Climate Change activists are gearing up for massive participation in two major events in late April. While the themes are slightly different, expectations are that both events will convey a strong message of public support for science, and public support for political action to address the global threat of climate change.
The March for Science on April 22
In a massive show of support for science, the Earth Day Network is promoting March for Science rallies and teach-ins, with more than 400 events planned around the world on April 22, Earth Day 2017,, including a march at the National Mall in Washington DC. Supporting organizations include prestigious science organizations such as the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and nearly one hundred others. Organizers state: “Our plans for policy change and community outreach will start with marches worldwide and a teach-in at the National Mall, but it is imperative that we continue to celebrate and defend science at all levels – from local schools to federal agencies – throughout the world.”
In 2016, more than one billion people worldwide participated in the Earth Day celebrations marking the signing of the Paris Climate Accord. The First Earth Day took place in 1970 when some 20 million people demonstrated peacefully for environmental reform. The 50th Earth Day celebration will take place in 2020. Organizations wishing to register events or to partner with the March for Science are invited to sign up online.
The People’s Climate March on April 29
The People’s Climate Movement, involving dozens of collaborating environmental, social justice and labor organizations, is organizing a massive public demonstration to raise awareness and encourage political action on climate change on April 29, 2017. Participants are encouraged to come to Washington DC to mark the 100th day of the Trump administration. For those who cannot attend, sister marches will take place in a growing number of locations in the US and around the world. According to the organizers: “We need to stand together to protect our climate, our health, and our communities. Part of that is resisting Trump’s agenda — but it’s also crucial that we build a vision of the world we want, and rise together to make it possible.”
The first People’s Climate March, involving some 400,000 demonstrators, took place on September 21, 2014, on the eve of the UN Climate Summit in New York City. Organizations wishing to partner may do so online. PEP is a partner organization. Local marches are planned for Stamford and New Haven, in Connecticut, as well as Boston and other locations throughout the Northeast.