April 28, 2017
Residents from the Sacramento region will converge on our State Capitol in Sacramento this Saturday April 29th at 11am for a climate rally and march in solidarity with gatherings centered in Washington DC with sister marches exploding worldwide.
We come together to show the world and our leaders that people at the city level will lead in the joyful, life affirming work of transitioning to climate friendly lifestyles. The future of our communities teeters on the edge of climate catastrophe, and we refuse to stand idly by and watch. We know the future is in our hands.
RSVP to email@example.com to ride Yolobus 42B to the rally. If we can fill the bus it will go directly to the march without stops. Indicate a 9:43 or 10:43a.m. departure.
Read more below!
Organizers of the People’s Climate March cite the need for the march and action on climate change to call attention in particular to communities harmed by loss of livelihoods, increased pollution, extreme weather, drought, and famine.
“We are already experiencing dramatic changes in our climate affecting poor and low-income communities the most, so the urgent need for action by our local, state and federal government couldn’t be more clear,” says local Sierra Club volunteer organizer, Juliette Beck. “Yet the current administration is prepared to sacrifice our future for the profits of the most powerful oil corporations. We hope many people will come out to show that we will resist these attacks and do everything we can to defend a clean, healthy environment for all.”
The march organizers are working in collaboration with the organizers of the Women’s March this past January. The Sacramento Women’s March evoked uplifting energy, a profusion of hopeful signs, camaraderie, kindness, thoughtfulness, and wonder that so many people could come together from our own community in common cause.
An artistic show of solidarity and diversity of support
Speakers at the march will include Jessa Rae Growing Thunder, Dyane Osario of Sierra Club, Rabbi Nancy Wechsler, Imam Kashif Ahmed, and others. At 1:30 pm marchers will encircle the Capitol park.
Signs are encouraged, especially those witty and glorious home-made ones. Handles should be wood sticks only, not too wide or long. You can download march images at http://peoplesclimate.org.
At the capital grounds, tables for environmental groups plus some art and activities for children will begin at 11:00am. The program on the East steps is from 11:00am to 1:30pm with a blend of music and short speeches focusing on climate solutions.
All amplification is bicycle-powered and participants are invited to take a turn pedaling.
At 1:30 marchers will encircle the capital grounds using the sidewalks. Once the circle is complete, we’ll engage in a joint Climate Pledge based upon our vision for a climate friendly future.
Video cameras and photo documentation throughout the day are encouraged.
Climate friendly transportation to the march
The family-friendly bike parade will meet at 9 am at the Mace Blvd. Park and Ride stop by the entrance to I-80, and will make its way to join a climate rally on the East steps of the Capitol East at 11 am followed by a march around the capitol at 1:30 pm.
For those who need a lift, Yolobus has been alerted that many folks will be heading across the causeway that day. For the Women’s March many folks left cars in Davis and rode Yolobus. This relieves any parking issues and provides a care-free experience with a smaller carbon footprint per person!
Take any of the regularly scheduled bus routes, using the information here. Best routes will be 42B to Sacramento and 42A back to Davis. For those who bike in, Yolo Bus can carry up to three bicycles per bus for tired bike riders at the end of the march. Read the details for bikes here.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to ride Yolobus 42B to the rally. Indicate the 9:43 or 10:43a.m. departure.
Park at the Mace Park and Ride near Ikeda’s, cross the street at the light and walk to the bus stop at Mace & 2nd by the church. Then relax and ride to the rally and back on Yolobus. One-way fare is $2.25 with exact change ($1.10 for seniors with a bus pass). Best to arrive early to get a seat! Return on Yolobus 42A on the half hour at 1:30, 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., etc.
Your RSVP helps Yolobus anticipate the number of buses for Saturday.
If you choose the earlier bus, pack a snack and walk the Capitol grounds before the rally beings at 11 am. If you choose the later bus, the lead organizer has assured us that missing the first 20 minutes will be ok.
More updates will be posted as details are announced.
Motivation for the march
Ban Ki-moon, the Korean Secretary General of the United Nations until 2016, set the tone for the April 29 Climate March with his statement:
“We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.” Ban Ki-moon, “We the Peoples” address to 66th UN General Assembly
System change not climate change
On the 100th day of the administration, thousands will take to the streets to send a clear message to our government: We demand responsible climate action.
Dozens of sister marches are planned alongside the national Washington DC Climate March (see below) and the Sacramento Climate Coalition is excited to be leading local efforts for this important milestone.
Why Sacramento marches
We, the people, are building a sustainable future by creating and promoting grassroots solutions to climate change. We envision a green economy that puts people and planet over profit and politics, protecting our world from fossil fuel destruction while ensuring that those who are disproportionately affected by climate change have a seat at the table. We demand that people be valued over corporations. We call on all city, state, and federal governments to immediately promote a social and economic mobilization to restore a climate that is safe, stable, and supports human civilization.
Who is organizing the Sacramento march?
A grassroots alliance of Sacramento groups and individuals advancing the broader movement for civil rights, justice and our environment now and in these crucial years ahead has formed. When the climate changes, everyone everywhere is affected – the disadvantaged and the poor most of all.
The Sacramento Coalition supports the rapid changes in our economy, power structure, and infrastructure necessary to stabilize greenhouse gases and forge healthy and vibrant communities.
In 2017, we will continue to push forward sensible, local efforts that can reverse the effects of climate change:
- Sustainable and urban agriculture initiatives
- Accessible public transit and smart and smart growth measures
- Incentives for electric vehicles
- Opposing hydraulic fracturing (fracking)
- Opposing the transport of crude oil by rail to CA refineries
- Highlighting the oil industry’s inordinate lobbying power
- And so much more
People’s Climate March in Washington DC
We will come together from across the United States to strengthen our movement. We will demonstrate our power and resistance at the gates of the White House. We will bring our solutions to the climate crisis and the problems that affect our communities to our leaders in Congress to demand action.
We invite you to join the Peoples Climate Movement on Saturday, April 29th as we march to:
- Advance solutions to the climate crisis [that are] rooted in racial, social and economic justice and committed to protecting front-line communities and workers.
- Protect our right to clean air, water, land, healthy communities and a world at peace.
- Immediately stop attacks on immigrants, communities of color, indigenous and tribal people and lands and workers.
- Ensure public funds and investments create good paying jobs that provide a family-sustaining wage and benefits and preserve workers’ rights, including the right to unionize.
- Fund investments in our communities, people and environment to transition to a new clean and renewable energy economy that works for all.
- Protect our basic rights to a free press, protest and free speech.
March with us on April 29th as we come together to resist and march for our families, our communities and our planet.
The national Climate March website offers more history with photos, FAQ, resources including these cool posters, and media materials.
With 100 days of action culminating in mass mobilization on April 29, the 100th day of the Trump presidency, this coalition will leverage their power once again to resist the Trump administration and corporate interests’ efforts to thwart or reverse progress towards a more just America.
Background and History: The People’s Climate Movement grew out of the largest climate march in U.S. history in New York on September 21, 2014, creating a groundbreaking coalition of climate and environmental justice groups, labor unions, faith, students, indigenous peoples and civil rights groups working to build bold solutions to tackle the climate crisis, rooted in economic and racial justice.
Links to related articles on climate change and recent or upcoming local events:
People's Climate March 2017, Picnic Day 2017