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?
© 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.
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.
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— 350 dot org (@350) October 13, 2015
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