Great March for Climate Action: Kick-Off in Los Angeles – March 1st

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The time for climate action is now! On Saturday, March 1, the SoCal Climate Action Coalition 350 and its regional partners rallied in the shadow of a Port of Los Angeles oil refinery, sending marchers on a 17.5-mile trek through the streets until they reached downtown Los Angeles. Read about it here. Hundreds of marchers then continued 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.

Great March for Climate Action - LA Launch

climate march 2014 logoGreat March for Climate Action

Opening Rally & Kick-Off

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Port of Los Angeles

RSVP: http://j.mp/GreatMarchRSVP

Download Flyer: Great March for Climate Flyer – English and Spanish

Media Advisory:  LA Launches the Great March for Climate Action

En Español: Gran Marcha por la Acción Climática: Apertura en Los Angeles – 01 de Marzo

Speakers and Bios: SPEAKER BIOS-Great March for Climate-2014-Final

“Climate Change is Personal!”

Join together for the largest coast-to-coast climate march in American history!

On Saturday, March 1, at 9:00 a.m. (8:30 a.m. press conference), 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.

climate action, logo, march from LA to DCWhat is the Great March for Climate Action: 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 American history.

Why Participate in the Kickoff? The symptoms of climate change are clear and abundantly real. Climate scientists’ dire predictions are coming true faster than forecasted. We are suffering the effects of global climate disruptions including fires, droughts, storms, rising seas, species extinctions and loss of human life. NOW is the time for all of us to step up and let our collective voices be heard. We must ask our elected officials for real solutions that transition us away from exploration, production, transportation, and consumption of climate-damaging fuels that pollute our land, water, ocean, and air.

Forward on Climate Los AngelesEVENT DETAILS

When: Saturday, March 1st

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

Getting There: Transportation Options for Rally

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) For More Info and RSVP: Click Here

*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.

Speaker List

Click Here for Speakers and Bios: SPEAKER BIOS-Great March for Climate-2014-Final

PRESS BRIEFING

Jessica Aldridge – SoCal Climate Action Coalition Representative
Paul Koretz – Los Angeles City Councilmember – 5th District
Joe Buscaino – Los Angeles City Councilmember – 15th District
Matt Petersen - Chief Sustainability Officer, LA Mayor Garcetti
Paolo Montenegro – Registered Nurse at UCLA Medical Center, California Nurses Association
Monic Uriarte – Community Health Promoter, Esperanza Community Housing
Ed Fallon – Founder & Director, Great March For Climate Action

RALLY

MASTER OF CEROMONIES: Ed Begley, Jr. – Actor, Environmentalist

Art Cisneros, “Earth Man with a Good Heart” – Chumash Elder and Firekeeper of the Barbareno Chumash Council
Alicia Rivera – Community Organizer, Communities for a Better Envrionment
Adam Scow – California Director, Food & Water Watch
Arnie Saiki – Coordinator, Moana Nui Action Alliance
Jasmine Kavezade – UC Riverside Undergrad / Sustainable UCR  and Sierra Club, My Generation Campaign
Opamago Agyemang – The Sierra Club My generation Campaign
Giselle Juarez – 5th grader, Union Ave. Elementary Beyond Carbon Science Club
David Lopez – 4th grader, Union Ave. Elementary Beyond Carbon Science Club
Melanie Winter  – Founder & Director, The River Project
James Waterhouse – Co-founder, Pasadena Foothills Chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby/Climate Reality Speaker
Rev. Dr. Beth A. Johnson – Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, San Diego
Kwazi Nkrumah – Co-coordinator, Martin Luther King Coalition of Greater Los Angeles

Entertainment:

“3 Degrees,” Skip Haynes – Director, CLAW (Citizens For Los Angeles Wildlife)
“Do it Now,” Gary Mitchell – Muscian/ Executive Director, Planet Rehab

SUNRISE OR CLOSING CEREMONIES

Cal State University Long Beach – Community Drum (Sunrise prayer and drums)
Semillas Community School (Aztec dancers) (Closing Ceremony)
Amy Clarke – Independent Singer/Songwriter/Musician & Gaia Grove Founder (Closing Ceremony)

directions to Great March for Climate Action Rally

Click to enlarge. You get to Wilmington Waterfront Park by taking the “C” Street Exit in Wilmington off of the I-110 Freeway South and heading east, the take a right on Figueroa, left on Harry Bridges, left on King to get back on C Street, fronting the park. Parking is on a lot C Street (Item 15) with overflow at 31 – next to the artificial turf area. As well, lots of free street parking is available.

