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The job at hand

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I don't know if you're like me, but there are days when the sound of Mr. Trump's voice just makes me want to curl up in a fetal position.

The losses we've suffered just in the past week, as the new EPA head started gutting water and air protections, makes me think of the earlier generations of activists who worked so hard to get these laws enacted. Last night I wanted to shout at the TV when, instead of mentioning climate change, he boasted about approving new pipelines.

But then I remind myself that, given the situation, we're off to a pretty good start fighting his efforts. The Women's Marches and the airport protests were remarkable moments, and they put a dent in his momentum. We'll need much more of this kind of resistance.

Specifically, for those of us focused on the climate questions that will define the future of our planet, we need to be fixing on the end of April. On April 22, Earth Day, scientists will march, and I hope the rest of us will be engaging our community: we've got to keep explaining to all our neighbors that climate change is the furthest thing from a hoax.

Then on April 29 , which falls on about the hundredth day of the new administration, we need to gather in Washington DC and across the country for the People's Climate March.

When we did this in New York in 2014 it helped propel the plane towards the Paris climate accords. This time we need -- powerfully -- to make clear that we haven't gone away, and that we will not let the U.S. retreat.

It will be a solemn day -- we've just come through the hottest year ever measured on this planet, after all. But it will also be a joyful and rousing one: we'll be celebrating the launch of a new drive to make our nation run on a 100% renewable energy economy that works for all.

We know Trump won't support it, but we're getting on with the job at hand: demonstrating the political will for climate justice so that every other politician sprints as far ahead as possible.

Here's the place to sign up: 350.org/PCM2017. But we need you doing more than signing up and showing up. We need you, as always, organizing: getting others to come, filling buses, creating art, suggesting themes.

We need each other, really. That's what a movement is.

 

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Bill McKibben is the author of a dozen books, including The End of Nature and Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future. A former staff writer for The New Yorker, he writes regularly for Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, and The (more...)
 
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