Great March for Climate Action

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Great March for Climate Action
Great March for Climate Action Logo November 2013.png
Motto Stepping forward for our Planet, our Future
Formation 2013
Type NGO
Legal status 501(c)(3)
Purpose Inspire the general public and elected officials to take climate action
Headquarters Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Founder Ed Fallon
Staff 6
Volunteers over 200
Website www.climatemarch.org

The Great March for Climate Action (also known as the Climate March) was launched on March 1, 2013 by former Iowa lawmaker Ed Fallon, inspired after meeting with Bill McKibben.[1] “Since probably 2007, I’ve identified the climate crisis as the most serious challenge facing our planet, and I’ve been pondering ways in which I could most effectively help address it.”[2]

The non-profit organization plans to mobilize one thousand people to march across the continental United States in order to raise awareness and action on anthropogenic climate change. The march began March 1, 2014 in Wilmington neighborhood in South Los Angeles, California, and ended on November 1, 2014 when marchers arrived in Washington, D.C.[3] Along the route, participants engaged with the general public and elected officials in order to inspire society to address climate change.[4]

In a Des Moines Register interview Fallon said, “We think it’s very important. We think this is a tool that will help mobilize people to understand the problem and to do more about it…this needs to become the defining issue of this century.” Fallon was inspired in part by another cross-country march, the 1986 Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament, for which he coordinated the Iowa logistics. Although this is a national campaign, it is intended to have an international audience and will likely include participants from multiple nations, as climate change is a global crisis.[5]

The headquarters of the non-profit are located in Des Moines, Iowa. As of October 2013 they had six staff, had raised $120,000, and earned endorsements from 350.org, James Hansen, and U.S. Senator Tom Harkin and Congressman Bruce Braley among others.[2][6]

March route[edit]

The marchers will depart from Santa Monica, California on March 1, 2014, traveling through Nebraska (focus on the Keystone Pipeline) and end in Washington, D.C. in November, 2014. The planned route passes through the following cities:[6]

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • San Bernardino, CA
  • Parker, AZ
  • Wickenburg, AZ
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Payson, AZ
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Santa Fe, NM
  • Taos, NM
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Denver, CO
  • Kearney, NE
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Omaha, NE
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Grinnell, IA
  • Iowa City, IA
  • Davenport, IA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Toledo, OH
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Youngstown, OH
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Hagerstown, MD
  • Washington, D.C.

Reasons for marching[edit]

Reverend Bob Cook plans to take part in the march. "The Des Moines pastor’s life work has been for the poor, but he doesn’t view the Great March for Climate Action as a departure. The poor are affected most by climate change, as they are from most troubling world events, Cook said."[7]

Logistics[edit]

An average day’s walk is expected to be 14–15 miles. Large campsites for tents will be prearranged. Organizers had hoped to haul all of the gear and supplies via bicycles to minimize energy consumption and maximize sustainability, but after some intensive research this proved infeasible, so trucks running on biodiesel or vegetable oil fuel will also be used. Similar research into solar cookers, composting toilets, etc. will determine how far the marchers can go in using sustainable methods to handle food and energy needs, and human waste. Participants and volunteers will share daily chores including but not limited to setting up camp, food preparation and clean-up. Interactive workshops will focus on climate change, the anthropogenic effect on the environment, and active solutions.[8]

Other activist marches in political and social change[edit]

Throughout history, marches have been associated with political and social change. Examples include but are not limited to: the Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913, Gandhi's Salt March to defy Britain's imperial power, Martin Luther King Jr's Selma to Montgomery marches for voting rights and the Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament.[9] Peace walks have been particularly popular in the peace movement.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Will A 3,000-Mile 'Great March For Climate Action' Change Minds On Climate Change?". The Weather Channel. 23 December 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Former Iowa politician plans cross-country trek to raise climate awareness". ClimateWire. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  3. ^ "Young Activist Explains Her Deep Commitment to Reverse Climate Change". Between The Lines / Squeaky Wheel Productions. Retrieved 2014-12-08. 
  4. ^ "Join the Great March for Climate Action". Blog for Iowa. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  5. ^ "Ed Fallon on the Great March for Climate Action". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "The Great March for Climate Action website". Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  7. ^ "Stung by spirit, pastor will walk across country". Des Moines Register. 29 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  8. ^ "The Great March for Climate Action". ThinkProgress. 18 Jun 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  9. ^ "The Power of Multi-Day Walks and Rides". Grist. 3 Oct 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-10. 

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