One Thousand Cross-Country Marchers for Climate Action
The following Press Release is contributed by Zach Herffernen.
1000-Person March Across Country For Climate Action
By: Zach Herffernen
Starting March 1, 2014, through a non-profit called Great March for Climate Action, 1,000 climateers will begin an 8-month, 3000-mile trek across the nation. This will be the largest coast-to-coast march in American history. It is aimed at inspiring and motivating civil society and elected officials to act now to address the climate crisis.
Marchers will walk 14-15 miles per day and tent camp nearly every night. The March will reach Phoenix in early April 2014, Denver in early June, Omaha in late July, Chicago in early September, Pittsburgh in October and Washington DC on November 1st.
The Founder and Director, Ed Fallon, indicated that the genesis of the idea came from other non-violent marches initiated by historical activists like Mahatma Gandhi or Martin Luther King, Jr. “Climate change is not the prevailing issue confronting our society – it is the prevailing crisis!” exclaimed Fallon. “This needs to become the defining issue of this century.”
The Great March for Climate Action announced this week that it is formally accepting applications from prospective marchers interested in participating in next year’s 8-month trek across the nation. “Sending out this application is very exciting for me,” reports Marcher Director, Zach Heffernen. “The diversity of individuals who requested an application is impressive. They range in age from 9-74, are originating from all throughout North America, and have backgrounds ranging from college students, to self employed business professionals, to medical doctors, to retirees and everything in between.”
So far, Great March for Climate Action has enjoyed several prestigious endorsements, including: 350.org and Bill McKibben, US Congressmen US Senators and a variety of civil society organizations. More are coming in every week.
“The release of the marcher application and promotional video is a huge milestone for the Great March for Climate Action,” concluded Heffernen. “It signifies a time for public engagement, an invitation for others to get on board by stepping forward for our planet and our future.”