Everything You Need to Know for the Upcoming Climate Marches
Activists have prepared months for this, and they want you to join in the fight.
On April 22, the streets of Washington, DC, will be overrun by hundreds of thousands of scientists, environmental activists, and earth-lovers marching in the name of climate justice and education.
The long-awaited March For Science, which takes place on Earth Day, will kick off a week of action. The organization responsible for the People’s Climate Movement in 2014 will bring the week to an end with another massive march on President Trump’s 100th day in office — April 29.
Hundreds of organizations, associations, and student youth groups that don’t collaborate will assemble to offer solutions to the climate crisis.
The two marches complement each other, but each has its own focus, according to the People’s Climate March website. “The March for Science is focused on the funding and accessibility of science, while the People’s Climate March is focused on standing up for social, economic, and climate justice,” the organization’s statement read.
Either way, organizers of both events hope this week will carve a path forward for all of those who care about the Earth’s future. And they know it can only be done with your help.
Here are some ways you can educate, organize, and prepare for the Climate Change Week of Action, which is sure to go down as one of the biggest climate change mobilizations in history.
Know Your Climate Facts
Before the marches, check out a list of our favorite films that document and unearth the realities of climate change. Read about the first wave of climate change refugees. Sift through a list of must-read books and articles that examine our planet and its future as it continues to warm. Take a look at NASA's Earth-Now iPhone app to visualize global climate data and see satellites images of changes in the Earth’s surface.
Officially register for the marches on the organizations’ websites in order to help them accurately gauge attendance count and show how effective their march was. Signing up can also keep you up to date on all things action-related for the week. You can register here and here.
Hitch a Ride to the Marches
The People’s Climate Movement has several transportation options for those coming in from out town — such as shared buses and cars, and train deals. Plan a date, and help cut carbon emissions by carpooling with your friends.
Host a Sister March
Can’t get to DC? No problem — stay local and host or find a satellite march, prepare a teach-in or stand up in your community. If you’re interested in organizing an event during the Week of Action, fill out the forms found on the organizations’ websites, which will give you access to the appropriate resources.
Skip the Signs and Post on Social Media
Fact: deforestation is endangering remaining forests, and the paper and pulp industry is part of that picture. This upcoming week, post, tweet, share, repost, livestream. Open up all the social media apps and do what you do best! Be sure to use the hashtags #ClimateMarch, #MarchforScience, #PeoplesClimate, and #ScienceServes, when sharing your content.
Shop Eco-Friendly Brands This Week
Bring reusable water bottles, wear ethically sourced t-shirts, sport recycled shoes, and bring sustainable snacks! Use free iPhone apps like “Climate Counts,” which tell you which companies are rated the most and least environmentally responsible.
Keep Up The Dang Momentum
By all means, don’t stop taking action once the week is over! Spread the word about what you learned to help end climate change misconceptions, hold politicians and global leaders accountable, and stay informed on the latest effects of global warming and any new technological innovations developed to combat it.