On Saturday, 4/29 people across the globe will be marching to draw attention to the “burning” issue of global climate change. Alabama is set to host one “sister march” in Florence. It begins at 3pm at Lauderdale County Court House Plaza, 102 S. Court Street Florence, AL 35630. Learn more.
According to the national People’s Climate March Web site, this effort began in 2014, when 400,000 people marched in New York City to demand action to address the global climate crisis:
That march laid the foundation for the growth of the Peoples Climate Movement. The work of the PCM is grounded in a set of core principles:
- Prioritize leadership of front-line communities, communities of color, low-income communities, workers and others impacted by climate, economic and racial inequity.
- Use the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing to ground our work.
- Build a coordinated but decentralized structure that lifts up a common platform and message while being flexible enough to create more opportunities for connection to local issues, ownership and engagement in the movement.
- Work in a way that helps to strengthen and build the capacity of the local organizing.
- Develop opportunities for a range of organizations and social movements to work together, and to us our joint efforts to give greater visibility to our common struggle. This includes, but is not limited to, putting people into the streets as we demand policy changes and bold action.
Yes, it does sometimes seem like we’re doing “nothing but marching, and what does that accomplish, anyway?” It does a lot, actually!
- Media attention: The media doesn’t just cover a bunch of people waving signs; they discuss the issues underlying the protests and raise awareness.
- Put representatives on notice: people do care about these issues and they’re watching what happens locally & nationally.
- Organizing: Meet a LOT of like-minded people and stay connected.
Remember, any march is often just the beginning of the outreach effort. The real work begins once people put down their signs, organize, and demand answers and action from their representatives.