On November 29th, the People’s Climate March will take place in thousands of cities and towns across the world. This march will occur the day before world leaders converge in Paris for the UN climate summit -otherwise known as COP21- which is expected to be the largest global climate summit this decade. The hope is that this climate march will exceed the People's Climate March of 2014, in which nearly 700,000 people took to the streets to advocate global action against climate change. People of all ethnicities, religious creeds, economic backgrounds and professions participated in last year's march. Health organizations such as Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, Center for Environmental Health, Center for Health, Environment and Justice and other allies concerned about climate health represented their constituents. Will your organization participate this year? The time is ripe and the numbers are growing. Join the movement for a healthier climate and make a plan to march on November 29th.
Ricken Patel I July 29, 2015
Creating a world powered on clean energy to save ourselves from climate catastrophe is a central challenge of our time, and requires a revolutionary transition in our economies. We can’t wait for our leaders to solve this problem; unless they feel serious public pressure, they’ll never go far enough or fast enough. Revolutions start with people, not politicians.
To survive the 21st century, we must discover the sense of common purpose that has driven revolutionary change through history, building a mass movement to stretch what our politicians believe is possible. We must lead, not follow, and bring leaders with us.
In the years leading up to 2014, as the gap between what the science demanded and our politicians delivered widened, fatalism began to creep into parts of the climate movement. Then a handful of organisers took a major bet on the power of people – calling for the largest climate change mobilisation in history to kick-start political momentum.
And wow, did it work. The People’s Climate March in September last year was, without any doubt, a game-changer. Nearly 700,000 of us took to the streets, by far the largest climate mobilisation ever. The marches were hopeful, positive, inclusive. Amazingly, around the world, not a single person was arrested. Thousands of organisations, from environmental activists to faith groups to labour unions, came together, showing that climate change is no longer a ‘green’ issue, it’s an everyone issue now.
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