Toolkit: Global Climate March

This toolkit has resources to help you mobilize Catholics in your city to answer the call of Pope Francis for the Global Climate March on Nov 29.

Report back on your march action here                                Check out your amazing march pictures here 

1) CONTACT YOUR LOCAL CATHOLIC LEAD

2) FIND OUT THE DETAILS OF THE MARCH IN YOUR CITY

Find out the details of the march in your city by contacting your local march coordinators:

  • If you are already in touch with your local march coordinator, great!
  • If not, check out the march locations in the official Global Climate March website and contact your local march coordinator.
  • If you are still not sure who to connect to, email [email protected] for help.

3) SPREAD THE WORD

Tell everyone about the march. Send them SMS or WhatsApp messages with the march info, and share these resources on social media:

4) INVITE YOUR LOCAL BISHOP TO ENDORSE THE MARCH

Contact your local diocese and refer to the letter that Cardinal Turkson recently sent to all bishops of the world inviting them to support the march. For more information, read:

Two additional resources:

5) REACH OUT TO YOUR LOCAL PARISH

  1. Reach out to your local parish to support the Month of Climate Action and Global Climate March using these sample scripts and talking points for mobilizing fellow Catholics.
  2. Use these Sample Church Announcement and Sample Bulletin Announcement to advertise the Month of Climate Action and the local march.
  3. Hang a Poster in the parish billboard.
  4. Show this 2 minute video after mass of “The Pope’s Call to Action”:
    1. YouTube: https://youtu.be/nuSp-APSl8E
    2. Downloadable file (in case your parish has no wifi)
  5. Contact parish organizations – women’s and youth groups, altar societies (example: Knights of Columbus, Scouts, St. Vincent de Paul, etc) and ask for permission to make a presentation using this powerpoint, the video and/or the above talking points.
  6. Reach out to neighboring parishes for permission to share all of the above information.

6) REACH OUT TO MEDIA 

  1. Use this Press Release template to alert your local media.
  2. Check out this Global Climate Marches Communication Pack for resources to help explain COP21. It includes talking points and sample press templates.

7) CONTACT LOCAL CATHOLIC ORGANIZATIONS

There is a wide array of local Catholic organizations that could join you for the march. Here are some sample email letters to contact each of them (please let us know if you could use a copy with a letterhead).

  1. Caritas (diocesan or parish offices). See Sample email to Caritas members.
  2. Religious organizations – including religious orders and church organizations. See Sample email to Catholic organizations.
  3. Catholic university and high schools . Sample email to Catholic universities and high schools.

8) PREPARE YOUR BANNERS TO CARRY ON NOV 29

We aim to create a unified look of Catholics marching around the globe under the banner of the Global Catholic Climate Movement.

  • Banners with slogans (English and Spanish) and the GCCM name (English, Spanish, Portuguese, French)
  • Posters you can print and add your personal reason for joining the Global Climate March (English and Spanish)
  • Banner: Here the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor
  • GCCM logos here for your banners and posters.
  • See other sample posters from some of our Catholic partners here.

9) SEND US YOUR VIDEOS, PICTURES, AND STORIES FROM THE MARCH

We will be creating a video of Catholics marching around the world shortly after. Please send any materials to  [email protected] with subject “March video.”

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