The People’s Climate March 2017


When: April 29th
Where: Washington and 85 cities worldwide.

In September of 2014, about 400,000 people marched in the streets of New York City, demanding action to curb global warming. This made the People’s Climate March the largest climate march in history. The effort paid off: the month after the march, China and the U.S. signed a “historic agreement” to combat climate change, and the following year, the Paris Climate Agreement was signed, marking the first time in history that the international community united around fighting climate change. The celebrations were short lived. During the 2016 campaign, Trump repeatedly pledged to “cancel” and “rip up” the Paris Agreement; and while Trump can’t unilaterally “cancel” the international climate agreement, as president he does have the ability to pull the U.S. out of the agreement.

Given the current political landscape, the organizers of the People’s Climate March, which include the likes of the 350.org, Oceana, and the Union of Concerned Scientists, decided it was time to having another climate march, this time on Trump’s front door. “The motto of [the 2014] march was ‘To change everything, we need everyone,’” wrote Jamie Henn, co-founder of 350.org. “This spring, we’re renewing that vision—to show that our movement is just as ready to fight Trump’s racism and hatred as we are the fossil fuel industry that’s poisoning our future…The People’s Climate March in 2014 was the largest climate march ever, anywhere. If we want to push back on Trump’s vicious agenda and build the future we need, it will require us matching that kind of ambition, and then some.”

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