This Is What the Movement for Climate Justice Looks Like

by Ryan Schleeter

October 16, 2015

Momentum is building in the People's Climate Movement. To change everything, we need everyone. Are you in?

People's Climate Movement

The Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, speaks at a People's Climate Movement rally in San Francisco, California on Oct. 14, 2015.

© Shadia Payne Wood/Greenpeace

This week, hundreds of people across the country gathered to demand bold action on climate change, good jobs, justice and clean energy for all. Uniting under the banner of the People’s Climate Movement, the October 14 national day of action showed the strength and diversity of the movement for climate justice.

Led by communities on the frontlines of the climate change and environmental destruction caused by dirty energy systems, the day of action included unions, faith communities, students, and environmental groups.

Our rapidly changing climate is a crisis we cannot afford to ignore: it’s time to send our leaders a wake up call they can’t miss.

To change everything, we need everyone. Are you in?

Scenes From the People’s Climate Movement Day of Action

Throughout the day, cities across the U.S. hosted more than 200 rallies, vigils, sit-ins, and other demonstrations. Washington, DC saw a “die in” in front of the American Petroleum Institute headquarters, San Francisco a solar rally outside major utility Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s office, San Antonio an Indigenous Peoples prayer and healing rally for the climate, Chicago a climate justice vigil outside Old St. Pat’s church — the list goes on.

Here’s what it felt like to be on the ground for these fierce demonstrations of people power.

#peoplesclimate w/ @greenpeaceusa

A photo posted by Ryan Schleeter (@ryschlee) on

Love a good mid-afternoon protest break. #peoplesclimate

A photo posted by b_e_still (@b_e_still) on

Miami Climate March #miamiclimatemarch #resilientmiami #peoplesclimate

A photo posted by @vicequeenmaria on

Inspired? You can stand up for climate justice and clean energy by joining the call to keep fossil fuels where they belong — in the ground!

Ryan Schleeter

By Ryan Schleeter

Ryan Schleeter is a senior communications specialist with Greenpeace USA covering climate and energy. His writing has appeared in National Geographic, Grist, GreenBiz, EcoWatch, and more. Find him on Twitter @ryschlee.

We Need Your Voice. Join Us!

Want to learn more about tax-deductible giving, donating stock and estate planning?

Visit Greenpeace Fund, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charitable entity created to increase public awareness and understanding of environmental issues through research, the media and educational programs.

It's time to resist Trump and the oil industry!

Donate Now