If you're on the fence about heading to the People's Climate March on
Sept. 21st, you may be wondering: will it matter if I go?
That's a reasonable question. It's certainly true that marching alone is
not going to stop climate change. But by bringing the whole movement
together, we let the world's leaders understand that there are strong
demands for real action.
Since the other side has all the money (the fossil fuel industry is the
richest industry on earth), they'll always win unless we show up in force.
When we do -- in the fight against the Keystone pipeline, for example --
we stand a chance. We've helped keep that one from being built for three
years now because our protest has been a match for their cash.
The New York march is about the whole climate fight the world over.
Together we hope to make a statement for ourselves, and on behalf of all
of our brothers and sisters from pole to pole. With so many world leaders
assembled in New York, as they will be the week of Sept. 21st, we need
folks on this continent to help make that global passion visible to the
Of course marches don't work by themselves. Crucially important work will
be done in the weeks and months after Sept. 21. But that work will be more
powerful because we've stood together, and felt each other's strength.
Here's another question, one I'm asked almost every time I speak. "How do
you stay hopeful?" I don't always, but most of the time I do -- precisely
because I get to see, every day, the remarkable people involved in this
If you're looking for hope, I can't think of anywhere better to be than
the streets of New York this September.
See you there,