Beginning March 1, 2014, through a non-profit called Great March for Climate Action , 1,000 climate patriots will march from the West Coast to Washington, DC, inspiring civil society and politicians to act now to address the climate crisis. While marchers will undergo eight months of heat, wind, mountainous terrain, and insects, it will be an incredibly rewarding, life-changing adventure.
Marchers will travel 15 miles per day and tent camp nearly every night. Also, educational activities will be conducted along the March as a key component to teach and inspire climate action within local communities. There is even room for 50 bicyclists who will likely haul gear via trailers. Several people are referring to it as "the adventure of a lifetime" and "an excellent opportunity to travel our beautiful country."
The route was recently released. It passes through many cities including but not limited to: Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Omaha, Des Moines, Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Washington DC.
The founder, Ed Fallon, a former law maker, decided that organizing a march would be the best way he could stimulate change. "Climate change is not the prevailing issue confronting our society -- it is the prevailing crisis!" Fallon exclaims. "This needs to become the defining issue of this century."
So far, Great March for Climate Action has enjoyed several prestigious endorsements, including but not limited to: 350.org and Bill McKibben, Iowa Representative Bruce Braley, Iowa Senator Rob Hogg, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Center for Biological Diversity. According to Fallon, more are coming in every week.
The organization will begin taking marcher applications in July 2013. One hundred people are already on standby, waiting to fill the application out. "I anticipate to receive a large influx of applications that first month," reports Zach Heffernen, Marcher Director. "I recommend submission of the application right away to everyone who is serious about marching.
Please like their Facebook page and generate additional awareness! For questions or to learn how to volunteer or march, contact Zach at 513-5-WE-WALK (513-593-9255).