and politically. In 1913, the Women’s Suffrage March in Washington, DC numbered 5,000 strong. In 1930, Mahatma Gandhi led the 240-mile Salt March to defy Britain’s imperial power. In 1965, Martin Luther King, Jr led the five-day march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery. And in 1986, the Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament left Los Angeles on March 1st, traveling 3,700 miles to finish in Washington, DC on November 15th.
This is a national campaign, appealing to an international audience, addressing a global crisis. It’s an undertaking of massive proportions.
The organization has just begun to take marcher applications. “I anticipate to receive a large influx of applications that first month,” reports Zach Heffernen (Marcher Director) in his guest blogger article of June 18 in Climate Progress.
“So far, Great March for Climate Action has enjoyed several prestigious endorsements, including but not limited to: 350.org and Bill McKibben, Iowa Representative Bruce Braley, Iowa Senator Rob Hogg, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Center for Biological Diversity. More are coming in every week.
Rolly Montpellier is the founder and Managing Editor of BoomerWarrior.Org. which is an online publication. Rolly is also a blogger, writer and activist. He has been selected to attend the Chicago Climate Action Leaders Training sponsored by Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps.
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