The People’s Climate March last Sunday was an overwhelming experience in many ways: where the route was planned for 100,000 to 250,000 people, between 310,000 and 400,000 people actually participated by the end of the day.
Halfway through the morning, one of my march buddies looked around and said to me: “So many people here. And not one of them is the same.” Human diversity is worth protecting! And a massive coalition of people showed up to affirm that. Sunday wasn’t about mindless mass agreement: there is no way every group agreed with every other group about priorities or strategies. Sunday was about critical mass presence—and we definitely achieved that.
March organizers structured the line-up to highlight participants’ stories. As I’ve told you, I walked in the Red section, We Know Who’s Responsible. These are the photos of what I saw from there.
A Few Other Post-Climate Links
- On the Climate Justice Alliance: Front-Lines Communities Rising Up: Dispatches from People’s Climate (Common Dreams)
- The organizing principles used to put this March together: The Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing (Mike Ewall at EJnet.org)
- A little humor from Jon Stewart: Burn Noticed (The Daily Show)
- Intersections among climate change response, family planning, coercive state natalist or sterilization policies, and women’s autonomy: The obvious relationship between climate and family planning — and why we don’t talk about it (Grist)