LA Launches the Great March for Climate Action

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On Saturday, March 1, at 9:00 a.m. (8:30 a.m. press briefing), join the SoCal Climate Action Coalition 350 and its regional partners to help kick off the Great March for Climate Action. Thousands are projected to join the mobilized mass movement starting in the Port of Los Angeles, with hundreds continuing to march 3,000 miles to Washington D.C. to deliver the message that we need immediate legislative and executive action to solve the climate crisis. Why? Because “Climate Change is Personal!”

Great March for Climate Action - LA LaunchGreat March for Climate Action, Kickoff and Rally, March 1st, Port of LA

More Information: http://j.mp/GreatMarchWU

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Los Angeles, CA – Taking heed of the growing climate turmoil such as drought in California, unprecedented melting of the Arctic glaciers and the most rain ever recorded in Great Britain, more than 60 organizations will march in Los Angeles on March 1st to launch the coast-to-coast Great March for Climate Action. As climate scientists’ dire predictions come true faster than forecasted, the marchers will travel to Washington D.C. to energize the hearts and minds of the American people, elected leaders, and communities across the world to act now to address the climate crisis.

On Saturday, March 1, the SoCal Climate Action Coalition 350 and its regional partners will rally in the shadow of the Port of Los Angeles and its nearby oil refineries. One of the most fossil-fuel polluted communities in the country, proposed increases in tar sands refining as well as hydraulic fracturing further threaten the area. Then marchers will undertake a 17.5-mile trek through the streets until they reach downtown LA. Hundreds will then continue their journey for 3,000 miles towards Washington D.C., reaching out to everyday citizens along the way on how they can fight climate change in their daily lives.

Thousands are expected to march after an 8:30 a.m. PST press briefing and 9:00 a.m. rally with celebrities, politicians, and activists at the Great Lawn at Wilmington Waterfront Park in Los Angeles Harbor, one of the most fossil-fuel-polluted communities in the country. Also planned are Native American Sunrise prayer, a Climate Action Fair at the 2.5-mile mark, and an evening closing ceremony in the Exposition Park/USC area.

This is the second year in a row a wide array of environmental, humanitarian, religious, political, labor, civil rights, and community organizations, led by SoCal 350, Sierra Club, Food & Water Watch, and Citizens Climate Lobby, have come together in Los Angeles to demand action on climate change. Last year, over 100 groups supported the “Forward on Climate LA” March and Rally that brought 2,000 people into the streets of downtown Los Angeles to tell President Obama to take action on climate change.

“We’re thrilled that businesses and organizations are stepping forward,” said Ed Fallon, founder and director of the Climate March and a former Iowa state lawmaker. “With so many cutting-edge partners providing wind and solar power and zero waste solutions, the march will be a traveling exposition of renewable energy and sustainable technologies. We’ll let people see firsthand that addressing the climate crisis is not a technical problem, but a personal and collective one. It’s a wake-up call for all of us to step forward and do our part.”

The symptoms of climate change are clear and abundantly real. Southern California and the US in general are already suffering the effects of global climate disruptions including fires, droughts, storms, rising seas, species extinctions and loss of human life. Jack Eidt, from SoCal 350 said, “NOW is the time to demand from our elected officials real solutions that transition us away from exploration, production, transportation, and consumption of climate damaging fuels like fracked natural gas and tar sands bitumen that pollute our land, water, ocean, and air. We need efficiency, conservation and clean energy now.”

 

logo SoCal 350EVENT DETAILS

When: Saturday, March 1st

Rally Location: Wilmington Waterfront Park, Wilmington, CA (Los Angeles Harbor — “C” Street Exit, Left, off I-110 South)

March A Little Or A Lot – Feel free to march only a little, meet us along the route, or join us for the closing ceremony. The full route is 17.5 miles and ends near L.A. Expo Park/USC area (Mercado La Paloma, 3655 S Grand Ave Los Angeles, CA 90007).

March Route: http://j.mp/1mozkTJ

RSVP: http://j.mp/GreatMarchRSVP

Bring: Signs, reusable water bottles, snacks, and cash for food *Rally participants are encouraged to learn the song: “Do it Now” (http://j.mp/ClimateSong)

SCHEDULE

Sunrise – Native American Sunrise Ceremony (all are welcome)

8:30 am – Press Briefing

9:00 am – Rally

10:00 am – March Starts

10:40 am to 1:30 pm – Climate Action Fair (at 2.5 miles)

10:00 am to 6:00 pm* – Great March Duration to Los Angeles Exposition Park area (17.5 miles total)

6:00/6:30 pm – Day One Closing Ceremony with Native American drum ceremony and bands (Mercado La Paloma, 3655 S Grand Ave Los Angeles, CA 90007)

*Climate Action Fair: located at Wilmington Athletic Complex, 1650 Figueroa Blvd., Wilmington, CA. For those that would prefer to walk a shorter distance, there will be a stopping point with activities and entertainment at 2.5 miles into the march.

GET CONNECTED

Website: http://j.mp/GreatMarchWU

Facebook Event: http://j.mp/ClimateMarchFB

Sign the Community Based Action Letter: “California Decision Makers & Legislative Representatives Take Real Action on Climate Change!”  http://j.mp/HearUsCA

QUESTIONS

Contact SoCalClimateAction(at)gmail.com

For more info on the Great March for Climate Action visit http://j.mp/GreatMarchWU. To see the full event invite, visit: http://j.mp/GreatMarchRSVP

Forward on Climate Los Angeles

The goal of the Great March for Climate Action (ClimateMarch.org) is to change the heart and mind of America and its elected leaders to act NOW to address the climate crisis. This will be the largest coast-to-coast climate march in US history.

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Writer, urban theorist, and environmental advocate, Jack Eidt careens down human-nature's all consuming one-way highway to its inevitable conclusion - Wilder Utopia. He co-founded Wild Heritage Planners, based out of Los Angeles, California. He can be reached at jack (dot) eidt (at) wilderutopia (dot) com.