Starting March 1, 2014, through a non-profit called Great March for Climate Action, 1,000 climate patriots will march from Santa Monica, CA, across the United States to Washington, DC. This will be the largest coast-to-coast march in American history. It is aimed at inspiring and motivating the general public and elected officials to act now to address the climate crisis.
While marchers will undergo eight months of ravaging heat, pervasive wind, mountainous terrain, and insects, it will be an incredibly rewarding, life-changing adventure on the most important issue of this century. Marchers will walk 14-15 miles per day and tent camp nearly every night.
The founder, Ed Fallon, inspired by other non-violent march leaders such as Gandhi andMartin Luther King, Jr, decided that organizing a march would be the best way he could stimulate change. “Climate change is not the prevailing issue confronting our society – it is the prevailing crisis!” Fallon exclaims. “This needs to become the defining issue of this century.”
The Great March for Climate Action announced this week that it is formally accepting applications from prospective marchers interested in participating in next year’s 8-month trek across the nation. The Marcher Application and an accompanying ">promotional video were sent to 132 people who expressed interest in marching. The application can be found at ClimateMarch.org
“Sending out this application is very exciting for me,” reports Marcher Director, Zach Heffernen. “The diversity of individuals who requested an application is impressive. They range in age from 9-74, are originating from all throughout North America, and have backgrounds ranging from college students, to self employed business professionals, to medical doctors, to retirees and everything in between.”
“Given the early interest, we are confident there are well over 1,000 people ready to make the commitment to march across America for this cause,” said Fallon. “We now enter an important new phase, where we build a marcher community of 1,000 climate patriots. Not only will we march side by side for eight months, but we’ll learn how to live together, work together, and communicate the urgency of our message to the people we meet as we travel across the country.”
So far, Great March for Climate Action has enjoyed several prestigious endorsements, including but not limited to: 350.org and Bill McKibben, US Congressman Bruce Braley, US Senator Tom Harkin, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Center for Biological Diversity. More are coming in every week.
“The release of the marcher application and promotional video is a huge milestone for the Great March for Climate Action,” concluded Heffernen. “It signifies a time for public engagement, an invitation for others to get on board by stepping forward for our planet and our future.”
Want to help? Here is how: Please like and comment on the Facebook page activity to generate traffic. Interested marchers and/or volunteers can email Zach@ClimateMarch.org with questions and comments. Also, please like, comment, and share the ">Climate March YouTube Video. Finally, this page also provides ways to help out.