Why the Great March for Climate Action?
The Great March for Climate Action (non-profit organization) was launched on March 1, 2013 by former Iowa lawmaker Ed Fallon who explained the reason for the march:
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 Great March for Climate Action is On
Published on Mar 1, 20114
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Around 1,000 people kick-started the Great March for Climate Action in Los Angeles on Saturday. They started the initial 28 km (17 miles) of a 4,828-km (3,000-mile) walk which will last for eight months and cover eight US states.
The marchers started the first stage of march in Long Beach on Saturday morning and finished in downtown Los Angeles later in the afternoon.
The initiative was launched in late January and was set to raise awareness on climate change. The participants, who come from six different countries and 36 US states, will camp in a mobile green village and are expected to reach the final stage of the march, in Washington, D.C., on November 1.
From the Great March for Climate Action website
The goal of the Great March for Climate Action is to change the heart and mind of the American people, our elected leaders and people across the world to act now to address the climate crisis.
On March 1, 2014, hundreds of climate patriots will set out from Los Angeles, CA, walking 3,000 miles across America to Washington, DC, inspiring action to resolve the climate crisis. This will be one of the largest coast-to-coast marches in American history.
Marchers will be expected to adhere to a strict code of non-violence according to the principles employed by Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. An addendum that explains this in greater detail will be provided before the march starts next year. Also, we will provide mandatory non-violence training at the start of the March.
The March seeks to build the broadest possible public consensus and is focused strictly on the climate crisis. Marchers will, of course, have their own personal stories and perspectives. However, it is important that we stick to the core message, in unison, with our words, signs and public presentations.
We plan to govern the March through a “city council” of marchers elected by marchers. At times, we will employ a “town meeting” style of governance involving the entire marcher community, with a simple majority vote to make a decision.
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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