This is what it looks like when 200,000 people march together for climate, jobs, and justice. It is absolutely beautiful. Together, we will chart a different path forward: away from Trump’s agenda of a cruel, polluted, and divided country, and towards a clean energy economy that works for everyone.
Posted by People's Climate Movement on Sunday, April 30, 2017
On April 29, 2017 – the 100th day of the Trump administration – over 200,000 people turned out in the streets of D.C. for the Peoples Climate March, and tens of thousands took part in over 370 sister marches around the country. It was a beautiful, inspirational, and hopeful day of action. We witnessed people from all over the U.S., from all ages and backgrounds, raising their voices in support of a just, equitable, and resilient climate future – a future with good clean energy jobs and healthy communities. Climate Generation staff represented in D.C., where we marched with the educator and youth contingents, as well as Minneapolis, where we worked with nonprofit partners to organize the sister march in solidarity with the main event. At the end of the day, we drew tremendous strength and energy from this powerful reminder of the climate movement’s positive vision and change-making prowess.
Climate Generation Education team in D.C.
Our Director of Education Kristen Poppleton and our Education Coordinator Jenna Totz were in D.C. for a school workshop leading up to the march and then convened educators from around the country in the climate change education contingent. Along with several dozen education partners, they marched in the Defenders of Truth bloc, side by side with thought leaders like NOAA Climate Education Coordinator Frank Niepold and Climate Reality Project’s Al Gore.
YEA! MN in D.C.
Our Youth Programs Director Abby Fenton and our YEA! MN Program Coordinator Jason Rodney traveled to D.C. along with several YEA! MN student leaders. Ahead of the Peoples Climate March, they co-facilitated the Youth Convening that took place on Friday evening, which included a high school breakout workshop led by our students. During the Peoples Climate March, they joined in the Guardians of the Future bloc.
Peoples Climate Solidarity March—Minneapolis
Several Climate Generation staff were on hand for the Minneapolis solidarity march, which our Associate Director Janet Brown helped coordinate. The local march featured speakers including YEA! MN senior Zoe Redfern-Hall and Jamez Staples of Renewable Energy Partners, turning out nearly 1,000 people to march from the Federal Courthouse Building to Father Hennepin Park across the Stone Arch Bridge.
by Jenna Totz, Climate Generation’s Education Coordinator
by Livia Lund, a YEA! MN leader and a junior at South High School