Anita Payne is a recently retired high school science teacher. Born and raised in Toronto, Anita developed a deep connection to her environment while interacting with nature at her cottage. Anita has been active in many community and environmental groups and in 2003 she joined the Green Party serving on riding associations and on the Green Party of Ontario Provincial Executive. In addition, Anita ran as a Green Party candidate in the 2007 and 2011 provincial elections.
Professionally, Anita has been a long serving executive member of the Ontario Society for Environmental Education. Anita has participated in political rallies, volunteered with Fair Vote Canada and in March of 2014, she will represent Canada in The Great March for Climate Action.
Anita was trained as a Climate Leader when she attended the Climate Reality Leadership Corps conference in Chicago in July 2013. I had the pleasure of attending the same training and joining Anita as a Climate Leader colleague. (Editor: Rolly Montpellier)
Social change comes about when many small individual acts create an unstoppable tide. It happened with women’s rights when suffragettes marched early in the 20th century. It happened with civil rights in the USA in the 1960s with restaurant sit-ins, bus strikes and marches. It is happening now with gay rights with petitions and parades. The Occupy and Idle No More movements are further examples of individuals coming together to demand change. Humankind desperately needs the next great social movement.
Climate change is no longer just the most important environmental issue of our time, it is the crisis of our time. Stalling by governments has to stop. We the people have to push them into action or there will not be a habitable world for our grandchildren or perhaps even for ourselves. The effects of climate change are happening more quickly than anyone expected.
The Great March for Climate Action will be a thousand people marching across America to call for action on climate change. The March starts on March 1 on the west coast and ends November 1 on the east coast. I am excited to be the first Canadian registered to participate! I am planning to walk in the first and last parts of the Climate March, from Los Angeles, CA to Phoenix, AZ and from Toledo, OH to Washington DC for a total of close to 1000 miles.
The First Canadian to Join
I will carry a Canadian flag and hope to pass it on to other Canadians so it can travel the whole length of the march. We need other Canadians to fill in the middle section of the march. I ask you to consider joining the march yourself and to ask others to participate as well. You can walk for as little or as much as you are able. Over 6 days you would walk about 90 miles. Anyone who may be interested in participating should visit the Climate March website. Even if you cannot march, you can be a part of this significant social movement by being a supporter.
For you and your children,
Anita is inviting all of you to become involved by joining her in The Great March for Climate Action. You can reach Anita on Facebook.
Rolly Montpellier is the Founder and Managing Editor of BoomerWarrior.Org.
Rolly is also a registered Climate Leader (Climate Reality Leadership Corps) a blogger, an activist and a Climate Change presenter.
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