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

logo SoCal 350
We Stand in Solidarity:  The organizers of the Great March for Climate Action, in recognition of the serious air quality and pollution issues facing some of the most vulnerable members of our California communities, agreed to start their 3,000-mile march at the Port of Los Angeles. Citizens of Southern California will have the unique honor to host the kick-off rally and be part of history.

Thanks to David Hendricks for the Great March flyer and SoCal 350 Logo!

Supporting Organizations

350 Santa Barbara

A New Day in America

Allesandro Chapter of Coalition for Educational Justice

Alliance for Climate Education*

ARC Sustainability

Arts:Earth Partnership

Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council (A3PCON)

Baldwin Hills Oil Watch

Ballona Creek Renaissance (BCR)

BAYAN-SoCal

Biodiesel Coop of Los Angeles*

Brea Congregational UCC Social Action Leadership Team

BREATHE California of Los Angeles County

Burbank Green Alliance*

California Interfaith Power and Light

California League of Latin American Citizens (CALLAC)

California Student Public Interest Research Group

Camp Nast Assocs.

Canyon Land Conservation Fund

Center for Biological Diversity

Citizens Climate Lobby (national)*

Citizens Climate Lobby, North Orange County group

CLAW (Citizens For Los Angeles Wildlife)

Climate Change Committee-Sierra Club Angeles Chapter*

Climate Parents

Coalition for Educational Justice (city-wide)*

CODEPINK Los Angeles

Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, Los Angeles Chapter

Communities for a Better Environment*

CRSP Institute for Urban Ecovillages at L.A. Eco-Village

Dance 4 Oceans

Democratic Socialists of America, Los Angeles

Democrats for Neighborhood Action

dubroWORKS PR/Marketing

E.A.G.L.E. Environmental Action Group for a Livable Earth

Earth Resource Foundation

Environmental Priorities Network

Food & Water Watch*

Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks

Gaia Grove

Green Life Consulting

Green Party of Los Angeles County

Greenpeace

Heal the Bay

Heroes of Sustainability

Hippo Works*

Hunger Action LA

Idle No More Los Angeles*

International Socialist Organization – Los Angeles*

LA Bioneers

LA Progressive

Label GMOs IE (Inland Empire)

Labelgmos.org

Long Beach Coalition for a Safe Environment

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz*

Los Angeles Green Drinks

Martin Luther King Coalition Of Greater Los Angeles*

Miss R*EVOLutionaries*

Moana Nui Action Alliance*

Money Out Voters In – MOVI

My EcoVillage*

National Action Network Los Angeles

National Nurses United*

NELA Radical Neighbors for Peace through Justice

Occupy Democracy Pasadena

Occupy Long Beach

Occupy San Pedro

Occupy Venice

Ocean Outfall Group

Organic Consumers Association

Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE)

Planet Rehab

Pomona Valley Chapter, Progressive Christians Uniting

Progressive Christians Uniting

Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains

Progressive Teachers for Action (PEAC)

Rainforest Action Network

Rising Tide Southern California

Sachamama*

SanDiego350.org

Santa Barbara “Frack Back” To Save The Central Coast

SaveWithSunlight, Inc.

Sierra Club- Beyond Coal

Sierra Club Beyond Oil Campaign

South Bay 350 Climate Action Group

Southern California Watershed Alliance

St. Cyprian’s Justice & Peace  Ministry

St. Mark Presbyterian Church Ecophilians

Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter

Surfrider Foundation West LA / Malibu Chapter

Tar Sands Action Southern California*

Transition Pasadena

UN Association Whittier Chapter*

United Native Americans

USGBC-LA

Volta ecodesign

Whittier Area peace and Justice Coalition*

Wild Heritage Planners*

WilderUtopia*

Women for: Orange County

Women’s Environmental Council

Zero Waste Company

*Denotes Planning Committee

 

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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.