October 18, 2015

Movement for Climate Action

Just six weeks before critical U.N. talks in Paris, climate justice organizations, labor unions, faith-based groups and regular people from all walks of life united on October 14th to demand urgent action on climate at more than 150 events around the country.

"Climate change is too big for any one organization or sector to address alone," said Eddie Bautista, Executive Director of the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance. "That is why we are building a multi-sector, broad-based movement that unites communities, led by those on the front lines, to demand bold action and to show those in power that climate change is everyone's issue."

Events around the country took place, including:

The Miami People's Climate March included faith communities and business leaders as well as labor, social service, social justice, education and student organizations - all of whom are pressing for change and taking to the streets to demand it.

In Milwaukee, Organizers held a demonstration and rally addressing the climate change crisis that brought together a broad coalition of labor, environmental, peace, interfaith, American Indian, African American and community justice organizations to plan and participate.

In Louisville, community members gathered for a march and rally to celebrate Mayor Fischer's proclamation of October 14th as "People's Climate Action Day" in Louisville.

In Silver City, New Mexico, young people held educational events on food security, water conservation, solar power and recycling, along with a video and discussion.

In Cleveland, labor, community organizing and environmental groups gathered by the shore of Lake Erie to call attention to the impact of climate change on the local water supply.

In Chicago, a coalition marched through the city to urge the governor to implement the Clean Power plan in an equitable way.

In Seattle, a diverse group of marchers took to the streets of Downtown to show that everyone is invested in the fight against climate change, and all voices need to be heard when determining climate solutions.

The movement for climate action is growing and getting stronger every day. As these actions show, workers, farmers, parents, youth leaders, business owners, interfaith leaders, indigenous communities, immigrants' rights advocates, social justice groups and environmental activists all understand that this fight is everyone's fight.

October 14th was not the end of the movement. A Global Climate March is already in planning stages with a mass mobilization in Paris on November 29th and marches in other cities across the globe taking place that weekend. This global day of action will then crescendo as the summit ends in Paris on December 12 when citizens will have the final word and chart the fight going forward to keep dirty energy from choking our communities.

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