How To Find A People's Climate March Protest Near You
Feeling stressed out about the state of the world? LOL, of course you are. Feeling stressed out and need to shout about it? Here's how to find a People's Climate March protest near you. The main march will be occurring in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 29, but there are sister marches happening all over the country — so no matter where you are, you'll be able to get out there and fight for our planet.
Though it's burgeoned into a huge annual event, the People's Climate March is relatively new; its first event, on Sept. 21, 2014, occurred on the eve of the UN Climate Summit in New York City. Over 400,000 people from around the country marched in the name of climate change, urging leaders to take action against the current global climate crisis.
Since that historic march, the organization has grown into a movement. Each subsequent year, they've decided up on a single, collective goal. In 2015, it was strengthening the fight for climate justice at local levels; in 2016, it was firming up and clarifying their platform, which emphasizes decentralized leadership, the power of local organizing efforts, and empowering those communities most directly affected by climate change (often lower-income communities and communities of color). This year, amidst the success of the Women's March and the March for Science, the People's Climate March is once again returning to the streets. On April 29, thousands will descend upon Washington, D.C. You could be one of them.
But if making the trek to our nation's capital is an unsustainable option for you (or you just don't like crowds that large — plenty of people don't, and that is totally valid), there are a number of Sister Marches occurring across the country. Here's how to find one:
1. Head to PeoplesClimate.org
Feeling inspired already by this website? Me too, my dude!
2. Click on the "Sister Marches" tab in the top right-hand corner
Gender is a social construct, but also I love that these are being referred to as "sister events."
3. Type in your zip code
So easy! Like, literally, that's all you have to do and they'll provide you with a list of events occurring in or near your zip code!
4. Go fight for climate justice no matter where in the world you are!
As we keep having to remind a certain administration, there is no Planet B. This is the only one we've got. If we don't protect it now, then it literally won't exist later — and by "later," I mean "soon." What good is all that oil money going to do anyone when the planet — and by extension, all of us — are dead?