April 29: Climate March in Washington, D.C.

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On April 29, 2017, just before the 100th day of the Trump administration, Catholics will join the wider climate movement for a massive family-friendly march in the streets of Washington, D.C. and across the country. We will “pray with our feet” and stand up for all that we love, urging Congress and the Trump administration to take bold action against the injustice of the climate crisis. .

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WHY WILL WE MARCH

The first 100 days of the Trump administration will be critical to set the tone of US climate policy for the following 4 years. Given the United States’ global role, any negative shifts in its climate policy could severely harm humanity’s ability to prevent catastrophic climate disruption. We cannot afford this, too much is at stake. We join Pope Francis in calling for bold action to care for the poor, for our children, and for all of God’s creation.

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PRE-MARCH PREPARATIONS: “MERCY 2 EARTH WEEKEND”

The weekend before the march, we will join thousands of Catholics worldwide to celebrate “Mercy 2 Earth Weekend”, on occasion of:

  • EARTH DAY – April 22
  • MERCY SUNDAY – April 23

We will reflect on Pope Francis’ recent “Show Mercy to our Common Home” message and engage our communities to care for our common home, making a final call to participate in the climate march and plan the logistics of traveling to DC. The Pope’s message is a perfect call to action for the march, as it says “governments are obliged to honor the climate commitments they made […] It is up to citizens to insist that this happen, and indeed to advocate for even more ambitious goals.” The #Mercy2Earth resources will be released in early 2017, but start by saving the date in your parish or community! For more info: Mercy2Earth.org

 

OTHER EVENTS IN WASHINGTON DC

There will be lots of other ways to connect while you are in Washington DC:

  • Franciscan Action Network, Climate Reality Project, and Interfaith Power and Light will sponsor a Catholics of Color Climate Justice Training on March 25 at Shrine of the Sacred Heart Church in Washington, D.C. (Register Here). For more information, please contact Chiara Klein.
  • If you are traveling to Washington D.C., we strongly encourage you to make the most of your time by meeting with your Senators and Representative on Friday, April 28th.  For those interested, Catholic Climate Covenant will offer an advocacy training session on Friday morning, April 28th (Register Here). Even if you can’t make the training in person, register using the link and you will be sent a recording.
  • To get your energy up for lots of walking and chanting, come out to the People’s Climate March Potluck on Friday evening before the march, April 28 at the Stuart Center, in Washington, D.C. Bring your friends, bring a dish, and meet some fellow marchers. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Jason Miller.
  • There will be a mass on Saturday morning, April 29 at 9am, at St. Dominic Church, in Washington, D.C. Come pray with us for the transformation of hearts and minds as we prepare to demonstrate peaceful resistance.

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SISTER CITY MARCHES

If you are not able to make it to Washington DC for the main mobilization, you can still be part of the action by participating in one of many sister marches taking place across the country. Visit the People’s Climate March website to find a march near you.

We are also looking for Catholic leads for these sister events to coordinate with other Catholics who might want to march together. See here for more details and to register.

 

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TRANSPORTATION to Washington, D.C.

People in general are being asked to organize themselves, but please use the People’s Climate Movement as a resource for support and coordination.
For bus or transit related questions, please contact [email protected].
Here are some pertinent links and resources for your use:

People in general are being asked to organize themselves, but please use the People’s Climate Movement as a resource for support and coordination.

 

 

 

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One year ago, on November 2015, over 40,000 Catholics from the GCCM network joined the massive Global Climate March (in total, over 800,000 people joined 2,300 rallies in 175 countries). Watch the recap video:

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