TO CHANGE EVERYTHING,
WE NEED EVERYONE,
TO CHANGE EVERYTHING,
WE NEED EVERYONE,
The People’s Climate March on Sept. 21, 2014 signaled to both U.S. and global leaders that large numbers of people in the United States cared about the climate crisis. Not only was the march the largest action on climate in history, but we successfully changed the notion that climate change was just an environmental issue. The march made it clear that this is also a social and economic justice struggle. Building off of the energy and success of the march, the People’s Climate Movement was formed to continue to build on that energy and excitement and expand across the country.
This fall, front-line communities impacted by the environmental crisis and climate change, are joining with workers, people of faith, students, immigrants, racial, climate and economic justice activists and other community members, to call for bold action on climate at the local, national and global levels.
The People’s Climate March and global mobilizations, had a huge impact on world leaders, but here at home U.S. leaders are not yet acting with urgency. And we are running out of time.
Communities on the front-lines of the floods, the storms and the droughts are both leading this movement and cultivating real solutions to climate change, and supporting their economic priorities are key to addressing the climate crisis. By collaborating with workers and their unions, faith communities, youth and students, Indigenous peoples and others, our communities and our nation can transition to a clean energy economy that is fair for workers and improves all of our lives. We can – we must – simultaneously reduce pollution, end poverty, and turn to community-led solutions.
This year, the People’s Climate Movement is supporting the efforts being organized in the Gulf South region to commemorate 10 years since Hurricane Katrina. We will be working with Gulf South Rising and groups in the area to support local priorities.
October 14: National Day of Action
The People’s Climate Movement and others are calling for a National Day of Action Wednesday, October 14 to demand bold action on the climate crisis facing our planet. We are calling for a sustainable, democratic and just economy that preserves our planet and works for all peoples.
At the end of 2015, nations will meet again to negotiate an United Nation’s climate agreement in Paris that commits all countries to address climate change. What comes out of Paris will not mark the end of our efforts but could be an important step in the global process of confronting climate change.
This fall we will continue to build a powerful movement for change and bring the demand for bold action to our leaders in anticipation of the Paris climate talks. We will insist that our public leaders support us in taking action in building a new economy that will avert the worst impacts of the climate crisis. And, we will call out those public leaders, corporations and other organizations that are standing in the way of progress as they deny the science and block the popular alternatives.
By acting now we can prevent the worst consequences of global warming. We can build a fair economy that sustains a living environment while promoting good jobs and social & economic justice.
The People’s Climate Movement National Day of Action for October 14, was developed by the following groups and others:
32BJ Service Employees International Union, 350.org, Align:The Alliance for a Greater New York, Avaaz, Blue Green Alliance, Center for Community Change, Center for Popular Democracy, Climate Justice Alliance, GreenFaith, Greenpeace, Natural Resources Defense Council, NYC Environmental Justice Alliance, People’s Climate Movement NYC, Oil Change International, People’s Climate Art, Responsible Endowment Coalition, Sierra Club, Student Divestment Network, UPROSE, US Climate Action Network