Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Great March for Climate Action...

Sharing some information about a long March planned from L.A., California to Washington, DC, 2,980 miles, with the goal of raising public and political awareness and to help pressure our lawmakers to finally constructively address the climate change crisis in a proactive manner.  

Here's a short video and a message from the originator of this challenge, Iowa's Ed Fallon.  

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The goal of the Great March for Climate Action is to change the heart and mind of our fellow Americans and our elected leaders. On March 1, 2014, 1,000 climate patriots will set-out from Los Angeles, CA, walking 2,980 miles across America to Washington, DC, inspiring and motivating the general public and elected officials to act now to address the climate crisis. This will be the largest coast-to-coast march in American history.
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The Great March for Climate Action was launched on March 1, 2013 by former Iowa lawmaker Ed Fallon.  Here's a portion of his announcement speech:
“... I’ve been involved with a lot of campaigns over the years, both political campaigns and issue campaigns. It’s time for another. This campaign will be the most difficult. It will be the most expensive. And it will be one of the two longest campaigns I’ve ever run. 
“But it will not be a campaign for public office. 
“This is a campaign to mobilize 1,000 people to march coast-to-coast, demanding action on climate change – action from both the American people and from our public officials. The Great March for Climate Action will set-out from the west coast one year from today and arrive in Washington, DC the weekend before the mid-term election. It will be the largest coast-to-coast march in our nation’s history. 
“For a long time, I’ve recognized that climate change is not simply an issue. Climate change is a crisis, possibly the deadliest crisis humanity has ever faced. And it’s not a crisis that might happen somewhere in the future. It is a crisis that is happening NOW! 
“For the past six years, I’ve asked myself what I should do? What’s my duty, my responsibility in this crisis? What do I have to offer that can help avert the calamity barreling our way like a coal-fired freight train? 
“I discuss climate change on my talk show regularly, and I continue to live more and more sustainably in my personal life. But honestly, I don’t feel I’ve come close to doing enough, to doing my part. There are certainly people and organizations who have, like Bill McKibben, James Hansen, the Sierra Club, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Iowa’s own State Senator Rob Hogg. 
“But it is past time for me to step up to the plate in a focused and significant way. Again, this is a CRISIS! 
“Two weeks ago, the idea of this March came to me, and as I thought about it and talked about it with a few close friends, I realized it was the campaign I needed to commit myself to. 
“Why a march? Throughout history, marches have been powerful tools to mobilize people – physically, spiritually, and politically. In 1913, the Women’s Suffrage March in Washington, DC numbered 5,000 strong. In 1930, Mahatma Gandhi led the 240-mile Salt March to defy Britain’s imperial power. In 1965, Martin Luther King, Jr led the five-day march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery. And in 1986, the Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament left Los Angeles on March 1st, traveling 3,700 miles to finish in Washington, DC on November 15th. ..."

For the entire speech link to: http://climatemarch.org 
also see: http://fallonforum.com

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